Holiday Round-Up of Family Fun

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San Diego's family-friendly holiday events, festive recipes, Christmas crafts, ways to celebrate Hanukkah, holiday tips, kid-tested toy reviews, our famous Map of Christmas Lights and more. It's all in our Holiday Round-Up of Family Fun!


Places To Go

Family festivities, seasonal parades, Santa sightings and theater performances — San Diego offers a sleigh-full of holiday happenings! Read all about it in our list of December Holiday Events & Winter Camps.

Fun things to do in San Diego during December.

Tour the best holiday lights in San Diego County with our famous Map of Christmas Lights!

Prefer to play in the snow, but don't know where to go? Read Finding Snow in San Diego.


Holiday Sweets and Treats

You can't have a proper celebration without festive treats!

Sweet Treats

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Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookies by food blogger, Norene Cox



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Gluten-Free Lemon Star Cookies by The Seaside Baker



Edible Mini Menorah

Peppermint Snow Pie

Almond & Olive Oil Cake

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Frosted Cranberries for cakes, pies and more

6 Places to Get Hot Chocolate in San Diego

5 Tips for a Perfect Pie Crust



Healthy (allergy-safe) Holiday-Themed Snacks

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Snowman Caprese Salad 

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Christmas Kiwi Wreath



Red-Nosed Reindeer Snack

Christmas Tree Snack

Christmas & Holiday Crafts for Kids

Encourage creativity by setting up a craft table for the kids! Have fun with these projects:

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Christmas Village Putz Houses by Art with Alyssa



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Twig Christmas Trees by Art with Alyssa



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Poinsettia Yarn Painting by Art with Alyssa



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Sock Snowmen by Super Moms 360



DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Crayon Holder Craft for the Kids Table

Marshmallow Snowman Cards

Giant Candy Land Yard Decorations

Thankful Jars

Holiday Hangers (fun with pipe cleaners)

Free, printable letter to Santa (to color and fill out)

Ideas to Celebrate Hanukkah

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Hanukkah Place Card Holders 
Find fun crafts and beautiful projects in our Hanukkah Round-Up!

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve DIY Noisemakers

New Year's Eve Browne Ball Drop Pops


Holiday Hacks and More Seasonal Articles

Enjoy the holiday season with your family and these great articles from San Diego Family.

Holiday Hacks from San Diego Moms

How to Party Healthy this Season


Kid-Friendly Getaways

Ways to Ring in the New Year with Your Kids

Finding Joy in a Challenging Holiday Season

Multigeneraltional Holiday Gatherings: A recipe for success

San Diego Family's Kid-Tested Toy Reviews

Minimize Crazy to Maximize Joy this Christmas

Make the World a Better Place

Teacher Gifts that Could Land You on the Naughty List 

Silent Nights: Help Kids Sleep Well During the Holiday

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Find more ideas on our Halloween Pinterest Board. Check out our Christmas/Holiday pinterest board for more crafts, decorations and party ideas!

San Diego's Best Holiday Events for Families

San Diego's Best Holiday Events for Families

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San Diego's BEST Map of Christmas Lights 2022 presented by San Diego Family

San Diego's BEST Map of Christmas Lights 2022 presented by San Diego Family

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Just when you thought touring San Diego Christmas Lights couldn’t get any better, we created a free, printable scavenger hunt to make your lights tour interactive for the kids (and kids at heart). . . .

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Finding Snow in San Diego

Finding Snow in San Diego

When it comes to snow, we’ve got you covered. When snow is in the forecast, here is where you'll find it in or near San Diego County. Be sure to check websites for projected snowfall, weather condit . . .

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Holiday Round-Up of Family Fun

Holiday Round-Up of Family Fun

San Diego's family-friendly holiday events, festive recipes, Christmas crafts, ways to celebrate Hanukkah, holiday tips, kid-tested toy reviews, our famous Map of Christmas Lights and more. It's all . . .

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Fun Family Trips: Day Trips and Overnight Stays

Fun Family Trips: Day Trips and Overnight Stays

It's always "the right time" for families to look ahead to their next day trip or overnight vacation. Whether you're planning for winter break, spring break, summer vacation or just a fun weekend aw . . .

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Unique Gift Experiences

Unique Gift Experiences

Find Unique Gift Experiences for Birthdays or Holidays Going beyond the gift card for unique gifts.Because my family stinks at keeping secrets, I knew about my Christmas present back in September . . .

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San Diego's Favorite Pie Shops

San Diego's Favorite Pie Shops

Looking for the best places to get pie in San Diego? Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, Pi Day (March 14) or a birthday, everyone loves pie! Here are some of San Diego's favorite pie shops. . . .

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Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with Kids

Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with Kids

Looking for fun ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your family? Include these creative crafts, tasty recipes, and local restaurants in your celebration! Hanukkah, also called "The Festival of Lights" i . . .

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Holiday Parades in San Diego County 2022

Holiday Parades in San Diego County 2022

Festive Christmas and holiday parades are coming back to town in 2022! Take the family to enjoy sparkling lights, stunning floats and sleighloads of ho-ho-holiday cheer! San Diego Central FREE Por . . .

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119 Dad-Approved Gifts

119 Dad-Approved Gifts

Every Dad is unique, so have the kids spend time thinking about what they can do, make or give him that will speak to his soul and make him feel special, whether it's Father’s Day, Christmas or an . . .

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