San Diego Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 8-11

Find the best San Diego things to do for Dec. 8-11

Edited by Madelyn Harris

North Park After Dark

Dec. 8. Enjoy an evening in San Diego’s trendiest neighborhood. Retailers will be staying open late and many local eateries will offer special menus. By completing a progressive stamp card, participants are entered into a free raffle for dozens of fabulous prizes. Various locations, North Park.



san-diego-bay-parade-of-lightsSan Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Dec. 11, 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.




pet-parade-300x1912xGaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Dec. 11. At this holiday festival for pets, pooches will dress up as Santa, elves, reindeer and everything in between. The parade will start and end at Hilton Gaslamp Park, weaving throughout the festive streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Also enjoy a free pet expo. 1-5 p.m. 401 K St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5227.




rayatnight_cover-1600x592Ray at Night
Dec. 10. The longest running monthly art walk in San Diego showcases local food, multiple live bands and handcrafted artisan works at local galleries. Experience the local art vibes throughout North Park. Various locations, North Park.




holidayintheparkHoliday in the Park
Dec. 10-11. See Old Town decked out for the holidays with extended shopping hours, strolling carolers and Las Posadas—a centuries-old tradition in which actors re-enact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through the town of Bethlehem. Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego Ave., and Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.220.5422.



nutcrackermp1The Nutcracker
Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 21-23 (City Ballet) and Dec. 10-11, 16-24. (California Ballet). Enjoy two stagings of the timeless holiday classic presented by the City Ballet of San Diego and by the California Ballet. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway downtown, 619.235.9500.; Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.



holiday-by-the-bayHoliday by the Bay
Dec. 10-Jan. 2. Hilton San Diego Bayfront kicks off their inaugural Holiday by the Bay, which features an outdoor ice rink by the San Diego Bay. Enjoy themed ice skating days, holiday movies under the stars, breakfast with Santa, a life-size gingerbread house and more. 1 Park Blvd., downtown.




pacific-beach-holiday-celebrationPacific Beach Holiday Celebration
Dec. 10. Enjoy a day packed with holiday activities in Pacific Beach. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the San Diego Santa Run 5k, with the PB Holiday Parade immediately following at 1 p.m. The theme this year is “From Sea to Shining Sea,” which celebrates the different ways cultures and communities celebrate the holidays around the world. Crytal Pier, Pacific Beach.



toast-of-gaslampFOOD + DRINK
Toast of Gaslamp
Dec. 10. Raise your glasses as 20 top restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter will be shaking up cocktail samples and dishing out small plates during this self-guided tasting walk. Also, find deals at local retailers for your holiday shopping. Gaslamp Quarter and East Village., downtown.



cork-and-craftBeer and Coffee Tasting at The Cork & Craft
Dec. 10. Get your taste buds ready as The Cork & Craft transforms into a collaborative coffee and beer tasting collective stocked with a pop-up Mostra Coffee Shop. Enjoy coffee drinks, a tap takeover featuring 20 collaborative beers from around the country highlighting Mostra Coffee and small plates from chef Scott Cannon. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.



a-classic-christmas-moonlightARTS + CULTURE
A Classic Christmas
Dec. 10. 
Ring in the holidays with Broadway powerhouses Chris Mann and Shoshana Bean. The one-night-only holiday spectacular features classic holiday songs and the joy of the Great American Songbook. 8 p.m. Moonlight Amphitheatre,1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista.



standupcomedyStand up Comedy Show
Dec. 10.
This stand-up comedy show features top comedians from San Diego and Los Angeles. Hosted by Maher Matta (Laughs on Fox), performers include Tony Calabrese (World Series of Comedy) and Maria Herman (UTTV, Dr. Phil). 7:30 p.m. 330 Main St., Vista.




wrexthehallsWrex the Halls
Dec. 11. Featuring two nights of back-to-back performances, 91X hosts Wrex the Halls, featuring Beck, Band of Horses, Blink-182, Local Natives, Glass Animals, Bishop Briggs, Jimmy Eat World, Pierce the Veil and Kaleo. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District.



countryfestKSON CountryFest
Dec. 10. Enjoy Christmas with a country music twang at KSON’s third annual CountryFest Christmas, featuring Trace Adkins, LoCash, Trent Harmon and Granger Smith. Del Mar Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.




the-sheltersThe Shelters
Dec. 13. The emerging Los Angeles-based rock band dubbed the “spitting image of the Byrds-Beatles,” by Rolling Stone magazine takes the stage at the Casbah. They debuted their self-titled album this June, which was co-produced by one of the band’s musical heroes, Tom Petty. 2501 Kettner Blvd., downtown.