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!