San Diego Area Events – DECEMBER 2013

Date December 3, 2013

Balboa Park December Nights Dec. 6-7
San Diego’s favorite festival celebrates the holiday season and the spirit of Christmas. Sparkling decor is everywhere. Museums are open with free admission. There’s gift shopping, snack foods, Santa, and more. Don’t miss the huge Christmas Tree that lights up the night in song and music. 3-11pm. (619) 252-9883 / www.visitdecembernights.com

ncinitas Holiday Parade Dec. 7
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the 2013 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101. Tree lighting ceremony at the Lumberyard: 5pm. Parade: 5:30-7:30pm. 760-633-2760 / www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

North Park Toyland Festival Dec. 7
A delightful festival in North Park offers music and dance performances, tasty food, gift shopping, and a pageant for kids called the “Cutest North Park Kids Contest”. Santa is in the Kids Zone where there’s more fun. This event is in conjunction with the “North Park Toyland Parade”. 10am-4:30pm. (619) 269-7880 / www.toylandparade.com

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village Dec. 7
Little Italy presents a friendly Holiday Village where you can come for hometown gift shopping, light refreshments, and holiday music. At dark in the blink of an eye, you’ll see the grand lighting of a glowing Christmas Tree! Santa will be there for the kids, so don’t forget the kids! 4-7:30pm. (619) 233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade Dec. 7
Ocean Beach is presenting a nighttime community Christmas parade complete with a marching band and marching groups from schools and businesses. Find a place along the street and keep a look out for Santa. 5-7:30pm. (619) 515-4400 / www.obtowncouncil.org

Santa’s Magical Village Dec. 7-8
Come visit this special village where the magic of the season comes alive. Stroll through the “streets” where children can create ornaments, decorate cookies, and make holiday decorations while parents shop at arts and crafts booths! Have your picture taken with Santa and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! Sat: 3-8pm, Sun: 10am-3pm. San Marcos Community Center: 3 Civic Center Dr. 760-744-1050 / www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us

Great Train Expo Dec. 7-8
America’s favorite traveling train show serving more states than any other show. Our shows feature operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and much more! 10am-4pm. Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.greattrainexpo.com

Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade Dec. 8
You can watch the parade or be in it. This holiday parade presents dogs and their owners in colorful fashion as they proudly promenade through the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The costume contest judging includes Best Pet Costume, Best Costume Duo, Cutest Critter, and Best in Show. 1-5pm. (619) 233-5227 / www.gaslamp.org

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival Dec. 8
A wonderful Christmas parade lures people from all around to the sidewalks of La Jolla. Listen to marching bands and see floats, horses, drill teams, scout troops, community groups, and more. And that’s not all…the parade is accompanied by a holiday festival and tree lighting ceremony. 2-3:30pm. (858) 922-4046 / www.ljparade.com

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk Dec. 14
Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday costume and jingle bells tied to shoelaces as a way to ring in the holiday season and set the pace for a 5K run, a leisurely stroll, and the 1K Children’s Run. A small expo accompanies the event with light refreshments, a Kids Zone, and a beer garden. 7-11am. Balboa Park. (858) 492-1090 x-1090 / www.sdjbr.org

Toys For Joy Dec. 14
The Rock Church as organized an outreach event in Southeast San Diego for underprivileged persons. The event provides children and families with free toys, groceries, and clothing. There’s a Health Zone and a Children’s Fun Zone; plus wholesome music, and special prayer requests. 7am-3pm. Lincoln High School & Porter Elementary School (4777 Imperial Ave.) (619) 981-1632 / www.toys-for-joy.org

Pacific Beach Holiday Parade Dec. 15
Pacific Beach has a wonderful holiday parade. Come early and find a place along the street so you can see floats, marching bands, color guards, community groups, children marching groups, clowns, and of course; Santa Claus! This year, there’s a Santa Mile Fun Run before the parade begins. 12-4pm. (858) 273-3303 / www.pacificbeachfest.com

Games at Hmong New Year CelebrationSan Diego Hmong Community New Year Celebration Dec. 21-23
The Hmong New Year is a cultural celebration where families come together to give homage to ancestral spirits and honor to elders. This event showcases the beauty of Hmong culture with music, costumed performances, cultural food, cocktails, displays, and interactive activities. 9am-5pm. Kearny Mesa Recreation Center (3170 Armstrong St.) (858) 663-8642 / www.lhfasd.org

Hot Buttered Run 10K & Kids Kandy Kane Race Dec. 22
A holiday-themed athletic event offers a 10K run/walk and a Kids Kandy Kane Race. At the finish, participants will be met with the sight of beautifully decorated Christmas Trees and get a cup of delicious hot chocolate. In addition, there’s music, merchandise, and a jumper for kids. 8:30am-12pm. W Mission Bay. (360) 909-0211 / www.energyevents.com

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon & 5K Dec. 29
Are you looking for a half marathon during the holidays? This is the perfect race for local San Diegans and holiday visitors. It’s the fastest half marathon in the city! The race begins in Rancho Penasquitos and ends up at Torrey Pines State Beach. 7:30-10:30am. (619) 368-9944 / www.sdholidayhalf.com

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade Dec. 30
America’s largest balloon parade contains many massive air balloons as well as motorized floats, marching bands, community groups, and drill teams. Cheering crowds align the streets to watch them pass by. This event is in conjunction with a 5K run/walk, wiener dog race, and a family festival. 9-11:30am. North Harbor Dr. (619) 283-5808 / www.holidaybowl.com

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