Fa la la la la…..the holiday spirit is in the air, and despite San Diego not having a huge climate change from season to season, there is plenty of good cheer, red cups, and scarves around town. Here are my top things to do during the holidays in San Diego:
1) Ice Skating overlooking one of America’s most beautiful beaches.
That’s right folks, we San Diegans can pretend that it’s cold enough to have a body of water freeze over to ice skate on. The Hotel del Coronado not only has their iconic Christmas tree lit up, but they have an ice skating rink that overlooks the Pacific! Open December 15-January 1 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Cost is $25/adult and $20/kids 10 years and younger.
2) Parade of Lights at the San Diego Bay – December 16
Cuddle up on the embarcadero, Sea Port Village, or Ferry Landing in Coronado for spectacular parade on the Bay. Motor yachts, sail boats, and even dinghy’s dress up for the holidays to show off their decorating skills to all of San Diego.
3) The Poinsettia Bowl Band March in the Gaslamp Quarter – December 18
This year, our own SDSU battles it out with BYU for the year’s only true battle of the bands in the heart of Downtown, San Diego. Each marching band starts at opposite ends of the Gaslamp Quarter, and meets in the middle for a friendly band match.
4) Pet Parade in the Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego is the 3rd most dog friendly city in the nation. It’s no wonder why we dress them in Santa costumes and parade them around the historic district each holiday season. The Pet Parade dates vary from year to year. Check it out here.
5) December Nights
The nation’s largest urban park hosts an outrageously large holiday festival on a Friday and Saturday night in December. Balboa Park gets decked in lights, carolers, food vendors, beer gardens and even fair rides. This event is for the people who love to be around large crowds. The free event attracts hundreds of thousands of guests each year.
6) Holiday Shows
The Old Globe rolls out the annual How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the San Diego Ballet puts on the legendary Nutcracker, and The San Diego Symphony has their Holiday Pops each season. Need I say more?