Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Dec. 16. San Diego Bay will twinkle like never before as more than 100 private boats will be garnished with holiday lights for a night on the water. This year, boats are dressed to fit the USS Santa Claus theme. There’s still time to enter—each participant will be entered for a chance to win a grand prize package worth more than $4,000. 5:30-9 p.m. Visible from downtown, Coronado, Embarcadero and Seaport Village. 619.224.2240.

holiday-in-the-parkHoliday in the Park
Dec. 15-16. Old Town State Historic Park is getting decked out for the holidays with extended shopping hours, strolling carolers and special holiday treats. On Sunday, celebrate the 62nd year of Las Posadas—a centuries-old tradition in which actors reenact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through the town of Bethlehem. Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. 619.220.5422.

christmas-in-the-villageChristmas in the Village
Dec. 14-15. Visit the village of La Mesa for back-to-back evenings of lively street performances, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and entertainment for the whole family. The village will be transformed into a Victorian wonderland complete with Santa, carnival rides, ponies and puppet shows. A holiday parade kicks off each night at 5 p.m. 5-10 p.m. La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa.

holiday-of-lightsHoliday of Lights
Through Jan. 1. The largest animated drive-through light show on the West Coast houses more than 400 crowd-pleasing, family-oriented displays all organized into festive themes. Cruise down Candy Cany Lane, ogle over Toyland and watch the elves at play, all from the comfort of your own car.  5:30-9:30 p.m. $15 per vehicle up to five people, $20 per vehicle with six or more people, $50 per bus. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 858.793.5555.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 
Dec. 13-23. If a Christmas card could come to life, it would sound like White Christmas by San Diego Musical Theatre. Based on the movie of the same name, this enchanting musical tells the story of two veterans who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, they follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by their former army commander. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park. 619.239.8836.

San Diego Chargers 
Dec. 16. The Chargers may have defeated the Steelers, but the road to the playoffs still looks bleak. See if the Bolts can ride the momentum of their first historic win in Pittsburgh through this Sunday, when they battle the Carolina Panthers at the Q. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. 619.285.5039.

san-diego-sockersSan Diego Sockers
Dec. 15. The indoor soccer scene is heating up in San Diego as the Sockers continue to make national history with 42 consecutive wins. Join the excitement as the 13-time indoor champions take on the Tacoma Stars and strive for that 43rd win. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.224.4171.

jingle-bell-5kJingle Bell 5K
Dec. 15. ­Walk or run this 5k with bells on—literally. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and wear your most festive holiday attire for this charity run/walk around Balboa Park. The event also includes a gingerbread cookie decorating contest, hot chocolate and refreshments, a costume contest for humans and pets, as well as a beer tent for those over 21. There’s even a special 1k  where children can run with Santa’s elves. 8 a.m. $40. Balboa Park West, 6th Avenue and Quince, San Diego.  619.299.3330.

taste-n-tinisFOOD + DRINK
Taste ‘n’ Tinis
Dec. 13. Take in the crisp winter air and holiday decorations during this self-guided walking tour that includes delightful drinks, scrumptious eats and fabulous retail shopping. Tasters and toasters alike will be treated to festive fare from local chefs and restaurants offering an assortment of mouthwatering appetizers, entrees and sweet treats. Each boutique along the tour will also be fixing up a holiday-inspired martini for your sipping-while-shopping enjoyment. Take care of all your holiday gifts while enjoying the best sips and treats that Hillcrest has to offer. $20-25. 5-9 p.m. Hillcrest. 619.299.3330.

Ice & Spice
Dec. 15-16. Melt away the winter doldrums with a holiday show so spicy and fun, only the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus could possibly be behind it. Let these gents dazzle you with a song and dance show so full of holiday cheer, Santa may blush. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego. 619.570.1000.


Johnny Lang
Dec. 14. The Grammy-winning prodigy instrumentalist who topped the Billboard New Artist chart with his first album at age 15 is now a mature creative force matching his incredible guitar skills with his gruff, bluesy voice. With years of experience and emotion to draw from, Johnny is said to have put out the most pivotal album of his career with his new release, Turn Around. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

Fortune Feimster
Dec. 14-15. The lovable Southern comic with big hair and an even bigger personality won the hearts of audiences with her boisterous tone, creativity and slightly self-deprecating style when she made her national TV debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Currently, she’s a regular on the E! hit comedy roundtable, Chelsea Lately. When not taking the airwaves by storm, Fortune travels the country with her standup act. American Comedy Co., 818 6th Avenue, San Diego. 619.795.3858.


Star Eco Station Tops the List of Family Friendly Things to Do in LA

Looking for some fun things to do with the kids in Los Angeles this weekend? Take them to Star Eco Station, a wildlife rescue center that’s a great place for kids to learn about animals up close. Staff care for wild but unwanted animals that have either been donated by the public or confiscated by governmental agencies. Pet an alligator. Kiss a snake. Say “Hoo are you?” to an owl. Kids will also learn about the environment and our role in protecting it. The facilities themselves are even built from recycled materials. Check online for more details about special events. There’s always something new.