Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Deck The Halls
Dec. 20-22. A holiday event for the whole family, Deck the Halls is a series of magical evenings filled with fine dining, a special children’s menu and live performances of jazz and R&B music by Anthology’s renowned nine-member house band. 7 p.m. 1337 India St., Little Italy. 619.595.0300.

holiday-pops-symphonyHoliday Pops – A Celtic Celebration
Dec. 21-23. This holiday season, the San Diego Symphony sets sail for a musical a visit to the Emerald Isle. Grammy Award-winning and nine-time, all-Ireland fiddle champion, Eileen Ivers, joins the Symphony for an evening of festive Irish holiday favorites including “The Holly Tree,” “Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem)” and “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” performed in traditional jig time. Arrive early for pre-show activities including a Celtic Santa and carolers on Friday and Saturday night. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, San Diego. 619.235.0804.

cash'd-out-christmasA Cash’d Out Christmas
Dec. 23. If you love the music of Johnny Cash, the tribute band Cash’d Out is the next best thing. See the group perform renditions of time-honored classics by the “Man in Black” during this special holiday show. Total Distortion also performs, paying homage to the very influential American punk rock group Social Distortion. Rock out to all the hits from Cash’s “Walk the Line” to Social D’s “Ring of Fire.” Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

Ho-Ho-Holiday Chauffeured Wine Tour
Dec. 19-23. Discover San Diego’s finest wines on this chauffeured holiday tour. San Diego Beer and Wine Tours handles the driving and itinerary so you can relax, learn about San Diego’s growing wine scene and sample libations from three family-owned wineries. The six-hour tour also includes tours of each vineyard, delicious fruit and cheese spreads, and a holiday tote filled with goodies to take home. San Diego Beer and Wine Tours picks up from various locations. 858.551.5115.

The Nutcracker

Dec. 14-24. The classic holiday ballet about a young girl who dreams of a nutcracker prince comes to life this season with live accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the City Ballet Orchestra. Whether you’re seeing the leaping cossacks, flurries of snowflakes and dancing sugarplum fairies for the first time or the hundredth time, this classic ballet will bring magic to your holiday season. $29-69. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. 619.235.9500.


An American Christmas
Dec. 17-26. Experience dinner theater like never before as you step inside Hotel Del’s gorgeous ballroom and travel back 100 years for this one-of-a-kind Christmas feast and celebration. The three-hour evening is filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a delectable 5-course holiday meal. Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.435.6611.

Legoland Holiday Snow Days
Through Dec. 31. Snow in SoCal is possible with Holiday Snow Days at Legoland. Build snowmen and adorn them with Lego accessories, throw snowballs at targets and revel in Carlsbad’s very own winter wonderland. Spend time with Lego Santa and his little helpers, catch holiday performances by the Big Test Holidays, Let it Snow, Brickettes, Jingle Jammers and more, and see the nightly lighting of the world’s largest Lego Christmas tree. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. 760.918.5346.

jungle-bells-san-diego-zooJungle Bells
Through Jan. 6. Join the celebration as the world-famous San Diego Zoo transforms into a wild, wintery wonderland full of music, lights, treats and, of course, animal encounters. Ride the Elf Express, the Zoo’s miniature train, which will be all decked out and ready to transport kids and adults around the holiday-lit track, see the nightly tree lighting ceremony and maybe even get caught in a snow flurry at the Zoo’s front entrance! San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park. 619.231.1515.

Poinsettia Bowl
Dec. 20. Break out your alma mater gear for college football at its finest at the Poinsettia Bowl. This year’s annual pre-Christmas holiday game pits San Diego State University of the Mountain West Conference against Brigham Young University of the Western Athletic Conference. SDSU won 2010’s Holiday Bowl while BYU has played in eleven Holiday Bowls, and has a Holiday Bowl record of 4-6-1. The showdown includes plenty of extra activities, including a battle of the schools’ bands. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego.

sd-sockersSan Diego Sockers
Dec. 22. San Diego’s championship indoor soccer team continues to dominate the competition. See the Sockers shoot for their 45th consecutive win as they make history with indoor soccer’s longest winning streak. This Saturday is Military Appreciation Night and the Sockers will be collecting unwrapped toys for charity. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.224.4171.