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Holiday Tree Lightings, Parades & More 2019: Del Mar & Nearby

Patch logo Patch 11/22/2019 Susan C. Schena
a bunch of stuffed animals: See what's coming up near you this holiday season 2019. © Shutterstock and Renee Schiavone, Patch See what's coming up near you this holiday season 2019.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — The 2019 holiday season nears in the San Diego region with such annual festivities as pop-up, ice-skating rinks, holiday boutiques, Nutcracker ballets, Santa breakfasts, Christmas parades, concerts and tree-lightings, Chanukah events and more.

Peruse the annual Patch holiday event guide, find events near you, and make your plans, as many activities require advance registration.

And Happy Holidays, from Patch!



DEC. 6: Annual Parade of Lights & Snow Festival. With food, music, fun & lots of snow.

  • Alpine Boulevard between W. Victoria and Tavern Road, Alpine, CA

DEC. 14: Holiday Open House 2019: Lions Tigers & Bears. A special afternoon at the sanctuary.

  • Lions Tigers & Bears, 24402 Martin Way, Alpine, California 91901



NOV. 23-DEC. 31: Holidays 2019: LEGOLAND. It's a snow-flurry, winter wonderland with 30-foot tall, LEGO tree & more.

  • One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, California 92008

NOV. 30: Annual "Lighting of the Forum" - With light show, snowfall, Santa & marching band.

  • The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA, 92009

NOV. 30, DEC. 7-8, 14-15, 20-23: Holiday Teddy Bear Tea 2019: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Hosted by the Peppermint Princess!

  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Aviara Resort Dr, Carlsbad, California 92011

DEC. 4: Patchwork + Chuao Presents Christmas.. or Not Airplant Wreaths. "The holidays are here and it is time to decorate!"

  • Chuao Chocolatier, 2350 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad, CA, 92011

DEC. 7: 3rd Annual Maker's Market. Event sets a holiday mood with music & more.

  • 2938 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA

DEC. 7: Holiday at the Rancho. Activities include tree lighting, crafts, fun & snowball fight.

  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad, CA

DEC. 8: Holiday Concert Benefiting Meals On Wheels SD. "Advance tickets are recommended as this popular concert sells out!"

  • Carlsbad Community Church at 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad, CA

DEC. 8: Village Faire Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Always a festive community event!

  • Carlsbad Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008



DEC. 7: Christmas Tree Lighting 2019: Piazza Carmel. A holiday celebration open to all.

  • Piazza Carmel, 3810 Valley Centre Dr, San Diego, California 92130



NOV. 19: Tree-Lighting & Santa 2019: Otay Ranch Town Center. Holiday crafts, free cookies & hot chocolate, plus magic snowfall!

  • Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, California 91915

DEC. 7: Starlight Parade, Snow Hill & Children's Faire. Pictures with Santa, too.

  • Memorial Park: 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910



NOV. 23- JAN. 6: 'Skating by the Sea' 2019-2020: Hotel Del Coronado. "Reserve your own rink side lounge at Frostbite – A Place to Chill."

  • Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118

DEC. 1, 8, 15 & 22: Brunch with Santa 2019: Hotel del Coronado. Always a charming event! Make reservations.

  • Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, California 92118

DEC. 6: Annual Holiday Parade. A town tradition for 44 years.

  • Orange Avenue from 5th Street, Coronado Ca

DEC. 7: Special Evening Concert at the Coronado Library. "An evening of delightful music for the season to make your holidays extra special."

  • Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA, 92118

DEC. 26: Chanukah On Ice & Menorah Lighting. Save your spot!

  • Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118



DEC. 7: Breakfast with Santa 2019: San Dieguito County Park. A special morning with Santa!

  • San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Del Mar, California 92014

DEC. 8: 'Santa by the Sea' Fest 2019: L'Auberge Del Mar. Jolly time with tree lighting.

  • L'Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, California 92014

DEC. 10: CRC Jingle & Mingle. "Festive holiday fundraiser to benefit those who are hungry, homeless and hurting in our community."

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA, 92014

DEC. 14: Flower Child’s Breakfast with Santa 2019: Flower Hill. No reservations required.

  • Flower Hill, 2720 Via de La Valle, Del Mar, California 92014

DEC. 29: Hanukkah Menorah Lighting 2019: Flower Hill Promenade. With music, dreidels & latkes.

  • Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014



NOV. 24: 73rd Annual Mother Goose Parade. "One of the largest and oldest parades in San Diego Co."

  • Downtown El Cajon, California 92020

DEC. 14: December PNO "The Grinch Who Stole Elite" - Enjoy a parents' night out!

  • Elite Gymnastics Academy, 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon, CA, 92020



NOV. 23: Holiday Art Sale with Cheryl Ehlers. With many artists, live music & refreshments.

  • Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA, 92024

DEC. 1: Sip & Shop Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy a festive cocktail while you shop!

  • Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Road, Encinitas, CA, 92007

DEC. 3-30: Botanic Wonderland 2019: San Diego Botanic Garden. "With entertainment, kids crafts, food trucks and much more!"

  • San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, California 92024

DEC. 6: Heritage Tree-Lighting Holiday Ceremony. Small town, beach town at its best.

  • Encinitas Heritage Tree, 400 B Street, Encinitas, California 92024

DEC. 7: Holiday Parade. A local tradition with floats and marching in bands & thousands of spectators.

  • North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA

DEC. 13: North Coast Symphony Performs “A Symphony of Carols” - Festive event!

  • Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA, 92024

DEC. 14: Holiday Bazaar with The San Dieguito Art Guild Artists. With silent auction, gifts galore.

  • Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA, 92024



NOV. 29-JAN 5: Wild Holidays 2019: San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Seasonal entertainment and activities planned.

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

DEC. 1: Festive Farmhouse. Fun includes cookie decorating, hot drinks & Christmas music.

  • Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido, CA, 92025

DEC. 7: Winter Wonderland Festival. Day of snow, Santa, crafts, live reindeer & more.

  • California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

DEC. 7-8: Breakfast with Santa 2019: SD Zoo Safari Park. Make reservations!

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

DEC. 13-14: 30th Annual Carols by Candlelight Concert Sings for a Great Cause. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital.

  • California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA

DEC. 21-22: The Nutcracker 2019: California Center for Arts. Featuring the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra.

  • California Center for the Arts,340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, California 92025

DEC. 22: Chanukah & Menorah Lighting At Mall 2019: Westfield. With dreidel-spinning, live music, kids crafts, donuts, latkes & more.

  • Westfield North County, 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy,, Escondido, California 92025



NOV. 23: IB Artisan Market. Shop for your holiday gifts!

  • 829 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, CA, 91932

DEC. 6: IB Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival. With music & Santa on a firetruck!

  • Portwood Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, California 91932

DEC. 14: Annual Holiday Bazaar & Santa. Bring your camera for free pictures with Santa.

  • 829 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932-1802



DEC. 1-31: Birch Aquarium’s Seas ‘n’ Greetings. With Scuba Santa!

  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way, San Diego, CA, 92037

DEC. 4: A Baroque Christmas: SD Baroque's Bach's Lunch Free Concert. Festive place to spend your lunch hour.

  • St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., San Diego, CA, 92037

DEC. 6: Emmet Cahill's "Christmas in Ireland" Concert. "With Ireland’s most exciting young tenor."

  • St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., San Diego, CA, 92037

DEC. 8: Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival. A beloved town tradition!

  • Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA

DEC. 10: Santa's BAG Holiday Party & Toy Drive 2019: La Valencia. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

  • La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037



NOV. 29: 'Light Up The Holidays' & Concert 2019: Grossmont Center. To kick off the holiday season!

  • Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, California 91942

DEC. 4: Evensong Blue Christmas Service. Christmas tough this year? All welcome to this event.

  • United Church of Christ, 5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa, CA, 91942

DEC. 13-14: Holiday In The Village. The fun is free!

  • Downtown La Mesa, CA



DEC. 6: Christmas Open House with Santa. Hosted by Lemon Grove Historical Society.

  • Civic Center Park, 3200 Olive, Lemon Grove, CA

DEC. 6: Annual Community Bonfire. With cocoa, cookies & ugly sweater contest & more.

  • Civic Center Park, 3200 Main St., Lemon Grove, California 91945



DEC. 5: Holiday Auction 2019: Sunshine Co. Saloon. "Don’t miss your chance to bid on and win fantastic prizes."

  • Sunshine Company Saloon, 5028 Newport Ave.

DEC. 7: Holiday Parade. "Miracle On Newport Ave!"

  • Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, CA

DEC. 9-14: Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Give and support the community!

  • Ocean Beach, CA



DEC. 5: Tree-Lighting Ceremony & Santa. With crafts & milk and cookies!

  • Regal Cinemas Oceanside 16, 401 Mission Ave, Oceanside, California 92054

DEC. 6-7: Christmas Concert 2019: Mission San Luis Rey. Christmas carols, beautiful church & chamber orchestra.

  • Old Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057

DEC. 7: Holiday Bazaar at Studio ACE. "THE place to go to buy one-of-a-kind gifts."

  • Studio ACE, 3861 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA, 92058

DEC. 14: Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights. Enjoy "boats of all shapes and sizes decorated in their finest holiday attire."

  • Oceanside Harbor, CA 92054



DEC. 14: Holiday Parade. Before the parade: the Santa Run.

  • Garnet Avenue, San Diego, California



DEC. 14: 'Christmas In The Park' Tree-Lighting & Santa. An awesome extravaganza for all ages.

  • Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064

DEC. 21: Teen Excursion: The Rinks - Poway ICE. Great teen activity!

  • The Rinks Poway ICE, 12455 Kerran Street, Poway, CA, 92064



NOV. 30, DEC. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22: Holiday Wine Trail. Tickets on sale.

  • Various wineries, Ramona, CA

DEC. 7: Airport's Toys For Tots Collection Drive. "In partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, our local Toys for Tots campaign."

  • Ramona Airport, 2450 Montecito Rd, Ramona, California 92065

DEC. 7: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Fun includes sleigh rides, car show & more!

  • Old Town Ramona, Main Street, 6th Street & 8th Street, Ramona, CA



DEC. 5: FWRD Holiday Boutique. With items from local "mompreneurs" and homegrown artisans.

  • 16777 Bernardo Center Drive E1, San Diego, CA 92128

DEC. 7: Hot Cocoa with Santa & Snow Day. "A fun-filled afternoon."

  • 18448 W Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA 92127-3018

DEC. 14: Silent Auction at the RB Library. Two Christmas-themed quilts to be auctioned for the benefit library.

  • 17110 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, CA, 92128

DEC. 16-21: Breakfast with Santa at Bernardo Winery. "A morning of entertainment for children, including a visit with Santa, a delicious hot breakfast, special up-close encounters with Wild Wonders animal friends."

  • Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128



DEC. 1, 7-8, 14-15: Frosty Farm. With animal interactions & family fun.

  • Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067



Through JAN. 5: Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Glide on through the holidays &into new year!

  • 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106

NOV. 30, DEC. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22: Christmas Teas 2019: The Westgate Hotel. With harp music & fine treats & teas.

  • The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, California 92101

NOV. 30 & DEC. 1, 6- 8, 13-22: Holiday Teddy Bear Teas. Includes visit from Santa Claus!

  • The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, California 92101

DEC. 1: Chanukah Kids in the Kitchen 2019: East County Chabad. Latkes & doughnuts!

  • Chabad of East County, 7290 Navajo Rd, Ste 207, San Diego, California 92119

DEC. 1 - JAN. 5: Beachside Winter Wonder: Belmont Park. The park's first holiday spectacular!

  • Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

DEC. 7: Jingle Bell Run. Supports Arthritis Foundation.

  • Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA, 92106

DEC. 7: Holiday Open House. "Bring joy this season to vulnerable children and families."

  • Home Start Thrift Boutique, 3611 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA, 92116

DEC. 8: Wacky Wonky Wonderland. "A community holiday festival and donation drive."

  • San Diego Center for Children, 3002 Armstrong St., San Diego, CA, 92111

DEC. 8: Menorah-Building Workshop 2019: Home Depot. RSVP to save your seats!

  • Home Depot, 5920 Fairmont Ave., San Diego, CA

DEC. 12: Patchwork Presents Christmas Holiday Macrame. Find your festive, crafty side!

  • 4101 30th St., San Diego, CA, 92104

DEC. 13-JAN. 5: SD Zoo's Jungle Bells. New this year: Aurora—a multi-sensory winter spectacular.

  • San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, California 92101

DEC. 14: Greenwood Honors Veterans with 5th Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony. A beautiful tribute.

  • Greenwood Memorial Park and Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA, 92113

DEC. 14-15: Noel Noel. A holiday concert for the whole family. A one-hour version of Dec. 15.

  • Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego, CA, 92101

DEC. 14 & 21: Breakfast With Santa 2019: Westgate Hotel. Save your seats for a memorable event.

  • The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, California 92101

DEC. 28: Jim Brickman - A Christmas Celebration. "Brickman and his special guests, will dazzle audiences with holiday favorites."

  • Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, Ca

DEC. 31: New Year's Eve All Access Pub Crawl. "All of San Diego's best bars and venues together in one event."

  • San Diego, Ca

DEC. 31: Rock the Boat: New Year's Eve Party Cruise. Welcome in the New Year in style!

  • 970 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101



DEC. 7: Tree Lighting & Santa. "Free festive crafts and activities, as well as vendors selling their wares and snacks."

  • San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA



NOV. 30 & DEC. 1: Holiday Hayride. With lots of fun, family activities.

  • Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, 4425 California 78, Santa Ysabel, CA, 92070

DEC. 6 & 10: Holidays on the Homestead. An educational field trip program.

  • Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, 4425 California 78, Santa Ysabel, CA, 92070



NOV. 22: Holiday Lighting Celebration, Snow & Santa. With free wagon & trolley rides, too.

  • Santee Trolley Square, 9902 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, California 92071

NOV. 23: Craftapalooza. Great place to shop for holidays!

  • Santee United Methodist Church, 8964 North Magnolia Ave., Santee, CA

DEC. 7: Breakfast with Santa 2019: Chick-fil-A. Save your seats!

  • Chick-fil-A Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA 92071

DEC. 8: Santa & Snow Hill At The Lakes. Fun includes crafts, pony rides & carnival.

  • Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, California 92071



DEC. 16-17: Impro Theatre's Dickens UnScripted at North Coast Rep. "The troupe spins an entire play into comedy gold."

  • 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075

DEC. 19-22: A Charlie Brown Christmas at Theatre School @ North Coast Rep. A holiday favorite!

  • 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075



DEC. 14: Holiday Craft Fair. Great chance to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.

  • Mount Miguel High School, 8585 Blossom Lane, Spring Valley, CA, 91977



NOV. 30: Rancho Christmas. With crafts, entertainment, tractor rides & more.

  • Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park, 2210 North Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA, 92083

DEC. 7: Christmas Parade. See Santa on a fire engine!

  • Main Street, Vista, California 92084


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