San Diego Holiday Events & Specials That Bring Joy This Season
Get into the spirit of the season with joyful holiday events in San Diego. Make memories with friends and family at exciting festivals and parades, enjoy live performances and smile at the Christmas light displays. Enjoy special Thanksgiving dinners, New Year's Eve celebrations and shopping for under the tree. With our latest San Diego hotel specials, spending the holidays at Best Western Plus Island Palms will be a magical experience.
For over 30 years, this community holiday parade, less than ten minutes away, has been a local favorite. This seaside community's parade features classic Woodies and Santa decked out in beachwear. Would you expect anything else?
In its 45th year, this boat parade is a can't-miss event. Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate or other libation, and find a perch along San Diego's beautiful Big Bay. Boats of every shape and size in this sailing parade will be decorated in brilliant holiday lights. This year's theme is "It Begins with a Roar" to honor the San Diego Zoo's 100th anniversary.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 and Sunday December 18, 2016
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a long-running holiday favorite. This classic tale is brought to life with unique costumes, whimsical music, and holiday magic. A must-see for every family.
Saturday, November 5 - Monday, December 26, 2016
Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Each year, SeaWorld transforms into a charming holiday land filled with fun for all ages. Visit Santa at his workshop, meet his reindeer, watch holiday-themed shows, or have breakfast with Santa and Shamu!
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017
SeaWorld San Diego. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
The Holiday Bowl wouldn't be the same without the pre-game parade! Enjoy America's largest balloon parade set in downtown San Diego with the beautiful Big Bay as a backdrop. Enjoy college bands, dancing, merriment, and of course the balloons!