Stay Festive San Diego!

The holidays are coming up and while celebrations this year may be a little different than usual, there are still a lot of ways to have fun this holiday season. If you’re looking to partake in holiday festivities in San Diego, look no further! Here’s a list of fun things you can do to have an amazing holiday season.

The Del Christmas Tree

This is a San Diego classic and has been around since 1904. Visiting the Del Christmas tree is a great way to celebrate the holidays in San Diego. While the tree is usually inside the hotel, this year it is outside on the beach. Take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the beautiful tree while you’re there. 

Del Mar Fairgrounds Lights 

The Del Mar Fairgrounds have a drive through where you can enjoy a holiday light show. This is a safe and fun way to celebrate the holidays. Stay in your car and marvel at the beauty of the fairgrounds all lit up. With over a million lights, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will surely brighten your holiday season! For more details click here.

The Holiday Market and Trail at Petco Park

Petco Park has brought Christmas markets to San Diego! The markets are located on the baseball field inside Petco Park. This is a socially distanced event where you and your family can browse the markets as if you were in a small European town. Find last minute presents and enjoy the holiday decorations. Click here to find out more.

Winter Wonder at Belmont Park 

Another way to celebrate being in San Diego for the holidays is to stop by Winter Wonder at Belmont Park which includes a holiday toy drive, 15-foot-tall holiday-themed sculptures, other winter-themed activities and entertainment plus Illuminated Winter Nights when the sun goes down.

Neighborhood Lights

Checking out Christmas lights is a great way to stay safe with your family and enjoy the holidays. There are some amazing neighborhoods in San Diego that have gone all out this holiday season to bring cheer during these tough times. Take your family and friends for a drive through the neighborhoods to admire all the lights and decorations. Below is a list of some neighborhoods in San Diego worth visiting. 

  • “Santa Claus Lane” located on Sheri Lane in Lemon Grove 
  • “The Forward House” on Ivy Street And 1st Avenue in Banker’s Hill 
  • Garrison Street Lights in Point Loma on Garrison Street and Chatsworth (runs through the month of December) 

OB Christmas Tree

The Ocean Beach Christmas tree is another amazing way to celebrate the holidays in San Diego. Stop by the OB Christmas tree which encapsulates the vibes of Ocean Beach. This out-of-the-ordinary tree in OB will make you appreciate the holiday season in a whole new way. After you check out the tree, you can finish your holiday shopping by walking down Newport Avenue and supporting local businesses. 

San Diego Botanic Garden Wonderland

The Botanic Gardens are about thirty minutes outside of San Diego located in Encinitas. The gardens are decorated with lights and holiday decorations to create a botanical wonderland. This outdoor lighting experience also comes with fun holiday activities. There is a scavenger hunt and live music every night so you can enjoy the gardens in the holiday spirit!

Make sure to enjoy December in San Diego this holiday season. There are a lot of fun and safe ways to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Try a few of these ideas or complete the whole list to make the most out of this time of year!