San Diego Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 1-4

Find the best San Diego things to do for the weekend of Dec. 1-4

Edited by Madelyn Harris

skating by the seaEVENTS
Skating by the Sea
Through Jan. 2. See historical Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn transform into an outdoor ice-skating rink that overlooks the beach and Pacific Ocean. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611.



foiFantasy on Ice
Through Jan. 8.
Celebrate the holiday season by lacing up your skates and gliding away at this outdoor ice rink located in the historical NTC at Liberty Station. 2640 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619.222.1970.



coronado-christmasCoronado Christmas Parade and Open House
Dec. 2. Be a part of the annual festivities with a parade along Orange Avenue, the lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree and a holiday concert. Coronado, 619.437.8788.




december-nights-balboaBalboa Park December Nights
Dec. 2-3. Experience the annual two-day holiday blowout, which features carolers, live music, holiday light displays and more festivities. Plus, many museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 p.m. Balboa Park, 619.239.0512. 




red-nose-runRed Nose Run
Dec. 2. This holiday fun run brings some festive cheer to Del Mar Beach as participants enjoy a scenic 5K along the coast. Following the race, enjoy refreshments and a raffle at Poseidon Restaurant. 1 p.m. Powerhouse Park, Del Mar.




north-park-toyland53rd Annual North Park Toyland Parade and Festival
Dec. 3. The parade features a slew of celebrations, plus beauty queens, dance groups, vintage cars, bands and floats, as well as a holiday fair behind historical North Park Theatre. University Ave., North Park, 619.269.7880.




crate-barrel Carols & Barrels
Dec. 3. Head to Port Pavilion for this holiday beer and wine festival featuring unlimited beverage samples, holiday treats and small plates from local restaurants and all kinds of holiday cheer. 2-5:30 p.m. 1140 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego Marina.




oceanbeachholidayOcean Beach Holiday Parade
Dec. 3. Check out Ocean Beach’s 37th annual holiday parade, as Newport Avenue fills with colorful floats, classic VW Beetles and Woodies, bands, motorcycles and more. In celebration of the O.B. Pier’s 50th anniversary, the theme this year is “The Year of the Pier with Holiday Cheer.” 5-7 p.m., Ocean Beach.



encinitas-holiday-parade2Encinitas Holiday Parade

Dec. 3. Step back in time as you catch the Encinitas holiday parade. This year’s theme “Encinitas86” celebrates 30 years since becoming a city in 1986—the year of Top Gun, mullets and shoulder pads. 5:30 p.m. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas.




chula-vista-paradeChula Vista Starlight Parade
Dec. 3. Grab a good viewing spot for Chula Vista’s annual Starlight Parade in the historic Third Avenue Village. In the festival area, kids of all ages will love playing on Frosty’s Snow Hill. Chula Vista.




holiday-tree-lightingHoliday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival
Dec. 3. The North Pole comes to Escondido at the California Center for the Arts, San Diego. Enjoy frolicking in real snow, Christmas cookie decorating, live music and entertainment and even live reindeer. 3-8 p.m. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253.



Little Italy’s Tree Lighting and Christmas Village

Dec. 3. Little Italy hosts a magical evening with its 18th annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. Watch as two holidays trees light up the night—one, a 25-foot tower featuring more than 1,000 poinsettias and the other a brand new 25-foot tree. Afterwards, enjoy shopping from local vendors, photo ops with Santa, live music, holiday treats and more. 4-8 p.m. India Street between W. Cedar and Grape St., Little Italy.



screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-04-33-pmGarden of Lights
Dec. 3-23, 26-30. After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland with more than 125,000 sparkling lights. Enjoy wandering through the 37-acre garden while listening to nightly entertainment, sampling delicious foods and taking part in numerous holiday festivities. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, 760.436.3036.



la-jolla-parade2La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
Dec. 4. Enjoy the holidays in La Jolla glory, at the 59th annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, with vintage automobiles, equestrian units, floats, marching bands and a Santa Claus appearance. Girard Ave., La Jolla.




sono-chiliSONO Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Dec. 4. Get ready for the 7th annual SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off featuring a fierce chef competition for best chili, hand-selected artisan vendors, craft beer garden and live music on two stages. $20/pp. 32nd Street and Thorn, North Park.



home-aloneARTS + CULTURE
Home Alone with the San Diego Symphony
Dec. 2. The beloved ’90s Christmas film, Home Alone, is part of the San Diego Symphony’s Fox Theater Film Series. Enjoy catching the screening while the the San Diego Symphony orchestra performs the live soundtrack. 8 p.m. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown.



snow-whiteA Snow White Christmas
Dec. 2-24. This updated interactive version of the classic tale—told in the style of a British Panto—features family-friendly magic, comedy, dancing and contemporary pop music. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.




amy-schumerAmy Schumer
Dec. 3. Funny-lady, Amy Schumer takes her comedy tour to the San Diego stage at Valley View Casino Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District, 619.224.4171.




lightwire-christmasLightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas
Dec. 3. Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil rat king. Enjoy this Christmas favorite as the outdoor performance is featured in complete darkness with just the characters’ outlines lit up to see. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista.