San Diego: This Weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 3)

The holidays are in full swing with several tree lighting events and parades around San Diego, plus the SoNo Chili Cookoff and the Island Food and Beer Fest.

12.1: 42nd Annual Holiday Parade

Start the yuletide season in style at this traditional hometown parade set to a soundtrack of carolers. One lucky family will have the chance to light up Star Pine, the island community’s giant holiday tree.  Michael Benninger

Rotary Plaza, Coronadocoronadochamber.com

12.1 Elephante 

After releasing his full-length debut album last year, Michigan-born Harvard grad Tim Wu has released a pair of singles in 2017: May’s Troubled (feat. Deb’s Daughter) and the October-released Come Back For you (feat. Matluck).  Scott McDonald

OMNIA, downtown, omnianightclub.com

12.1 12th Planet 

John Dadzie, aka dubstep/drum & bass DJ 12th Planet, has worked extensively with Skrillex and been seen at Coachella, Ultra, and Electric Daisy Carnival. His five-song Let Us Prey EP dropped in September.  Scott McDonald

Bassmnt, downtown bassmntsd.com

12.1, 2: 40th Annual December Nights

Admission to this iconic two-day extravaganza includes international food samples, plus access to exhibitions and entertainment at the park’s many museums.  Michael Benninger

Balboa Parksandiego.gov

12.2: 54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

Marching bands, vintage cars, beauty queens and more stroll between Utah and Iowa streets during this festive event.  Michael Benninger

University Avenue, North Park, toylandparade.com

12.2 South Park Walkabout 

Stroll, shop and migle with South Park neighbors during this annual holiday tradition. The evening will include a tree lighting with Santa outside The Big Kitchen.

Kalmia and 30th streets, extending south to Beech Street, South Park, southparksd.com

12.2: 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade

Schmooze your way onto any of nearly 100 floats or join the throngs of cheering spectators during this Coast Highway tradition that culminates with a tree-lighting ceremony and a cameo by Kris Kringle.  Michael Benninger

Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, encinitaschamber.com

12.2: 19th Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village

Enjoy holiday shopping, horse-carriage rides and a 25-foot poinsettia tower while soaking in Little Italy’s charm amid live entertainment and an endless variety of holiday treats.  Michael Benninger

India Street, Little Italy, littleitalysd.com

12.2: Island Food and Beer Fest

Knock back unlimited tastings of locally brewed beer, then soak up those suds with delicious dishes from the Pacific Islands prepared by some legendary local restaurants.  Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park, Little Italy, facebook.com/coconutsandcocktailspromotions

12.2: Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Bring the family to this holiday-themed parade including a snack alley, science and technology labs, and Mrs. Claus’ gingerbread bounce house.  Michael Benninger

Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista, starlightparade.com

12.2 Groundwater 

Swapping two days for one, and coming a bit later than last year’s October event, Groundwater’s current visit includes heavy-hitting house DJs Maya Jane Coles, Claptone, and Felix Da Housecat. Headliner and Dirtybird Records boss Claude VonStroke teamed with Will Clarke and Sebastien V on August’s two-song single, Works Well With Others Scott McDonald

The Park at Petco Park, East Village, crssd.com

12.2: 59th Annual Vista Christmas Parade

See some of Vista’s best and brightest community groups during this parade that commences at the Civic Center and winds down at the Wave Waterpark.  Michael Benninger

Civic Center, Vista, vistachamber.org

12.2: 38th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade

With a theme of California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love, and showcasing classic Woodies, VW Beetles, and the Roller Derby Dolls, O.B.’s holiday parade is bound to bring out the neighborhood’s best.  Michael Benninger

Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, obtowncouncil.org

12.2: Sugar Rush 5K

In this unique exhibit of athleticism, participants consume a Krispy Kreme Donut at each mile marker before celebrating over games such as corn hole, giant checkers and ladder ball.  Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Little Italy, thesugarrush5k.com

12.3: Holiday Bazaar

Cross any remaining names off your shopping list at this pop-up holiday market offering a curated selection of local fashion, handmade gifts and vintage treasures from 150 vendors.  Michael Benninger

Corky McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station, libertystation.com

12.3: 60th Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Sporting a new Christmas Jewels theme for 2017, this yearly parade through downtown La Jolla gives guests a glimpse of the community’s incredible talent.  Michael Benninger

Girard Avenue, La Jolla, ljparade.com

12.3: SoNo Fest Chili Cook-Off

More than three dozen of the city’s best restaurants compete in this chili smackdown brimming with craft beverages, three stages of live music and food trucks (for those who abhor beans).  Michael Benninger

32nd and Thorn streets, North Park, sonofestchilicookoff.com

12.3: 5th Annual Over the Edge for Brain Cancer

Try not to lose your lunch while rappelling down the tallest building on downtown’s waterfront during this no-experience-necessary event benefiting brain-cancer research.  Michael Benninger

Manchester Grand Hyatt, downtown, abc2.org

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