Fun Filled San Diego Events for the Holidays

San Diego is a city that has many attractions and rides. San Diego is home to some of the most amazing holiday celebrations. These San Diego events will delight everyone, whether you are looking for winter entertainment on water, stunning lights displays, or family-friendly holiday exhibits. Here’s a list of holiday events happening in San Diego’s “America’s Finest City,” as well as notable San Diego hotels located near them.

1. Balboa Park Dec. Nights – Balboa Park, the nation’s most prestigious urban cultural park, features 15 major museums and lush gardens as well as the San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park Christmas Nights is held here. This two-holiday event kicks off the holiday season by providing sparkling lights, delicious food, entertainment, and music. The 33rd annual December Nights will take place on Friday, December 3, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon to 10:m. Both evenings, the participating Balboa Park museum will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. to 9. Visit:-

This event is by far the largest community festival in the city. Balboa Park’s December Nights will attract more than 300,000 people over two days. Highlights include the Fossil Wonders exhibition set to holiday music within the atrium of The Natural History Museum, food and crafts from around world at Cascades Holiday Marketplace, a Christmas tree with the Schlappi Collection of unique ornaments by Elizabeth Schlappi at the Timken Museum and rousing performances by local bands on The Palisades Theatre. Balboa Park lies less than two miles from The Sofia Hotel or the U.S. Grant Hotel.

2. Holiday of Lights The Del Mar Fairgrounds will be transformed into the largest drive through holiday lights display on the west coast for Holiday of Lights. The event is open from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday Jan. 2, 2011 (closed Dec. 6th and Dec. 13th). There will be more than 400 spectacular displays around the Del Mar Racetrack. Visitors can enjoy the holiday displays in their vehicles while they drive 1.5 miles through the Fairgrounds. Holiday of Lights is available on select Fridays. The popular Holiday Hayride was first introduced in 2009, and quickly became a crowd favorite. L’Auberge Del Mar Resort Spa, a property in the seaside estate style, is one of the most luxurious resorts in the nation, according to Conde Nast.

3. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: If spreading holiday cheer requires being on or near water, then the 39th annual Parade of Lights is for you. It’s the city’s only Christmas Parade. As more than 80,000 spectators marvel at the spectacle, boats of all shapes and sizes will parade through the bay decorated for Christmas. This parade is now held twice each year. It will take place on Sundays, December 12th and Dec. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The theme for 2010 will be The sounds of Christmas. Festivities will start with a fireworks show at 5:05 p.m.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights starts at Shelter Island’s eastern end. It will travel east past Harbor Island, to North Embarcadero. From there it will travel south along Embarcadero towards the 10th Street Terminal. The parade will then move west towards Ferry’s Landing before it heads toward Coronado. TheSan Diego hotels are located less than four miles away.

4. Garden of Lights –

You don’t need to be a nature enthusiast to enjoy the charming city’s Botanic Garden Garden of Lights. It runs from Dec. 9 to Dec. 23 and again between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 (5-9 pm.) There’s live music, over 100,000 sparkling lights and live music. The Botanic Garden is situated in Encinitas. It boasts the Hamilton Children’s Garden – the nation’s biggest interactive children’s garden – and the nation’s most extensive bamboo collection. Del Mar Motel on the Beach can be rented by visitors, located approximately 6 miles from San Diego Botanic Garden.

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