2020 Ultimate Socially Distanced Holiday Events for Kids in San Diego

UPDATED 12/6/20 - San Diego has been placed on the new CA Stay At Home Orders


Some of these holiday events remain OPEN as places for Passive Recreation, so the following places are STILL OPEN!


Face masks, social distancing and only gather with members of your own household rules are required. Best practices are to wash or sanitize hands BEFORE and after visiting any public place.


Public Disclosure: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Changes and Closures happen frequently so check directly with each site before you head out to know if it's open or not and what their policies are.


Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year
Grinch Tree at The Old Globe in Balboa Park

Believe it or not, there is still plenty of magical holiday fun to be had this year. All of these listed events have been modified to allow for social distancing, one-way paths, timed tickets, capacity limitations and some even have temperature checks before entry.


Face masks are required at all of these events, as is 6' social distancing from other households, and you should stay home if you have a fever, cough, or other related symptoms so as not to unknowingly spread anything to others who may have a compromised immune system.


Thank you for doing your part to help keep yourselves and people you don't know safe and healthy while still being able to enjoy the holiday spirit this year.


I think by now you should all know things can change anytime so be sure to check with each place directly before you head out. You may want to bring some extra cash as some locations will have food, drinks and gifts available for purchase.

Ok, now onto the list! Here you gooo.....Ho Ho Ho....Happy Holidays!



as of 12/6/20: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REMAIN OPEN

scroll down for all of the details, dates, cost, links, etc.


1. DRIVE-IN Live-Stage Christmas SHOWS & MOVIES - OPEN

DRIVE-THRU HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Del Mar Fairgrounds

Live Stage Show - SANTA SAVES CHRISTMAS - Del Mar Fairgrounds

Live Stage Show - NUTCRACKER - Del Mar Fairgrounds

DRIVE-IN HOLIDAY MOVIES - Del Mar Fairgrounds

DRIVE-IN HOLIDAY MOVIES - California Center for the Arts


2. DRIVE-THRU Christmas Events - OPEN

ENCHANTED VILLAGE - Spring Valley

LANTERN CREST HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Santee

NEIGHBORHOOD HOLIDAY LIGHTS

HOLIDAYS IN YOUR CAR - Del Mar Fairgrounds

HOT WHEELS DRIVE-THRU EXPERIENCE - Ontario

ELECTRIC NOEL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS - Norco


3. WALK-Thru Christmas Events - OPEN

NORTHERN LIGHTS - California Center for the Arts in Escondido

HOLIDAYS BY THE BAY - Seaport Village

CHRISTMAS DISPLAY WALKING TOUR - Del Mar Highlands

HOLIDAY PHOTO WONDERLAND - The Village at Eastlake

HOLIDAY MARKET & TRAIL - Petco Park

SALUTE THE SEASON ARTWALK - Liberty Station

WINTER WONDERLAND - Hotel Del

WINTER WONDER - Belmont Park

LIFE-SIZE GINGERBREAD HOUSE - Rancho Bernardo Inn

CANDY LAND HOUSE - Clairemont

GRINCH'S GROTTO - UTC Mall

CHRISTMAS CITY, USA - Mission Valley


4. NATURE Parks & Animals - some are OPEN

SLEIGH RIDES - Temecula Carriage Co.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS - San Diego Botanic Garden

GARDEN NIGHTS, HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Water Conservation Garden


5. Santa PHOTOS - some are OPEN (click here)



In case you're wondering WHAT'S CLOSED...

BEACHSIDE MOVIES - Hotel Del

HOLIDAY LIGHTS & SIGHTS TOUR - Old Town Trolley

TASTE OF DECEMBER - Balboa Park

BREAKFAST WITH SURFIN' SANTA - Seaport Village

HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE - La Mesa Village

DRIVE-THRU HOME IN CORONADO - Coronado

OMA'S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM & FUN - Oma's in Lakeside

SEAS 'N' GREETINGS - Birch Aquarium

WILD WINTER - Helen Woodward Animal Center

JUNGLE BELLS - San Diego Zoo

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