San Diego's Ultimate Holiday Extravaganza 2023!

San Diego's Ultimate Holiday Extravaganza 2023!

Break out your coziest fuzzy socks and prep that hot cocoa – San Diego's holiday season is about to sparkle with 65+ events that promise to turn December into a magical wonderland. From dazzling light displays to festive performances and celebrations, America's Finest City is the place to be this holiday season. Grab your friends and family, because this guide is your ticket to the most spectacular events in town!

From beachside bashes to twinkling lights in historic parks, here's your exclusive guide to the must-attend events in San Diego this December 2023.


San Diego Festivals: Where Vibrancy Meets the Pacific Breeze

  1. December Nights at Balboa Park

Experience the city's grandest holiday fiesta as Balboa Park transforms into a luminous wonderland for two days. Immerse yourself in live performances, delectable treats, and an enchanting ambiance. Explore museums, savor live acts, and indulge in seasonal delights beneath the backdrop of breathtaking architecture.

Details: Friday, Dec. 1 + Saturday, Dec. 2 | 3-11 p.m. + 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at Balboa Park

  1. Holiday in the Village La Mesa

La Mesa Boulevard morphs into a community carnival with live music, artisan vendors, gastronomic delights, and a kids' zone rivaling Santa's Toy Shop.

Details: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 12-9 p.m. at Downtown La Mesa

  1. Little Italy Tree Lighting + Christmas Village

Join the festivities with the lighting of Little Italy's 25-ft "Aurora" tree, live music, seasonal vendors, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa.

Details:  Saturday, Dec. 2 | 4-8 p.m. at Piazza della Famiglia

San Diego Holiday Events: A Season of Splendor

  1. A Very Furry Christmas

Sesame Street's theme park transforms into a winter wonderland with a Christmas parade, dance revelry, and seasonal enchantments.

Details: Friday, Nov. 10-Sunday, Jan. 7 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sesame Place San Diego

  1. Holidays at LEGOLAND

Meet holiday characters and marvel at a 30-ft Christmas tree made entirely of LEGOs.

Details: Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday Jan. 7 | Select days, times vary at LEGOLAND California Resort

  1. SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Meet Santa and Rudolph, enjoy festive entertainment, experience the "snowfall," and stroll through a music-activated tunnel of lights.

Details: Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Jan. 7 | Times vary at SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego Holiday Performances: A Symphony of Festive Delight

  1. “El Milagro del Recuerdo”

The San Diego Opera unveils this heartwarming mariachi opera, weaving tales of family traditions, love, and aspirations.

Details: Friday, Dec. 1 + Sunday, Dec. 3 | 7:30 p.m. + 2 p.m at San Diego Civic Theatre

  1. "Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

The whimsical musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Christmas tale returns for its 26th enchanting year.

Details: Wednesday, Nov. 8-Sunday, Dec. 31 | Times vary at The Old Globe

  1. “Noel Noel”

Revel in the jolly tunes at the San Diego Symphony’s holiday concert tradition at the bayfront venue this season.

Details: Friday, Dec.15-Sunday, Dec. 17 | 7:30 p.m. + 5 p.m | The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park 

San Diego Holiday Light Displays: A Dazzling Tapestry of Illumination

  1. Lightscape

A 1-mile trail at the garden glows with new art installations and festive sounds.

Details: Friday, Nov. 17-Monday, Jan. 1 | 5-10 p.m. at San Diego Botanic Garden

  1. Starlight Circle

Dozens of homes decked out in lights and themed displays, some offering hot cocoa and cookies on weekends.

Details: After Thanksgiving-Christmas Day | Starts at dusk at East + West Glendon Circles, Santee

  1. Lights at the Lakes 

Load your family and friends into the car and embark on a leisurely drive through this radiant light show at the lakes, synchronized to holiday songs broadcasted through your car radio.

Details: Friday, Dec. 1-Thursday, Dec. 28 | 5:45-8 p.m at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve


Get ready to light up your holiday season with these sparkling events in San Diego! From festive festivals to dazzling light displays and unforgettable events, America's Finest City is the ultimate destination for holiday magic. So, gather your loved ones, put on those fuzzy socks, and let the glow and groove of San Diego's holiday spirit sweep you off your feet!

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