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!

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.