Things to do in December

The Red Nose Run is a Del Mar holiday tradition. (U-T file photo)
(Hayne Palmour IV / UT San Diego/Zuma Press)

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 ,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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