Balboa Park’s December Nights

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There is no better way to kick off the holiday spirit than by attending Balboa Park’s December Nights. December Nights, on its 35th year now, will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-11 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, noon-11 p.m. Come out and see how Balboa Park is transformed into a holiday wonderland.
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Celebrate the Holidays with your Favorite La Jolla Restaurant

With the holiday season approaching, many individuals are beginning to plan their holiday party or gathering at a La Jolla restaurant.  There are many local eateries that are offering specials throughout the month of December from prix fixe holiday menus to buffet options with all the traditional fixings.

For visitors or residents looking for a great holiday restaurant, there are a few restaurants in La Jolla that will be open on Christmas Day to celebrate the holiday with you and your family and friends.  Here are some of the mouth-watering brunch or dinner meals you can enjoy on the twenty fifth:

The Shores Restaurant

The Shores will be open on Christmas Day from 10am to 2pm serving guests a holiday brunch including clam chowder, ranch poached eggs Benedict with main course highlights of roasted Black Angus beef steamship and an almond citrus zest crusted butterfish.  There will also be a children’s station for dessert as well as caramel gingerbread pudding.

Nine-Ten

The Nine-Ten, a chic restaurant and bar found on Prospect Street in La Jolla, is a local favorite featuring San Diego’s best seasonal cuisine.  The restaurant will be open from 7:30am to 1:30pm serving from their regular brunch menu.  Chef Jason Knibb and pastry chef Esteban Acosta will also be preparing a few special offerings for the holiday.

Whaling Bar and Grill at La Valencia Hotel

The Whaling Bar and Grill of La Valencia, one of the boutique hotels in La Jolla, invites friends and family to enjoy a four coursed fixed price menu, $75 per adult and $35 per child ages 12 and under.  There will also be a variety of sweet treats for kids to enjoy and adults can enjoy ocean views and holiday acoustics.  Open from 1pm to 8pm, premium seating is also available at the Hotel’s Sky Room.

The Marine Room

Diners can celebrate the season and enjoy a special a la carte menu from 12pm to 7pm on Christmas day.  The menu will feature bobwhite quail confit, center cut angus filet mignon, free range veal medallions, and more.  For desert, choose from the warm butter pear torte, hazelnut praline Yule log, cobblestone plantation pie, amarula crème brulee, or a gold dusted chocolate pyramid.

La Estancia Hotel will also be offering a holiday inspired brunch and prix fixe dinner in their Adobe El Restaurante in addition to George’s at the Cove.  George’s California Modern which will be open from 2pm to 9pm and will also be serving items from a special holiday a la carte menu.

With the restaurants in La Jolla offering delicious menus throughout the year, these holiday options are sure to please all diners.  Book your reservation today and begin planning a memorable meal complete with stunning ocean views and award winning cuisine.

Holiday Shopping in La Jolla

Holiday shopping in La Jolla, or in the town’s Village, is ideal for finding unique gifts for friends and family.  The streets are lined with antique shops and art galleries, allowing shoppers to pick one-of-a-kind pieces for gifts that are sure to be cherished.  There are also a variety of boutique clothing stores and consignment shops that offer unique and vintage gift options for children, men and women.

Some of the shopping highlights of downtown La Jolla are the beautiful jewelers that feature handcrafted items made from local materials.  Many jewelers highlight classic, contemporary and vintage styles that include precious stones and metals including gold, white gold, silver and platinum.  From pendants to rings, there is sure to be a stunning piece that is perfect for your loved one and will make the holiday one to remember.

For early holiday celebrations, be sure to stop by one of the La Jolla florists and pick up a bouquet or flower arrangement as a gift to enhance any holiday environment.  With a variety of arrangements to choose from, you can also add certain flowers or decorations for a touch of holiday flare.  Many florists have holiday delivery available with ready to go flower arrangements that can be sent for a flat rate.

If you’re in town visiting family for the holidays and staying at one of the local La Jolla hotels, you are also located in close proximity to the local shopping scene.  In addition to the many unique vintage stores, the area is overflowing with gift shops.  Visitors can choose from stores including stationary and bookstores, high end specialty boutiques, as well as souvenir shops, ideal for individuals looking to commemorate their holiday trip.

With the holidays just around the corner, the downtown La Jolla district is already awaiting holiday shoppers.  The streets, decorated with lights, ornaments and various holiday trinkets for the town’s annual celebration and parade, allow visitors to enjoy the holiday spirit early during their shopping experience.  Use our La Jolla shopping directory to browse some of the shops and stores and begin your holiday shopping.