With festivals, holiday events, and parades in spades,
planning a fun fall or winter holiday in San Diego is easy.
Browse the calendar below, and visit sandiego.org/events for
even more summer entertainment ideas.
20-24 Indulge your love of wine with a tasting seminar or
cooking class at the San Diego Bay Wine
and Food Festival. The signature event is
a Grand Tasting at the Embarcadero
Marina Park North (November 23).
30 “Surfin’ Santa” arrives in Seaport Village, bringing holiday cheer
from the North Pole.
6 Get in the holiday spirit at the Coronado Holiday Parade, featuring festive holiday music and “snow
mountain” at the Coronado Ferry Landing.
7 Santa will be the guest of honor at the North Park Toyland Parade and Fair.
This year marks the event’s 50th anniversary.
Balboa Park’s annual December
Nights festival is holiday fun for
all, with music and dance performances,
delicious international food and free
admission to select museums.
Pets promenade in their holiday
finery during the Gaslamp Holiday
Grab some cocoa and watch
boats decked out with festive
lighting make their way around the bay dur-
ing The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.
Celebrate the holiday
season with a traditional
production of The Nutcracker at the San
Diego Civic Theatre.
Old Town is transformed into a
winter wonderland during the
Head to Qualcomm Stadium for
a rousing game of NCAA foot-
ball at the Poinsettia Bowl, where a top
team from the Mountain West will battle
Qualcomm Stadium also hosts
the Holiday Bowl, a post-season
Giant balloons take to the skies,
delighting youngsters (and the young
at heart) during the San Diego Big Bay
San Diego Beer Week
Watch gray whales journey from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm waters of Baja, December through April.
Fun fact: Craft beer is a
$300 million industry in San
Diego, which boasts more
than 70 breweries!