Things to do in December San Diego

Balboa Park December Nights Dec. 5 – 6
December Nights brings families and friends together to spread
holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park
and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park Dec. 5 – 24
Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park provides a spectacular
holiday destination for all. Open for 12 nights in December,
there will be fun for people of all ages. Get in the spirit and walk
through the magical lighting displays, ride Polar Express trains,
explore Candyland, feed live reindeer, take a photo with Santa
near a 40’-tall Christmas Tree, enjoy the festive fare and so
much more!

Encinitas Holiday Parade Dec. 6
This year’s theme is “Droppin’ In for the Holidays,” celebrating
Encinitas’ reputation as THE mecca for Action Sports. Expect to
see plenty of big name surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders
and more and terrific representations of the action sports
lifestyle on the many floats and entries in the parade.

51st Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
Dec. 6
Unwrap some magic this holiday season and partake in the
festive fun, at the 51st Annual Golden Anniversary North Park
Toyland Parade & Holiday Fair. The historic neighborhood of
North Park will warmly welcome friends and family to bundle up
and delight in San Diego’s most joyful parade.

Garden of Lights Dec. 6 – 30
After the sun goes down in December, the Garden is transformed
into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling
lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience!

2014 La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
Dec. 7
Spread some holiday cheer at the Annual La Jolla Christmas
Parade & Holiday Festival in downtown La Jolla. The event
includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage
automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus. The theme for
this year’s parade is “Spirit of Christmas – Peace on Earth.”

La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village Dec. 12 – 13
Don’t miss the strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers,
food and commercial vendors. Live Music is featured in a number
of stage areas and Bonfires fill the Boulevard. The kids will love
Santa, the Carnival Rides, Ponies and the Puppet Shows. All
Specialty Shops, Boutiques and Restaurants open late during
event. Thousands of unique gifts all season long!

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Dec. 13
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats
decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around
Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego
community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights Dec. 13
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed
up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant
onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo Dec. 13 – Jan. 4
Jungle Bells are ringing – it’s holiday time! During Jungle Bells
presented by California Coast Credit Union, the San Diego Zoo
is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Dec. 14

San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as
the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace
Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Dec. 14 – 21
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM | Recurs every Sunday
Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual timehonored
holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating
community. The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more
than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held
on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds
from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero,
Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether
you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive
and delightful experience for all!

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