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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

WILD HOLIDAYS - San Diego Safari Park

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - SeaWorld

HOLIDAYS - Legoland




1. DRIVE-IN LIVE-STAGE SHOWS & MOVIES

-- THESE REMAIN 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


Drive-In Holiday Movies - South Bay & Santee Drive-ins


Live Stage Show - Nutcracker - Liberty Station (SOLD OUT)



Del Mar Holidays In Your Car Drive thru through live stage shows christmas lights Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year
Del Mar - Holidays in Your Car

DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS - DRIVE-IN MOVIES & LIVE STAGE SHOWS! (Del Mar)

You have four options to choose from, or do them all! Details listed below.

- Drive-thru Holiday Light Show

- Drive-In Movies

- Live Stage Show: Santa Saves Christmas

- Live Stage Show: Nutcracker Ballet by the City Ballet of San Diego



Holidays In your Car Drive-Thru Del Mar Christmas Lights Show Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year

Drive-thru Holiday LIGHT SHOW: Holidays in Your Car at Del Mar

(Add-on to a Drive-In Holiday Movie listed below)


Drive-thru the sights and sounds of SoCal's largest drive-thru Holiday Light Shows! Stay in your car as you marvel at over one million lights, holograms, and projections featuring animated displays and sing along with your radio tuned in to their Holiday Classic tunes.


DATES:

Dec. 5th – Jan. 2nd


HOURS:

5:30-9pm Mon-Thur; 4:30-10pm Fri-Sun


COST:

$49/car with 4 people; $64/car with 5+ people

Kids 2 and under in a rear-facing car seat don’t count towards the total number.

*No buses, limos, RVs or Sprinters Vans are allowed


TICKETS:

advance purchase required


WEB:

holidaysinyourcar.com



Holidays In your Car Drive-In Del Mar Christmas Movies Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year

Drive-In Holiday MOVIES In Your Car

(Add-on to a Holiday Drive-Thru Light Show listed above)


Get into the holiday spirit with a festive Christmas Drive-In Movie! The website is different than the "Holidays In Your Car" website and the direct link for the movie tickets is hard to find online, but follow this link for more details and to buy tickets: Drive-In Holiday Movies


SCHEDULE:

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch - Thur 12/3 at 6:30pm

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Fri 12/4 at 7pm

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey) - Sun 12/13 at 6:30pm

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey - Wed 12/16 at 6:30pm

elf - Thur 12/17 at 6:30pm

The Polar Express (with Tom Hanks) - Sun 12/20 at 6:30pm

Disney's The Santa Clause (with Tim Allen) - Tue 12/22 at 6:30pm

A Christmas Story - Wed 12/23 at 6:30pm


COST:

$29 per car


TICKETS:

advance purchase required


WEB:

concertsinyourcar.com/sandiego


DETAILS:

*All tickets are General Admission - first come, first parked

*Gates open 1 hour before showtime, movies start promptly

*Portable restrooms available, masks required when getting out of your vehicle

*For vehicles over 6.5' tall, will be parked in the 4th row or further to avoid blocking other smaller vehicles

*No buses, limos or RVs allowed

*Each ticket is valid for ONE car for however many seatbelts are legally in your car

*No in/out privileges

*Outside food/non-alcoholic drinks ARE allowed

*No outside alcohol allowed, per CA state laws

*Tickets are NOT transferrable to another showtime

*Rain or shine, all sales are final, no refunds

*Read more details below, and read ALL of the details, rules & regulations at their website



Holidays In Your Car Drive-In Del Mar Live Stage Show santa saves Christmas Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year

Drive-In LIVE STAGE Show: Santa Saves Christmas

Catch a fun new live stage drive-in show called Santa Saves Christmas! Santa & the gang has to fill up his empty gas tank with holiday cheer. There'll be a light show, large video screens on each side, perhaps some snow falling and holiday sing-a-longs inside your car.


DATES:

Dec. 12th & 13th


HOURS:

4:30pm or 7:30pm show times


COST:

$49-$229 per car (depends on how close you want to park)


TICKETS:

advanced purchase required


WEB:

holidaysinyourcar.com



Holidays In Your Car Drive-In Del Mar Live Stage Show The Nutcracker Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year

Drive-In LIVE STAGE Show: Nutcracker Ballet by City Ballet of San Diego

Watch the award-winning production of the classic holiday ballet from inside your car at this drive-in live stage show.


DATES:

Sat Dec. 19th only


HOURS:

5pm or 8pm show times


COST:

$99-$279 per car (depends on how close you want to park)


TICKETS:

advanced purchase required


WEB:

holidaysinyourcar.com


WHERE:

Holidays In Your Car Events

Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

858-755-1161

holidaysinyourcar.com

@concertsinyourcar_


DETAILS:

*No buses, limos or RVs allowed

*Each ticket is valid for ONE car for however many seatbelts are legally in your car

*No in/out privileges

*Outside food/non-alcoholic drinks ARE allowed

*No outside alcohol allowed, per CA state laws

*Tickets are NOT transferrable to another showtime

*Rain or shine, all sales are final, no refunds

*Read ALL of the details, rules & regulations at their website




The Center for the Arts Escondido Drive-In Christmas Holiday Movies Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year

DRIVE-IN MOVIES at Cal State San Marcos

hosted by California Center for the Arts (Escondido)

Movies will be held at CSSM (not at the CCAE) and shown on large LED screens using a designated FM radio station that you'll tune your car's radio to hear. Snack Packs are available for $20 (online pre-purchase only) and are filled with favorite movie munchies: pretzels, white cheddar popcorn, peanut M&Ms, trail mix, red vines, Whoppers, Nutella & Ritz crackers, 2 bottles Dasani water. Portable restrooms will be available, masks & social distancing are required when leaving your designated parking space.


SCHEDULE:

A Christmas Story - Sun 12/6 at 7pm

elf - Thur 12/17 at 7pm


COST:

$25 per car w/ 2 people, $35 per car w/ 3 people, $45 per car w/ 5+ people


TICKETS:

advance tickets only, online or by phone


HOURS:

parking lot will open 2 hours prior to show time


WEB:

artcenter.org


PHONE:

800-988-4253


TICKET OFFICE HOURS:

Tue-Sat, 12-6pm, Sun 12-5pm


Drive-In Movie LOCATION:

Cal State San Marcos - parking lot F

Enter on Palm Canyon Dr. from Craven Rd. off of Twin Oaks


HOSTED by:

California Center for the Arts

340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

760-839-4138

artcenter.org

@theccae


DETAILS:

*First come, first parked

*Large vehicles over 6.5' will be parked in designated spots

*No RVs, campers, limos or buses allowed

*Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles or you may sit outside of your car without a mask, but remain seated within your designated parking space.

*If you're standing or moving outside of your parking space, a face mask is required.

*Outside food/drinks are permitted, but please consider supporting the food trucks on-site or local restaurants nearby. *This is an alcohol free event.

*No in/out privileges.

*Read ALL of the details, rules & regulations at their website


"What Your Ticket Purchase Means To Us: As the non-profit community & cultural heartbeat of North County San Diego, we depend on the generosity of arts-lovers like you to keep our organization vibrant and thriving. Our members and patrons know that art & artists have the tools, talents, and gifts to heal our hearts and revive our community, even in the most difficult of times. With your ticket purchase, you will join us in ensuring the cultural and artistic longevity of our beloved home community."





SOUTH BAY DRIVE-IN

At this time there are no holiday movies scheduled

Check website for details

southbaydrivein.com



SANTEE DRIVE-IN

At this time there are no holiday movies scheduled

Check website for details

santeedriveintheatre.com



Liberty Station Drive in nutcracker live stage show ballet Pt. Loma Point Loma Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year
Liberty Station - Drive-In Nutcracker

DRIVE-IN LIVE-STAGE SHOW - NUTCRACKER BALLET - LIBERTY STATION (Pt. Loma)

(SOLD OUT)

Drive-in for a live-stage Nutcracker performance at Liberty Station. The famous sugarplum fairies will leap across the stage as you watch from your car. You're encouraged to bring portable chairs, blankets and other cozy necessities to tailgate in comfort in front of your car. They'll only have 30 parking spaces per show and only 5 shows total. Grab dinner to support a nearby restaurant and bring it in with you to dine while you watch.


DATES:

Nov. 27-29, Dec. 5-6 at 3pm


COST:

$99/general admission, $129/VIP admission


TICKETS:

available here


WHERE:

Liberty Station

2850 Womble Rd.

619-756-7992

libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season

@libertystation




2. DRIVE-THRU CHRISTMAS EVENTS

-- THESE REMAIN 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





Enchanted Village by Noah Home in Spring Valley Best Top Holiday Christmas events activities list guide for families kids are still happening in San Diego December 2020 what to do this year

ENCHANTED VILLAGE - Spring Valley

Drive-thru a magical holiday light tunnel with over 100,000 holiday lights, Christmas displays, a musical Christmas tree and socially distanced photos with Santa. The best part is that you'll be helping Noah Homes programs support people with developmental disabilities. The drive-thru starts at Steel Canyon High School and ends at Noah Homes 8+ acres.


DATES:

Dec. 18-23


HOURS:

5-8pm


COST:

$65/vehicle (no motorcycles, buses, limos or RVs)


TICKETS:

advance purchase required