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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in San Diego - 2022

 

KidsOutAndAbout is San Diego's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 19, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Photos with Santa - Seaport Village
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 North Pole Limited – Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Santa's Village Activities - Santa's Village
Nov 26, 2022 Holidays by the Bay Surfin Santa - Seaport Village
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Dog Party - La Jolla by the Sea
Dec 4, 2022 7th Annual Unleash the Holiday Cheer
Dec 10 & 11, 2022 Winter Express - San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Dec 11, 2022 Breakfast with Santa San Diego Neiman Marcus
Dec 17, 2022 Kids Camp Activities Cookies with Santa - My Gym Poway

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 26, 2022 Country Christmas in Julian
Nov 26, 2022 Holiday Hayride Julian CA Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures
Dec 9, 2022 Las Posadas – Old Town San Diego
Dec 9 & 10, 2022 Poway's Christmas in the Park
Dec 9 & 10, 2022 Christmas in the Valley

 

Light Displays

Multiple days starting Nov 17, 2022 Christmas Tree Trail in San Diego, California
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Lightscape - San Diego Botanic Garden
Nov 25, 2022 Liberty Station Tree Lighting
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Lights at the Lake 2022 - Santee Lakes
Nov 25, 2022 Liberty Station’s Tree Lighting & Festivities
All of Dec Hotel del Coronado
Dec 1, 2022 San Diego Mission Bay Resort Tree Lighting Ceremony
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2022 Magical Moments
Dec 3, 2022  Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village - Little Italy San Diego
Multiple dates starting Dec 7, 2022 Jingle Terrace Live
Dec 10, 2022 Mission Bay Boat Parade 2022 in San Diego
Dec 10, 2022 Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights - Visit Oceanside
Dec 11 & 18, 2022 52nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Festivals & Parades

Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2022 Winter Wonder Beachside at Belmont Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Holidays by the Bay - Seaport Village
Nov 20, 2022 Encinitas Holiday Street Fair
Dec 2, 2022 Coronado Holiday Parade, Open House and Tree Lighting
Dec 2 & 3, 2022 Balboa Park December Nights - City of San Diego
Dec 3, 2022 9th Annual Diamond District Holiday Festival & Bridge Lighting Ceremony
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Encinitas Holiday Parade
Dec 3, 2022 Winter Wonderland - Center for the Arts, Escondido
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday in the Village, A La Mesa Tradition
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Parade - Ocean Beach
Dec 4, 2022 Starlight Nights
Dec 4, 2022 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Dec 4, 2022 La Jolla Christmas Festival and Parade
Multiple dates starting Dec 8, 2022 Snow N Glow Holiday Festival
Dec 10, 2022 Holly Jolly Christmas Party
Dec 17, 2022 Gaslamp Quarter Pet Parade
Dec 27, 2022 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Snapdragon Bowl Bash
Dec 28, 2022 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at Petco Park

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting Nov 9, 2022 Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 2022 - The Old Globe
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show - The Old Globe
Multiple dates starting Nov 22, 2022 A Christmas Carol - Cygnet Theatre
Multiple dates starting Dec 1 Lamb's Players Theatre - A Christmas Carol
Multiple dates starting Dec 9, 2022 The Nutcracker 2022 — San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
Dec 10, 2022 Pryntsev Ballet Academy — The Nutcracker
Dec 17 & 18, 2022 Elf Jr.

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 4, 2022 Randi's Jingle Ball
Multiple dates starting Dec 9 - 11, 2022 Noel Noel - Jacobs Music Center
Dec 10, 2022 Jingle Terrace Live Merry and Bright Holiday Concert
Dec 10 & 11, 2022 Gay Men's Chorus 38th Annual Holiday Concert - Jingle! - San Diego Pride
Dec 11, 2022 Home for the Holidays - Jacobs Music Center 
Dec 18, 2022 The Sound of Christmas Sing-along - San Diego Theatres
Dec 18, 2022 Jingle Terrace Live A Doo Wop Christmas Concert
Dec 22, 2022 A Festival of Christmas

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 Pinery Christmas Trees – Christmas Tree Locations & Delivery in San Diego
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2022 PB Christmas Tree Country
Multiple dates starting Nov 24, 2022 San Diego Christmas Trees
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 East County San Diego Christmas Tree Farm - Oma's Family Farms
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022  Grinch’s Christmas Trees
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas Trees – Mountain Valley Ranch

 

Ice Skating

Multiple dates starting Nov 4, 2022  Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink
Multiple dates starting Nov 17, 2022  Rady Children's Ice Rink at ARTS DISTRICT
Multiple dates starting Nov 17, 2022  Skating by the Sea® - Celebrate the Holidays at Hotel del Coronado
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Ice Skating @ Lakehouse Winter Wonderland

 

Hanukkah

Dec 18, 2022 Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - Liberty Station
Dec 18, 2022 Hannukah parade with Keshet
Dec 19, 2022 Holidays by the Bay Menorah Lighting - Seaport Village
Dec 22, 2022 Winter Schminter: A Hanukkah / Solstice Concert w/ Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi
   

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 26, 27, 28, 30, 2022 42nd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration – WorldBeat Center

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 6, 2022 HISPANIC CHRISTMAS BAZAAR IN SAN DIEGO - Chula Vista Center
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 The Holiday Market at Petco Park
Dec 3 & 4, 2022 Holiday Fair - Makers Arcade
Dec 4, 2022 Seaport Fudge Holiday Market and Scavenger Hunt

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 Alternative New Years Eve Ascension - WorldBeat Center
Dec 31, 2022 - Jan 3, 2023 New Years in Southern California with Rose Parade Tour 
Jan 1, 2023 SDBC New Year's Day Ride — SDBC
Feb 4 & 5, 2023 San Diego Chinese New Year - San Diego CA

 

Miscellaneous

Multiple dates starting Nov 12, 2022 A Very Furry Christmas Celebration - Sesame Place
Multiple dates starting Nov 14, 2022 SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration - SeaWorld San Diego
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 Holidays Event - LEGOLAND® California
Nov 19, 2022 Movie in the Park featuring The Nightmare before Christmas
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Holiday by the Bay
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Wild Holidays - San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Dec 3, 2022 The Red Nose Run
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday at the Rancho - Carlsbad, CA
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Make & Take Celebration and Photo Mini Sessions
Dec 3, 2022 Traveling Stories Open House Holiday Party
Dec 3, 2022 Mommy and Me Sleigh Ride Car Show
Dec 4, 2022 Winter Taste and Sip - Del Mar Village
Dec 7, 2022 BRICK Wreath Making Workshop
Multiple dates starting Dec 9, 2022 Jungle Bells - San Diego Zoo
Dec 9, 2022 GA-ERA Holiday Party at The San Diego Air & Space Museum
Dec 9, 2022 Jingle Terrace Live Movie Night
Dec 9, 2022 Beginner Sewing: Holiday Stocking – San Diego Craft Collective
Dec 10, 2022 Hui o Hawaii of San Diego Christmas Party
Dec 10, 2022 SantaCon SD 2022
Dec 10, 2022  ‘Tis the Season to Get Ugly - Stocking Stuffing Bash – Third Avenue Village
Dec 10, 2022 San Diego Santa Run
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas With The Animals
Dec 10, 2022 Holiday Toy Ride — SDBC
Dec 17, 2022 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon
Dec 17, 2022 Jingle Terrace Live Movie Night
Dec 17, 2022 Festive Living Ornaments Workshop
Dec 18, 2022 NUTCRACKER TEA PARTY WITH SAN DIEGO BALLET
Dec 28, 2022 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at Petco Park - Holiday Bowl 5K Walk/Run

 


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