December Holiday Fun in Southern Cal.

Posted on 15. Dec, 2010 by in For Kids

It is the most wonderful time of the year….for this launch pad, anyway. We start any and all decorating the day after Thanksgiving.  Not one snowflake or Santa is unpacked until the day AFTER Thanksgiving.  Since we enjoy partaking in ALL the festivities we can squeeze in, instead of doing a weekend post for Family Fun, all of December is going to be in this post and we will keep it on the front page for the month.  You can check back at any time to find something fun to do.  Some of our rockiteers’ favorites: Oceanside Boat Parade, Encinitas Holiday Parade, Christmas on the Prado aka December Nights at Balboa Park, Ice skating at the Del or Horton Plaza, Jungle Bells at the Zoo and Night of Lights at Wild Animal Park and the best, Mickey’s Christmas Parade at Disneyland. 


Disneyland – A Christmas Fantasy parade and Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. Check site for daily activities. Now to 1/2/11.

Knott’s Merry Farm – “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Ice skating, Christmas Village and Elf Mountain. Check site for daily activities.  12/4/10-1/2/11.

SeaWorld - “Shamu’s Killer Christmas”, ice skating, Polar Express 4-D, Christmas Tails by Pet Show. Check site for daily activities. 11/26/10-12/31/10.

Legoland – Famous Lego bricks during the holidays are turned into Santa Claus, a GIANT Lego Christmas tree, reindeer, elves, and other fun Lego creations. Meet Lego Santa, Tree-lighting ceremony, Fireworks, and New Year’s Eve. Play “Where’s Santa” in the Miniland section of the park. Check site for daily activities. 12/5/10-12/31/10.

San Diego Zoo - Jungle Bells. Visit the zoo with hoiday animals (reindeer, polar bear plunge, etc.), hear professional bell ringers, and visit Santa in his sleigh. Check the site for daily activities. 12/4/10-12/31/10.

Wild Animal Park/Safari Park – Night of Lights, sledding, crafts and breakfast with Santa.

Christmas Card Lane, 12/10-12/31, 6-10 pm. in Rancho Penasquitos on the following streets – Oviedo Street – off Black Mtn. Rd. “Christmas Card Lane”: includes Twin Trails, Carmel Mtn. Rd.,Ellingham St., Renato St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Totherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky Ln.

San Diego Holiday Light Displays –  To see holiday decorations and lights in your neighborhood or around the county.


San Diego Bay Parade Of Lights - “Christmas At The Zoo”. 12/19/10 5:30-9 pm. San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade. – 12/18/10 7pm-9pm. Mission Bay (East & West). Best viewing is by Quivira Way, Crown Point, Fiesta Island or Seaworld.

Brunch With Santa at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Sante Fe. 12/19/10 and storytime with Mrs. Claus.  Call the Club for reservations.

Ice Skate Outdoors - San Diego’s version of the Rockefeller Center ice rink – the downtown ice rink at Horton Square is a perfect holiday setting, nestled between Horton Plaza and the NBC 7/39 TV studios. Bring the family downtown, in the evening, so you can bundle up in stocking caps and mittens, pretend you’re in Manhattan and skate away.  Hotel del Coronado offers ice skating by-the-sea with an outdoor ice rink overlooking the ocean. Also Viejas Outlet Center boasts San Diego’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. 11/15/10-1/6/11

Bonfire Nights in Old Town .  Presented by Fiesta de Reyes, El Fandango Restaurant, and all the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park merchants, bonfires will light up the winter nights at dusk and free s’mores will be provided. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 18, 28 and 30, El Fandango Restaurant will host a free piñata party where children of all ages will get a chance to whack a holiday piñata.

15th Annual Holiday of Lights at Del Mar. The biggest lighted holiday display in San Diego County features more than 400 lighted animated scenes, including Toyland, Candy Cane Lane, Treasures by the Lake and Elves at Play. Returing this season, the “Holiday Hayride” every Friday night from 5:30pm to 8:30pm! Included with your ride, a Hot Chocolate or Cider and a Holiday Cookie! 11/25/10-1/2/11.

San Diego Quail Botanical Gardens.  The garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Many of these lights are LED, which are much brighter than regular lights. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias. Activities include horse-drawn-wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, hot mulled wine in the Poinsettia Garden, and refreshments. Now to 12/30/10.

The Old Globe Theater – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”.  America’s favorite holiday fable, back for its eleventh incredible year, is a wonderful, whimsical production that will once again jump right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the Old Globe stage. Come take part in the fun as The Globe is transformed into snow-covered Whoville right down to the last can of Who-hash! 11/15/10 – 12/28/10.

Seaport Village Welcomes Santa. Visits with Santa and photos with Santa and his elves. 11/26/10-12/24/10.  


L8 Nite Thursdays. 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 & 12/23.  Retails stores in downtown Encinitas will stay open late for holiday shoppers with refreshments and Santa sightings.

North Pole Limited. The fun begins at the lighted Campo Depot with fun and good cheer. The Elves will visit with the passengers as the Limited rockets toward the North Pole. An on-board book reading of a famous train Christmas story leads up to the magical arrival at Santa’s Workshop. Santa will board the train for the return trip to Campo and will visit with all the children on the train (both large and small).

Here are some useful sites for more fun and family holiday spirit: San Diego Christmas Guide which includes events, light maps and even special recipes.  San, San Diego Family Magazine.

This entry will be uploaded throughout the month. And if you have found something fun to do, please share.  Have a safe, loving and wonderful holiday season and keep checking back.

20 Responses to “December Holiday Fun in Southern Cal.”

  1. Ashley 1 December 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Here is another fun event: Oceanside Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thursday, 12/2 from 5:30pm – 9pm by the Regal Movie Theaters.

  2. kelly 5 December 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I am amazed at the amount of happenings in SD you always seem to know about. We will have to pick one on the list and try it this year.

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