Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for many of us that means having friends and family visiting from out of town. The kids are out of school and there’s a lot of entertaining – and cooking – to be done; get out of the house and spend some time with your loved ones at one of these great Thanksgiving Week Activities in San Diego.
1. Ice Skating by the Sea
November 26-January 7, Hotel Del Coronado
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 11th year on Thanksgiving Day! This spectacular ice rink is one of San Diego’s true gems; located seaside on Windsor Lawn, it features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate. Entrance is $25 per person.
2. San Diego Jazz Fest
November 25-29, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
The 36th annual San Diego Jazz Fest will take place over Thanksgiving weekend with a variety of traditional jazz music at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform over the course of five days, playing everything on the jazz spectrum: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, and rockabilly.
3. Thanksgiving Camping in San Diego
November 25-30, San Diego Metro KOA Campground (Chula Vista)
Turn camping on Thanksgiving into a family tradition! Stay at San Diego Metro KOA Campgrounds for the long holiday weekend and enjoy outdoor movies, autumn crafts, and activities like rock climbing, laser tag, and cookie decorating. KOA offers tent camping, RV sites, and deluxe tent accommodations.
4. Thanksgiving Buffet at the Zoo Safari Park
November 26, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Celebrate Thanksgiving Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Hunte Nairobi Pavilion, where you can enjoy a lavish buffet with Thanksgiving favorites, chef’s specialties, and a special selection just for the kids. Two seatings, at noon and 3pm, are available. Admission is required for nonmembers: $44.95 for adults/$18.95 for children.
5. San Diego Run for the Hungry 5k & 10k
November 26, Horton Plaza Mall
Run for the Hungry has been a Thanksgiving tradition for 12 years; for every participant, at least 185 meals will be raised through each runner’s race fee to help individuals and families in need (all profits are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and hunger-relief programs such as the JFS Food Mobile and HandUp Food Pantry). The race starts in front of Horton Plaza in the Gaslamp and continues through downtown.
6. DELights on the Garden Patio
November 26-January 3, Garden Patio @ the Hotel Del Coronado
This year, The Del will be adding even more holiday magic with DELights – a glittering light show and holiday experience in the Garden Patio at the center of the resort. The patio will be transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday sights, smells, and sounds with a shimmering array of icy colors, snowflakes, polar bears and a video mapping light show projected onto a 40’ multi-faceted tree every 30 minutes. Admission for day visitors is $25.
7. White Christmas: The Musical
November 27-December 6, Spreckels Theatre
The beloved, timeless film White Christmas comes to the stage in this heartwarming musical adaptation featuring several Irving Berlin songs. The dazzling score features well known standards like Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Visit their website for performance schedule.
8. Surfin’ Santa Arrives in Seaport Village
November 28, Seaport Village
Get ready for Santa to bust out his boardshorts and favorite Hawaiian shirt on November 28 and cruise in from San Diego Bay via Seaplane for the 10th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration at Seaport Village. From 1-5pm, visitors can pose for pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, kids crafting activities, and live street performers will also be going on that day.
9. Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting
November 28, Pioneer Park
The city of Julian officially celebrates the start of the Christmas holiday season on Saturday November 28, with performers set for appearances up and down Main Street, as well as the traditional setting in the Pioneer Museum Park. The festivities begin at 1pm and will culminate with the lighting of an 80-foot Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa just as the sun sets.
10. Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll
November 28, along Adams Avenue
Ring in the holiday season during the first annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll taking place from 2-5 pm on Saturday, November 28th, 2015. Sample holiday cocktails curated by 12 of Adams Avenue’s most talented bartenders from the area’s popular restaurants and bars. The holiday themed cocktails are offered inside 12 Adams Avenue retail locations, so you can sip while you shop the best of Adams Avenue.
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