It’s time to exchange the greeting of happy holidays and literally deck the halls with boughs of holly. Christmas season is here and the scent of pumpkin spice has been replaced by the smell of pine and fresh-baked cookies. While Christmas is celebrated indoors in most parts of the country, the beautiful weather of San Diego allows outdoor holiday activities. In this article, we’ve got a list of places and events to check out for those who want to experience yuletide bliss in the City of San Diego.
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
December 31, 2018| 10:00 AM | Downtown San Diego
Here’s a parade that you absolutely cannot miss. The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade is an iconic event known all over the country as “America’s Largest Balloon Parade”. Giant balloons in the shape of beloved cartoon characters and figures are displayed across the San Diego bayfront. Floats and marching bands from various high schools will also be participating in the event.
Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe
Ongoing until December 29, 2018 | The Old Globe Theater 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
We bring exciting news to Christmas junkies and theater lovers in San Diego. The annual stage musical of the Dr. Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” is back at The Old Globe. The whimsical performance is a favorite of children and adults alike. Now that it’s back for its 21st season, it will be featuring songs such as “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and more. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance before they’re sold out.
Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort
Ongoing until December 31, 2018 | LEGOLAND California Resort | 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
For the kids and the kids at heart who grew up with the iconic brick toys called Legos. LEGOLAND California Resort is where you’ll find the largest lego Christmas tree complete with twinkling Christmas lights. Available for viewing is the Lego Friends Holiday Show and the holiday light show. You’ll also get the chance to meet your favorite holiday Lego characters at the new holiday village. Buy your tickets starting at $75.
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Ongoing until January 5, 2019
Animal lovers are going to enjoy the annual Jungle Bells celebration at the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is transformed into a Christmas wonderland that allows you to visit the creatures and enjoy festive activities after. Holiday attractions are available in the evenings like colorful light displays, visits with Santa, 4-D holiday experiences including a Polar Express train ride. Must-see performances like the Toy Shop Hop and The Tinseltones among others are also available for viewing.