Parades in La Jolla and North Park, holiday lights in Balboa Park, and a chili cook-off are all part of this weekend’s happenings! Get into the holiday spirit and head out to one of these San Diego weekend events. And as always please be sure to check ticket availability* prior to attending any event.
When: Friday Dec 4 & Saturday Dec 5
Where: Balboa Park
What: December Nights will take place for the 38th consecutive year this weekend! Enjoy free museum admission from 5pm-9pm both evenings and a truly multicultural experience: the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores; and musical and dance presentations at the beautiful Spreckels Theater.
When: Saturday Dec 5, 11am
Where: 30th St & University Ave., San Diego
What: Gliding down University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Streets, this cheerful pageant will feel like a Winter Wonderland, as melodious marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens and city officials (and more!) warm your spirits. Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red sleigh as you snuggle up in this chilly winter air. Mark your calendar for this year’s 52nd Annual North Park Toyland Parade this weekend!
When: Saturday Dec 5, 11am-5pm
Where: Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier; 1000 N Harbor Drive, San Diego
What: Over 95 artists will gather to show off their one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from jewelry, ceramics, stationary, clothing, home goods and more! Perfect way to get some holiday shopping done. This all-day event will also include local food trucks including Miho Gastrotruck, Buona Forchetta, Mastiff Sausage Co, craft beer by Lost Abbey, and craft cocktail lounges styled by local designers. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $3 online or $5 at the door.
When: Sunday Dec 6, 1:30pm
Where: Kline St. & Girard Ave., La Jolla
What: Enjoy one of La Jolla’s oldest traditions this Sunday! Spend the afternoon watching beautiful floats, marching bands, grand marshals and honored dignitaries from the community, beauty queens and princesses, marching units, cheerleaders, the colorful Silver Saddle Equestrian unit, La Jolla Fire Engines, aircraft flyovers, and of course, Santa Claus! This year’s theme is “100 Years of Holiday Cheer.”
When: Sunday Dec 6, 11am-5pm
Where: Thorn & 32nd Streets, San Diego 92104
What: Chili and beer – what more could you ask for? 40 local restaurants compete in an all-out chili smackdown this Sunday! For $20 get a ceramic tasting bowl and a chili tasting pass; there will also be a craft beer and wine garden featuring 17 local breweries and wineries, 30 local handmade vendors (great for getting some holiday shopping done), 11 live bands, several food vendors, and a kids area complete with crafts and games.
Encinitas Holiday Parade
When: Saturday, December 5, 5-7:30pm
Where: Encinitas along HWY 101
What: This years theme is “This IS Encinitas Life!” Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the 2015 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101 on Saturday, December 5th. The parade begins at 5:30 PM. It is preceded by a 5:00 PM tree lighting ceremony a the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee)
*Please double check venue websites for ticket information before heading out to any ticketed event – some of these events do sell out quickly and tickets may not be available on-site.
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