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San Diego's Best Holiday Events 2022 

Deck the season with all things merry and bright using our calendar filled with San Diego's biggest and brightest holiday events and attractions! San Diego is bursting with holiday cheer from Christmas tree lightings and Hanukkah celebrations to festive parades and New Year's Eve celebrations. Start planning your family adventure today!

**Information is subject to change. Make sure to check websites or call for updated hours and dates of operation. 

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Featured Events 2022

Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Who-ville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Through Dec. 31. Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org 

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Ebenezer Scrooge rediscovers the Christmas spirit in this Dickens mash-up set in “wintery” San Diego. Through Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

Wild Winter Nocturnal. Animal encounters, crafts, Santa and more. Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 5–7:15 pm. $30 (includes 4 people). Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org

North Pole Limited. Hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas music as you head to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 17, 5 & 7 pm. Starting at $25. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

Wild Winter. Animal encounters, crafts, Santa and more. Dec. 3-4,10 & 17, 9 am–1 pm. $60 (includes 4 people). Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create & Celebrate. Skate on a synthetic ice rink. Fri.–Sun., 11 am–4 pm. Through Jan. 8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

Jungle Bells. Twinkling lights, live entertainment and the magic of Aurora, an immersive presentation weaving 3D projection mapping, music and lights. Through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jungle-bells

Winter Express Experience. Special holiday activities, Christmas trains and story time with St. Nick. Dec. 10-11, 9–11 am. $13.50–$25. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado. www.sdmrm.org

“The Nutcracker.” The story of Marie and her magical adventure by Scripps Performing Arts and Scripps Ballet. Dec.10-11. $35. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla. https://scrippsballet.com/academy/performances/

Lights at the Lakes. Drive through dazzling light displays set to music. Thursdays–Sundays, through Dec. 24. Starting at $30. Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy. www.santeelakes.com 

Enchanted Village at Noah Homes. Walk through brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages and Santa’s workshop. Dec. 16-22, 5–8 pm. Starting at $9.99. 12526 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. www.enchantedvillage.org

“El Alebrije.” A Nutcracker reimagining inspired by the culture of Mexico performed by A Step Beyond. Dec. 10,  6:30 pm. $10; under 5 free. Kit Carson Amphitheater, 100 Amphitheater Dr., Escondido. www.a-step-beyond.org

Skating by the Sea. Beachfront ice rink. Daily through Jan. 1. $40, includes skate rental. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Featured Free Events 2022

FREE Winter Wonder at Belmont Park. A million holiday lights, giant holiday sculptures, photo ops, live performances, character appearances and more. Through Jan. 1. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com

FREE Family Christmas Tree Farm. Cut down your own Christmas tree, explore the mini hay maze and more. Daily, 10 am–9 pm. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com 

FREE Santa Arrives on the Holiday Express Train. Train rides, crafts and more. Dec. 3, 12–3 pm. Village Walk at Eastlake, 884 Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com

FREE Sunday Fun Days. Life-size photo frame, Frosty, crafts and more. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 4–6 pm. Village Walk at EastLake, 884 Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com

FREE Country Christmas Parade of Lights. “Joy in Julian” theme with decorated cars. Dec. 17, 5:30–6 pm. Main St., Julian. https://visitjulian.com 

FREE Paradise Point Tree Lighting. Welcome the holidays island-style! Bring your family and friends to Paradise Point for a festive tree-lighting ceremony where you can roast s’mores over the bonfire, enjoy caroling, churros, holiday cocktails and activities for kids of all ages. There will also be a special visit from Santa! Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 pm. Paradise Terrace, 1404 Vacation Rd., San Diego. www.paradisepoint.com/events/tree-lighting-ceremony/

FREE “At First Light” Lightshow Spectacular. The Hotel Del’s historic pine trees are draped in a spectacular light show with music and snow flurries. Nightly, 5–9 pm. Through Jan, 1. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

FREE Frosted by the Sea. The Hotel Del’s red turrets are draped in sparkling lights with Christmas trees and garlands galore. Through Jan. 1. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Looking for San Diego's biggest and brightest holiday light displays? Search through our interactive Map of Christmas Lights organized by neighborhood! 

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Holiday Market at Petco Park. Magical lighting displays, Santa, holiday characters and more. Adults, $14; kids, $10. Select dates through Dec. 23, 4–10 pm. Gallagher Square. www.padres.com/holidaymarket

“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” 7:30 pm. Starting at $57. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org

Skating by the Sea. Beachfront ice rink. Daily through Jan. 1. $40, includes skate rental. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

“Lightscape.” The illuminated trail features installations that come alive with color, imagination and sound. Select dates through Jan. 1, 5–8:30 pm. $18–$29; 2 & under free. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. Music-activated tunnel of lights, snowfall, 30-ft. twinkling Christmas tree and more. Through Jan. 8. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. www.seaworldsandiego.com 

FREE “At First Light” Lightshow Spectacular. The Del’s historic pine trees are draped in a spectacular light show with music and snow flurries. Nightly, 5–9 pm. Through Jan, 1. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Daily, 10 am–10 pm. Through Jan. 8, (closed Dec. 25). $15–$20, includes skate rental. 2875 Dewey Rd. www.radyfoundation.org/icerink

FREE Frosted by the Sea. The Hotel Del’s red turrets are draped in sparkling lights with Christmas trees and garlands galore. Through Jan. 1. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Ebenezer Scrooge rediscovers the Christmas spirit in this Dickens mash-up set in “wintery” San Diego. Through Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

Holidays at LEGOLAND. LEGO Christmas tree, light show with falling “snow,” life-size LEGO Santa and more. Through Jan. 8. One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad. www.legoland.com

Victorian Christmas Teas. Through Dec. 23 (closed Wed.), 11:30 am, 1 & 2:30 pm. $14.95–$36.95. Julian Tea and Cottage Arts, 2124 Third St., Julian. Reservations: https://visitjulian.com

FREE Winter Wonder at Belmont Park. A million holiday lights, giant holiday sculptures, photo ops, live performances, character appearances and more. Through Jan. 1. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com

Lights at the Lakes. Drive through dazzling light displays set to music. Thursdays–Sundays, through Dec. 24. Starting at $30. Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy. www.santeelakes.com 

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FREE Family Christmas Tree Farm. Cut down your own Christmas tree, explore the mini hay maze and more. Daily, 10 am–9 pm. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com 

Wild Winter Nocturnal. Animal encounters, crafts, Santa and more. Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 5–7:15 pm. $30 (includes 4 people). Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org

FREE Balboa Park December Nights. Lights, sounds, attractions and amazing food. Dec. 2, 3–11 pm & tomorrow, 11 am–11 pm. www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

North Pole Limited. Hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas music as you head to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 17, 5 & 7 pm. Starting at $25. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

FREE Coronado Holiday Parade. 6–8 pm. From the Ferry Landing, down Orange Ave., to the Hotel del Coronado. www.coronadochamber.com

Holiday Lights at AGSEM. Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 17, 5–8 pm. $3–$5; 5 & under free. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. www.agsem.com

Fort Cross Christmas Celebration of Light. A walk-thru light display with seven different lighted and musical scenes. Fridays & Saturdays in December. $25. 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel. www.fortcross.com

FREE Tree Lighting Celebration. Santa’s arrival, a light show, magical snowfall and more. 6–9 pm. The Forum Carlsbad, 1905 Calle Barcelona. www.theforumcarlsbad.com

Magical Moments at Westfield UTC. Glistening snowfall, holiday lights, snow globe characters and more. Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, 5–8 pm. 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. www.westfield.com

Mariachi Sol de Mexico: A Merry-Achi Christmas. Traditional carols played by a mariachi band. 8 pm. Starting at $40.50. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave. www.sandiegotheatres.org

“A Christmas Carol.” Original music, live sound effects and creative stagecraft and puppetry. Select days through Dec. 24. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. www.cygnettheatre.com

Christmas Concert. Dec. 2, 7 pm & Dec. 3, 2 pm. $30–$60. Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside. www.sanluisrey.org

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Wild Winter. Animal encounters, crafts, Santa and more. Dec. 3-4, 10 & 17, 9 am–1 pm. $60 (includes 4 people). Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org

FREE Winter Wonderlights. A festive light show and magical snowfall. Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 17, 5–8 pm. The Forum Carlsbad, 1905 Calle Barcelona. www.theforumcarlsbad.com

FREE Holiday in the Village. Live music, selfies with Santa, kids’ area and more. 12–9 pm. La Mesa Blvd., between Spring St. & 4th St. www.lamesavillageassociation.org

FREE Ramona Christmas Tree Lighting. Carolers, kids crafts and more. 5–9 pm; tree lighting, 7 pm. 645 Main St. www.ramonaevents.com

A Very Furry Christmas. Sesame Place San Diego is transformed into a festive winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and surprises. Select dates through Dec. 31, 10 am–5 pm. 2054 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista. www.sesameplace.com

FREE Tree Lighting in San Marcos. Crafts, activities and more. 1–7 pm; tree lighting, 5:35 pm. San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Dr. www.san-marcos.net

Holiday Movies on the Beach. Tonight: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Dec. 10: “Jingle All the Way,” Dec. 17: “Home Alone,” & Dec. 31: “Top Gun: Maverick.” 7:30 pm. $25. Del Beach, 1500 Orange Ave. Reservations: www.hoteldel.com

FREE December Nights at One Paseo. One Paseo transforms into a winter wonderland with snow cascading from the rooftops. Fridays & Saturdays, 5–7 pm. Through Dec. 24. 3725 Paseo Pl. www.onepaseo.com

FREE Ocean Beach Holiday Parade. 5:05 pm. Newport Ave. www.obtowncouncil.org

FREE Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village. 10-ft. tall nutcrackers, holiday tree displays and more. 4–8 pm; tree lighting, 6:30 pm. Piazza della Famiglia. www.littleitalysd.com

FREE Fallbrook Christmas Parade. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” theme with lighted floats, Santa Claus and more. 5–8 pm. Downtown Fallbrook. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

FREE Encinitas Holiday Parade. “Classic Encinitas” theme. Tree lighting and Santa, 5 pm; parade, 5:30 pm. S. Coast Hwy. 101 from D St. to J St. www.encinitasca.gov

FREE Spirit of Christmas. Children’s activities, Santa and more. 3–7:30 pm; tree lighting, 5 pm. Maine Ave., Lakeside. www.lakesidechamber.org

Holiday on Crystal Pier. 8 am–5 pm. 4500 Ocean Blvd. www.pacificbeach.org

FREE Grinch Meet & Greet. Saturdays through Dec. 17, 3–6 pm. Westfield North County, 272 E. Via Rancho Pkwy., Escondido. www.westfield.com

Holiday Sights and Festive Nights Tour. Sing-along caroling with elf conductors while viewing festive holiday sights. Dec. 3–24 & 26–30. $25–$30; 3 & under free. 4010 Twiggs St. www.trolleytours.com

FREE Santa Arrives on the Holiday Express Train. Train rides, crafts and more. 12–3 pm. Village Walk at Eastlake, 884 Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com

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FREE San Marcos Holiday Market. Music, food and Santa Claus. 10 am–4 pm. 251 N. City Dr. www.sanmarcoschamber.com

FREE La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival. “Grand Ole’ Christmas” theme with floats, Santa, crafts and more. Festival, 11:30 am–1 pm; parade, 1:30 pm. 1008 Wall St. www.ljparade.com

FREE Sunday Fun Days. Life-size photo frame, Frosty, crafts and more. Dec 4 and 11, 4–6 pm. Village Walk at EastLake, 884 Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting in Solana Beach. Live music, treats and Santa Claus. Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave. www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

FREE North Pole by the Sea and Holiday Tree Lighting. 1–3 pm; tree lighting, 5 pm. Del Mar Village North Pole Loop. www.visitdelmarvillage.com

Looking for San Diego's biggest and brightest holiday light displays? Search through our interactive Map of Christmas Lights organized by neighborhood! 


monday  |  5

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create & Celebrate. Skate on a synthetic ice rink. Fri.–Sun., 11 am–4 pm. Through Jan. 8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

The Polar Express Train Ride. A magical one-hour trip to meet Santa where hot chocolate and cookies are served by dancing chefs. Select dates through Dec. 28. Southern California Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris. www.socalrailway.org


wednesday  |  7

“The Nutcracker.” Take a journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. Through Dec. 18. $25. Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park. www.sdcyb.org

FREE Jingle Terrace Live! Experience. A spectacular walk-through holiday light show with festive displays, photo ops and more. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14–16, 5–9 pm. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. www.moonlightstage.com

**Information is subject to change. Make sure to check websites or call for updated hours and dates of operation. 

thursday  |  8

Snow N Glow Holiday Festival. Snow tubing, walk-through holiday lights, Santa and more. Select dates through Jan. 1. Thurs.–Sun., 4–9 pm (open daily the week of Christmas). Starting at $15.99. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.snownglow.com

Looking for winter break camps for the kids? Scoll to the bottom of this page or click here to find camps for all ages and interests. 

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North Pole Limited. Hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas music as you head to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 17, 5 & 7 pm. Starting at $25. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

Wild Winter Nocturnal. Animal encounters, crafts, Santa and more. Dec. 9 & 16, 5–7:15 pm. $30 (includes 4 people). Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org

“Noel, Noel.” Featuring the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Master Chorale & Children’s Choir. Through Dec. 11. Starting at $40. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way. www.theshell.org

Jungle Bells. Twinkling lights, live entertainment and the magic of "Aurora," an immersive presentation weaving 3D projection mapping, music and lights. Through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jungle-bells

Very Merry Garden with Ms. Smarty-Plants. Ornament make & take, photos with Santa and more. 5:30–7:30 pm. $5–$12. 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. W., El Cajon. www.thegarden.org

FREE "Elf." 6:30 pm. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. www.moonlightstage.com

FREE Christmas in the Park. Visit with Santa, board the Poway Midland Railroad for a ride and more. 5:30– 8:30 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org

“The Nutcracker: In A Nutshell.” A new take on an old “tail” as you are transported to The Land of the Squeaks. Through Dec. 11. $12–$16. Visionary Performance Space, 8674 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. www.visionarydancetheatre.org


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Winter Express Experience. Special holiday activities, Christmas trains and story time with St. Nick. Dec. 10-11, 9–11 am. $13.50–$25. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado. www.sdmrm.org

Breakfast with Santa. Plus crafts and photos with Santa. 7:30–11 am. $7. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. www.san-marcos.net 

San Diego Santa Run. 5K, kids & dog mile. 9 am. $30–$45; includes Santa suit and sunglasses. 912 Garnet Ave. www.sandiegorunningco.com

FREE Santa Celebration. Santa photos, balloon twisters, crafts and more. 11 am–1 pm. Clairemont Town Square, 4821 Clairemont Dr. www.clairemonttownsquare.com

“El Alebrije.” A "Nutcracker" reimagining inspired by the culture of Mexico performed by A Step Beyond. 6:30 pm. $10; under 5 free. Kit Carson Amphitheater, 100 Amphitheater Dr., Escondido. www.a-step-beyond.org

“The Nutcracker.” The story of Marie and her magical adventure by Scripps Performing Arts and Scripps Ballet. Dec. 10-11. $35. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla. www.scrippsballet.com/academy/performances/

FREE Holiday Moonlight Cinema: “The Grinch.” Santa will be available for pictures. Bring blankets and chairs. 6–8 pm. One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Pl. www.onepaseo.com

FREE Santa Arrives on the Holiday Express Train. Train rides, crafts and more. 1–4 pm. Eastlake Village Marketplace, 2275 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. https://shopeastlakemarketplace.com

FREE Mission Bay Boat Parade of Lights. More than 100 decorated vessels take to the water. Starts at SeaWorld with fireworks and ends at The Mission Bay Beach Club. Dec. 10, 5:30 pm. www.discovermissionbay.org

Christmas with the Animals. Watch the lions, tigers and other rescued cats open their Christmas presents stuffed with treats. 1–5 pm. $20–$50. Lions Tigers & Bears, 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. www.lionstigersandbears.org

Merry & Bright Holiday Concert. A concert of classic and contemporary holiday songs. 6:30 pm. $17–$42. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. www.moonlightstage.com

FREE Pacific Beach Holiday Parade. 12 pm. Garnet Ave., Haines St. to Bayard St. www.pacificbeach.org

sunday  |  11

FREE Holiday Concert with Santa & Friends. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. 5–6:30 pm. Jerabek Park, 10150 Avenida Magnifica. www.symphonyinthepark.org

Harry Connick, Jr.: “A Holiday Celebration.” Christmas classics as well as his own originals. 7 pm. Starting at $35. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. www.broadwaysd.com

FREE San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Brightly illuminated boats decorated to the theme “FantaSEA.” Dec. 11 & 18, 5:30 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Coronado Ferry Landing. www.sdparadeoflights.org 

Parade of Lights Dinner on the Berkeley. Dinner, boat parade viewing and museum admission. Dec. 11 & 18, 4­–8 pm. $35–$70; 2 & under free. Maritime Museum, 1492 N. Harbor Dr. www.sdmaritime.org

Parade of Lights Spectator Cruise. A festive evening tour along the parade route. Dec. 11 & 18, 5–7 pm. $35–$50; under 4 free. 990 N. Harbor Dr. www.flagshipsd.com

FREE Holiday Sing-Along. Local choir performs holiday tunes. 5 pm. The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. Register: www.theconrad.org/events/2022-holiday-sing-along

FREE Stuff Your Stocking at Pathway Church. Kids can get their stocking filled with goodies and watch a Christmas movie. 6–7:30 pm. 3811 Mount Acadia Blvd. Reservations: www.pathwaychurchsandiego.org

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create & Celebrate. Skate on a synthetic ice rink. Fri.–Sun., 11 am–4 pm. Through Jan. 8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

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Wild Winter Nocturnal. Animal encounters, crafts, Santa and more. 5–7:15 pm. $30 (includes 4 people). Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org

FREE Santa’s Sleigh Ride. Santa will be riding along with Fire, Sheriff and Marine Safety personnel. 2:30–5 pm. Starts and ends at the Solana Beach Fire Station, 500 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

Golden State Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker.” A magical journey into the Land of the Sweets. Through Dec. 23. Starting at $28.50. Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Ave. www.sandiegotheatres.org

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Ebenezer Scrooge rediscovers the Christmas spirit in this Dickens mash-up set in “wintery” San Diego. Through Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

North Pole Limited. Hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas music as you head to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 17, 5 & 7 pm. Starting at $25. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

Jungle Bells. Twinkling lights, live entertainment and the magic of Aurora, an immersive presentation weaving 3D projection mapping, music and lights. Through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jungle-bells

Fort Cross Christmas Celebration of Light. A walk-thru light display with seven different lighted and musical scenes. Fridays & Saturdays in December. $25. 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel. www.fortcross.com 

saturday  |  17

Enchanted Village at Noah Homes. Walk through brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages and Santa’s workshop. Through Dec. 22, 5–8 pm. Starting at $9.99. 12526 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. www.enchantedvillage.org

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in Concert. Watch the Grinch in this classic tale, accompanied by the San Diego Symphony. 6 pm. Starting at $40. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way. www.theshell.org

San Diego Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker.” Watch Sugarplum fairies and flurries of snowflakes swirl across the stage. 1 & 5 pm. $45–$115. The Magnolia, 210 E. Main St., El Cajon. www.sandiegoballet.org

FREE Dr. Seuss’ "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for Whoville. 6:30 pm. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. www.moonlightstage.com

FREE Country Christmas Parade of Lights. “Joy in Julian” theme with decorated cars. 5:30–6 pm. Main St., Julian. https://visitjulian.com 

“An Irish Christmas.” Showcases some of the great Irish holiday traditions. 7:30 pm. Starting at $41.50. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. www.sandiegotheaters.org

Looking for San Diego's biggest and brightest holiday light displays? Search through our interactive Map of Christmas Lights organized by neighborhood! 

sunday  |  18

Hanukkah begins (Dec.18-26)

Nutcracker Tea with the San Diego Ballet. An interactive performance with holiday treats, photo opportunities with Santa and more. 11 am & 3 pm. $55–$65. Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Rd. www.salutetheseason.com

“The Sound of Christmas Sing-Along.” Sing your way into the season with joyful holiday favorites. 2:30 pm. Starting at $33.50. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. www.sandiegotheaters.org

Enchanted Village at Noah Homes. Walk through brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages and Santa’s workshop. Through Dec. 22, 5–8 pm. Starting at $9.99. 12526 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. www.enchantedvillage.org

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create & Celebrate. Skate on a synthetic ice rink. Fri.–Sun., 11 am–4 pm. Through Jan. 8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

wednesday  |  21

“Love Actually” in Concert. The San Diego Symphony performs the unforgettable score of this modern holiday classic. 7 pm. Starting at $40. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way. www.theshell.org

City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.” Be captivated by the choreography, the exquisite costumes and grand sets. Through Dec. 23. Starting at $33. California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. www.artcenter.org 

Chanukah Celebration. Lighting of the Menorah with games and refreshments. 4:30–6 pm. The Forum Carlsbad, 1905 Calle Barcelona. www.theforumcarlsbad.com

thursday  |  22

FREE Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Live music, kosher bites and the lighting ceremony. 6–8 pm. One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Pl. www.onepaseo.com

Las Posadas: A Mexican Christmas Celebration.” Revel in the joy of a traditional Mexican Christmas Eve. 7:30 pm. Starting at $33. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. www.sandiegotheatres.org 

Enchanted Village at Noah Homes. Walk through brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages and Santa’s workshop. Through Dec. 22, 5–8 pm. Starting at $9.99. 12526 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. www.enchantedvillage.org

friday  |  23

Jingle Belle Cruise. Sing along to carolers and take photos with a scenic backdrop of the bay. Through Dec. 25. $45. Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, 998 W. Mission Bay Dr. www.bahiahotel.com

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create & Celebrate. Skate on a synthetic ice rink. Fri.–Sun., 11 am–4 pm. Through Jan. 8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

Jungle Bells. Twinkling lights, live entertainment and the magic of Aurora, an immersive presentation weaving 3D projection mapping, music and lights. Through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jungle-bells

Fort Cross Christmas Celebration of Light. A walk-thru light display with seven different lighted and musical scenes. Fridays & Saturdays in December. $25. 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel. www.fortcross.com 

**Information is subject to change. Make sure to check websites or call for updated hours and dates of operation. 


saturday  |  24

Christmas Eve

Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Who-ville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Through Dec. 31. Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org 

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Ebenezer Scrooge rediscovers the Christmas spirit in this Dickens mash-up set in “wintery” San Diego. Through Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create & Celebrate. Skate on a synthetic ice rink. Fri.–Sun., 11 am–4 pm. Through Jan. 8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

Skating by the Sea. Beachfront ice rink. Daily through Jan. 1. $40, includes skate rental. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Looking for San Diego's biggest and brightest holiday light displays? Search through our interactive Map of Christmas Lights organized by neighborhood! 

sunday  |  25

Christmas Day

Christmas Day Dining Cruise. Festive vessel, live holiday music and breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. 1–3 pm. Starting at $56.70. 990 N. Harbor Dr. www.flagshipsd.com

monday  |  26

Kwanzaa begins (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)

saturday  |  31

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise. Celebrate New Year's on the waters of San Diego Bay. Starting at $150. 990 N. Harbor Dr. 9 pm–12:30 am. www.flagshipsd.com

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at LEGOLAND. Rides, activities and an early fireworks display. One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad. www.legoland.com

Jungle Bells. Twinkling lights, live entertainment and the magic of Aurora, an immersive presentation weaving 3D projection mapping, music and lights. Through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jungle-bells

New Year's Eve at The Living Coast Discovery Center. Dec. 31, 6-9 pm. Tickets on sale Dec. 1. www.thelivingcoast.org

Winter Camps 2022

Winter STEM Camps at The Fleet. Registration available starting Nov. 7. Full-day, in-person camps for kids in grades 1–3 offer fun and educational activities that incorporate the Fleet's exhibit galleries. Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 27-30www.fleetscience.org/events/winter-stem-camps

Little Fish Comic Book Studio Winter Camps. Registrations is now open! In-person camps for ages 7 and up. Choose from Kidz Comic Camp, Manga Art Intensive and Comic Art Intensive. Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30www.lilfish.us/camps

San Diego Junior Theatre Winter Break Camps. Elementary students are welcome to join us for fun-filled days rotating through classes in drama, music, dance and a specialty subject. Session 1: Dec. 19, Session 2: Dec. 26, Session 3: Jan. 3, 2023.  www.juniortheatre.com

Winter Break Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Each day includes hands-on animal encounters, cute crafts, awesome activities and the chance to connect with peers. Dec. 19–Jan. 6, 2023. No camp Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. www.animalcenter.org/education

Camp Kroc Thanksgiving and Winter Camps. Thanksgiving Camp: Nov. 21-23. Winter Camp: Dec. 19-23Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 2-6, 2023. https://sd.kroccenter.org/kroc-san-diego/camp/

Things change and some activities require reservations or have limited space, so don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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Updated: November 2022

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