Can't Miss San Diego: Things to do Dec. 7-12

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Get out and enjoy the weekend, San Diego!

There's plenty of holiday magic happening this weekend around the county.

Santa Claus will be out in force, as the San Diego Santa Run and Santa Pub Crawl hit city streets.

Some favorite parades are hitting the area as well, with the San Diego Bay of Lights and Mission Beach Parade of Boats return. Oceanside and Pacific Beach are also holding their holiday parades this weekend.

Here's a look at this weekend fun festivities:

Night Owls: (Gin)gerbread at Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

When: Thursday

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Athenaeum Music and Arts Library is hosting a celebration this month, featuring gin cocktails and beer, gingerbread crafts, and the artwork of Mark Licari.


Drink Play Create: Holiday Ugly Sweater Party at The New Children's Museum

When: Friday

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Dawn your best ugly sweater and hit the dance floor at The New Children's Museum for this 21 years and older event. Enjoy live music, access to galleries and studios, a maker market, tacos and donuts, and more.


City Ballet of San Diego: The Nutcracker at Spreckels Theatre

When: Friday - Sunday

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Experience some holiday magic with City Ballet of San Diego's award-winning production of The Nutcracker, following a young woman's journey from her family Christmas party to the enchanted Snow Forest and the Land of Sweets.


Toast of Gaslamp in the Gaslamp District

When: Saturday

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Toast of Gaslamp is a self-guided walking tour around the Gaslamp District, offering  20 sips, 20 bites, and shopping deals for holiday lovers. Wear an ugly holiday sweater or reindeer ears and be entered into the Toast's raffle.


Santa Pub Crawl in the Gaslamp District

When: Saturday

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Mr. and Mrs. Clauses will be out in the Gaslamp ahead of Christmas for a pub crawl starting at Tine Roof. Enjoy half off drinks, VIP entry, and no cover charge.


Holiday Hop - Rockabilly Dance Party at Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center

When: Saturday

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Join Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center for a night of dancing, performances, and a full bar to ring in the holidays. Make sure to wear your best ugly sweater for a contest.


San Diego Santa Run in Pacific Beach

When: Saturday

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About 3,000 runners and walkers decked out as Santa Claus are expected to take to Pacific Beach's streets for the San Diego Santa Run. The run will benefit the Pacific Beach Holiday Parade.


Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights in Oceanside

(Oceanside Harbor Police tell 10News this event will continue as scheduled despite the Lilac Fire.)

When: Saturday

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Bring a blanket and pick a spot along Oceanside Harbor for the annual Parade of Lights, where fishing boats, sail boats, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag.


Marine Band San Diego's annual Holiday Concert at Marine Corps Recruit Depot

When: Saturday

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This free event for the public brings all the holiday hits to San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot to ring in the season.


Pacific Beach Holiday Parade in Pacific Beach

When: Saturday

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Locals will line the streets of Pacific Beach to celebrate the holiday season during PB's Holiday Parade, with community floats, local school bands and Santa wrapping up the parade.


Jingle Bell 5K Run in Balboa Park

When: Saturday

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The Jingle Bell Run dashes into Balboa Park this weekend, with runners and walkers dressed in their favorite holiday costumes to raise funds for The Arthritis Foundation.


Holiday in the Village: A La Mesa Tradition at La Mesa Village

When: Saturday and Sunday

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Check out live music and dancing, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids' area with holiday movies and activities in La Mesa Village.


Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade in Mission Bay

When: Saturday

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Mission Bay's Christmas Boat Parade will see dozens of vessels take to Mission Bay for a parade of lights and holiday magic on the water.


46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights in San Diego

When: Sunday

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San Diego's annual show of holiday magic hits the bayfront, with 100,000 expected to enjoy the magic of dozens of vessels dressed up under the theme "Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas."


10th annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade in San Diego

When: Sunday

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WOOF. Pets enjoy the holidays just as much as the rest of us and will take to downtown to celebrate the season in December. Owners and their furry friends will dress up in holiday clothing and march from to and from MLK Promenade Park at Fourth Avenue and K Street.


Miles for Meals 5K in San Diego

When: Sunday

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Miles for Meals will benefit the Feeding San Diego, which aims to raise $5,000 for 20,000 meals to San Diegans in need. Kids who participate get a free photo with Santa!

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