From December Nights to Queen Bee Market, this weekend is full of winter parties and holiday shopping


Top events this weekend include Jingle Bell Run, Winter Wonderland Festival, Makers Arcade Holiday Fair and Vista Winterfest. Plus, cult film favorite John Waters is coming to town...

12.6-7: December Nights

Featuring new light displays and inspirational choirs, this iconic, two-day extravaganza celebrates its 42nd anniversary. Guests will find access to an endless amount of international food as well as exhibits, entertainers and other attractions at many of the park’s museums.

Balboa Park,

A photo of December Nights
December Nights
(Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune)

12.7: Jingle Bell Run

Do your part to find a cure for arthritis at this holiday-themed 5K that encourages runners to dress up in their North-Pole best.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

12.7: 28th Annual Red Nose Run

Choose to run either 3K or 5K on this Fido-friendly fundraiser followed by drinks and bites at the picturesque Poseidon Restaurant.

Del Mar Beach, Del Mar Beach,

12.7: Winter Wonderland Festival

Scamper in real snow, create winter-themed crafts and rub noses with live reindeer as the North Pole takes over the heart of Escondido with carolers, stilt walkers and new light installations among other decorations.

Lyric Court, Escondido,

12.7: A John Waters Christmas

The director, comedian and artist famous for his cult films brings his explicitly irreverent style of storytelling to San Diego for one night.

The Observatory, North Park,

A photo of Director John Waters
Director John Waters
(Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

12.7-8: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Jingle

Join 200 of San Diego’s most talented singers, dancers and musicians as they present a family-friendly holiday show featuring traditional favorites and modern classics.

Balboa Theatre, Downtown,

A photo of The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus
(Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune)

12.7-8: Queen Bee Market

This urban-style artisan market includes more than 100 local and national vendors specializing in handmade and vintage accessories, along with clothing, home décor, furniture and more.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

12.7-8: Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Meet makers, listen to live music and express yourself at the make-and-take craft center during this unique event that includes scrumptious bites, a free photo booth and finely crafted cocktails.

Port Pavilion @ Broadway Pier, Downtown,

12.8: Vista Winterfest 2019

Enjoy holiday carolers, a horse-drawn carriage and colorful ballet dancers at this free, family-friendly fete that also includes a seasonal marketplace, wintertime movies and a roaming mariachi band.

Along Main Street, Vista,

12.8: Lady Brain Presents Holiday Party

Lady Brain Presents, a collective of female creatives, hosts “Home is Where the Art Is” -- a free, 21+ holiday event featuring music performances. The event doubles as a winter clothing drive, so bring (preferably new) beanies, gloves, scarves, socks and blankets, as well as cash for merch and a raffle. (Sara Butler)

The Holding Company, Ocean Beach,

12.8: Parade of Lights Watch Party

The San Diego Convention Center celebrates its 30th anniversary celebration with a free party on the waterfront to watch the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Enjoy local entertainment, holiday-themed beverages and more. (Sara Butler)

San Diego Convention Center, downtown,