Top Holiday Events in San Diego

Enjoy These Popular Christmas Events in San Diego

San Diego is a perfect choice when you’re looking for a place for a holiday getaway. Holiday guests will find plenty of San Diego Things to Do including these top Events. There are many reasons to choose San Diego for your holiday getaway. You’ll have no trouble finding a nearby restaurant that is open for Christmas dinner, and our helpful staff will do everything they can to make your stay a pleasant one. You will also find many holiday Events in San Diego with something for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Read about some of these popular San Diego Things to Do and then call 855.968.3429 to make your holiday reservation.

Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5
Many cities host Christmas tree lightings as a way to kick off the holidays. This Event in San Diego features a tree that is a bit unusual. Instead of the typical pine tree, the Little Italy tree is a 25-foot tower of poinsettias. The event also includes fabulous food and wonderful live music.

The Nutcracker by the California Ballet Company

December 12 through December 20
San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 3rd Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619.570.1100
Watch Clara and the rest of the characters dance their way through one of the most loved holiday classics. This Event is San Diego is only offered for 9 days, so reserve your tickets in advance as some dates may sell out.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

December 30
This fun event in San Diego features floats, marching bands, and balloons – LOTS of balloons. This San Diego Thing to Do is the biggest balloon parade in the country, and the whole family will enjoy watching as the procession marches their way along the Bay.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

December 12
This parade is a little different than most as it takes place on the water. Dozens of boats don twinkling holiday lights as they make their around the harbor creating a beautiful display.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Through December 26
Old Globe Theatre | 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619.234.5623
The Grinch is a holiday classic and visitors can see this classic brought to life on the stage of the Old Globe Theatre. When guests at San Diego Hotels are looking for family-friendly holiday events in San Diego, a performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a top pick.

Kids New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

December 31
LEGOLAND | 1 Legoland Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008
Tel: 760.918.5346
If your family is spending New Year’s in San Diego then you will need a kid-friendly San Diego Thing to Do to usher in 2016. This Event in San Diego is a perfect choice. With a nod to the Time Square New Year’s Eve celebration, Kids New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND includes the dropping of a giant Lego brick as the clock strikes 12. Attendees will also enjoy food, fun games, music and more.

Christmas in San Diego FAQs

Q: What are some of the top San Diego Things to Do for the holidays near your Hotel in San Diego?
A: There are plenty of holiday-related San Diego Things to Do near our Hotel in San Diego. A few examples are enjoying Events like The Nutcracker, or Jingle Bells and the San Diego Zoo. Enjoying parades, viewing the Christmas lights, and finishing up your last minute Christmas Shopping are some of the other things you can do during a holiday stay in San Diego.

Q: We’ll be staying in San Diego for Christmas, and I’m wondering if any Restaurants will be open for Christmas?
A: Yes! Guests at our Hotel in San Diego can enjoy Christmas dinner at 1 of the many nearby San Diego Dining spots that will be open on Christmas day. Many of the City’s top restaurants stay open for the holidays. Examples include UTK, El Borrego, C Level, and True Food Kitchen. The most difficult part of figuring out where to Christmas Dinner during your stay in San Diego might be choosing just 1 of the many available options. You can read about some of the top San Diego Restaurants located near our Hotel in our San Diego Dining Guide.

Q: Are there any special holiday events in San Diego that take place for Christmas?
A: There are many holiday events in San Diego. Whether you want to see The Nutcracker, attend a tree lighting event, watch a parade, enjoy viewing the lights in neighborhoods that go above and beyond in the Christmas lights department, or take a walk on the Wild Side at events like Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo, you’ll find there are plenty of San Diego Things to Do during a holiday stay at our downtown San Diego Hotel.

Q: We usually see The Nutcracker in New York City every year, but we’re spending this Christmas at your Hotel in San Diego. Are performances of The Nutcracker offered in San Diego?
A: Yes! Attending a performance of The Nutcracker is a favorite San Diego Thing to Do for both locals and guests at our Hotel in San Diego. You’ll have more than 1 option when it comes to seeing the Sugar Plum Fairy and other Nutcracker characters. Some of the local companies that usually offer this holiday favorites are City Ballet of San Diego, San Diego Ballet Dance Company, and the California Ballet Company.

Q: I’ll have some last-minute Christmas shopping to finish up once I get there. Are there any good places for Shopping in San Diego located nearby?
A: Absolutely. No matter the time of year, Shopping is always a top San Diego Thing to Do. If you’ll be staying at our Hotel in San Diego near the holidays then you’ll find plenty of places where you can finish up your Shopping. Seaport Village, Las Americas Premium Outlet, Fashion Valley, and Carlsbad Premium Outlet are a few of the popular choices. You can also visit some of the many quaint antique shops and trendy vintage stores that are located a short distance from downtown.

Q: My kids will be spending Christmas with us at your Hotel in San Diego. What are some of the best kid-friendly Things to Do in San Diego for the holidays?
A: You’ll find many kid-friendly San Diego Things to Do. Meet Santa at Seaport Village while you finish up your holiday shopping, watch a parade such as the Big Bay Balloon Parade or the Mission May Christmas Boat Parade. You could also enjoy a performance of The Nutcracker or head to 1 of the top San Diego Attractions for their Christmas Events. Examples include the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld or Winter Nights at LEGOLAND.

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