CHARGERS HOME GAMES
12/6: vs. Denver Broncos
12/20: vs. Miami Dolphins
AUSTRALIA’S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER
Casino Pauma, Pauma Valley
Chiseled mates from down unda leave little to the imagination during a two-night, 75-minute striptease in Pauma Valley.
Petco Park, East Village
For 12 select nights in December, illuminated scenes, Polar Express rides and a 40-foot Christmas tree transform the home of the San Diego Padres into a yuletide playground.
BALBOA PARK DECEMBER NIGHTS
Join more than 350,000 merrymakers for music and dance performances, free entry to many Balboa Park museums, a culinary trip around the globe (at the International Cottages) and more at this annual holiday event.
MYTHBUSTERS - JAMIE & ADAM UNLEASHED!
Civic Theatre, Downtown
Discovery Channel’s Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage take their Emmy- nominated MythBusters show on the road for one last time together (Jamie retires from touring once this one wraps) for live experiments with help from audience volunteers.
STEAM MAKER FESTIVAL
Del Mar Fairgrounds
See Steam Punk-esque drones, robot battles, human foosball games and more at this celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
Design San Diego’s raddest gingerbread house to win bragging rights, $1,000 in cash and prizes, and a $1,000 donation in your name to the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club.
OB HOLIDAY PARADE
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach
The lighting of the OB Xmas tree kicks off this 36th annual seaside procession, where festively decorated VW Beetles and Woodies, live bands, S.D.'s Roller Derby Dolls and more roll down Newport Avenue.
GARDEN OF LIGHTS
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
More than 125,000 lights will illuminate San Diego’s 37- acre Botanic Garden for nightly marshmallow roasting, snow sledding, visits from Santa and more.
LA JOLLA CHRISTMAS PARADE AND HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Girard Avenue, La Jolla
Vintage autos, marching bands, decked-out floats and the Big Man in Red parade down Girard Avenue in keeping with this season’s “100 Years of Christmas Cheer” theme.
SONO FEST AND CHILI COOK-OFF
Thorn Street and 32nd Street,
Enjoy two stages of live music, craft brews and a few dozen chili varieties from several local restaurants vying for the “Best Chili” nod.
TASTE ‘N’ TINIS
Hillcrest stores and eateries
Embark upon a self-guided sipping and shopping tour through Hillcrest, where participating restaurants and boutiques will offer menu bites, holiday cocktails and gift-shopping discounts.
TOAST OF DOWNTOWN
Several downtown venues
Help spread the holiday cheers! in downtown San Diego as 20 East Village and Gaslamp bars and restaurants offer light bites and mini holiday cocktails, while 20 of the neighborhoods’ popular stores offer deep discounts and great gift ideas at this second annual event sponsored by seven local radio stations, East Village Association, Gaslamp Quarter Association, McFarlane Promotions and PacificSD.
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Flex everything you’ve got to out-squat the other two- person teams competing for thousands in cash
and prizes at this holiday- themed fitness fe?te.
SAN DIEGO SANTA RUN
Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach
Run this 5K for the Santa suit (hat, jacket, shorts, belt and beard), San Diego Santa Run sunglasses and drink ticket given to all participants.
Balboa Theatre, Downtown
The 180-member San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will warm audiences’ cockles with renditions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Deck the Halls” and many other holiday classics.
GASLAMP HOLIDAY PET PARADE
K Street, Gaslamp
Put your best paw forward for this annual march through the streets of the Gaslamp and subsequent pet expo, where awards will be given to Best Costume (pet and human), Best Ugly Holiday Sweater and Best of Show.
SAN DIEGO BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
San Diego Bay
More than 80,000 revelers are expected to surround the San Diego Bay waterfront to watch a sparkling nighttime procession of nearly 100 boats festively festooned in lights, balloons and holiday scenes befitting this year’s “Christmas Around the World” theme.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVECopley Symphony Hall, Downtown
The top 10 dance troupes from FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 perform live on a 70-city tour of North America.
Qualcomm Stadium , Mission Valley
Two to-be-determined college teams - one from the Mountain West Conference and one from the Mid-American Conference - go head-to-head at this annual football game followed by an over-the-top fireworks show.
HOLIDAY BOWL PARADE
Harbor Drive and Ash Street, Downtown
Cheer on the doxies racing in the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, dash across the finish line in the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K and/or join the other 100,000 spectators watching larger-than-life balloons float down Harbor Drive.
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Marching bands, pageantry and a fireworks display during halftime mark the annual return of this college football game featuring top teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.