Cast aside the stress of the holiday season this year and escape to the sunny seaside. San Diego is one of the liveliest cities to visit during the Christmas season, and you’ll have your hands full of holiday fun. Save room on the best day of the year for some of the things we’re most excited about for 2019 Christmas in San Diego:
Christmas in San Diego Morning & Day
Wake up in your cozy San Diego rental and have a quiet morning indoors with a coffee in your hand and lots of love in the house. Hit up Humphrey’s (one of our favorite eateries in town) for a hearty Christmas breakfast to get you going for an eventful and fun-filled day! Your choices range from Applewood Smoked Bacon to Eggs Benedict to Belgian Waffles and everything in-between.
Afterward, head back to your seaside rental and spend a quiet morning at the beach with the ones you love, soaking in the crisp and serene morning air. Try the picturesque South Mission Beach with its soft sand, or Black’s Beach, or the pet-friendly Dog Beach. Other great ways to spend Christmas Day are quiet activities where you can enjoy each other’s company, like visiting Seaside Village and the nearby Tuna Wharf.
Take your lunch at any time between 11:00am and 4:00pm at the Catamaran Resort, where they’ll be having a Christmas Champagne Brunch.
Do something special when the evening hits. Why not take your loved ones ice skating? Head over to Skating By the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado and experience something truly magical. For one last splash of wonder, head to Sunset Cliffs before sunset so you can watch the sun setting from one of the best vantage points.
Have your Christmas in San Diego dinner at a fine restaurant in town so you won’t have to worry about the pressure of cooking. Consider Vintana Wine + Dine, located on the Penthouse Level of the Lexus Centre of Escondido and open for an early Christmas dinner. Enjoy a multiple-course meal with a gourmet entree such as the Clove & Brown Sugar Bruleed Country Ham. Make sure to treat yourself to dessert too, such as their one-of-a-kind Chocolate-Pistachio Torte.
Merry Christmas from the 710 Vacation Rentals family!
Give yourself a gift this year by getting cozy by the seaside in one of our beautiful rental homes. Give us a call today at (858) 598-3137 to take the first step toward your 2019 San Diego Christmas getaway.
You will not find a white Christmas in San Diego, but you will find one of the best family friendly San Diego holiday vacations that you have ever had. Turns out, you do not need snowcapped mountains and trees in order to get into the holiday spirit; all you need is a vibrant community, beautiful city, and an endless calendar of Christmas events. This is exactly what you will find in San Diego. Here are a couple of the top reasons to spend a Christmas holiday in San Diego.
Weather You Won’t Find at the North Pole
You may not get to enjoy the snow, but you will surely enjoy blue skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Building snowmen is overrated when you compare it to frolicking around beautiful beaches and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. In San Diego, you will find a little nip in the air during the evenings, but perfect weather for exploring during the day. You simply cannot beat this during the holiday season.
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
There is nothing quite like when Christmas comes together with dogs to create one of the best events you will ever encounter. This event is a lot like what it sounds, as hundreds of dogs and their owners put on their best costumes and parade through the Gaslamp Quarter. This is an especially fun event for those that bring their own furry friends on vacation.
Holiday of Lights
While it is very fun to drive around the local neighborhoods and find the best light displays throughout the streets, you can save yourself the time and find the best lights in town by visiting the Del Mar Fair Grounds sometime between November 24th and January 1st. One of the best family friendly San Diego Christmas activities, you can find hay rides, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, and so much more.
Ice Skating on the Beach
Ice skating is one of the most festive activities ever! But when you visit San Diego, you will have the opportunity to experience this activity with a Southern California twist, as there is an ice skating rink on the beach on Coronado Island, just across from downtown San Diego. Drink hot chocolate as you enjoy gliding across the ice with the gentle sound of waves crashing in the distance.
Eat Pie in Julian
The amazing thing about San Diego is it offers endless opportunities beyond that of your typical beach town. Julian is a small town just to the east of the city which offers lush forest, and of course, the best pies you will find anywhere. This cozy little town provides the prototypical Christmas vibe that we all love!
Regardless of how you like to spend the holidays, you will find the perfect place to do it in San Diego. Between frolicking on the beach to exploring the gorgeous wilderness of the surrounding area, you will find new traditions here that will become an integral part of your holidays for years to come.
San Diego is a hot spot for endless pursuits and events, so why would it not be one of the best places to spend the holidays? The population here is so diverse that there are celebrations for just about every holiday ever conceived, but there is very special San Diego Christmas events. During this time, people of all types come together to celebrate, and you will not want to miss it!
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
On Sunday, December 17th, you have the opportunity to see the best holiday parade that you have ever seen at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This is a celebration of the holidays and the maritime culture that has thrived in this city on the beach since its founding, and it sure is a beautiful celebration. For the 46th year, thousands of people will gather on the shores of the bay and watch as countless amazingly decorated boats quietly pass by in the cool San Diego air. The weather does not have the same nip that you may be accustomed to, but it is rather easy to adjust. It is a night of unparalleled peace and beauty.
Garden of Lights
The San Diego Botanical Garden is an amazing place to visit regardless of what season it is. But it becomes so much more in the anticipation for Christmas. This beautiful place transforms into a winter wonderland (without the snow) with over 125,000 twinkling lights. The amazing ambiance that results is perfect for spending time with friends and family while you sip on hot cocoa, listen to live jazz and blues music, and delicious food options. You can enjoy this amazing place up until December 30th, 2017!
Skate by the Sea
This is not so much of an event as it is one of the most unique opportunities that the Christmas season will ever provide. The world-famous Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island presents their ice rink on the beach once again this year. Ice skating is always a good time, especially during the holiday season. But this activity will take on a whole new life for you when you do it right next to the Pacific Ocean. You would be hard pressed to find anything that captures the essence of a Southern California Christmas.
The beach is not the typical place to spend the Christmas season, but once you do it for the first time, you will not want to spend Christmas any other way. The city is beautiful, and it comes to life with holiday spirit that you will not find anywhere else. Make this holiday a special one and enjoy the many San Diego Christmas events once you contact us to book one of our wonderful vacation rentals!
The holiday season has begun and many of us are still unprepared, even though we have known that it was coming! Life is busy, complicated, and the days seem to be speeding by, and one day we took a look at the calendar and all of a sudden Halloween had come and gone, Thanksgiving is only a week away, and Christmas is right around the corner! This year, however, you made the smart decision to leave the slushy grayness of your hometown and head to California to celebrate your holiday with sunshine, warmth, and the love of your immediate family. Here’s some fun Christmas activities in San Diego to help you feel merry and festive!
December Nights at Balboa Park
Held December 2nd and 3rd, this charming festival is completely free and filled with holiday activities to be enjoyed by all members of your family! Live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, holiday food and drinks; this festival is the kick-start to all that is wonderful about the holiday season.
Ugly Sweater Bar Crawliday
How better to get in a festive mood than by putting on your ugliest Christmas sweater and heading to the beach for a day of drinking and frivolity! Held on December 4th, the awesomeness starts at Typhoon Saloon, where you will get a shirt and wrist band, and the merriment continues as you parade along to five other local bars for games, prizes, and of course, many, many drinks!
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
We’re betting that the holiday parades back in your hometown aren’t held on the water; aren’t you happy to be in warm San Diego this year, where our version of a Christmas parade features boats on the bay that are lit up and decorated in their holiday finest? Held on two separate nights, December 11th & December 18th, the best places to view this unique holiday show are at The Embarcadero and The Coronado Ferry Landing.
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Animal lovers will rejoice at this charming holiday tradition held on December 22 at the Gaslamp Hilton Park. If you brought your precious pooch (710 Beach Rentals also offers pet friendly vacation homes!), dress him up in one of his cutest Christmas costumes and come be a part of the festivities. If you left yours at home, you can find solace in the overabundance of adorableness found at this uniquely festive event!
Holiday Activities in San Diego for a Trip Like No Other
So San Diego might not have White Christmases, but there’s plenty of holiday cheer to be found. Here’s a few ideas for making your Christmas in San Diego merry and bright…
This aquatic theme park takes the holidays seriously. Check out these Christmas-themed attractions:
SeaWorld’s Christmas Tree of Lights: Enjoy nightly lighting of Southern California’s largest Christmas tree at 320 feet—a Christmas in San Diego tradition since 1969.
Breakfast With Shamu and Santa: Advance reservations are recommended as some seatings do sell out quickly. Reserve here
Santa’s Reindeer: Two reindeer hang out at the park for the holidays, adjacent to Animal Connections and the Reindeer Games.
The Christmas Village: Snap a pic with Santa and his elves at Santa’s cottage, enjoy culinary delights and Christmas merchandise, caroling groups and other Christmas performances, and The Happiest Christmas Tree.
Sunday Dec. 13 and Sunday Dec. 20, 5:30pm
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition adding to the cheer during Christmas in San Diego by the boating community. More than 80 boats are lavishly decorated according to a new theme each year. The Parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Yep, you can even have fun on the ice! Christmas in San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a little skating fun.
If you’re not a savvy skater, you can get a free lesson at UTC Ice. Their introductory skating class helps students to grasp the basics of ice skating (i.e. balance, movements, and terminology). Space is limited and skaters are taken on a first come, first serve basis, so arriving 30 minutes early is a good idea. Check the website for times.
At SD Ice, you can enjoy the Skate Hero Program: (Friendly young staff helping skaters, on-ice games and dances, DJ Booth at center ice with live DJ, disco lights and a visit from SDIA’s mascot “The Ice Qub”. Please check the schedule to see which sessions include Skate Hero.
There’s fun to be had all day on Holiday Bowl Day, just after Christmas in San Diego, on December 30. Here’s the timeline:
9:30am Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
9:45am Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K
10am Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
11:45am Battle of the Bands – Broadway Pier
7:30pm Holiday Bowl
The Holiday Bowl Parade is no small thing—in fact, it’s America’s Largest Balloon Parade. This exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.
*NOTE* – Tickets may be purchased at the grandstands on the day of the parade for $20, cash only. Grandstands are located at the intersection of Harbor Drive & Ash Street.
Saturday, November 7 – Saturday, December 26
The Old Globe Theatre
Back for its 18th year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
The Globe’s also offers a Sensory-Friendly performance on December 12 at 10:30am.
11am matinee performances are open to ALL AGES. At the 11am performances only, children under the age of two are free, but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance. Children under 3 will be admitted only to the 11am performances.
The most important part of your trip to San Diego is where you’ll stay. Whether it’s a luxury Mission Beach Boardwalk oceanfront house, a quiet La Jolla cottage, or access to the nightlife in Pacific Beach, we’ve got you covered.