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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 2021 Featured Holiday Events

Fall Fest at Belmont Park. San Diego’s iconic beachfront amusement park is bringing back its 9th annual Fall Fest for guests of all ages from Oct. 1-Nov.14. Fall Fest offers guests festive-themed rides and attractions like the Giant Dipper, Tiki Town, mini-golf and more. Seasonal in-park treats will be available for purchase along with free trick or treating every Sunday starting at 5 pm (while supplies last). 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. www.belmontpark.com/fallfest

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. Sept. 18-Nov. 8. Open every day from 9 am-7 pm. Open 9 am-10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October. 1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad. www.carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com/pumpkin

The Super Dentists 17th Annual Candy Buy Back. Bring your candy to any Super Dentists' location from Nov.1-5 to receive $1 for every pound of candy donated. For more information check out pg. 2 in our October issue here.  

“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. Featuring the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze).” Nov. 10-Dec. 31. Visit website for tickets. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way. www.theoldglobe.org

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show.” Cheer on 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.19-Dec. 26. Visit website for times and tickets. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way. www.theoldglobe.org

3rd Annual Beachside Winter Wonder at Belmont Park. Nov. 26-Jan. 2. Holiday sculptures, photos with Santa, live entertainment, Christmas Tree lot and more. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com

Family Christmas Tree Farm. Opens Nov. 26, Mon.-Sun., 9 am-9 pm. See ad on pg. 27 of San Diego Family's November issue for coupons. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com

Thanksgiving Critter Camp at Helen Woodward. Nov. 22-24. Your child’s compassion and appreciation for animals will grow as they interact with cute critters, create crafts, play games, and form new friendships in a safe setting. 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org/education

San Diego Junior Theatre Thanksgiving Camp. Nov. 22-24. Kindergarten-Grade 6. 1650 El Prado #208, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com

EIS Thanksgiving Technology Camp. Nov. 22-24, 9 am-4 pm. Grades 2-8. 608 51st St., San Diego. www.eisca.org/camps

Holiday Nights at Viejas Outlets. Through Jan. 2. Bring the whole family to experience the magic of the holiday season during Holiday Nights at Viejas Outlets. Enjoy Southern California's largest outdoor ice rink, visit with Santa, take a spin and enjoy the view from the top of the Ferris wheel. Create magical memories as you stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and witness a spectacular water show. Visit website for complete schedule of events. 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine. www.viejas.com/holiday-nights

November Events

monday  |  1

Halloween Candy Buy-Back. Exchange candy for toys, activities and gift cards. Halloween costumes encouraged. Nov.1-2, 12–6 pm. RSVP at candybuyback2021.eventbrite.com. Brain Balance, 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. #124 & 310 3rd Ave. #C7, Chula Vista. www.brainbalancesandiego.com

tuesday  |  2

FREE Old Town Día De Los Muertos. Traditional candlelight procession passes over 50 traditional and contemporary Día de los Muertos altars (ofrendas). Live music, traditional face painting, mask making and more. Nov. 2, 6:30 pm. Old Town San Diego. www.oldtownsandiego.org

Halloween Candy Buy-Back. See Nov. 1. 

friday  |  5

The Super Dentists 17th Annual Candy Buy Back. Bring your candy to any Super Dentists' location from Nov.1-5 to receive $1 for every pound of candy donated. For more information check out pg. 2 in our October issue here

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. Sept. 18-Nov. 8. Open every day from 9 am-7 pm. Open 9 am-10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October. 1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad. www.carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com/pumpkin

Fall Fest at Belmont Park. San Diego’s iconic beachfront amusement park is bringing back its 9th annual Fall Fest for guests of all ages from Oct. 1-Nov.14. Fall Fest offers guests festive-themed rides and attractions like the Giant Dipper, Tiki Town, mini-golf and more. Seasonal in-park treats will be available for purchase along with free trick or treating every Sunday starting at 5 pm (while supplies last). 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. www.belmontpark.com/fallfest


wednesday  |  10

“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. Featuring the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze).” Nov. 10-Dec. 31. Visit website for tickets. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way. www.theoldglobe.org

friday  | 12

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Over 100 acres of beautifully decorated park, including a towering sea-themed Christmas tree and a holiday music-activated tunnel of lights. Nov. 12-Jan 2. Visit website for tickets. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. www.seaworldsandiego.com

Southern California's Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink. Opens Nov. 12www.viejas.com/skating-rink

Photos with SantaNov. 12-Dec. 24. Westfield North County, 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy., Escondido. www.westfield.com/northcounty/event-detail/Make-Your-Reservation-With-Santa!

saturday  |  13

Fall Garden Festival. Outdoor demonstrations and tours on water harvesting, hillside planting, proper tree planting and more. Nov. 13, 10 am–2 pm. $4–$8; 2 & under free. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. W., El Cajon. www.thegarden.org

Photos with Santa at Seaport Village. Select dates, Nov. 13-Dec. 24. Capture the magic of the holiday season in a photo with Seaport Village's resident Surfin’ Santa. www.seaportvillage.com/holidays/photos-with-santa

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

sunday |  14

Holiday Nights at Viejas Outlets. See Featured Events. 

Family Christmas Tree Farm. See Featured Events. 

monday |  15

Peltzer Ice Rink Opening Day. Enjoy 8,400 square feet of skating space, complimentary gliders, picnic benches, hot cocoa, snacks, local food trucks, and a Rink & Drink Bar serving Peltzer Wine and Sangria and local beer on tap. Rink is open rain or shine. 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula. www.peltzerfarms.com/peltzer-ice-rink

friday | 19

Friday Night at the Drive-In: “Polar Express.” Gates open, 7 pm; movie, 8 pm. $20 per vehicle. High Tech High parking lot, 5331 Mt. Alifan Dr. www.clairemontchamber.org

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show.” Cheer on 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.19-Dec. 26. Visit website for times and tickets. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way. www.theoldglobe.org

FREE Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration. Sledding, carriage rides, Santa photos, live music and more. Nov.19, 5:30–8:30 pm. Santee Trolley Square, 9884 Mission Gorge Rd. www.santeeholidaylighting.com

saturday |  20

Holidays at LEGOLAND. Live entertainment, twinkling lights and festive cheer await. Nightly tree lightings of the Park’s LEGO Christmas tree decked with spectacular lights and LEGO ornaments. Nov. 20-Jan. 2. Activities included with admission. One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad. www.LEGOLAND.com.

FREE Holiday Street Fair. Over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus entertainment, children’s rides and more. Nov. 20-21, 9 am–4 pm. Downtown Encinitas. www.encinitas101.com

sunday  |  21

FREE Pinery Christmas Trees. Pick from a wide selection of Noble and Douglas Fir trees, potted rosemary, wreaths, garland and poinsettias. Nov. 21-Dec. 24. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Del Mar Fairgrounds Horsepark, 14550 El Camino Real. See website for other locations. www.pinerychristmastrees.com

FREE Mother Goose Parade. Balloons, floats, equestrians and more. Visit website for time and route. El Cajon. www.mothergooseparade.org

monday  |  22

Skating by the Sea. This spectacular beachfront ice rink features stunning views of the Pacific and benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. Nov. 22-Jan. 2. $35. Visit website for times. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

San Diego Junior Theatre Thanksgiving Camp. Nov. 22-24. Kindergarten-Grade 6. www.juniortheatre.com

wednesday  |  24

The Polar Express Train Ride.  A magical re-creation of the classic children’s story led by a cast of talented actors on board a real train. Nov. 24 & Nov. 26–28.  $44–$50.  Visit website for times. Southern California Railway Museum, 2201 S. A. St., Perris. www.oerm.org

FREE Home for the Holidays. The iconic resort shimmers and shines as its signature red turrets are draped in thousands of sparkling lights with magical Christmas trees, snowy surprises and garlands galore. Nov. 22-Jan. 2. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

thursday |  25

Thanksgiving Day 

O’side Turkey Trot 5M or 5K Run/Walk. Move your feet before you eat with a costume contest, live entertainment on the course and more. 6:45–11:30 am. $28–$43. Downtown Oceanside. https://osideturkeytrot.com

Encinitas Turkey Trot 5K & 10K. Start your Thanksgiving Holiday fun with friends and family. Race starts and finishes under the World Famous “ENCINITAS” Sign on Coast Highway 101. $48–$58. www.encinitasturkeytrot.com 

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot. Move your feet before the feast. 8–11 am. $18–$48. Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr., Coronado. https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Coronado/Coronado5KTurkeyTrot

Thanksgiving Brunch. Enjoy all the festive trimmings with San Diego's incredible views from the water. $59.93–$79.90; 3 & under free. 11:30 am–1:30 pm. 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr. www.cityexperiences.com

Thanksgiving Dinner. Give thanks and celebrate in the magnificent Crown Room and Coronet Room. The elegant buffet will be a lavish feast with all of the trimmings and live musical entertainment. Adults, $175; Ages 4–10, $75; 3 & under free.1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com

Thanksgiving Day 5K. Help Father Joe’s Villages provide meals to feed the hungry. 6:30–11:30 am. $30–$50. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. www.thanksgivingrun.org

12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Thank You Run 5K and Kids 1K. Nov. 25, 7:30 am. www.sandiegorunningco.com/sdrc_events/thanksgiving-day-thank-you-run-5k

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Zoo. Join the Zoo for a sumptuous Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Treetops Room. Two seatings available: 11:30 am-1:30 pm and 3:30-5:30 pm. $85 for adults and $65 for children ages 3 to 11, including tax. Zoo admission is required for nonmembers. 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/dining-events/alberts-thanksgiving-dinner

Looking for a great restaurant to celebrate Turkey Day with your family? Gather your family and friends and check out these restaurants offering delicious Thanksgiving Day dinners. Don't forget to make your reservations early! 

friday |  26

Black Friday

FREE PB Christmas Trees. Nov. 21-Dec. 25. Mon.–Fri.,10 am–10 pm; Sat. & Sun., 8 am–10 pm. 870 Garnet Ave. www.pbchristmastreecountry.com

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. Handmade wares, Snows Pony Rides & Petting Corral, Kids ‘n Paint and face painting. Nov. 26-Nov. 28, 9 am–4 pm. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz

North Pole Limited. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols as you head to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Nov. 26-27, 5 & 7 pm. Starting at $30. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

3rd Annual Beachside Winter Wonder at Belmont Park. Nov. 26-Jan. 2. Holiday sculptures, photos with Santa, live entertainment, Christmas Tree lot and more. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com

Family Christmas Tree Farm. Opens Nov. 26, Mon.-Sun., 9 am-9 pm. See ad on pg. 27 of San Diego Family's November issue for coupons. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com

FREE Jingle Terrace Park. Nov. 26-Dec. 23, 6-10 pm. This annual drive-thru event will feature holiday-themed light displays along the driving loop in Brengle Terrace Park. Visitors will be captivated by the displays of holiday lights depicting many of Vista’s special amenities. 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. www.cityofvista.com/city-services/city-departments/recreation-comm-services/holiday-special-events

Santa Claus at Viejas Outlets. Nov. 26-Dec. 19, 5-8 pm. Bring the whole family to meet Santa and experience the magic of the holiday season during Holiday Nights at Viejas Outlets. 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine. www.viejas.com/holiday-nights

Liberty Station Tree Lighting. Nov. 26, 5-9 pm. Gather your loved ones and enjoy a magical evening with the iconic 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, live entertainment, festive firetruck rides, free photos with Santa, and "The Grinch" movie showing. North Promenade, Liberty Station. 2848 Dewey Rd., San Diego. www.libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/holiday-tree-lighting

saturday  |  27

Small Business Saturday

FREE Tree Lighting. Kick off the holiday season, light up the sky and bring cheer to One Paseo. 5–8 pm. Plaza West, 3725 Paseo Pl. www.onepaseo.com

FREE Village Artisan Faire. Handmade artisan products, art objects, live music and holiday delights. 9 am–3 pm. Downtown Fallbrook. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org 

FREE Holiday Fest at Grossmont Center. Nov. 27, 10 am-4 pm and Nov. 28, 11 am-4 pm. Shop local at this holiday pop-up event co-hosted by San Diego Made. Santa meet & greet, holiday photo ops, 70+ craft vendors, winter decor, tree lighting ceremony (Saturday) and local food vendors. 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa. www.sandiegomade.org/holiday-fest-at-grossmont-center

Holiday Hayride: A Christmas Celebration. Nov. 27-28, 10 am-4 pm. Join Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures as they celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season near the idyllic mountain town of Julian. 4425 Hwy. 78., Santa Ysabel. www.fortcross.com/holiday-hayride

Tree Lighting at Peltzer Winery. Nov. 27, 11 am-10 pm and Nov. 28, 11 am-7 pm. This two-day event features ice skating, food trucks, live music, holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, and plenty of photo ops! 40275 Calle Contento, Temecula. www.peltzerwinery.com

 

sunday | 28

Hannukah begins at sunset

3rd Annual Beachside Winter Wonder at Belmont Park. See Featured Events. 

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. See Nov. 26.  

Southern California's Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink. See Nov. 12. 

Holiday Hayride: A Christmas Celebration. See Nov. 27. 

Tree Lighting at Peltzer Winery. See Nov. 27. 

Hanukkah at the Mall. Nov. 28, 4:30 pm. Celebrate the first night of Chanukah at Westfield North County with a Grand Menorah Lighting, dreidel spinning, music, kids crafts, donuts, latkes and more! 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy., Escondido. https://fb.me/e/2M2sN8FkG

Liberty Station Hanukkah & Menorah Lighting. Nov. 28, 5 pm. Liberty Station in partnership with Chabad of Downtown San Diego and Pacific Beach will host a public menorah lighting at Liberty Station’s Central Promenade to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah. The magical, family-friendly festivities will be complete with music and the traditional lighting of the menorah. North Promenade, Liberty Station. 2848 Dewey Rd., San Diego. www.libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/menorah-lighting


monday | 29

Chanukah Celebration. Join Chabad La Costa for the lighting of the menorah in the courtyard between Chico’s and White House Black Market. The event will include live music, games for the children and complimentary refreshments. Nov. 30, 4–6 pm. The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona. www.eventsforumcarlsbad.com

tuesday | 30

Celebrate Hanukkah at Seaport Village. Nov. 30, 5:30 pm. In partnership with Chabad of Downtown San Diego, Seaport Village will host a public menorah lighting to commemorate the third night of Hanukkah. The magical, family-friendly festivities will be complete with music and the traditional lighting of the menorah. 849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com/holidays/menorah-lighting

Thanksgiving Break / Winter Camps

San Diego Junior Theatre Thanksgiving Camp. Nov. 22-24. Kindergarten-Grade 6. 1650 El Prado #208, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com

Thanksgiving Critter Camp at Helen Woodward. Nov. 22-24. Your child’s compassion and appreciation for animals will grow as they interact with cute critters, create crafts, play games, and form new friendships in a safe setting. 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org/education

EIS Thanksgiving Technology Camp. Nov. 22-24, 9 am-4 pm. Grades 2-8. 608 51st St., San Diego. www.eisca.org/camps

EIS Winter Science Camp. Students will participate in hands-on experiments and activities using art to create scientific models. Subjects include ecology, chemistry, art, nature journaling, computer design and more. Dec. 20-23 and 27-30, 9 am-4 pm. Available for Grades 2-8. For more info and to register visit www.eisca.org/register. 608 51st St., San Diego. 

December Events

3rd Annual Beachside Winter Wonder at Belmont Park. Nov. 26-Jan. 2. Holiday sculptures, photos with Santa, live entertainment, Christmas Tree lot and more. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com 

San Diego Junior Theatre Winter Camp. Avoid the winter blues with San Diego Junior Theatre's Winter Camps! Three weekly sessions of singing, dancing and acting classes to keep your spirits high! Dec. 20-Jan. 7www.juniortheatre.com

Family Christmas Tree Farm. Opens Nov. 26, Mon.-Sun., 9 am-9 pm. See ad on pg. 27 of San Diego Family's November issue for coupons. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com

The Holiday Market at Petco Park. Nov. 29-Dec. 24. The Holiday Market at Petco Park is returning for a second year at Petco Park. The popular market will be bigger and better this year with even more food, beverage and artisan vendors. Enjoy a fun night for the whole family with local and European artisan shops, magical lighting displays, seasonal food and beverage options, Santa and other holiday characters. Gallagher Square at Petco Park. 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. www.mlb.com/padres/tickets/events/holiday-market-and-trail

FREE Jingle Terrace Park. See Nov. 26. 

"Come Together" 2021 Vista Christmas Parade. Dec. 4, 1 pm. Downtown Vista. 

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