Unwrap the magic of the season with a bounty of merry-making experiences for families. Your days are sure to be merry and bright as you create joyful memories and get into the holiday spirit with these glittering festivities!
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. The family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and many more. 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. For tickets visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.
John Treacy Egan, Andrew Polec, Tommy Martinez. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Who doesn’t love the sights of a winter snowfall? Experience enchanted flurries, choreographed lights, and seasonal music Thursdays through Sundays at 6 and 7 pm beginning Dec. 2 at Village Walk at Eastlake. Kids receive free holiday headbands and “magic” glasses to view the falling snow in rainbow colors. They can even meet a charming “snowman” and capture unique family photos in a life-size photo frame on select dates. Visit www.shopvillagewalk.com for details on the snowfall and other holiday events.
Photo courtesy of Village Walk
Can you imagine a room filled with wooden toys that come to life at the push of a button? Explore the magical world of automata in Mechanics Alive at the Fleet Science Center! The entire family will marvel at whimsical and thought-provoking mechanical sculptures with exposed inner workings that reveal how each piece animates. Get inspired and create your own automata with family and friends at the Fleet’s Studio X. You don’t want to miss this magical and festive experience! Get details on our website at www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/mechanics-alive.
Photo courtesy of the Fleet Science Center
Experience a festival of trees and lights at Noah Homes’ Enchanted Village in Spring Valley, Dec. 17-22, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a winter wonderland filled with over 200,000 dazzling lights, the tallest musical Christmas tree in San Diego, and interactive holiday displays. You can even take a photo with Santa! Proceeds benefit Noah Homes, a nonprofit for people with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.EnchantedVillage.org.
Photo courtesy of Noah Homes
Experience holiday fun the old-fashioned way during Julian’s Country Christmas. You’ll feel a nip in the air and might even catch a glimpse of snow-capped mountains! Visit Santa at Town Hall, enjoy a Light Parade on Main St. (Dec. 18), take a winter hayride and shop for unique gifts. Kids can write Santa letters at Town Hall and drop in a mailbox to the North Pole. Visit www.JulianCountryChristmas.com for details.
Photo courtesy of Noah Homes
Revel in holiday magic at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Jungle Bells at the Zoo beckons with Aurora, an evening spectacular filled with light, sound and 3D projections: Dec. 10–23 and 25–Jan. 2. Wild Holidays at the Safari Park offers a wild wonderland with twinkling lights, holiday music and seasonal treats; weekends in Dec. and Dec. 26–Jan. 2. Details at www.sdzwa.org.
Photo courtesy of the San Diego Zoo and SD Zoo Safari Park
Make magical memories at Family Christmas Tree Farm, a family-owned Christmas tree farm in El Cajon. Take unique photos, enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo and an old-time Christmas atmosphere. Smell fresh pine trees as you find the perfect one to cut down. Fresh wreaths, many varieties of pre-cut trees (in hard-to-find sizes) and potted trees also available. Opens Nov. 26. Learn more at www.familychristmastreefarm.com.
Photo courtesy of All Colors Photography
Celebrate Christmas Eve with candlelight and carols, the Christmas Story, and the Christmas Spirit. First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley offers three candlelight services with a special service for families. At 5 p.m., the annual Christmas Pageant re-enacts the story of Jesus’ birth through scripture readings, carols, and candle lighting. Visit www.fumcsd.org/christmaseve for additional information.
Photo courtesy of the First United Methodist Church
*Information is subject to change. Check websites or call for updated hours and dates of operation.
Updated November 23, 2021