Holiday Attractions In San Diego For The Whole Family

Christmas season is all about the family. This year, make it a tradition to spend the holidays making memories with the kids at different attractions in San Diego. 

Don’t know where to start? We’re here to help! 

Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

December 1-23, 2018 and December 26-30, 2018 | 5:00-8:00 PM | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

Be captivated with the enchanting light display of San Diego Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights. A dazzling array of more than 125,00 lights shine brightly at the garden after dusk. 

To complete the magical evening you can take a ride on horse-drawn wagons. The family can participate in holiday crafts and marshmallow roasting. You can also visit Santa Claus with the kids. 

Activities for endless merriment await. Make sure you arrive there early because admissions close at 4:30 PM.

The Nutcracker Ballet at Balboa Park

Balboa Park Nutcracker Ballet

Ongoing until December 23, 2018 | Casa Del Prado Theater, 1800 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

One of the most beloved Christmas performances enjoyed by generations of families around the world is The Nutcracker. 

It is a Russian ballet that has been reimagined and performed countless of times and we just can’t get enough of it. The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is going to take you on an adventure to the Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. 

The ballet will be performed at the Casa Del Prado Theater in select times. Buy your tickets in advance so you won’t miss this dazzling ballet performance.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel Del Coronado

skating by the sea

Ongoing until January 1, 2019 | 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Hotel Del Coronado’s Skating by the Sea offers a one of kind activity for those enjoying the holidays in San Diego. The wonders of skating in winter combined with the stunning views of the ocean make for an unforgettable experience. 

That’s not even the best part. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of San Diego. 

What a way to celebrate the gift of giving this Christmas.

Seas ‘n’ Greetings at Birch Aquarium

Two clowns performing at Seas ‘n’ Greetings

Ongoing until December 31, 2018 | 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

If you’ve ever wondered how Santa Claus would look like when scuba diving, that’s just the sight you’ll see at Birch Aquarium’s Seas ‘n’ Greetings. 

The month-long holiday celebration features holiday activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. 

Dive into the holiday spirit and the underwater wonders of the sea. Learn about sea creatures and enjoy wonderful displays Christmas themed attractions.

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