Holiday Market at Petco Park runs on select nights, Thursday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 23. | Photo via Petco Park + San Diego Padres
Get your fuzzy socks and hot cocoa ready, San Diego. From light displays to holidayperformances and festive events, winter in America’s Finest City is truly magical.
Gather the family and friends and celebrate what makes the holiday season special with this guide featuring 60 winter events.
Holiday Market at Petco Park | Thursday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 23 (select nights) | 4-10 p.m. | Gallagher Square at Petco Park | $16+ | Browse goodies made by local artisans while enjoying magical light displays, seasonal food vendors + visits with Santa.
December Nights | Friday, Dec. 2 + Saturday, Dec. 3 | 3-11 p.m. + 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Balboa Park | Free | The city’s largest holiday festival returns to its original form — in-person, taking over the landmark for two days with lights, sounds, food, and seasonal activities.
Surfin’ Santa | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 1-5 p.m. | Seaport Village | Free | Decked out in boardshorts + a Hawaiian shirt, this SoCal-style Santa will arrive by watercraft — no less — to kick off the holiday season at the landmark. Don’t miss the Santa Parade down the boardwalk at 1 p.m.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights | Sunday, Dec. 11 + Sunday, Dec. 18 | 5:30 p.m. | San Diego Bay | Free | This local holiday tradition — sailing along for the past 52 years — features a procession of lavishly decorated boats lighting up San Diego Bay.
Doggie Street Festival | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego | Free | The largest adopt-a-thon in the west features pet products, vets, entertainment + pets looking for their new homes.
Shake & Shine Fest 2022 | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club, 2606 N Mission Bay Dr., San Diego | $11-$111 | Reveal your inner divine at this wellness festival — bring your own yoga mat.
Lucy Dacus | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 7 p.m. | The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., San Diego | $51 | The folk singer is joined by rock act Haley Heynderickx.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Gabby’s Dollhouse Bakey with Cakey Tour | Sunday, Nov. 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Walmart Supercenter, 1360 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista | Free | The hit Netflix series, “Gabby’s Dollhouse,” brings its “Bakey With Cakey” tour to this Chula Vista Walmart.
“Friends"-Giving Brunch | Sunday, Nov. 20 | 1 p.m. | Mic Drop Comedy, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego | $10 | Could this “Friends"-inspired comedy show be any funnier?
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65º | A mix of clouds + sunshine | 0% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 6:21 a.m.
Set: 4:46 p.m.
Low: 11:52 a.m. + 11:36 p.m.
High: 5:54 a.m. + 5:19 p.m.
Water Temperature: 64º
The San Diego County Registrar of Voters continues to tally results from last week’s Statewide General Election. The next round of numbers are slated to come down by 5 p.m. today — and the official results must be certified + posted by Thursday, Dec. 8. 🗳️
“Micro Monsters” — a new film about the hidden world of super-powered bugs — hits the giant screen at the San Diego Natural History Museum today through Sunday, April 30, 2023. Also debuting today: “Caught on Camera,” the museum’s newest exhibition about SoCal wildlife. Both are included with admission. 🦗
19. That’s how many San Diego County restaurants are highlighted in Yelp’s list of top 100 brunch spots in California. Among the local shoutouts, we spy Cesarina in Point Loma, Sugar and Scribe in La Jolla, and downtown’s Werewolf — all of which we included in our brunch guide last month. 🥞 (Yelp)
County Medical Examiner’s Investigator Elissa Fleak was recently awarded the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal for her service during the pandemic as part of the National Disaster Medical System. Fleak provided temporary relief to staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, while also helping the local Medical Examiner’s Office. 🩺
Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) will plant 10 new trees on Saturday, Dec. 3, creating more shady areas for future San Diegans. You can sponsor one of the trees for $250 — a donation that’ll support the park’s ongoing work. Email the MTRP Foundation for details. 🌳
The sun will come out — tomorrow. The Tony Award-winning musical “Annie” will play at the San Diego Civic Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 27-Sunday, Jan. 1. The show is recommended for guests ages 6+, and tickets are on sale now. 🎭
Vroom, vroom. The San Diego Automotive Museum will host its monthly Cars & Coffee meet-up in its parking lot on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 a.m. If you have gas left in the tank, stick around for an early 8 a.m. opening at the museum — and slashed admission of just $10 before 10 a.m. 🛻
SoCal snowboarding and skiing season is on. Big Bear Mountain — a popular winter trek for San Diegans, ~150 miles northeast — opened earlier than expected after storms left more than a foot of snow. At least eight trails are open, and passes can be purchased online. 🏂 (Fox 5)
Tickets are available, with entry times every 15 minutes, 5-8 p.m. It takes about an hour to finish the trail (but there’s no time limit) and it closes at 10 p.m.
💡 Pro tips:
Wear comfortable shoes — the terrain includes hills + dirt pathways.
Dress warm — it’s getting chilly at the coast.
Grab hot cocoa + seasonal treats at kiosks along the trail.
Check out the markers featuringQR codes that tell you more about the installations.
Take a photo inside the Winter Cathedral — absolutely frame-worthy.
Today’s issue was written by Monica.
Editor’s pick:Happy Friday, friends. Fall is my favorite season for hiking and you can usually find me at Mission Trails Regional Park on the weekends trekking with my family. 🥾
Mission Trails — especially the Fortuna Region — is one of my happy places. The paths, overlooks, plants + birds put me at ease and remind me how lucky we are to live somewhere so beautiful year-round.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter?Check it twice — we shared this ultimate gift guide for the holidays.
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