San Diego in December

“Remember This December, That love weighs more than gold!”

― Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

San Diego is such a beautiful city with so much to see and so much to do!

If you visit San Diego in December, there will be no ice or snow unless it has been artificially created. Santa Claus is more likely to be dressed in board shorts and a Hawaiian shirt than a crimson velvet costume with fur trimming. On Christmas Day, you might find people surfing.

If you spend Christmas in San Diego, you won’t have a white Christmas unless you travel to the mountains. However, December is the rainy season, and all of the monthly rainfall, especially during winter storms, often falls on the same day.

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. Info:
11/16 – 1/15 various times

Jingle Terrace Park

This new, annual, free drive-thru event will feature holiday-themed light displays. Location: Brengle Terrace Park, Vista. Info: 11/26 – 12/28 6 – 10 pm

December Nights

Another fun drive-through experience, featuring some of your favorite food vendors, food trucks, and entertainment. Location: Balboa Park. Info:

12/3 12/5 11 am 10 pm

San Marcos Tree Lighting & Vendor Market

Enjoy free festive crafts, activities, vendors, entertainment, and “snow!” Location: 1 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos. Info:
12/4 1 – 7 pm, Tree Lighting 5:35 pm

Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village
Find Little Italy transformed into a winter wonderland! Location: Piazza della Famiglia. Info:
12/4 4 – 8 pm

Ramona Christmas Tree Lighting

If you are in town that evening you will be able to enjoy the Main Street holiday decorations as well as classic cars. Location: Main St., Ramona. Info: 12/4 time tba

Snow N Glow Holiday Festival

Featuring major attractions designed to make your holiday spirits BRIGHT! Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds. Info: 12/4 – 12/5, 12/10 – 12/12, 12/17 – 12/19, 12/24 – 12/26, 12/31 4 – 10 pm

More Events…

La Mesa Holiday in the Village

Come out for festive fun with live music, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, a kids’ area, and more! th Location: La Mesa Blvd., between Spring & 4 Streets. Info: 12/4 12 – 9 pm

Coaster Holiday Express

Santa Claus and his merry carolers will be on the Coaster for songs, gifts, and Santa wish list reading! Location: start at Oceanside Transit Center. Info:

12/4 12/5, 12/11 12/12 10:15 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

SoNo Fest

A fundraiser for McKinley Elementary with local chili, live music, arts & crafts, indie goods, and lots of good vibes. Location: Thorn St. & 32nd St. Info: 12/5 11 am – 5 pm

Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights & Sights Tour

Join in sing-along caroling with Elf conductors as they share fun holiday facts and traditions. Location: Old Town Market. Info:
12/6 – 12/30 various times

Jingle Bell Run

A fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure arthritis. Location: Liberty Station. Info: 12/11 time tba

Santa at the Campground

The Big Guy will be here along with the Bayou Bros with some spirited music! Location: Santee Lakes. Info: 12/11 10am–2pm

Holiday Parades

Everybody loves a Holiday Parade! San Diego County has plenty to choose from. From Downtown all the way up to Fallbrook – there is something for everyone! Don’t miss the Holiday Bowl Parade Downtown, San Diego’s premier Holiday Parade!

12/3 6 pm Coronado Holiday Parade
12/4 2 pm Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Children’s Faire
12/4 5 pm Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
12/4 5 pm Fallbrook Christmas Parade
12/5 1:30 pm La Jolla Christmas Holiday Festival and Parade
12/11 8 am Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

12/12 11 am North Park’s Toyland Parade

12/12, 12/19 5:30 pm SD Bay Parade of Lights

12/13 12 pm Gaslamp Pet Parade
12/28 10 am Holiday Bowl Balloon Parade


Farmer’s Markets are mostly all open! If you are looking to get out and get some fresh air and fresh produce and food, check out one of the many farmer’s markets in San Diego. Most likely the one in your neighborhood is open. Check out a full list here >>

As always, if you or anyone you know needs assistance buying or selling or if you have any real estate questions, please feel free to contact me by phone, text, or email! 

So much to do, so much to see!

If you want to see a home sometime this month, check out all my Featured Listings, and message me or contact me here.

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