Dec. 1, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
The most beloved family show in the world is coming to Poway! This comedy show features a European-style circus extravaganza and highly intelligent dogs and cats. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a truly unique, family-friendly show featuring a legendary circus entertainer and his furry friends.
Time: 7 pm
Location: Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Rd., Poway
Balboa Park December Nights
Dec. 2–3, Balboa Park December Nights
Friends, families, and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food, and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5–9 pm. Enjoy international cuisine, unique gift shopping, music and dance performances, and a wide variety of museum exhibits. This is a free event with food and drink available for purchase.
Time: Friday 3–11 pm, Saturday 12–11 pm
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego
Queen Bee Market
Dec. 2–3, Queen Bee Market Holiday Show
Looking for that perfect holiday gift? With over 80 vendors selling home décor, handcrafted art, clothing, accessories, furniture, and so much more, you are certain to find something unique at the Queen Bee Market.
Time: Friday 4–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–4 pm
Location: 1300 Specialty Dr., Vista
Carols & Barrels Beer + Wine Festival
Dec. 3, Carols and Barrels
Join Buddy the Elf for a day of festive frivolity and fun! Enjoy scrumptious holiday treats, delicious beer and wine samples, cheerful carolers, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit Cancer For College, a scholarship charity for cancer survivors. So put on your ugliest holiday sweater and get ready to tell Santa what you want for Christmas!
Time: 1–5:30 pm
Location: The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
Garden of Lights
Dec. 3–23, 26–30, Garden of Lights
After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis, turning it into the Garden of Lights. The Garden has something for the whole family, including local food, treats, and warm beverages, live jazz and blues bands, marshmallow toasting, visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more!
Time: 5–9 pm
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off
Dec. 4, SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off
You be the judge at this local chili cook-off! Enjoy a day of family fun with chili samples, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a fun fest kids’ zone, and live music. While you’re there, visit with local handmade craft vendors and do some holiday shopping. This is a free event, with food, drink, and chili samples available for purchase.
Time: 11 am–5 pm
Location: 32nd St. and Thorn St., North Park, San Diego
Old Town Holiday in the Park
Dec. 5–26, Old Town Holiday in the Park
Visit Old Town Holiday in the Park for a uniquely San Diegan holiday experience. The stores, restaurants, and museums in the park will be decorated to evoke the spirit of the season during the 1800s. Park merchants will have extended hours to help you find interesting gifts for everyone on your shopping list!
Time: 6–9 pm (extended hours)
Location: Old Town, San Diego
Holiday De-Stress Fest
Dec. 8, Holiday De-Stress Fest
Take a break from holiday stress at the Holiday De-Stress Fest. Stress-relieving activities include relaxing Yoga, mindful meditation, calming coloring, charitable giving, gratitude garlands, a raffle, and more! Charitable partners for this event are Stand Up for Kids and San Diego County Animal Shelter. Help support Stand Up for Kids by bringing warm winter clothing items to this event for donation.
Time: 6–8 pm
Location: Hera Hub Carlsbad
5205 Avenida Encinas, Ste. A, Carlsbad
Dec. 10, Makers Arcade Holiday Fair
One-of-a-kind makers come together to offer you a unique holiday shopping experience. While perusing handcrafted goods, enjoy live music, free make and take crafts, a photo booth, and delicious food and cocktails.
Time: 11 am–5 pm
Location: The Port Pavillion at the Broadway Pier
1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
California Ballet Company The Nutcracker
Dec. 10–24, The Nutcracker
California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in a favorite holiday tradition. Gather your friends and family and enjoy the classically extravagant score and vibrant cast of over 150 dancers.
Time: Showtimes vary by date
Location: San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Ave., San Diego
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Dec. 11, Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo. After a festive strut around the Gaslamp Quarter, explore the expo and enjoy live music and special pet presentations on the “Cat” walk stage.
Time: 1–5 pm
Location: Martin Luther King Promenade Park
4th Ave. and K St., Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Dec. 11, Hanukkah Happening
Join the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center for a holiday extravaganza! Bring the whole family for an afternoon of games, crafts, raffles, and more! Find themed gift baskets for all ages at great prices. There will be an inflatable jump house, arcade, and kosher treats.
Time: 11 am–2 pm
Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
Jacobs Family Campus
4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
Dec. 27, Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons—more than any other parade!
Time: 10 am
Location: Downtown San Diego, following N. Harbor Dr.
San Diego Tango Festival
Dec. 28–Jan. 2, 11th Annual San Diego Tango Festival
The San Diego Tango Festival joins people from all over the country for a chance to dance the night away. There’s something for everyone at the event, and teachers are on hand to show beginners the basic steps as well as proper dance etiquette.
Time: See website for schedule
Location: Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego