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Lift your spirits: Holiday parties in San Diego this season

Posted at 10:33 AM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 16:54:47-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Lights, decorations, and plenty of holiday spirit(s) can be found around San Diego this month, as local businesses open up for some seasonal fun.

While you won't have any problem finding a classic ugly sweater party, some local favorites are simply dressing up for the month, allowing friends to plan their own yuletide night out.

So if your ready to deck the halls with cheer, check out these holiday parties and events around San Diego:

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And as always, it's highly recommended to have a designated driver and to drink responsibly this season. Uber and Lyft services can easily be found around San Diego.

"Miracle On 30th" pop-up bar
Where: Polite Provisions, 4696 30th St.; When: Nov. 23 - Dec. 30
Polite Provisions in North Park will once again transform into the "Miracle" pop-up bar, featuring the most Instagram-worthy backdrop for all your holiday picture-taking needs. The bar oozes holiday lights and decorations and features seasonally crafted cocktails such as "Christmopolitan," "Run Run Rudolph," "Christmas Carol Barrel," and the "And A Partridge In A Pear Tree."

"Whoville Winter Wonderland"
Where: Craft & Commerce/False Idol, 675 W Beech St.; When: Nov. 23 - Jan. 1
Craft & Commerce is turning into Whoville this month, featuring a special holiday cocktail menu with drinks like the "Jelly of the Month Club," "Pie Hard," and "Reindeer Games." The spots tiki speakeasy False Idol will compliment by taking on the role of the Grinch's lair.

"Gingerbread house at Soda & Swine"
Where: Soda & Swine, 2750 Dewey Rd. #104; When: Nov. 23 - Jan. 1
Visit Soda & Swine's pie shop in Liberty Station which will become a gingerbread house! Santa will be in the house and anyone who brings a gift to donate to Toys for Tots gets a complimentary photo with the big man (Mondays and Wednesdays) or a slightly inebriated Santa (Friday and Saturday nights.) Cookie decorating will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays Christmas movies marathons will run on Sundays.

Drink, Play, Create: A Holiday Party
Where: The New Children's Museum, 200 W Island Ave.; When: Dec. 7
Head to the New Children's Museum for drinks, music and dancing, giveaways, games and art activities this holiday season, in this special celebration for the 21 and over crowd. Tickets available here.

Toast of Gaslamp
Where: Gaslamp Quarter; When: Dec. 8
Enjoy bites from 20 of the best Gaslamp area restaurants and shopping deals at 10 local retailers in a holly-jolly holiday stroll! Tickets available here.

Ugly Sweater HOWLiday PAWty
Where: Alesmith Brewery, 9990 AleSmith Ct.; When: Dec. 9
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! Tickets available here.

Taste 'n' Tinis
Where: San Diego Model Railroad Museum; When: Dec. 13
The Hillcrest Business Association hosts the annual Taste 'n' Tinis event, offering shopping, eats, and seasonally-inspired martinis in a holiday atmosphere. Every purchase at a participating retail enters shoppers into a $2,500 shopping spree drawing. Tickets available here.

4th annual Ales and Rails
Where: San Diego Model Railroad Museum; When: Dec. 14
Ugly sweaters, holiday cheer, and craft beer all in one place! Ales and Rails raises money to benefit the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, all while guests enjoy samples of craft beer from local brewers, take part in an ugly sweater contest, and test their observational skills on a scavanger hunt. Tickets available here.

Ugly Sweater Holiday Pop Brunch
Where: Searsucker Gaslamp, 611 Fifth Ave.; When: Dec. 15
Celebrate the holiday season with Mariah Carey, N'Sync, Madonna, and more (well, their music at least) as Searsucker hosts a holiday brunch with DJ Mike White. Make a reservation here.

Ugly Sweater Holiday Cocktail Cruise
Where: San Diego Bay; When: Dec. 22
Hop aboard for an ugly sweater party on the bay! The cruise includes holiday cocktails and and appetizers, an ugly sweater contest, and live entertainment from JAM'N 95.7's Tati and Frankie. Tickets available here.