San Diego Weekend Events Roundup November 30-December 3

Enjoy the holidays in La Jolla glory, with vintage automobiles, equestrian units, float and more.

Enjoy the holidays in La Jolla glory, with vintage automobiles, equestrian units, parade floats and more.

From ice skating rinks and Christmas performances to chili cook-offs, check out the top San Diego weekend events for November 30-December 3.

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Coronado Holiday Parade and Open House
Dec. 1. Be a part of the annual festivities, which include a nighttime parade along Orange Avenue, the lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree and holiday concert. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st Street, Coronado.




December Nights
Dec. 1-2. Attracting more than 350,000 visitors, Balboa Park December Nights is the largest free community festival in San Diego. Festivities include live music, dance performances, holiday light displays and many museums will open their doors free of charge from 5-9 p.m. F 3-11 p.m., Sa Noon-11 p.m. Balboa Park.



Skating by the Sea
Through Jan. 1. See Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn transform into an outdoor ice skating rink that overlooks the beach and Pacific Ocean. Visit website for full schedule and pricing. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado.




Rady Children’s Ice Rink
Through Jan. 7. 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. $14 adults, $12 kids. View website for full schedule. 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma.



54th Annual North Park Toyland
Dec. 2. This annual parade features a slew of celebrations, plus beauty queens, dance groups, vintage cars, bands and floats. 11 a.m. Free. University Avenue, North Park, 619.269.7880.




Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas
Dec. 2-17. See Old Town decked out for the holidays with extended evening shopping hours and strolling carolers. On December 9 at 5 p.m., join a candlelight procession and celebrate Las Posadas—a centuries-old tradition in which actors re-enact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through Bethlehem. Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street.



La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
Dec. 3. Experience the holidays in La Jolla glory, with vintage automobiles, equestrian units, floats, marching bands and a Santa Claus appearance. 1:30 p.m. Free. Girard Avenue, La Jolla.




19th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village
Dec. 2. Families, friends and neighbors will experience Little Italy’s transformation into a winter wonderland and enjoy the community’s festive decor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa and more. 4-8 p.m. Free. India Street between W. Cedar and W. Grape Street.



South Park Holiday Walkabout
Dec. 2. Head to South Park for a fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique areas and independent businesses. Expect complimentary treats, live entertainment, a tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa and special offers. 5-10 p.m. Free. Grape St. Square.



Garden of Lights

Dec. 2-23, 26-30. After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland Southern California style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Families will also enjoy nightly entertainment, food, hot coffee and treats and a variety of activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, marshmallow roasting, snow sledding and more. 5-9 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members.



Sono Fest and Chili Cook-Off
Dec. 3. Head to the border of North Park and South Park, where a variety of restaurants will face off to create a unique, chef-driven take on the traditional stew. Up the block, an expansive beer garden pours local favorites including Modern Times Beer, Fall Brewing and Cutwater Spirits. Families will also enjoy a holiday craft market, two music stages, a food truck court and a kids play zone. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6. 32nd & Thorn St.




‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Dec. 3. Treat yourself to an unforgettable and magical experience for the entire family. The beloved film It’s a Wonderful Life will be screened while the cherished score is performed by the San Diego Symphony orchestra live. 2 p.m. $20-$71.




Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’
Through Dec. 24. For spirited kids young and old, experience this annual holiday production of a Dr. Seuss classic. View website and pricing for full schedule. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park.




‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ 
Through Dec. 10. This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer—the undisputed Queen of Disco—and features more than 20 classic hits, including “Hot Stuff,” “On the Radio,” and “Last Dance.” View website for full schedule. Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla.