Christmas Weekend 2017 Events In San Diego

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In addition to the presents, the Christmas carols, and spending time with your loved ones, here are some even more Christmasy activities for your holiday weekend!

Saturday, Dec. 23
Russian Grand Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’
6 p.m., California Center for the Arts in Escondido

It wouldn’t be Christmas without “The Nutcracker.” The tale of Masha and her journey into the land of toys come to life isn’t just playful and fun. It truly is a stunning example of the artistry and beauty of ballet. And… when it comes to ballet, there may be no greater experience than the Russian Grand Ballet. This year, Russia’s brightest stars will thrill us at the Concert Hall stage at the Center for the Arts Escondido and it’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Tickets range from $35 to $85.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., The Old Globe

Make an outing of this stage production of the Christmas classic is sure to make your heart grow three sizes! This is one of San Diego’s favorite holiday traditions, and you’ll find it at The Old Globe, in its twentieth year! It runs through Christmas Eve and if you’re familiar with the classic Dr. Seuss book you already know  you’re in for a treat. With musical productions such as “This Time of Year” and “Fah Who Doraze” bringing the smiles, you’re sure to be a hit with the adults or children you decide to bring along. Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children.

Sunday, Dec. 24
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Times vary, Vintage Village Theatres Coronad

If you’ve somehow managed to never see this holiday classic, why not take the opportunity to see it on the big screen? Already familiar with this incredible film? You’ve never experienced it quite like you will in a real movie theater on Christmas Eve. You can enjoy this special Christmas Eve screening at the Coronado Village Theater on Christmas Eve. This is a life affirming tale of a man who, in the midst of discouragement and depression, gets a chance to see what the world would be if he’d never been born.  Starring Jimmy Stewart, this film is sure to make anyone realize just how many riches they have and that “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) provides a trail guide for you so you can get the most out of this free nature walk. It will last an hour and a half and you’ll get a great deal of knowledge about the animals, plants, history and geology of the park. You’ll start at the Visitor Center and you’ll find yourself on one of three trails. Whether you enjoy the scenic Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks, you’ll be certain to experience the nature right next door in a way you’ve never experienced it before. Don’t forget the sunscreen and make sure you bring some water and wear close-toed shoes!

Where To Enjoy Christmas Dinner in La Jolla

You got through the mad shopping rush. You made sure everyone on your Christmas Card list has one on the way. Your house is decorated and beautiful. You’re only human so this year why not enjoy yourself by eating out instead of adding one more task to your already busy schedule? With plenty of options for dining in or takeout, there’s no need to fret. Enjoy a fabulous meal made even better because somebody else handled the cooking! Here’s a list of some restaurants you’ll find open.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

There are a few great choices at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. A.R. Valentien is one of the best fine dining experiences in the Greater San Diego area, and you’re sure to enjoy their farm to table approach and attention to detail that makes eating there truly sublime. Choose breakfast, brunch, or dinner but call soon because the reservations book quickly. 858-777-6635. Looking for something a little more casual? No problem. The Grill & Bar is an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, and dinner as well. Make your reservation for The Grill & Bar with a call to 858-777-6641.

La Valencia Hotel

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How about a sumptuous four course meal along with great ambience with a beautiful ocean view and holiday music? From lobster bisque to Mediterranean cuisine to classic European fare, the options here are truly endless. Make your reservations at 858-454-0771

The Marine Room

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The Marine Room is an area favorite and one taste of the incredible seafood you’ll find here explains why. With carefully prepared shellfish and delicious fish, you’re certain to be impressed. Of course, if you want something from the land or the air, there are great choices from duck to Black Angus filet mignon. One taste and you’ll understand why the Marine Room has been a fixture of La Jolla since 1941! Make your reservations by calling 866-644-2351.

Mandarin House

Looking for Asian food? The Mandarin House will be open all day from 11 am to 10 pm. Whether you order a special or a family style meal or if you indulge in the a la carte choices of traditional appetizers and entrees, including noodles and rice, vegetables, beef, poultry, and seafood; you and your guests are sure to leave full and happy! Call 858-454-2007 for reservations.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

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The Nine-Ten brunch is already a Christmas tradition for a great many in the know in La Jolla. With a focus on fresh ingredients, a great deal of it locally sourced, the brunch is truly a special experience. Reservations are available  by calling 858-964-5400 so make your plans today.

The Shores Restaurant

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The Shores brunch buffet is a fixture for many of us in La Jolla. It’s no wonder, too, because the food is excellently prepared and a great variety is available. Make your reservations by calling 866-644-2630.

What to Do After the Holidays in La Jolla

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The presents are opened, the hot chocolate has been enjoyed, and now it’s time to occupy your guests and family members. But what do you do now? Thankfully, there are a great many things to do on Christmas Day in La Jolla. Make your plans with confidence and enjoy a beautiful Holiday in a beautiful city with plenty of opportunity for fun and relaxation

Grab something warm to drink:

Stay dry, warm up and relax with a piping hot beverage at one of La Jolla’s many comfy cafes. We highly recommend The Brick & Bell Cafe, Harry’s Coffee Shop & Gallery, Girard Gourmet, Gold Fish Pointe Cafe, or the Mission Coffee Cup. These are all fantastic spots to meet with friends, hold an impromptu meeting, or simply enjoy a book or meet new friends.

Go out to eat:

Cooking? No thank you. You’ve already made everything wonderful for your guests and it’s time for you to enjoy them. A great many restaurants are open on Christmas Day. Visit our restaurants page to pick the perfect spot!

Go to a museum:

Walking is good exercise (better than running some experts say). Why not expand your mind and enrich your knowledge in one of La Jolla’s museums? Individuals or groups may engage in sensibly crafted art exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (MCASD), the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, or even pop into the La Jolla Historical Society to increase your knowledge with respect to local history. For an extensive diversity of museums and genres, you may want to head slightly south to world famous San Diego’s Balboa Park. In this expansive district, there are 17 museums to choose from, and Balboa Park definitely has a bit of something for everyone!

Hit the Beach

Christmas beach stroll, anyone? That will certainly make the food you’ll eat later feel a bit more guilt-free!) There’s nothing quite like a beach for creating holiday memories that will stay with you so make sure you bring your camera so you’ll have remembrances you can touch and see. Check out La Jolla’s beaches here.

Take in a Movie

There was a time not too long ago that movie studios thought of films released this season almost like Christmas gifts to their audiences. There are a great many theaters in La Jolla, and this year you can see films that range from already classic kids films like Coco to blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Drama more your cup of tea? Don’t worry. There are a wide variety of films available in just about every genre.