The week of Thanksgiving is always a hectic one – family and friends may be in town, the kids are out of school, and there’s a lot of cooking to be done. If you have family staying with you, these Thanksgiving week activities in San Diego may be the perfect way to spend time out of the house and unwind.
1. Mother Goose Parade
November 23, 12:15pm on Ballantyne St. in El Cajon
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest parade in San Diego County and the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. Each year, the parade attracts thousands of spectators to El Cajon; well over 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from cities throughout the United States to share in the excitement.
2. Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk
November 27, 8am at Balboa Park
This annual event benefits St. Vincent de Paul Village, the largest homeless charity in San Diego. The 5K race starts and finishes in Balboa Park. Wheelchairs, pets and baby strollers are all welcome! Sign up now and start getting your pledges. Join in the fun and take home a fresh baked pie on Thanksgiving while benefiting the city’s homeless (pies must be ordered in advance).
3. Oceanside Turkey Trot
November 27, 7am at the Oceanside Pier
Get some exercise in before the big meal at this Turkey Trot 5K run/walk or kids 1-mile fun run. The event route includes Oceanside Civic Center, Oceanside Harbor and Oceanside Pier. It’s free to participate, and the run/walk starts at the Oceanside Civic Center, 330 North Coast Hwy. (corner of Mission and Coast Hwy). All races finish on The Strand at adjacent the Oceanside Pier.
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4. San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
November 26 – 30 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel
Join in the fun at San Diego’s annual Jazz festival and reserve your Thanksgiving Day buffet now.
5. Ice Skating by the Sea
November 27 – January 4 at Hotel del Coronado.
Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Daily sessions from 2-5pm, 6-9pm and weekend and holidays from 11-1. Tickets cost $25 per person. Hot chocolate and holiday drinks make this a wonderful family-friendly San Diego holiday activity.
6. Santa Arrives at Seaport Village
November 29, 1-5pm at Seaport Village shopping area.
To kick off the holiday season, SoCal Surfin’ Santa will arrive this Thanksgiving weekend in San Diego – sporting board shorts and flip flops on his giant surfboard, of course. Families will gather on the boardwalk to welcome Santa to San Diego as he arrives on the Corinthian ship. Kids can pose withSanta on his surfboard as he surfs a six-foot wave.
7. Julian Christmas Tree Lighting
November 29 at Julian’s Pioneer Park.
This is a great family tradition; take your family to the historic town of Julian for the festivities that officially open the Christmas holiday season. The celebration begins at 4 PM, and the tree lighting is at 6 PM. There will be Christmas Carols and photos with Santa. Admission is free.
8. Santa’s Coming! Arts and Crafts Fair
November 28 – 30, 9am – 4:30pm at Bates Nut Farm
More than 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art the weekend after Thanksgiving. Each day live bands perform on the Bates stage from 12pm-3pm. Santa arrives by hayride at 1:00 pm both Friday and Saturday, and he will spend time with young visitors until 3:00 pm. Take a free hayride with Santa and be sure to bring your camera! Admission and parking are free.
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