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Holiday Events in San Diego

The stunning coast of Southern California gets into the jolly spirit of the season with fun festivals, top malls for Christmas shopping, and excellent holiday dining options. Take part in a holiday festival along the coast where boats show off their brilliant light displays or check out Sea World for an unforgettable holiday tradition the whole family will cherish. There's something for everyone this winter season in San Diego.

Be sure to experience:
  • Balboa December Nights
  • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
  • Hornblower Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise

Details below!

Things to See and Do

  • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

    Grab a spot along the scenic waterfront to watch over 80 elaborately decorated boats sail by to ring in the holiday season. This San Diego Christmas tradition has been going strong for 42 years, and this year is sure to be better than ever.
  • Balboa December Nights

    Experience San Diego holiday cheer at its finest at this community celebration where local museums offer free admission from 5-9pm. Balboa Park is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with festive performances and food from around the world.
  • Sea World San Diego Christmas

    From visits with Santa to spectacular holiday shows by Shamu, kids and adults will love visiting Sea World during the Christmas season. No visit is complete without a visit to Snow World that's packed with 6,500 square feet of fresh powder every day!


  • Hornblower Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise

    Gather with friends and family on the San Diego bay for a holiday feast you will never forget. Take in spectacular views of the city as you dine on traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey and all the fixings, sip champagne, and dance to a live DJ.
  • The Marine Room Christmas

    Reserve your spot at this favorite San Diego restaurant for a delicious meal to celebrate the holidays. Sit down to a lavish multi-course meal on Christmas Day or special Christmas Eve dinner, and don't miss the New Year's Eve celebration.


  • Fashion Valley

    With over 200 stores like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales, this is the perfect spot to get all of your Christmas shopping done in one place. Take a break with a holiday meal at one of the many restaurants or catch a show at the 18-screen movie theater.
  • Westfield Mission valley

    No matter how many Christmas gifts you have on your list, you'll find it all here at this conveniently located mall. Browse top retailers like Nordstrom Rack, Bath & Body Works, and American Eagle Outfitters for great holiday sales.
  • Westfield UTC

    This open-air shopping center bustles with holiday atmosphere during the Christmas season. Explore a distinctive selection of shops for all of your Christmas shopping needs as you stroll through the warm California sunshine.
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