Library Holiday Events for Kids in San Diego

Libraries often get overlooked when it comes to fun and festive holiday events, but they're some of my favorites because they're FREE! They're usually pretty simple and low-key; which is perfect for little kids' attention spans and interest levels.

Check out these San Diego Public Library HOLIDAY EVENTS that I pulled out of their events calendar for 2021. This list is sorted by date, check the location, times AND some of these require advanced reservation and may already be booked up. Click the links to see if you have to sign up or if you can just show up!

La Jolla/Riford: Paper Snowflakes

Dec. 7 at 4-5

“S” is for Science and "A" is for Art! STEAM every Tuesday afternoon with library staff as we take on a unique art and science project! Future projects include artificial robot hand, pumpkin lanterns, spooky slime, and mindfulness jars. All supplies provided. Grades K—5th.

San Ysidro: Cookie Decorating Party

Dec. 7 at 5-6, 6:30-7:30

Decorate Christmas sugar cookies and drink some apple cider to celebrate the holiday season. We’ll decorate, giggle, and have lots of fun! Cookies, frosting & candy toppings will all be supplied. Registration required...each session limited to 25!

Session 1: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Carmel Mountain Ranch: Gingerbread House Decorating

Dec. 8 & 15 from 3:30-4:30

Children ages 3 and up (parent assistance required for children 8 or younger) are invited to decorate and keep their very own gingerbread house! All supplies will be provided. Due to the popularity of this program, children are allowed to sign up for only one class (this class will repeat on December 15). Reservations are required, and will open on December 1 at noon. Because this program will be held outdoors, attendees should dress accordingly.

Scripps Miramar: Ornament Making

Dec. 8 at 3:30-4:30

Join us and local artists Toshwerks for a fun, hands-on DIY crafty project recommended for ages 10 and up: a DIY Christmas Ornament! Supplies for the workshop will be provided and available for pickup at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library about a week prior to the event; you will be contacted by email and/or phone when they are ready. Sponsored by SRFOL.

La Jolla/Rifford: Fleet Science Habitats

Dec. 10 at 4-5

Students sharpen their observation skills while exploring why animals live in different habitats. Students will investigate a terrarium, learn about adaptations and learn about how animals use their habitats to survive. Presented by Fleet Science Center.

Geared to Grades K-5th. Limit 25. Register below.

Carmel Valley Library: Christmas Tree Ice Cream Cone Decorating

Dec. 10 from 10-11

Bring your 4-10 year olds to decorate ice cream cones with frosting and candy to look like Christmas trees! Participants may win a prize in the holiday raffle too!

Register before all the slots are filled up!

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Carmel Valley Library. 17 seats left

Mission Valley: Christmas Crafts & Santa Visit

Dec. 11 at 2-3:30

Whether you're naughty or nice, we hope you'll join us for Christmas crafts, snacks, and a visit from the big jolly man himself! You'll also have a chance to take pics by our paper gingerbread house, receive some goodies from Santa (while supplies last), and enjoy a boost of holiday cheer! Recommended for ages 3-9.

North Clairemont: Snow Much Fun!

Dec. 11 at 11-12

Crafts, Treats, Photo Op

Mission Hills: Making Holiday Ornaments

Dec. 11 at 3-3:45

In honor of the holiday season, our special guests Tosh Werks will host a special ornament decorating workshop. Supplies are free but limited. Register to reserve your spot. Ages 5 through adult.