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10 special holiday events coming to San Diego

Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-01 11:00:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diegans have been waiting patiently for several popular holiday traditions to return to town. That time has finally arrived!

Special holiday events like the Old Globe's production of "The Grinch," trips to the North Pole out of Campo's North Pole Limited express, Christmas on the Prado, Escondido's Winter Wonderland Festival pack yuletide cheer, treats, and shopping into grand events.

There's even a little snow in the forecast for some events.


The fun for many of these events starts early in November, giving everyone plenty of chances to experience one of San Diego's holiday traditions.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Where: Old Globe Theater; When: Nov. 10-Dec. 29
The annual Old Globe run of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" returns through Dec. 29. Take in the performance of the beloved Dr. Suess tale as the theater is transformed into Who-ville for the holiday season.

Santa Train North Pole Limited
Where: Campo; When: Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 21
Bring the kids on a journey aboard the North Pole Limited in Campo. The train stops at Santa's Workshop for a special visit and travelers enjoy treats, carols, and stories along the way.

Christmas on the Prado
Where: Balboa Park; When: Nov. 30
Christmas on the Prado brings tons of Christmas fun to Balboa Park's Organ Pavilion and International Cottages, including holiday kids crafts, photos with Santa, music, delicious seasonal treats, and a tree lighting.

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Where: North Park; When: Dec. 1
It's not a "holiday" event, but chili is best enjoyed when its cold outside! The annual cook-off features delicious chili, three stages of live music, and vendors with handmade holiday gifts.

December Nights
Where: Balboa Park; When: Dec. 6-7
December Nights will cover Balboa Park in holiday cheer with light displays, bands and performances, attractions, shopping, and delicious foods from the park's International Cottages to Spanish Village.

Winter Wonderland Festival
Where: California Center for the Arts; When: Dec. 7
The North Pole comes to Escondido as visitors enjoy real snow, winter-themed arts and crafts, holiday entertainment, reindeer, and a visit from Santa during the Winter Wonderland Festival.

Little Italy's Christmas Village
Where: India Street, Little Italy; When: Dec. 7
Little Italy will become a Christmas village at Piazza della Famiglia with a grand tree lighting ceremony, live music, carriage rides, holiday snacks, vendors for all your holiday shopping, and a visit from Santa.

Chula Vista Starlight Children’s Faire
Where: Third Avenue; When: Dec. 7
The Starlight Children's Faire will entertain kids with a snow hill, sledding, games and prizes, and photos with Santa before the annual Starlight Parade kicks off on Third Ave.

La Mesa's Holiday in the Village
Where: La Mesa; When: Dec. 13-14
Holiday in the Village returns to downtown La Mesa with holiday music and dance, delicious treats, children's activities, shopping, and more yuletide fun over two days.

San Diego Santa Run
Where: Pacific Beach; When: Dec. 14
San Diego Santa Run hits Pacific Beach as thousands of runners clad in red hats and white beards will dash through the beachside town. Afterward, the fun continues with the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade.