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Indulge in extra helpings of family fun! Check out this month’s calendar “stuffed” with an abundance of Thanksgiving and holiday events.

November 2022 Featured Holiday Events

FREE The Super Dentists' Candy Buy-Back. Receive $1 for each pound of candy. All candy collected will be delivered to the military. Ends Nov. 5, 7 am–7 pm. Carmel Valley (11943 El Camino Real), Chula Vista (345 F St.), Eastlake (2226 Otay Lakes Rd.), Kearny Mesa (9737 Aero Dr.), Oceanside (3625 Vista Way) & Escondido (390 West Valley Pkwy.). www.facebook.com/TheSuperDentists

“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. Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego. Nov. 18-Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

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

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November Events

tuesday  |  1

FREE Dia de los Muertos Festival. Honor and remember loved ones with community altars. Nov.1, 3–8 pm. California Center for the Arts, 340 Escondido Blvd., Escondido. www.artcenter.org

FREE Halloween Candy Buy-Back. Exchange candy for toys, activities and gift cards, while supplies last. Tours and limited-time assessment specials will be offered to attendees. Ends Nov. 3. Brain Balance Center of San Diego, 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr., Ste. 124. RSVP: bbsdcandy2022.eventbrite.com

FREE The Super Dentist Candy Buy-Back. Receive $1 for each pound of candy. All candy collected will be delivered to the military. Through Nov. 5, 7 am–7 pm. Carmel Valley (11943 El Camino Real), Chula Vista (345 F St.), Eastlake (2226 Otay Lakes Rd.), Kearny Mesa (9737 Aero Dr.), Oceanside (3625 Vista Way) & Escondido (390 West Valley Pkwy.). www.facebook.com/TheSuperDentists

wednesday  |  2

FREE Dia de los Muertos Old Town. Altars, face painting, crafts and more. Nov. 2. Details: www.dayofthedeadsd.com

Camino de Almas. Altars, face painting, calavera giveaways, treats, music and family fun. Nov. 2, 4:30 pm. Procession from El Borrego Restaurant, 6:30 pm. 

Muertos Candlelight Procession. Candlelight Procession in honor of our ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. Join the procession from the Centro Cultural de la Raza or Sherman Heights Community Center. Please remember that the procession is a sacred and spiritual event, we appreciate all participants demonstrating the utmost respect for the altars and the preservation of our cultural heritage. The procession will be guided by Calpulli Mexihca and Danza Cuatlicue. Nov. 2, 5-9:30 pm. Sherman Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Avenue. www.facebook.com/events/500994401568915

Dia de los Muertos Self-Guided Altar Tours. View the collection of altars at the Sherman Heights Community Center. Nov. 2, extended hours from 3-10 pm. Sherman Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Avenue. www.facebook.com/events/1239150793605211/1239150833605207

friday  |  4

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink. Nov. 4, 3 pm. 5003 Willows Road Alpine. www.viejasoutletcenter.com/skating-rink/

National City's Dia de los Muertos Festival. Join us for a Día de los Muertos Festival at the Kimball Bowl! We'll be setting up a community altar and a stage with live performances and music throughout the evening. Check out the amazing artwork that our teen youth artists have been working hard on. Enjoy performances, crafts, a book giveaway, and Ofrenda-making together! Nov. 4, 5-8:30 pm. Kimball Bowl, 148 E. 12th St., National City. www.facebook.com/CityofNationalCity


saturday  |  5

Fall Garden Festival. Celebrate all that the season has to offer at the Water Conservation Garden. Pre-register for the County sponsored Sustainable Landscapes Tour or Solutions for Hillsides and Erosion and receive FREE festival admission. Come out and enjoy food, flora, and the fresh air of fall. Nov. 5, 10 am- 2 pm. Members preview: 9 am- 10 am. 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West,
El Cajon. www.thegarden.org/fall-garden-festival/

sunday  | 6

Daylight Saving Time ends

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

FREE Fall Back Festival. Learn about San Diego’s rich cultural history by participating in an assortment of activities and demonstrations. Kids of all ages will enjoy an afternoon of Fall Back fun where they can get down and dirty with a pie eating contest, take part in a Kumeyaay Drum Circle, and more! Nov. 6, 12-4 pm. 410 Island Ave. www.gaslampfoundation.org/fallback-festival-presented-by-the-gaslamp-quarter-historical-foundation/

friday  |  11

“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. Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

Winter Wonder Beachside at Belmont Park. Enjoy festive rides and attractions including the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and sip on holiday-inspired drinks while you stroll through the Midway under a million lights! Our Winter Wonderland Beachside Fest is here to make your holidays bright! Nov. 11-Jan. 1, 2023. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com/winterwonder

Peltzer Ice Rink Opening Day. Nov. 11-Jan. 8, 2023. 40275 Calle Contento, Temecula. www.peltzerwinery.com/peltzer-ice-rink

Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

saturday |  12

A Very Furry Christmas Celebration. Sesame Place San Diego is transformed into a festive winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and surprises. Select dates, Nov. 12-Jan. 8, 10 am–5 pm. 2054 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista. Tickets: www.sesameplace.com

Japanese Friendship Garden Holiday Market. Nov. 12, 10 am- 4 pm. Find the perfect holiday gift from one of 15 vendors and enjoy delicious food from several food booths. 2215 Pan American Rd. E. www.niwa.org/holiday-market

 

sunday |  13

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink. Nov. 4, 3 pm. 5003 Willows Road Alpine. www.viejasoutletcenter.com/skating-rink/

thursday | 17

FREE “At First Light” Light Show Spectacular. Experience the magic as The Del’s historic pine trees are draped in a spectacular light show with festive holiday music and snow flurries. Nightly 11-minute show every 30 minutes, 5–9 pm. Nov. 17-Jan. 1. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Skating by the Sea. This spectacular beachfront ice rink features stunning views of the Pacific and benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. Daily, Nov. 17-Jan. 1. $40, includes skate rental. Visit website for times. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Daily, 10 am–10 pm. Nov. 17-Jan. 8, (closed Nov. 24 & Dec. 25). $13–$15, includes skate rental and helmet. 2875 Dewey St. www.radyfoundation.org/icerink

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

friday | 18

FREE Holiday Lighting Celebration. Live music, face painting, sledding, Santa photos and more. Nov. 18, 5:30–8:30 pm. Tree lighting, 6:15 pm. Santee Trolley Square, 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee. www.cityofsantee.gov

“Lightscape.” The enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail features eye-catching artistic installations that come alive with color, imagination and sound. Nov. 18–20, 23 & 25–17. Nov. 18-Jan. 1, 5–8:30 pm. $18–$29; 2 & under free. San Diego Botanic Garden, Quail Gardens Dr. & Ecke Ranch Rd., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org/lightscape

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego. Nov. 18-Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

saturday |  19

Holidays at LEGOLAND. LEGO Christmas tree, Holiday Light Show with falling “snow”, life-size LEGO Santa and more. Nov. 19-Jan. 8. Starting at $89.99. One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad. www.legoland.com

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna. This world-famous group of young musicians kick off the holiday season with their beloved, illustrious repertoire. Nov. 19, 7:30 pm. Starting at $25. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. www.sandiegotheatres.org

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Daily, 10 am–10 pm. Nov. 17-Jan. 8, (closed Nov. 24 & Dec. 25). $13–$15, includes skate rental and helmet. 2875 Dewey St. www.radyfoundation.org/icerink

“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. Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. Stunning live shows, joyous entertainment and more. Nov. 14-Jan. 8. SeaWorld, Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. www.seaworldsandiego.com

sunday  |  20

The Polar Express Train Ride. Relive the magic of the classic story with a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa where hot chocolate and cookies are served by dancing chefs. Select dates, Nov. 20-Dec. 28. Southern California Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris. www.socalrailway.org

FREE Encinitas Holiday Street Fair. Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides and more. Nov. 20, 9 am–5 pm. Downtown Encinitas. www.encinitas101.com

FREE PB Christmas Trees. Through Dec. 25. Mon.–Fri., 10 am–10 pm; Sat. & Sun., 8 am–10 pm. 870 Garnet Ave. www.pbchristmastreecountry.com

thursday |  24

Thanksgiving Day 

O’side Turkey Trot. Move your feet before you eat. 5-mile run, 5K run/walk and kids races. Starting at $28. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Register: www.osideturkeytrot.com

Encinitas Turkey Trot.  Start and finish the race under the world-famous “ENCINITAS” sign on Coast Highway 101. 10K, 7:30 am; 5K, 8 am. www.encinitasturkeytrot.org

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot. Nov. 24, 8–11 am. $20–$50. Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr., Coronado. Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Coronado/Coronado5KTurkeyTrot

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K. Help provide life-changing meals to feed hungry neighbors in need. Nov. 24, 7:30 am. $30–$50. Balboa Park. www.thanksgivingrun.org

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Del. Enjoy a lavish feast with live music. Adults, $195; ages 4–10, $100; 3 & under free. Southpointe Ballroom, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Reservations required: www.hoteldel.com

Thanksgiving Brunch Cruise. Enjoy the holiday on the Bay with friends and family. Nov. 24, 11 am–1 pm. $74.90–$94.90; 3 & under free. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr. www.cityexperiences.com

Thanksgiving Day Dining Cruise. Gourmet meal, waterfront views and more. Nov. 24, 1–3 pm. $53.70–$89.50; 4 & under free. Flagship San Diego, 990 N. Harbor Dr. www.flagshipsd.com

FREE Purdy Tree Farms. From tabletop trees to towering 16-ft. tall trees and everything in between, you’ll find the perfect tree for you. Daily through Dec. 24, 9 am–3 pm. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarfairgrounds.com

friday  |  25

Black Friday

North Pole Limited. Enjoy 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 $38. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

Turkey Bash. Animals indulge in their very own holiday feast. Nov. 25-26, 10 am. $35–$60. Lions Tigers & Bears, 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. www.lionstigersandbears.org

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting at Liberty Station. Details: www.libertystation.com

FREE Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair. Face painting, farm zoo for the kids, Santa and more. Nov. 25, 9 am–4 pm. Through Nov. 27. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd. www.batesnutfarm.biz

Skating by the Sea. This spectacular beachfront ice rink features stunning views of the Pacific and benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. Daily, Nov. 17-Jan. 1. $40, includes skate rental. Visit website for times. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show.” Cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego. Nov. 18-Dec. 24. The Old Globe, Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

FREE Lights at the Lakes. A dazzling drive-thru light show event at Santee Lakes. Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Thursdays-Sundays, 5:30-8:30 pm. https://www.santeelakes.com/event/lights-at-the-lakes/ 

The Nutcracker Ballet. Nov. 25, 7-9 pm. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. https://temeculaca.gov/Calendar.aspx

saturday  |  26

Small Business Saturday

FREE Julian Christmas Tree Lighting. Festivities to open the holiday season include Christmas carols, Santa and more. Nov. 26, 4 pm; tree lighting, 6 pm. Pioneer Park, 2811 Washington St. www.julianca.com

Holiday Hayride: A Christmas Celebration. Hayride, archery, candle making and more. Nov. 26, 10 am–4 pm. $20–$25. Fort Cross, 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel. www.fortcross.com

Small Business Saturday. Shop locally in person and online at small businesses. www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/about/

FREE Village Artisan Faire. Handmade crafts, live music, holiday delights and more. Nov. 26, 9 am–3 pm. Downtown Fallbrook. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

FREE Tree Lighting at One Paseo. Lights, festive decor and snow. Nov. 26, 5–8 pm; tree lighting 5 pm. 3725 Paseo Pl. www.onepaseo.com

Peltzer Annual Tree Lighting Day 1. Bring the whole family to enjoy this all-day, all-ages event featuring ice skating, local food trucks, live music, holiday market, delicious Peltzer beverages, tree lighting ceremony, and a visit from good ol' St. Nick himself. Nov. 26, 10 am-9 pm. 40275 Calle Contento, Temecula. www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar

sunday |  27

FREE “At First Light” Light Show Spectacular. Experience the magic as The Del’s historic pine trees are draped in a spectacular light show with festive holiday music and snow flurries. Nightly 11-minute show every 30 minutes, 5–9 pm. Nov. 17-Jan. 1. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

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

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. Stunning live shows, joyous entertainment and more. Nov. 14-Jan. 8. SeaWorld, Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. www.seaworldsandiego.com

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Daily, 10 am–10 pm. Nov. 17-Jan. 8, (closed Nov. 24 & Dec. 25). $13–$15, includes skate rental and helmet. 2875 Dewey St. www.radyfoundation.org/icerink

“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. Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Balboa Park. Tickets and showtimes: www.theoldglobe.org

 

Thanksgiving Break Camps

San Diego Junior Theatre Thanksgiving Camp. Nov. 21-23. Grades K-6. Register at www.JuniorTheatre.com

Camp Kroc Thanksgiving Camps. Nov. 21-23. https://sd.kroccenter.org/kroc-san-diego/camp/

Fleet Science Center Fall Camps. Looking for something exciting, fun and out of this world this fall break? Join us for Astronomy Adventures! Students in grades 1-3 will enjoy a variety of hands-on astronomy-themed activities and exploration in our full-day camp. Nov. 21-23, 9 am-4 pm. https://www.fleetscience.org/events/fall-camps

Thanksgiving Break Critter Camp. Nov. 21-23. Preschool-Grade 6. www.animalcenter.org/programs-services/education/thanksgiving-break-critter-camp/

December Events - Coming Soon!

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