December Nights in Balboa Park     Dec. 2-3
Enjoy museum attractions, nativity, Santa, gift shopping, and food and spirits. The highlight spectacle is when a huge Christmas Tree lights up in glorious song and music! 10-5pm. (619) 252-9883 /

North Park Toyland Parade & Holiday Fair     Dec. 3
A holiday parade in North Park brings sights and sounds of high school marching bands and community groups including floats, costumed characters, and antique cars. Parade is accompanied by a holiday fair. 11am-2pm. (619) 294-2501 / 

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village     Dec. 3
Little Itlay is decorated into a Holiday Village where you can come for some friendly hometown gift shopping. There are light refreshments, holiday music, and the grand lighting of a Christmas Tree. 5-7:30pm.  (619) 233-3898 /

Vista Christmas Parade     Dec. 3
This year’s theme is: Friends, Family & Fun! 1pm. Downtown Vista: S. Santa Fe Ave. to Main Street.

Holiday at the Rancho     Dec. 3
Holiday activities, face painting, crafts and holiday shopping. The Carlsbad teen program, L.I.T.E., will sell refreshments for the movie. 5-8pm. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park: 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad. 760-434-2843 /

Christmas Comes to Imperial Beach     Dec. 3
Free Family Event. Santa arrives at Noon on a fire truck. Arts and crafts. Snacks and refreshments. Petting zoo with pony rides. Live entertainment. Raffle ticket for everyone that attends. 10am-5pm. Portwood Pier: 10 Evergreen Ave.

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade     Dec. 3
Ocean Beach has been a fun beach town for more than 120 years. This community parade brings holiday greetings to everyone who comes. So, come and enjoy the sights and sounds of a parade and see if you can find Santa. 5-7pm. (619) 846-6269

SoNo Park Holiday Fest     Dec. 4
North Park presents a holiday festival complete with wonderful holiday music, gifts & crafts from local artisans, fun activities for kids, staged performances, and a beer & wine garden. You can also receive a hand-spun ceramic bowl and sample chili. 11am-5pm. $15. (619) 894-1215

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival     Dec. 4
Listen to music of marching bands and see floats, horses, antique cars, community groups, scout troups, and more. The parade is accompanied by a holiday festival and tree lighting ceremony. 2-3:30pm. (858) 454-1444 / 

Holiday Wonderland     Dec. 4
Community event that brings residents, visitors and kids of all ages together to celebrate the holiday season. 2-6pm. 1404 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. 858-755-1179 /

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk     Dec. 10
Participants are encouraged to wear jingle bells as a way to ring in the holiday season and set the pace for a 5K run/walk. Younger kids can enjoy a fun run with Elves. 7-11am. Balboa Park. $35 (age 13+) ~ $20 (age 6-12) (858) 492-1090 x-116 /

Holiday in the Park     Dec. 10-11
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, celebrates Holiday in the Park with entertainment, living history activities, extended hours, and the 61st annual Las Posadas procession. 10am-8pm. 619-220-5422 /

Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade     Dec. 11
Costume contest judging includes Best Pet Costume, Best Costume Duo, Cutest Critter, and Best in Show. The event is accompanied by a delightful pet expo. 1-4:30pm. Gaslamp Hilton Park. 10 (parade entry per pet) 619-233-5227 /

Pop-up Holiday Boutique     Dec. 11
Come shop at the Hera Hub (9710 Scranton Road #160, San Diego) Pop-Up Holiday Boutique and charity fundraiser. Over 30 local designers to choose from with a wide selection of apparel, jewelry, home goods and beauty products. 12-5pm. (619) 889-7852 /

Hanukkah Happening     Dec. 11
Carnival Games, Festive Crafts, Fun Prizes, Jumpy Jubilee, Great Arcade Youth Room, Kosher & Dairy Food, Exciting Raffle. $2/JCC Member; $3/non-member. 11am-2pm. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: 4126 Executive Dr. 858-45-3030 /

A Christmas Tabernacle     Dec. 16-18
This event displays a nativity scene and celebrates all the joys of Christmas. Visit Santa’s Village with decorated Christmas Trees, a reindeer, and a snow hill. $12-$18 (1-Day) ~ $24-$36 (3-Day) 6-10pm. Liberty Station. (619) 754-9508 /

San Diego Hmong New Year Celebration     Dec. 17-19
Cultural celebration where blessings are given for a new year. Showcases the beauty of Hmong culture with music, costumed dance performances, food, cocktails and activities. 9am-5pm. Kearny Mesa Rec. Ctr. (3170 Armstrong St.) (858) 414-6017 /

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights     Dec. 18
This free, distinctly-California celebration is one San Diego’s most anticipated holiday events, attracting spectators of all ages from across the county. 5:30pm. (619) 224-2240 /

Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp Quarter March     Dec. 19
Two bands with cheer units representing the two college football teams at the Poinsettia Bowl will parade in the Gaslamp Quarter. They will begin at opposite locations and meet midway at Market Street. 6-7:15pm. 619-233-5227 /

SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl     Dec. 21
The Poinsettia Bowl will match the best football teams from the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference to play at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The game will be aired on ESPN. 5-10pm. $45-$55. (619) 283-5808 x309 /

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade     Dec. 28
America’s largest balloon parade containing massive air balloons! Marching bands, marching groups and motorized floats. In conjunction w/”Amtrak Big Bay Festival”. 9-11:30am. County Admin. Bldg. parking lot (1600 Pacific Hwy.) (619) 283-5808 /

Amtrak Big Bay Family Festival     Dec. 28
As the Battle of the University Bands gets underway, you can test your skills on a rock wall, go for a field goal kick, get an airbrush tattoo, shop for merchandise, or try your luck at carnival games. 11am-2pm. (619) 283-5808 /

Bumble Bee Sea Foods 5K Run/Walk     Dec. 28
This nationally televised 5K run/walk is a kick-off event preceeding the Big Bay Balloon Parade. Spectators will be lined up along downtown streets cheering on the athletes in anticipation of the parade. 9:45am-12pm. $30-$35. (858) 268-1250 /

San Diego International Auto Show     Dec. 29-Jan. 1
More than 400 new-model vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, exotics, crossovers, classics, and even Hollywood’s iconic cars will pack the San Diego Convention Center.

Red Bull Aaron Colton Stunt Show     Dec. 30
Aaron Colton is a professional stunt motorcycle rider who is presenting his talent for a 30-minute performance in Downtown San Diego. The barriers are up and he’s ready to go. 9:30-10pm. K Street (between 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.) (408) 483-8910


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