There’s a feeling of holiday spirit in the air. December events in San Diego include Balboa Park December Nights, Carols & Barrels, holiday parades, Christmas tree lightings, and a few non-holiday events including the San Diego International Auto Show.
12.2 Red Nose Run
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar, rednoserun.info
Hit the beach running at this holiday tradition with a 5K and a 3K run/walk along the Del Mar coastline. Top off the day with drinks and an oceanfront view at Poseidon Restaurant after crossing the finish line.
12.2 Coronado Christmas Parade
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado, coronadochamber.com
Santa shows up in style on a ferry, followed by a festive parade down Orange Avenue and tree lighting by Ol’ Saint Nick himself in Rotary Plaza.
12.2-3 Pizza Port’s 20th Annual Strong Ale Fest
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad, pizzaport.com
Drink up at this two-day festival highlighting more than 75 strong ales on draft plus rare bottles (available during the VIP session).
12.2-3 Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park, balboapark.org/decembernights
Balboa Park lights up with holiday cheer as more than 350,000 expected attendees enjoy festive food and complimentary admission to the museums over two evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.
12.3 Carols & Barrels
Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, carolsandbarrels.com
Buddy the Elf hosts this festival with drinks from more than 60 breweries and wineries, holiday treats from local restaurants and an ugly sweater contest.
12.3 Little Italy Tree Lighting
India Street, Little Italy, littleitalysd.com
Christmas magic arrives on the streets of Little Italy in the form live music, holiday beverages and a meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus.
12.3 Encinitas Holiday Parade
Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, ci.encinitas.ca.us
At this year’s parade down Coast Highway 101, Encinitas celebrates 30 years of cityhood with themed floats and awesome ’80s costumes.
12.3 North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
University Ave., North Park, toylandparade.com
Bundle up for this annual parade that glides down University Avenue with marching bands, dance groups, vintage cars, beauty queens and more.
12.3 Chula Vista Starlight Parade
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista, starlightparade.com
Celebrate the season in downtown Chula Vista with a snow hill at this cheerful neighborhood parade.
12.3 37th Annual OB Holiday Parade
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, oceanbeachsandiego.com
See Santa surfing the streets during this annual Ocean Beach parade, which brings out the Point Loma Marching Band, motorcycles, brightly lit floats and bands filling the beach with live music.
12.4 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
32nd and Thorn St., North Park, sonofestchilicookoff.com
This annual fundraiser and chili-cooking competition mixes in a craft beer garden, live music and local vendors selling handmade gifts.
12.4 La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
Girard Ave., La Jolla, ljparade.com
Themed “Christmas in the future,” this year’s La Jolla Christmas Parade is packed with equestrians, floats and music.
12.10 The Toast of Downtown
Venues throughout the Gaslamp, mcfarlanepromotions.com
Raise a glass to downtown’s craft cocktail culture and cuisine at this self-guided tasting tour of various Gaslamp bars and restaurants.
12.10 Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, visitoceanside.org
Watch Christmas lights float across the water at this nautical parade of decorated boats and costume-clad captains.
12.11, 18 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
San Diego Bay, sdparadeoflights.org
The 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights dazzles bayfront crowds over two weekends with a procession of nearly 100 boats decorated to this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.”
12.11 The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Hilton Gaslamp Park, downtown, gaslamp.org
Furry and feathered companions of all shapes and sizes are invited to don festive costumes and strut in this jolly pet parade.
12.19 Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March
Horton Plaza Park, downtown, sandiegobowlgames.com
Marching bands and spirit squads kick off the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl with a rousing battle of the bands in the new Horton Plaza Park Amphitheater.
12.27 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
North Harbor Drive, downtown, sandiegobowlgames.com
Enormous balloons fill the sky during this parade along downtown’s waterfront as marching bands, floats and drill teams entertain more than 100,000 street-side spectators.
12.29-1.2 San Diego International Auto Show
San Diego Convention Center, downtown, sdautoshow.com
The annual San Diego International Auto Show drives a crowd of a quarter-million to the Convention Center to kick the tires on more than 400 new, exotic and prototype cars.
San Diego Chargers
12.3 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12.18 vs. Oakland Raiders
San Diego Gulls
12.6 vs. Bakersfield Condors
12.13 vs. Ontario Reign
12.16 & 17 vs. Stockton Heat
12.26 vs. Tucson Roadrunners
12.27 vs. Ontario Reign