Top Christmas Events in San Diego

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 a very special calendar of events focused on celebrating Christmas. 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 Christmas a San Diego Christmas!