San Diego Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 15-18

Find the best San Diego things to do for Dec. 15-18

Edited by Madelyn Harris

La Valencia’s Gatsby Gala
Dec. 15. In celebration of “The Pink Lady’s” 90th anniversary, the La Jolla Hotel invites locals and visitors to a luxurious, Roaring ’20s themed event with live music and dancing, Prohibition era cocktails, lavish buffets, vintage automobiles and more. $290/pp. 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla.




ho-ho-holidayHo Ho Holiday of Lights
Dec. 18. Carnitas Snack Shack will be pulling out all the stops during the Parade of Lights. Ideally situated along the parade route, they will have entertainment for the whole family on Sunday. Enjoy hot chocolate and peppermint soft serve, holiday drinks, staff in elf hats handing out candy canes and live bands decked out in festive gear. 1004 N Harbor Dr., downtown.




garden-of-lightsGarden 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.




holiday-moveHoliday Movie Night at Hiatus Lounge and Hotel La Jolla
Dec. 17. 
Gather the family and get in the holiday spirit at Hiatus Lounge. Families can enjoy a classic holiday movie on Hiatus’ outdoor screen. Cozy up to themed cocktails and order small plates from Cusp’s kitchen. Kids can nosh on s’mores and sip hot cocoa fireside. For those who bring in a toy to donate, Hiatus will offer complimentary popcorn to enjoy during the screening. Bring a blanket and good spirits. Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla. 4-7 p.m. 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr.  858.551.3620.




holiday-nights-bernardoHoliday Nights
Dec. 12-18. For an entire week, Bernardo Winery stays open late to host holiday fun for the whole family. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy sipping wine at the tasting room and outdoor wine bar, eat from local food trucks, shop through the winery village and listen to live music. 4-9 p.m. 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte.




san-diego-bay-parade-of-lightsSan Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Dec. 18. See San Diego Bay twinkle with more than 100 private boats decked out with holiday lights for a festive night on the water. This year celebrates the San Diego Zoo’s centennial with the theme, “It Began with a Roar.” Downtown, 619.224.2240.




hotel-del-coronado-holidays-ice-skating-sea-sunset-1280x683-300x1602xSkating 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.




reindeer2-copyARTS + CULTURE
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Dec. 16-17. In this dark comedy by Jeff Goode, eight reindeer will dish about the “real” Santa, causing quite the scandal to erupt at the North Pole. The reindeer finally speak up and, believe us, they do not hold back. Adult humor, not for kids. Performances start at 10 p.m. Tickets for the two performances are $25/$20. To purchase, please call the box office at 858.481.1055. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach.




san-diego-symphonySan Diego Symphony Family Holiday Concert
Dec. 18. San Diego Symphony will host the family holiday concerta one-hour afternoon version of their annual holiday concert spectacular, complete with all your favorite traditional Christmas music, the San Diego Master Chorale and a visit from Santa Claus. 750 B St., downtown.




ukulele-copyUkulele Orchestra of Great Britain Holiday Show
Dec. 16-17. La Jolla Music Society welcomes the return of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at MCASD Sherwood Auditorium for two performances. The group of ukulele players perform to sold-out audiences around the world and have a prolific discography of studio and live CDs, DVDs, as well as collaborations with iconic British rock and pop artists like Madness, The Ministry of Sound, The Kaiser Chiefs and Cat Stevens among others. Performances start at 8 p.m. 700 Prospect St., La Jolla.




dickens12-copyImprov Theatre’s Dickens Unscripted 
Dec. 19. Enjoy this winter holiday show—all improvised—built on vivid narration and rich characters inspired by the books of Charles Dickens. Comic portraits, cruel melodrama and humane charity of heartbreaking tenderness explode onto the teeming streets of Victorian London. To buy tickets: call 858.481.1055.987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach.




nutcrackermp1The Nutcracker
Dec. 16-18, 21-23 (City Ballet), Dec. 16-18 (San Diego Ballet at UCSD Mandeville Auditorium) and Dec. 16-24 (California Ballet). Enjoy three stagings of the timeless holiday classic presented by the City Ballet of San Diego, San Diego Ballet and by the California Ballet. Mandeville Center, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla,;  Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway downtown, 619.235.9500.; Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100.




dybukk-for-hannah-and-samsThe Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding
Through Dec. 18. World-renowned performer Ron Campbell is joined by Klezmer musician Yale Strom in this immersive retelling of the most celebrated play in Yiddish literature, S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. 619.544.1000.




an-american-christmasAn American Christmas
Dec. 14-24. Step back into 1916 for a memorable feast. Lamb’s Players Theatre presents this delectable four-course holiday meal in a unique setting of festive dance and song for the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress up in festive attire. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, downtown. 619.437.6000.