9 Amazing Things to Do in San Diego During December


San Diego is a perfect place to enjoy the winter holidays. From outdoor adventures to cultural celebrations, there is something for everyone.

Watch over 80 boats decorated with holiday lights sail along the bay on December 10 and 17

Experience the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.


See the animals in a winter wonderland, enjoy special shows and activities, and meet Santa and his elves

Visit the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park


Join the largest free community festival in San Diego, featuring food, music, entertainment, and holiday lights.

Explore Balboa Park December Nights


Marvel at the stunning light sculptures and displays, and enjoy live music, food, and drinks.

Discover the San Diego Botanic Garden Lightscape.


Glide on the outdoor ice rink, surrounded by palm trees and historic buildings, and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

Skate on the ice at Liberty Station


Experience Florida’s first snow park, featuring a 60-foot tall snow tubing hill, a snow play area, and an Alpine Village.

Enjoy the snow at Snowcat Ridge


Catch a performance of the classic Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or the new musical Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show.

Watch a holiday show at the Old Globe Theatre


Find unique gifts and treats at the weekly farmers market, featuring over 200 vendors and live music.

Shop at the Little Italy Mercato


Take advantage of the mild weather and the uncrowded beaches, and catch some waves in San Diego’s famous surf spots.

Surf in the Pacific Ocean


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