11/27 – 12/19 – North Pole Limited Santa Train | Pacific SouthWest Railway Museum, Hwy 94 & Forrest Gate Rd, Campo | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. according to date | 90-minute holiday ride on the North Pole Limited, Santa’s elves serve cookies and hot chocolate, Christmas carols and more
12/1 – 12/31 – Legoland Holiday Snow Days & Winter Nights | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Build a snowman with LEGO® accessories and throw real snowballs at colorful targets. Ride snow tubes down a hill. Experience the magic of Winter Nights with shows, music, and twinkling lights
12/4 – Annual Coronado Holiday Parade & Celebration | Ferry Landing Marketplace, Coronado | Starts at 3:20 p.m. | Santa arrives by ferry, parade along Orange Avenue, Christmas tree lighting, holiday music & fireworks over Glorietta Bay
12/4 – 12/5 – Balboa Park December Nights | Balboa Park | Friday 3:00 – 11:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Free | Light displays, nativity, Santa, musical & dance performances,shopping, holiday food & spirits
12/4 – 12/23 – Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park | Petco Park | 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Free | Be transported through a spectacular holiday wonderland full of fun for the entire family for 12 nights in December.
12/5 – Annual North Park Toyland Parade and Holiday Fair | University Ave, North Park | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Large scale parade with marching bands, dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials & Santa.
12/5 – Chula Vista Starlight Parade | 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista | 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Meet Santa, go down Frosty’s snow hill,& a snack alley, Parade starts at 6:00 pm
12/5 – Annual Ocean Beach Christmas Parade and Craft Fair | Newport Ave, Sunset Cliffs Blvd to Abbott St, Ocean Beach | Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. | Santa Claus on a fire truck, motorcycle riding dogs, geriatric surf team, and more.
12/5 – Annual Little Italy Christmas Village and Tree Lighting | Corner of W Date St & India St, Little Italy | 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Little Italy becomes a Holiday Village with holiday music, light refreshments, Santa and tree lighting
12/6 – 2015 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook Off | Thorn & 32nd | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Free admission (Chili Bowl and 5 Tastings – $20) | Chili + beer + holiday shopping + kids fun fest = one perfect Sunday in December.
12/3 – 12/23 & 12/26 – 12/30 – Garden of Lights – San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Over 100,000 lights illuminate the Gardens, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, Santa, live music & refreshments.
12/6 – Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade | La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St, La Jolla | Festival 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Parade 1:30 p.m., Christmas Tree Lighting 4:30 p.m. | Annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival will have musical performances, tasty foods, and an antique plane flyover.
12/12 – Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Mission Bay: Quivira Basin, and along Crown Point, Vacation Island, Fiesta Island, & Sea World | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fireworks 9:00 p.m. | The best viewing areas from Crown Point, the west side of Fiesta Island or the east side of Vacation Island.
12/13 – Breakfast with Santa | Safari Park | 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Gather at the Safari Park’s scenic Kilima Point for a delicious and bountiful breakfast with the jolly ol’ elf himself.
12/13 – Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade | Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel at 4th & K Street, Downtown San Diego | Registration & Check-in 1:00 p.m., Parade 3:00 p.m. , Pet Expo 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.| Pet parade where pets and people dress in costume and march through Gaslamp Quarter
12/13 & 12/20 – San Diego Bay Boat Parade of Lights | Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Convention Center, Coronado Island Marriott and Coronado Ferry Landing | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Free | Large fleet of private craft decorated and illuminated for the holidays travel a 7-mile path from Shelter Island to Coronado.
12/23 – Annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl | Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars, Rd, Mission Valley | 1:30 p.m. | The 2015 Poinsettia Bowl.
12/24 & 12/25 – The Magic of Christmas| Westgate Hotel | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Enjoy a refined four-course dinner in the Westgate Room or experience a lavish Christmas Day Buffet in the elegant Le Fontainebleau Room.
12/30 – Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade | Embarcadero, Downtown San Diego | 10:00 a.m. | America’s Largest Balloon Parade, colorful floats, unique drill teams, marching bands, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, and the Wienermobile.
12/31 – Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala | The Hilton San Diego Bayfront, One Park Boulevard | 9:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. | ALL-INCLUSIVE – all drinks all night, buffet and entertainment throughout 12 different party zones
12/31 – Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland | Legoland, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad | 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Fun entertainment in Miniland, kids receive glow necklaces, fireworks viewing glasses & noisemakers, Fireworks at 6:00 p.m.