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Top 10 San Diego holiday events December 2017

on 30.11.2017 21:00
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San Diego is a happening town during the holidays. From a two-day celebration of December Nights in Balboa Park to the vibrant Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay, these are just a few of our favorite things to help you boldly embrace this festive yuletide season.

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

Nov. 30-Dec. 24

1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. theoldglobe.org

The Old Globe Theatre stage once again becomes the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Will the Grinch return all the presents he steals from the Who people? Attend a show and find out.

December Nights at Balboa Park

Dec. 1-2

Throughout Balboa Park, San Diego. visitdecembernights.com
Balboa Park will be adorned with thousands of dazzling holiday lights attracting thousands of visitors to this two-day extravaganza. Completely free with fun for the whole family, December Nights is a multicultural holiday experience with live music, dance performances, museum shopping and international fare.

Garden of Lights

Dec. 2-23, 26-30
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. sdbgarden.org

The San Diego Botanic Garden will transform into a winter wonderland with more than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating numerous gardens within the 37-acre oasis. Nightly entertainment includes local blues and jazz bands, food, hot coffee and treats and more.

Global Winter Wonderland

Dec. 8-10, 15-27, 29-31, Jan. 1-2, 5-7
SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium), 9449 Friars Road, San Diego. globalwonderland.com

San Diego’s first globally inspired holiday land of enchantment features millions of LED lights and 100 handcrafted Chinese lanterns of all shapes and sizes on 17 acres. There’s also carnival rides and games, activities for the family, live entertainment and international cuisine.

San Diego Santa Run

Dec. 9
​900 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. sandiegosantarun.com

More than 4,000 Kris Kringles — young and old — donned in their finest or ugliest Santa suits, white beards, Santa hats and sunglasses (it’s San Diego, after all) will blanket Garnet Avenue in a sea of red as they race down Garnet Avenue during the Fifth annual Santa Run. Following the run, stick around for a front-row seat of the 38th annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Dec. 10

Martin Luther King Promenade Park, 401 K St., Gaslamp Quarter, downtown. gaslamp.org
Critters and their pet handlers will don festive costumes at one of the furriest seasonal events of the year. Grand Marshals Ozzie and Ferra the Chihuahuas will lead the tinseled procession up Fourth Avenue to E Street making their way down Fifth Avenue ending under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec. 10 and Dec. 17

San Diego Bay from Shelter Island toward Coronado Ferry Landing. sdparadeoflights.org
Discover a new side of holiday entertainment with the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, back for its 46th year. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to line the San Diego coastline as they view 80-lit, ornament-bedecked boats.

Magical Nightly Snowfall

Dec. 2-24
878 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista. shopvillagewalk.com
Frolic in the snow at Village Walk at Eastlake. The courtyard becomes a giant snow globe of falling snow nightly at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Stop by the Giant Snow Globe located near the Children’s Play area between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Dec. 28
Along Harbor Drive, from the County Administration Center south on Harbor Drive, downtown. holidaybowl.com
Enormous balloons fill the sky as the scenic bayside streets downtown come alive with world-class marching bands, festively decorated floats and engaging drill teams.

Ice-skating hot spots

Skating By The Sea: Through Jan. 1. Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. hoteldel.com

Skate by the Bay: Through Jan. 1. Hilton San Diego Bayfront Ice Rink, 1 Park Blvd., downtown. bit.ly/2AdVTu5

Rady Children’s Ice Rink: Through Jan. 7. Arts District at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. libertystation.com

Viejas Ice Rink: Through Jan. 28. 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. viejas.com/ice-rink