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This Weekend in San Diego: Whale Watching, Hockey, Cornhole and more!

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‘Tis the Season to get out of the house and enjoy some time with friends and family. While we’re in for some winter weather on Friday, skies should clear up for a chilly weekend full of fun events. By chilly, I mean temperatures around 60s during the day. Watch out for that polar vortex here in California! (jk).

While may people will hit the mall to finish up that holiday shopping, we think you should procrastinate a little more and try out some of these great San Diego events.

San Diego Gulls vs Stockton Heat

Location: Valley View Casino Center
Time: 7pm

Nothing says winter time like time at an ice rink. If you’re like me and lack coordination to skate yourself, a hokey game is a great alternative. The San Diego Gulls are playing the Stockton Heat at the Valley View Casino Center. Get tickets today.

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Location: Along the San Diego Bay
Time: December 18 starting at 5 pm

For the second weekend, 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.

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Doubles Cornhole Tournament

Location: BNS Brewing & Distilling
Time: Check in starts at 10am. Competition from 12pm – 5pm

Santee’s award winning BNS Brewing will be hosting a cornhole tournament. This doubles tournament with double elimination will net the winner a nice cash prize. You can either sign up with a partner, or get one when you arrive. There is a 32-team limit, so you may want to arrive early.

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Little Italy Mercato

Location: Cedar between Kettner and Front
Time: 8am – 2pm

The Little Italy Mercato is a farmers market that runs every Saturday, rain or shine. Grab some fresh produce and explore local artisans with fresh eggs and poultry, meat, fish, flowers, and goods. Or, my favorite, stop in for a snack. Vendors serve everything from crepes and paninis to smoothies. This time of year Little Italy is decked out in holiday cheer, so it’s a great place to take out of town guests as well.

Whale Watching

Location: Harbor area on Flagship Cruises or Hornblower

The whale watching season is upon us! Starting mid-December, head out on one of the Flagship Cruise or Hornblower boats to tour the bay and spot one of mother natures most majestic animals. Flagship cruises are educational and are guided by Birch Aquarium experts. They even have a high-speed whale watching tour on their Patriot Jet Boat. Hornblower’s whale watching cruise is narrated by expert captains and volunteer naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum. They offer two cruises daily.

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USO Giving Tree and Holiday Entertainment

Location: Liberty Station
Time: 12pm–4pm

Join the USO in donating a gift or monetary contribution to the Giving Tree in Liberty Station. Help support military families in San Diego during the holiday season whether it is a toy donation for a child in need or a monetary donation to help the USO sponsor dinners, foodbanks and other important programs and resources.

Saturday features free holiday entertainment from Valhalla High School in the outdoor courtyard from 12-4pm.

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San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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