Entertainment & Events
This Weekend in San Diego: Parade of Lights, Wrex the Halls and more
The holidays bring lots of festive cheer to America’s Finest City. There are tons of family-friendly events and things to do if you need a night (or day) away.
San Diego Santa Run
Saturday, December 10th at 8:00 am
Location: Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street, Pacific Beach
They call themselves “San Diego’s most festive 5K.” Registration is still open for the 5K fun run and 1 mile run. The Run With Your Dog race is sold out. There will be a kids run and a competitive wave as well. You’re invited to wear your best/ugliest sweater or Santa costume.
Toast of Gaslamp
Saturday, December 10th, from 1 pm to 5 pm
Location: Gaslamp and East Village
The Toast of Gaslamp offers a great way to sip, savor and finish up all of your holiday shopping. All while enjoying time with friends and family and nibbling on the best food the Gaslamp has to offer.
Christmas in the Park
December 10th 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Old Poway Park
This free event features caroling, live music, horse-drawn hay rides, holiday treats and so much more. Children of all ages will enjoy the free crafts, model trains and of course a visit with Santa. Admission is free, train and pony rides are available for a nominal fee. The annual lighting of the community Christmas tree will take place at 5:15pm, followed by Santa’s arrival.
Wrex the Halls
December 10th and 11th
Location: Valley View Casino Center
91x’s holiday music tradition brings Beck, Band of Horses, Local Natives, Glass Animals and Bishop Briggs on Saturday night. Blink 182, Pierce the Veil, Jimmy Eat World and Kaleo hit the stage Sunday. Tickets are still available.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
December 11th, 5 pm
Location: Along the San Diego Bay
The 45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will showcase a beautiful waterfront procession of lavishly decorated boats. The show will start at 5pm. The parade will head to Cesar Chavez Park before turning to Coronado. This year’s theme is “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.”
Did you know anyone can join the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights? All you need is a boat and some holiday spirit.
In North County? Try thee Oceanside Yacht Club’s annual Parade of Lights which will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Garden of Lights
Now through Dec 23 and December 26 – 30 from 5 – 9 pm
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with more than 125,000 sparkling lights Enjoy nightly entertainment, food, coffee and treats and family-friendly activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, and a chance to play in the snow! FREE Admission for Active Duty Military and up to 5 immediate family members on December 11 – 15.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Now through December 26th: Saturday, Dec 10 showtimes 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec 11 showtimes 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Location: Old Globe Theatre
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is back for its 19th year at the Globe. Join the Whos down in Whoville for this beloved Christmas story.
This elegant production will take you on a magical journey from where toy soldiers come to life. Watch as the Sugar Plum Fairy dances through the enchanted Snow Forest in this Christmas presentation of The Nutcracker.
Location: Spreckels Theatre featuring the City Ballet of San Diego
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00pm
Location: The San Diego Civic Theatre featuring over 150 dancers from the California Ballet and the Classics Philharmonics
December 10, 2016 2:30 PM (Autism-friendly Performance) and 7:30 PM
December 11, 2016 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM
Before the 5:30 and 7:30 shows, enjoy professional Christmas carolers on the plaza. Meet the Cast following the 1:00, 2:30 & 5:30 performances.
The Saturday show at 2:30 pm will be Autism Friendly and will feature a 60 minute run time with recorded music.
Now through January 2nd
Location: San Diego Zoo
During the holidays the Zoo comes to life with twinkling lights, festive foods, and special performances. Ride the Twinkle Light Trolley, take a photo in the Holiday Forest, stop by Santa’s igloo, play in the Reindeer Games and carols on the Font Street Stage. There are so many family-friendly activities to enjoy this time of year at the Zoo.