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Exploring San Diego: Things to do Dec. 6 - 9

Balboa Park December Nights
Posted at 12:42 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 19:47:18-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Much more seasonal fun is heading San Diego's way, as parades and holiday fairs highlight the weekend.

Coronado and San Diego Bay will hold holiday parades, along with fun in Mission Bay and Oceanside.

Balboa Park's December Nights kicks off on Friday, bringing holiday fun to the park for two days for live music, vendors, and food. Poway and La Mesa will also hold their own holiday extravaganzas this weekend.

Here's a look this weekend's happenings in San Diego:


Garden of Lights

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden; Cost: Free - $18

(Thursday - Sunday) San Diego Botanic Gardens showers the garden in more than 125,000 lights, and hosts marshmallow roasting, a musical light show, and more.

San Diego holiday lights tour

Where: San Diego; Cost: $18 - $29

(Thursday, Saturday - Sunday) Head out for a guided tour of San Diego best Christmas lights! This tour will take you through Chula Vista, Christmas Card Lane, and other locales. Plus, enjoy cookies and candy, and a heaping of holiday music and cheer!


December Nights

Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free

(Friday - Saturday) The 41st annual December Nights returns to Balboa Park, bringing along massive light display, inspiration choir performances, bands and dancers, delicious foods from vendors and international cottages, and holiday-themed attractions for the whole family. Parking and traffic info here.

43rd annual Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Where: Downtown Coronado and Ferry Landing; Cost: Free

Coronado will host a slew of winter family fun before and during their annual holiday parade. Hit "snow mountain" for photos with Santa, face painting, crafts, and more before the parade, all followed by the flip of a switch to light Coronado's tree!


Christmas in the Park

Where: Old Poway Park; Cost: Free

Caroling, live music, horse-drawn hay rides, and more holiday fun will be hosted at Old Poway Park during the annual Christmas in the Park event. The free event invites families to enjoy crafts, seasonal treats, and, of course, visit Santa before the big day!

2nd annual Island Food & Beer Festival

Where: Waterfront Park; Cost: $15 - $75

Mahalo! Enjoy delicious food and drinks and entertainment from The Jets at Waterfront Park during the 2nd annual Island Food & Beer Festival. Jump into games and raffles and check out "village vendors" for some early holiday shopping.

La Mesa Holiday in the Village

Where: La Mesa Village; Cost: Free

(Friday - Saturday) Celebrate the holiday season in La Mesa, as the Village is transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday music and entertainment, a Santa's village, sidewalk pet adoptions, and even snowfall!


47th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Where: San Diego Bay; Cost: Free

Boats will be dressed in hundreds of lights as they sail along the bay during the first weekend of the annual holiday parade on water, sporting this year's theme of "Tropical Island Christmas." The show is free and there's plenty of holiday cheer to find around downtown during the parade!

27th annual Red Nose Run

Where: Del Mar Beach; Cost: $40

Run, run Rudolphs! The annual Red Nose Run hits Del Mar in 3K and 5K distances, supporting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund charities. Runners and walkers also get the chance to win prizes from a live auction and drawing opportunities and the participant in the best costume will also get a prize!

Ugly Sweater HOWLiday PAWty

Where: AleSmith Brewery; Cost: $12 - $15

Support The Animal Pad at AleSmith Brewery with a "howliday pawty," including digital photo booth, doggie treats, raffle prizes, and more! Bring your doggo and make sure to dress up in ugly sweaters!