“Remember This December, That love weighs more than gold!”
–Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
San Diego in December is such a beautiful city with so much to see and so much to do!
December in San Diego is a magical time. Cold nights, Christmas is almost here, and magic in the air! If you visit San Diego in December, you won’t find ice or snow unless someone made it artificially. Santa Claus is more likely to be wearing board shorts and a Hawaiian shirt than a fur-trimmed red velvet outfit. And you might see people surfing on Christmas Day, but it is still a sight to see! Enjoy San Diego during this time!
Each month I have special fun events I want to show you so that you get the most out of this beautiful city!
Let’s start with our usual daily Farmer’s Markets. Check out times above ^
Rancho Santa Fe
Toys for Tots Drive
Make this a special holiday season for an underprivileged boy or girl by donating a new, unwrapped toy. Location: various locations around the county.
Info: www.toysfortots.org. 11/14 – 12/18 various times
San Diego BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
Unlimited pours of craft beer from regional breweries and cider houses, as well as access to dozens of BBQ vendors. Location: Liberty Station NTC Park.
Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/ san-diego-bbq-beer-festival-tickets-64244800929. 12/7 12 – 5 pm
Jingle Bell Run
Kick-off your holidays by helping others! Run or walk a 5K route with your team members, and celebrate the season by giving.
Location: Liberty Station NTC
Park. Info: www.arthritis.org. 12/7 8 am
STEAM Maker Festival
Showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics in fun and exciting ways! Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Info: www.sansmf.org. 12/7 10 am – 3 pm
National Funding Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk
The 25th annual 5k Run/Walk at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade, along the beautiful waterfront! Stay for the post-race party! Location: Harbor Dr. and Ash St.
Info: www.holidaybowl.com/events/parade/5k-run. 12/26 2:45 pm
The Holiday Bowl
Don’t miss America’s Finest Bowl Experience!
This signature San Diego event showcases a thrilling matchup of Pac-12 and Big Ten teams. Location: SDCCU Stadium.
Info: www.holidaybowl.com. 12/27 5 pm kickoff
Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala
Ring in 2020 at one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in the country! Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront;
Info: www.bignightsandiego.com. 12/31-1/1/20 9 pm – 2 am
Mad Hatter Ball
This year’s family-friendly Mad Hatter’s New Year’s Ball will be sure to knock your socks off as you tumble down the rabbit hole. The clock will strike twice at this shindig! Location: The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa.
Info: www.facebook.com/events/392368764771742. 12/31 – 1/1/20 6:30 pm – 12:30 am
Alpine Snow Festival 12/7 6:30- 9 pm
Bates Nut Farm Christmas in the Valley 12/13 3 – 8 pm, 12/14 9 am – 3 pm
Balboa Park December Nights 12/6 3 -11 pm, 12/7 12 – 11 pm
Chula Vista Children’s Faire 12/1 2 – 5 pm
Coaster Holiday Express 12/7- 8, 12/14 -15 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm
Coronado Open House at Ferry Landing 12/6 3:20 – 8 pm
Del Mar Santa by the Sea 12/8 3 – 5 pm
Escondido Winter Wonderland Festival 12/7 3 pm
Escondido Holiday Festival 12/14 11 am – 7 pm
Fallbrook Brunch with Santa 12/15 10 – 1 pm
Gaslamp Pancakes & Pajamas 12/14 9 am – 1 pm
La Jolla Hanukkah Happening at JCC 12/15 11 am – 2 pm
La Jolla Holiday Festival 12/8 11 am – 1 pm
La Mesa Holiday in the Village 12/13-14 5 – 9 pm
Little Italy Tree Lighting 12/7 4 – 8 pm
North Park Festival 12/8 10 am – 3 pm
Old Town Las Posadas 12/14 12 – 8 pm
Poway Christmas in the Park 12/14 3:30 – 8:30 pm
Ramona Tree Lighting 12/7 5 – 8 pm
SD Chanukah Festival 12/8 10 am – 2 pm
San Marcos Santa Village 12/7 1 – 7 pm
South Park Holiday Walkabout 12/7 5:30 pm
SoNo Fest 12/1 11 am – 5 pm
Santee Santa at the Lakes 12/8 10 am – 3 pm
Vista Winterfest 12/8 2 – 7 pm
So much to do, so much to see!