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


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

Father's Day Events, Handmade Gifts, Recipes and More

Father's Day Events, Handmade Gifts, Recipes and More

   Wondering how to celebrate Father's Day this year? Find recipes, crafty handmade presents, and Dad-approved gift ideas to show the father in your life how much he is appreciated! For mo . . .

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Happy Father’s Day! 10 Creative Ways to Celebrate Dad

Happy Father’s Day! 10 Creative Ways to Celebrate Dad

Every dad needs reminders of how much he is loved and valued. While you don’t want to forgo handmade cards and the kids’ sweet ideas for Father’s Day or a birthday, these creative ways to cele . . .

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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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Free Spring and Summer Concerts 2023

Free Spring and Summer Concerts 2023

San Diego’s Free Summer Concerts 2023 Start the summer on a high note! Here are outdoor gigs and free summer concerts happening throughout San Diego County in 2023. CARLSBADTGIF Concerts . . .

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What Dad Wants for Father's Day

What Dad Wants for Father's Day

I struggle to make Father’s Day special for my husband, largely because we disagree on the definition of special. My husband is practical and content by nature, so one Father’s Day, I gave him a . . .

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How to Stay Connected with Grandparents Who Live Far Away

How to Stay Connected with Grandparents Who Live Far Away

Those who live far from their children’s grandparents know that maintaining a special connection from afar is difficult—but it’s not impossible. Here are ways to keep kids in touch with long-d . . .

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Unplug and Connect!

Unplug and Connect!

Unplug and reconnect with 24 hours of family fun during the Global Day of Unplugging! Photo courtesy of Andres Amador Celebrate the annual Global Day of Unplugging, an event dedicated to family conn . . .

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9 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice

9 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice

In San Diego, June 21 marks the longest day of the year and heralds the start of the beloved summer season: summer solstice. The summer solstice presents another opportunity for families to celebrat . . .

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