Seas & Greetings! Time to Get Festive in SoCal

From cozy beach nights and festive food, to Santa’s workshop and parades of lights, SoCal has something for everyone this holiday season. Get in the festive spirit by checking out these San Diego holiday events:

San Diego Holiday Events

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: December 10 & 17

Where: Shelter Island (start of parade route)

Price: FREE

The 46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade draws more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors each year and it’s a jolly holiday experience for all ages. The parade consists of approximately 80 festively decorated boats gliding along San Diego’s scenic coastline, and this year’s theme is “Arrrgh. A Pirate’s Christmas.” The iconic holiday boat parade starts at 5:00 p.m. at Shelter Island and ends at Ferry Landing on Coronado at approximately 7:00 p.m.

ProTip: Treat yourself to a holiday getaway at Coronado Beach Resort to be next to all the festive fun!

December Nights at Balboa Park: December 1 & 2

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego

Price: FREE

December Nights is San Diego’s largest free festival and the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. Invite your friends and family to enjoy festive food from around the world and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums.

San Diego Holiday Events - Balboa Park December Nights

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade: December 10

Where: Gaslamp Quarter

Price: FREE

Looking for the Purr-fect way to celebrate the holidays? The 10th Annual Holiday Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade is for those who like to deck their paws with holiday cheer. Watch this adorably festive pet parade jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Furry, feathered, and scale-y companions don their favorite costumes as they parade through town with their owners. The parade is followed up with a Pet Expo.\

Holiday Festival at Hotel Del Coronado: December 6

Where: Hotel Del Coronado

Price: FREE

Along with (ice) Skating by the Sea on the beach, join Hotel Del Coronado for a special family Holiday Festival where there will be Santa’s Village with games, photos with Santa and his elves, and holiday performances by schools from across Coronado. The night finishes with a spectacularly festive fireworks display on the Del Beach, too! It’s the perfect way to ring in the holiday season with a bang.

San Diego Holiday Events - Holidays at the Hotel Del

 Santa by the Sea: December 3

Where: Del Mar Village

Price: FREE

Bring the whole family to see Santa by the Sea for great photo opportunities, along with a Letters to Santa Workshop, live music, and an annual tree lighting ceremony! This holiday event in the scenic city of Del Mar is a must-see of the season.

Oceanside Parade of Lights: December 9

Where: Oceanside Harbor

Price: FREE

From fishing boats and sail boats, to kayaks and yachts all decked out for the holiday season, watch the delightful procession of boats and waving Santa’s from the harbor at Oceanside’s Parade of Lights!

Holidays at Legoland: November 18 through January 1, 2018

Where: Legoland, California

Price: Park Admission

Experience the festive magic of the Holidays at Legoland! From music and twinkling lights, to live entertainment and hanging out with Lego friends and life-sized Lego Brick Santa, it’s a fun holiday celebration for the whole family.

San Diego Holiday Events - Holidays at Legoland

Get all spruced up for the holidays by staying close to the festivities when you vacation at Coronado Beach Resort. Book online or call  (877) 681-4170.

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