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Parades, Festivals and other Holiday Winter Events {2016}


Mother Goose Parade (El Cajon)

Date:  November 20th, 2016 starting at 1PM

Holiday Celebration Parade (Clairemont)

Date: Friday, November 25th from 11AM-4PM

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House

Date: December 2nd, 2016 starting at 6PM

North Park Toyland Parade

Date: December 3rd, 2016 

Starlight Parade (Chula Vista)

Date: December 3rd, 2016 starting at 6PM

Encinitas Holiday Parade

Date: December 3, 2016 starting at 5PM

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade

Date: December 3rd, 2016 starting at 5PM

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival

Date: December 4, 2016 starting at 1PM

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Date: December 10, 2016 starting at 7PM

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Date: December 11, 2016 starting at 3PM

Port of San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dates: December 11th and 18th, 2016 starting at 5PM

Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

Date: December 19, 2016 

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Date: December 27, 2016 starting at 10AM

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2016 Holiday Lighting Celebration (Santee)

Date: Friday, November 18th from 5:30-8:30PM

Details: Free admission

37th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest

Dates: November 23-27, 2016

Details:  Tickets start at $20

Surfin’ Santa Arrival (Seaport Village)

Date: November 26, 2016 from 1-5PM

Details: Free event and free photos with Santa

Julian’s Country Christmas and Tree Lighting

Date: November 26, 2016 starting at 2pm

Details: Free event

Balboa Park December Nights

Dates: December 2nd from 3-11PM and December 3rd from noon-11PM, 2016

Details: FREE event

Sips and Sweets with Santa (Central San Diego) a San Diego Moms Blog event!

Date: Saturday, December 3rd from 9AM-noon

Details: Tickets available here. Santa photo, hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, crafts and swag bags for all our guests!

A Vintage Christmas At The Barn (Julian)

Date: Saturday, December 3rd from 10AM-4PM

Details: Free present from Santa, free family event

Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival (Escondido)

Date: December 3, 2016 starting at 3PM

Details: FREE event

Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: December 3, 2016 from 4-8PM

Details: Free event

Holiday in the Village (Chula Vista)

Date: December 3, 2016 starting at noon

Details: Free community event

18th Annual Spirit of Christmas (Lakeside)

Date: December 3rd from 4-9PM

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off (Balboa Park)

Date: December 4, 2016 from 11AM-5PM

Details: Free family event

Sips and Sweets with Santa (Encinitas) a San Diego Moms Blog event!

Date: Saturday, December 10th from noon-3PM

Details: Ticket information here.

Poway’s Christmas in the Park

Date: December 10, 2016 starting at 3:30PM

Details: Free family event

Welk Resorts San Diego Winter Wonderland

Date: Sunday, December 18th starting at noon

Details: Check website for ticket prices

Other events and local attractions in San Diego. Most of these require ticket purchase for entry, so consider that before you make the trip!


Santa’s Village (San Marcos Civic Center)

One day only- December 3rd

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

One day only- December 3rd

Santa by the Sea

One day only- December 4th


December 12-18th

 San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”

Starting December 3rd

Jingle Bells at the Zoo

Dec 9, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017. 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Luminaria (South Park)

Tree lighting on November 27th

Sea World’s Christmas Tree of Lights & Snow World

Experience Sea World during the holidays starting November 25th!

Friday, November 18, 2016 starting at 5:30PM

ICE SKATING!!!! Check websites for times and ticket prices

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