San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium , Mission Valley , sandiegobowlgames.com
Two eligible, to-be-determined teams - one from the Mountain West Conference and one from the U.S. Naval Academy - will compete at the 10th annual Poinsettia Bowl benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego.
Spread holiday cheer with 350,000 other revelers at San Diego's largest free festival, offering free admission to all Balboa Park museums, live entertainment, and plenty of Gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa for the whole family.
12/5-24: Holiday Wonderland
Ride a Polar express train, feed Santa's reindeer and play in the snow falling on a 40-foot Christmas tree at this inaugural festive fair.
12/5-6: Ugly Sweater Pub Crawls
Downtown and Pacific Beach
Tis a few weeks 'til Xmas and all over town, seasonal beer is flowing - let's drink some down! So grab an ugly sweater and join PacificSD for two crawls to make the holidays jollier than decking the same old halls.
12/6: Digitour 2014
San Diego Balboa Theatre, Downtown
Andrea Russett, Brent Rivera and other tweenage social media stars you've probably never heard of draw out their 15 minutes of fame with live performances.
12/6: Mustache Dache
De Anza Cove Park, Mission Bay|
Run this 5K dressed as your favorite mustachioed hero and compete in the post- race costume contest to raise money for men's health programs via the Movember Foundation.
Toyland Parade & Festival
University Ave. and Utah St., North Park
Marching bands, vintage cars and beauty queens lead the way for Santa's sleigh (in this case, a red fire engine) at this 51st annual parade.
12/7: Sono Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Thorn St. and 32nd St., North Park
Forty South Park and north Park eateries vie for the "Best Chili" title while festivalgoers rock-out to live performances by local bands and wash down endless samples of stews with Finest City craft brews.
12/7: La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
Girard Ave. and Prospect St., La Jolla
Antique aircraft flyovers, yuletide floats and drill teams set the tone for this year's Spirit of Christmas/Peace on earth parade, to be followed by a holiday festival featuring live music and a tree-lighting ceremony.
12/11: Hillcrest Taste 'n' Tinis
Several Hillcrest locations
Sip holiday-inspired martinis while shopping at Hillcrest boutiques and enjoying menu samples from several of the neighborhood's popular restaurants.
12/13: Ultimate Santa Run
NTC at Liberty Station, Point Loma
Don a Santa hat, shirt and beard (all included with ticket price) to walk, run or dance this 5K filled with Christmas music, milk and cookies, and falling snow.
12/13: Toast of Downtown
Several Gaslamp and East Village locations
Sip, savor and shop as dozens of downtown bars, restaurants and retail stores team up with seven local radio stations to bring a thousand holiday shoppers downtown. Drinks and menu tastings included with ticket price. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.
12/13-14: San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Spectacular
San Diego Balboa Theatre, Downtown
A choir of more than 130 vocalists performs festive arrangements of "Jingle Bells," "the Little Drummer Boy" and many other holiday classics.
12/14: Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Fourth Ave. and K St., Gaslamp
This tail-waggin' trot along Fourth and Fifth Avenues in the Gaslamp culminates in a pet expo and awards being given for Cutest Critter, Ugliest Holiday Sweater (on a pet) and other four-legged feats.
12/14 & 12/21: San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Shelter Island to Coronado, along North San Diego Bay
The 43rd annual procession of illuminated boats - decked out this year to match the "Children's Stories" theme - is expected to draw more than 80,000 spectators to the shores of San Diego Bay.
12/26: Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
North Harbor Dr., Downtown
Billed as "America's Largest Balloon Parade," this annual event lures 100,000 people to the downtown waterfront to see colossal helium- balloon characters, world-class marching bands and elaborate floats.
12/27: National University Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Teams from the Pac-12 and Big ten Conferences faceoff at this 37th annual college football game, which welcomes a Big Ten team to the Holiday Bowl for the first time since 1994.