San Diego in December

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

― Aristotle

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.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel Del

This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. Location: The Hotel Del, Coronado. Info: 11/17 – 1/1 various times

Snow N Glow

Enjoy snow tubing, holiday lights, s’mores, fire pits, rides, and more! Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds. Info: 11/27 – 12/26 weekends, daily during Christmas week 4 – 9 pm

Holiday Market @ Petco Park

Featuring local & European artisan shops, lighting displays, seasonal food & beverages, Santa, and other holiday characters! Location: Petco Park. Info: 12/1 – 12/4, 12/8 – 12/11, 12/14 – 12/23 4 – 10 pm

Red Nose Run

A fun run & walk on a beautiful family & dog friendly beach. Location: Powerhouse Park, Del Mar. Info: 12/3 12:30 pm

Sono Fest

A fundraiser for McKinley Elementary with local chili, live music, arts & crafts, and more. Location: Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park. Info: 12/4 11 am – 5 pm

San Diego Santa Run

Come out in your finest (or ugliest!) Christmas attire! Location: 912 Garnet Ave. Info: 12/10 9 am

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon

A fast 13.1-mile course that includes a 711-foot net elevation drop along the “rolling” downhill bike path. Location: Peñasquitos Dr. & Carmel Mtn. Rd. Info: 12/17 5:15 am

National Funding Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk

The 25th annual 5k Run/Walk at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! Location: Harbor Dr. & Ash St. Info: 12/28 time tba

The Holiday Bowl

A thrilling matchup of Pac-12 and ACC teams. This year features the return of the 101.5 KGB Sky Show! Location: Petco Park, and broadcast on FOX Sports. Info: 12/28 5 pm kickoff

San Diego International Auto Show

Where the cars are the stars! Featuring more than 400 of the latest new models, multiple test drives, exotics, automotive products, and much more! Location: San Diego Convention Center. Info: 12/30 – 1/2 times tba

Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala

Ring in 2023 at one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in the country! Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Info: 12/31 – 1/1 9 pm – 2 am

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!

  •  Coronado Annual Holiday Parade 12/2 6 pm
  •  Encinitas Holiday Parade 12/3 5:30 pm
  •  Escondido Jaycees Parade 12/10 2 pm
  •  Fallbrook Parade 12/5 5 pm
  •  La Jolla Christmas Parade 12/4 1:30 pm
  •  Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights 12/10 6 – 9 pm
  •  Ocean Beach Holiday Parade 12/3 5:05 pm
  •  Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights 12/10 7 pm
  •  Pacific Beach Holiday Parade 12/10 12 pm
  •  SD Bay Parade of Lights 12/11 & 12/18 5:30 pm
  •  SD Holiday Bowl Parade 12/28 time tba


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 >>

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So much to do, so much to see!

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