Ready or not, the holidays are here! San Diego always has a lot of fun stuff going on and this list of Holiday Events is a mile long! It includes the usual Theme Park events, Balboa Park's Annual December Nights and Tree Lightings, and fun Train Rides with Santa, Christmas plays and ballets (even a toddler time show of the Nutcracker!) and where to find SNOW. Yes, SNOW in San Diego!!
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The title says it all! This is the ULTIMATE Guide for Kids' Holiday Events in San Diego. Would you believe there are actually even more events going on than what I was able to list here?! Feel free to comment if you'd like to add any other events that you know of in your part of town. And I'll add my usual disclaimer to confirm dates, times and all info directly with the venue before you go. Sometimes info changes after I gather my research. ;) I tried to link the venues directly so click the titles to find out even more!
Are you ready for this?! Have fun getting your Christmas Cheer on! Here you gooo.....Ho Ho Ho....
(click on each title to link)
❄️ SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration (Mission Bay)
DATES: Nov. 17, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 - Daily during park hours
COST: admission or free with annual pass
WHAT: You'll find special Holiday shows from Clyde & Seamore and one of my favorites A Dolphin Island Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed-Reindeer will be there for meet and greets, have your photo taken with Santa, hear a story read by Mrs. Claus in the Christmas Village with a nightly SNOW fall, see a live nativity show, watch Rudolph's Movie and see the lighted musical Happiest Christmas Tree or have breakfast with Santa and the Orcas.
❄️ Holidays at LEGOLAND (Carlsbad)
DATES: Nov. 17 - Dec. 31, 2018
COST: admission or free with annual pass
WHAT: LEGOLAND: See the LEGO Christmas Tree, live entertainment, new holiday light show, music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer for a photo. Special holiday treats and a holiday market.
WHAT: SEALIFE AQUARIUM: A special holiday themed daily dive show and décor throughout. Check out the SEA LIFE inspired LEGO ornaments handmade by some of our most loyal fans on the Christmas Tree displayed in the upstairs atrium.
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo (Balboa Park)
DATES: Dec. 14, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
COST: admission or free with annual pass, (buy your tickets online before you go!)
WHAT: The Zoo is transformed into a magical wonderland with lighted animal sculptures, twinkling lights, acrobatic elves, Storytime (hear the zoo’s version of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas), Live music & singing, Reindeer Games with hula hoops and dancing, Gingerbread landing with zoo characters, Animal encounters, Holiday forest at the Northern Frontier, and our favorites the Holiday 4D movies: Polar Express & Happy Feet!
HOLIDAY EVENTS: see below for Ongoing Dates OR Select Dates
Holiday By The Bay (downtown)
DATES: Nov. 21, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
(see specific dates of operation below)
COST: $20/adults, $15/kids, plus lots of other options and add-ons
WHAT: San Diego’s exclusive holiday adventure park. Create a new family tradition with an exhilarating ride down a two-story 100-foot ice slide and take a spin in an ice bumper car. Toast s’mores, sip festive cocktails, and marvel at a spectacular interactive light show. Gather loved ones for sweet and savory fare and delight in activities of the season from stocking trimming to cookie decorating. Days of operation: Nov. 21-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-30, Jan. 4-5
Oma's Christmas Tree Farm and Fun (Lakeside)
DATES: Nov. 23 - December 15, 2018
TIME: Tues - Fri from 3-8pm; Saturdays from 10am-7pm; Closed Sundays & Mondays
COST: $5/adults ages 14+; $7/child ages 1-13
INCLUDES: candy cane, water bottle & all the fun activities of their Pumpkin Patch
WHAT: Lots of beautiful trees to choose from. Douglas and Noble Firs. 5 feet tall up to 9 feet tall. Prices start at $24.95. Beautiful Fresh Wreaths available as well. Celebrate your December birthday at Oma's!
Santa Train: the North Pole Limited (Campo)
DATES: Nov. 30 - Dec. 22, 2018
TIME: 5pm and 7pm departures
WHAT: Santa’s elves will sing Christmas carols, read a Christmas story and pass out cookies and hot chocolate. The North Pole Limited will stop at Santa’s Workshop to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will visit with everyone on the ride back to the Campo Depot.
TIPS: It's advised to arrive 45 min. before departure to find parking and get tickets.
Seas 'n' Greetings at Birch Aquarium (La Jolla)
DATES: Dec. 1-31, 2018
TIME: 9am-5pm (closed Christmas)
WHAT: Birch Aquarium is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as themed animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, and fun photo opportunities. On Saturdays and Sundays, things are even more festive with live music and two daily dive shows. The schedule changes daily.
❄️ Garden of Lights at the San Diego Botanic Gardens (Encinitas)
DATES: Dec. 1-23 & 26-30, 2018