December 2021 San Diego Calendar of Events
The holiday season is upon us and there are so many fun activities throughout San Diego. My annual food drive is underway and I'm hoping to surpass the 4600 pounds of food I raised last year! I wanted to share some local events happening right here in our backyard. I wish a happy and festive holiday season and an amazing 2022. To learn more about the events click on the imagery to go directly to the event web site.
Now in its 9th year, the annual food drive has raised over 16,000 pounds of food for local San Diegan's in need. Local businesses, schools and community establishments open their doors to the public and serve as drop off locations. The food drive also hosts Sunday events in local parks where the public can drop off donations. The Heart to Hands collects human and pet food and the donations are distributed locally throughout San Diego. The beneficiaries of the food drive are the San Diego Food Bank, Triton Food Pantry, San Diego Humane Society and Feeding San Diego. This years food drive begins Thursday, November 4 - December 13, 2021.
Join one of San Diego’s oldest holiday parades. Parade route starts on Garnet Ave and Haines street and goes down to Bayard.
Come be part of this free family friendly holiday event or watch from the sidelines!
If you would like to have a float or spot in the parade, please fill out THIS FORM and send it via email to [email protected]
Parade follows the San Diego Santa Run, San Diego’s most festive 5K! More info here
The 50th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
2021 Theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 50th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during 2 evenings on December 12 and December 19, 2021. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme.
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region. There is no cost to view the parade.
This year, for the 5th time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade.
Dust off those dancing shoes and join Manny Cepeda & Orchestra for a night of salsa dancing under the stars in the Headquarters courtyard! No partner or experience necessary. 6-9pm / The Headquarters at Seaport 760-476-1111 / www.theheadquarters.com
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. 6:30-11am / Liberty Station NTC Park
Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate and pick a comfortable spot to watch this years Parade of Lights celebration in the quaint Oceanside Harbor. Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag and circling Oceanside Harbor enchanting onlookers along the harbor and at the neighboring restaurants. Many of the boats even feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd! One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice! The concrete walkway that surrounds much of the harbor is also good for viewing the parade.
Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in the annual San Diego Santa Run, a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Over 20,000 Santas have participated in previous years but we are preparing to make this year our LARGEST Santa Run yet! 9am / Garnet Ave. and Bayard St.
Join us at Old Poway Park for an old-fashioned holiday tradition that will take you back in time with caroling, live music, a visit with Santa, free children’s crafts, model train displays, and so much more! Purchase tasty holiday treats, finish your Christmas shopping at the craft boutique, or board the Poway Midland Railroad for a night-time ride around the park.
Learn beginner astronomy concepts, about specific stars, constellations and simple astronomy facts and principles. Tonight's features: The Winter Solstice, the Moon, and the Planets; Winter constellations; Geminid and Ursid Meteor Showers. Recommended Equipment: LED flashlight with red filter, or red lens cover. Binoculars. Warm clothes, blanket or ground cloth. 5-6:30pm / Double Peak Park, San Marcos
Join us on Main Street Julian for a small town celebration of holiday lights on cars, trucks and any other street legal vehicle you can imagine. The street will not be closed for this parade. Participants will drive down Main St with the flow of traffic.
The race will start in El Cabello Park, and take runners up the mountain near Stanley Peak and the surrounding area allowing runners a beautiful 360 degree view from the top. Elevation gains will be 900 to 1300' based on course distance.
A fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach. Starts on Penasquitos Drive then travels SW along Carmel Mountain Rd (your only ‘real’ hill at mile 1.5), along the 56 bike path and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach. The race includes a 711-foot net elevation drop along the rolling downhill bike path, which also makes it a personal best candidate. 5am / Hotel Karlan: 14455 Penasquitos Dr
This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. Performances are 90 minutes. 10:30am-2:15pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego
This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the ACC and the Pac-12. Fans can enjoy the ultimate pregame party inside of Petco Park at Gallagher Square. Featuring interactive college football experiences, craft beers and food trucks, get in on one of San Diego’s signature sporting events!
5pm / Petco Park
Features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof from top global manufacturers. Be among the first in the U.S. to see San Diego debuts of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms that are expected to be on display at the show. When not captivated by the cars, show visitors can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities.
Celebrate Christmas Eve in the spectacular Crown Room and Coronet Room with a lavish holiday buffet of traditional favorites and culinary surprises. You’ll make amazing new holiday memories as you celebrate coming Home for the Holidays at the Del.Guests will marvel at thousands of sparkling lights adorning the property with towering Christmas trees, garlands galore and stunning holiday décor, including a fabulous two-story lobby tree in The Del’s newly restored lobby.
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