La Jolla & San Diego Events: November 18-19

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, San Diego area events are picking up steam as we rush pell-mell into the holiday season. Grab your honey, a fistful of money, and if you have some kiddo’s, bring ‘em along as well as you get out and attend several promising events this weekend. Have a blast, San Diego, because you deserve it!

San Diego Asian Film Festival
Thursday thru Sunday (various locations)

Times and Locations Vary

It’s that time of the year again, as the 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicks off and continues its spectacular run. The film fest showcases the absolute largest exhibition of Asian American cinema in the entire western United States, from future classics to incredible indie flicks. In excess of 150 films from 20 countries are on tap this year and will be screened through Saturday, November 18th. The screenings take place at six venues throughout San Diego, including: UltraStar Mission Valley; San Diego Natural History Museum (Kaplan Theater); UC San Diego Price Center Theater; Marriott Mission Valley; Digital Gym Cinema; and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Tickets to individual screenings will only set you back about $12. Alternatively, you can snag a 6-pack of tickets for $60, which may be used for all screenings except for closing night flicks. For the very best in Asian film, it’s a film fest you don’t want to miss! Click the link for the full schedule.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Saturday, 11 a.m.

Here’s a great event for the kids and the young at heart. Make all your spirits bright at this family favorite Christmas event! SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday not to be forgotten, complete with seasonal bargain hunting, festive food and drinks, and of course, spectacular live shows. And don’t forget Santa and Mrs Claus!

As holiday music pervades the festive atmosphere, a veritable plethora of lighted trees sparkle, converting one of your favorite San Diego area parks into a wintery, watery wonderland. Come out and revel in the reason for the season during SeaWorld’s enthralling nativity show, O Wondrous Night, inspired by the original story of Christmas. Take time to stop by Santa’s Christmas Village to see Santa himself, meet and greet with that lovable reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Mrs Claus will be on hand during story time, and the youngling’s can share their wish list and snap some pics with Santa at Santa’s Cottage. Better yet, for the big kids, take in the holiday flavors as you shop till you drop for distinctive gifts and décor. All this and more are included in the price of admission. Click the link for additional details.

71st annual Mother Goose Parade
Sunday, 1 p.m., El Cajon

Come out with the kids and join former San Diego Padre Randy Jones, the 1976 Cy Young pitcher and 2017 Grand marshal of the 71st annual Mother Goose Parade this Sunday at 1 p.m. Understanding the value of unity, family bonding, and social togetherness that are designed for all ages, races and ethnicities, the Mother Goose Parade Association organizes 12-months a year, the Mother Goose Parade, the largest event of its kind this side of the good ‘ol Mississippi. The parade is rich in history, character and entertainment, and has thrilled and enchanted kids of all ages for in excess of six decades. This year like every year, the parade kicks off on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and announces the commencement of the holiday festivities. Watch clowns, bands, float and dignitaries completely free as the parade begin at El Cajon and Main Streets and proceeds east down Main! Arrive early with your folding chairs and grab early parking.

Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’
Sunday onward, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., SDCCU Stadium

Can you really think of anything more exciting for the family than 17 acres of holiday festivities? The Circus of Light makes its way south from the state capitol of Sacramento and hits San Diego for the very first time this holiday season, setting up at SDCCU Stadium from November 19 through November 26th. The ultimate in family-friendly international celebrations presents the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, breath-taking acrobatic performances, a host of fun carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, plenty of games, mouthwatering food and, what else, awesome shopping! Your tykes and teens have an opportunity to jot their letters to jolly Santa and stop by and peep out Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland will open daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., but is closed on some days. Click the above link and be sure to check the calendar for exact dates and times to plan your memorable visit. Tickets are available online or at the gate and cost a mere $22 for big kids (adults), and $19 for tykes aged 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older. Tots age 3 and are free. The stadium is located at 9449 Friars Road in San Diego.

Let the Festivities in La Jolla Begin!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in La Jolla! We are entering into the holiday season, and the festivities are officially beginning. Here are some festivities to enjoy for the end of November.

71st Annual Mother Goose Parade | Tuesday Nov 21

The largest parade in all of San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade charms thousands of spectators and appeals to them to take to the streets of El Cajon. In excess of 100 colorful and exhilarating parade entries come from across the United States to share in the enthusiasm that is the Mother Goose Parade. Entries include impressive motorized floats, marching bands and drill units, equestrians, lively clowns sure not to frighten, distinctive characters, various performing artists, enormous helium balloons, and of course, the heavily favored kid favorite, Santa Claus. For additional details, follow the link here.

Surfin Santa Arrival | Saturday November 25

Are you ready for the Christmas season to begin? As we’re all aware, it kicks off the day after Thanksgiving and this year is no different, as Santa to busts out his board shorts and fave Hawaiian shirt to journey in from San Diego Bay on a seaplane for the 10th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration at Seaport Village. Beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 5 p.m., people can pose for pics with jolly ‘ol Santa on his huge surfboard, riding a six-foot swell. Rounding out the festive activities are a parade along the boardwalk, crafting activities for the tykes, live street performers, and a wide assortment of unique, local shops to keep guests busy during the exciting event. Santa arrives at 849 West Harbor Drive, in San Diego. For further info, take a sec and go, go, go here.

38th San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing X

Shrewd jazz aficionados refer to the San Diego Jazz Festival as “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is organized during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego. The SD Jazz Fest is a beloved happening among festival-goers from around the world. For your convenience, each and every venue is located within the Town & Country Convention Center. There are huge concert rooms with double dance floors, as well as small, relaxed and intimate “listening” rooms. Kindly observe that all such rooms are strictly non-smoking. The festival bands are comprised of everything from traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing X provides something for everyone’s taste in all things jazz. For the entire line-up and other information and FAQs, simply visit here.