Fun Filled San Diego Events for the Holidays
You’re likely to have visited San Diego once before. There are many things you can do in San Diego: shop and eat in the Gaslamp Quarter, catch a Chargers’ game at QUALCOMM Stadium or relax on one of its sandy beaches. You’re missing out a lot of the best holiday celebrations in the world if you haven’t visited San Diego. These San Diego events are great for holiday entertainment on the water, family-friendly displays of lights, and festive cheer. Here are some holiday celebrations in San Diego, also notable San Diego hotels near them.
1. Balboa Park Christmas Nights: Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. It houses 15 museums, lush gardens and famous performing arts venues. Balboa Park’s December Nights is a two-holiday celebration that kicks off Christmas with sparkling lights and mouth-watering food as well as music and entertainment. For the 33rd year, December Nights is now in its 33rd year. It will take place Friday, December 3 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday, November 4 from noon-10 p.m. On both evenings, participating Balboa Park museums will be open at no charge from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Balboa Park Christmas Nights event is the biggest community festival in the area. It is expected that more than 300,000. people will attend the two-day event. Highlights include the Fossil Mystery exhibit, which is set to holiday music in the atrium at the Natural History Museum. There are also foods and crafts from all over the world at Cascades Holiday Marketplace. Visit:- https://treladatthanh.com/
A holiday tree decorated with the Schlappi collection, unique ornaments by Elizabeth Schlappi, and the late Florence Hord at The Timken Museum. Local groups perform on The Palisades stage. Balboa Park can be found less than 2 miles from The Sofia Hotel and U.S. Grant Hotel.
2. Holiday of Lights:
The Del Mar Fairgrounds, north of La Jolla, will be transformed for Holiday of Lights. From Thanksgiving Day through Sunday January 2, 2011, the event will be open every night (closed Dec. 6, and Dec. 13, except for Dec. 6 and 13). Around the Del Mar Racetrack, more than 400 displays will be displayed. The holiday displays can be enjoyed from the comfort of their cars as they travel 1.5 miles through the Fairgrounds. Holiday of Lights can be toured on Fridays by the popular Holiday Hayride. This ride was introduced in 2009 and quickly became a crowd favourite. L’Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa is a luxury property built on a beachfront. It has been rated among the top resorts in the country according to Conde Nast.
3. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights If you believe in spreading holiday cheer by being near or on the water, the 39th Annual Parade of Lights is the best Christmas parade in San Diego. More than 80,000 people will be watching as boats of all sizes and shapes decorated for the holidays parade through the bay. It has become so popular that it is held twice a year. This year, it will be held on Sunday, December 12 and Sunday, December 19, both nights from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The 2010 theme is The Sounds of Christmas. The festivities will begin with a fireworks display at 5:30 p.m.
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights begins at Shelter Island’s east end and continues east past Harbor Island to North Embarcadero. It will then travel south along the Embarcadero, near the 10th Street Terminal. The parade will then head towards Coronado, before heading west to Ferry’s Landing. You can also find San Diego hotels within 4 miles of the event at the 44-acre Paradise Point Resort & Spa, on Mission Bay, and the 25-story Westin San Diego.
4. Garden of Lights:
It doesn’t take a huge nature lover to enjoy the Garden of Lights in Encinitas. The event runs from December 9 through 23 and again Dec 26 through 30 (5-9 p.m.). There are over 100,000 lights, live music and a Nutcracker display. You can also ride horses and have marshmallow roasting. The Botanic Garden is located in Encinitas and features the Hamilton Children’s Garden, which is the largest interactive garden on the west coast. It also has the nation’s largest collection of bamboo. The Del Mar Motel on the Beach is 6 miles away from San Diego Botanic Garden.