Winter Wonderland on the Sand: Top San Diego Christmas Events 2013
Winter truly is the most wonderful time of the year in Southern California. The region’s temperate weather and a lineup of festive San Diego Christmas events make it possible to get that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling both inside and out. Whether you’re a visitor on a San Diego Christmas vacation or a local looking to start a new tradition, celebrate the season with these top holiday events in San Diego:
- SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration – November 16, 2013 – January 4, 2013
Get in the spirit with a visit to SeaWorld’s wintery, watery wonderland! The holiday shows, sparkling Skytower, and real snow brings this festivity to the top of our list of the best Christmas events in San Diego.
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – November 20, 2013 – December 26, 2013
Watch this holiday favorite come to life on the Old Globe’s stage, which has been transformed quite cleverly into the whimsical Whoville.
- Outdoor Ice Skating – November 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014.
A family must-do among San Diego Christmas events. Skate on ice at Horton Plaza’s outdoor rink under the sparkling city lights in the heart of downtown San Diego.
- Balboa Park December Nights – December 6-7, 2013
Attend the largest Christmas event in San Diego for a magical night in the park complete with holiday food, music, and entertainment from around the world. A favorite on our list of San Diego holiday events, this winter festival also includes free entry to many of Balboa Park’s museums.
- Jingle Shells Bay Sail – December 7, 14, & 21, 2013
Hop aboard a festively-decorated water taxi for a unique San Diego holiday event. Take in the holiday light-lined shores on a 45-minute scenic cruise of Mission Bay as you enjoy warm beverages, cozy blankets, and holiday music.
- The Nutcracker – December 7-22, 2013
Add this grand production by The West Coast Ballet Theater to your itinerary of San Diego Christmas events, and follow a young girl on a winter adventure. This family-oriented dance performance is filled with magical sets, stunning costumes, and live music by the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra.
- Mission Bay Parade of Lights – December 14, 2013
Don’t miss this spectacular and unique holiday light show featuring 100+ decorated boats and yachts sailing around Mission Bay. Get the best view from a room on the sand at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, or while enjoying a bayside dinner at Baleen.
- Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo – December 15, 2013 – January 6, 2013
Get a little wild this winter with the San Diego Zoo’s nightly tree-lighting ceremony, holiday music, interactive shows, critter presentations, and much more!
- Hot Buttered Run & Kids' Kandy Kane Race – December 22, 2013
A fit and festive San Diego Christmas event that will help you work off all those holiday treats. This family fun run follows a picturesque course along the coast to a finish line where Santa awaits with hot buttered rum, cocoa, and live music!
- Big Bay Balloon Parade – December 30, 2013
Be among the 100,000 spectators that line up to watch the annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade downtown. This yearly Christmas event in San Diego returns with enormous balloon figures, marching bands, floats, and entertaining drill teams.