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Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate the holiday season in the festive San Diego Bay area. Enjoy exciting traditions like Balboa Park December Nights and favorite San Diego holiday events, such as the SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration. From shopping and dining at Seaport Village to waterfront cocktails at Blue Wave, San Diego offers many wonderful things to do over the holiday season.

San Diego Things to See and Do:

Want to experience skating ice skating in the heart of America's Finest City all while benefiting a great cause? Head  to NTC at Liberty Station for outdoor skating to benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.  November 2015 - January 2016.
  • Balboa Park December Nights

    Bring the family for this free holiday multicultural community festival. Enjoy live music, dance performances, international food choices and a heavy dose of holiday cheer. December 4 & 5, 2015.
  • The Grinch at Old Globe Theatre

    Enjoy this whimsical family favorite holiday musical based on the classic book by Dr. Seuss. Celebrate the season as the Old Globe Theatre is transformed into the festive and colorful Whoville.
  • SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration

    Where the Season Meets the Sea

    SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration® is sure to bring warmth and holiday cheer to all ages.  Enjoy festive holiday shows including Shamu Christmas Miracles.  Share a holiday wish with Santa when you visit Santa's Cottage.  Plus, over a million glimmering lights and festive decorations will fill the park and are sure to put everyone into the holiday spirit. Daily Nov. 21 - Jan. 3


  • Blue Wave

    Dine with us during the holidays at Blue Wave Bar & Grill and enjoy delicious California coastal inspired cuisine. Blue Wave serves breakfast, lunch and dinner coupled with incredible marina views.
  • Island Prime

    Join us at Island Prime for our special Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day Dinners. Click here for more information and to see the menus.
  • Stone Brewing Liberty Station

    Meet up with friends Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens to ring in the New Year together. Enjoy a celebration completer with drink specials, live & DJ music, dancing, and hot food stations.


  • Horton Plaza (with ice rink!)

    Get into the holiday spirit at Horton Plaza. Find gifts for under the tree at stores like American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Express, Foot Locker, GameStop, Gap and Lids.
  • Seaport Village

    Feel the magic of the holidays with waterfront shopping and dining, then unwind and check out a live some live music or magician show at Seaport Village.
  • Fashion Valley

    Make holiday wishes come true when you shop at Fashion Valley. You'll find popular stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Lids, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, and Macy's.
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