Family Christmas Activities in San Diego

Christmas activities in San Diego for the Family in 2019

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As someone who was born and raised in San Diego, not to mention is OBSESSED with Christmas, it only seems fitting to share the best family Christmas Activities in San Diego for 2019!

For those of you that aren’t local, I did try to include parking tips, accommodations, and extra things to help!

Family Christmas activities in San Diego for 2019

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a fun musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. The musical takes place at the Old Globe Theatre, a classic during the holidays that’s transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland!

Showtimes begin this year as early as November and will continue to run through December! For exact times and more information, please click here for full details!

Tickets start at $24 and go up from there depending on your seat location!

In addition, one of my favorite parts about this musical is that this musical “will be performed on Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.” As stated by the Old Globe Theatre! Literally, they’ve found a way to include EVERYONE to enjoy this wonderful musical.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo!

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo is when the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a wild whimsical wonderland of twinkling lights! Talk about holiday cheer!

In addition, you will be able to enjoy festive holiday foods as well as cheerful holiday performances!

This event will run from December 13 through January 5. For more information and ticket details, get more information here!

Out of town guests can find accommodations at these nearby hotels (click on hotel listed below for details):

  • Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa (SD Beach Area)
    This is my TOP pick of San Diego Hotels because of the gorgeous views, tropical appeal, awesome amenities, and spacious rooms!
    If you decide to book at the Catamaran, use code: FITMOM to save 15% off flat room rates (that haven’t been previously discounted) until the end of 2019.

Other local hotels include:

  • Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
  • Comfort Inn & Suites (Zoo/Seaworld Area)
  • Porto Vista Hotel in Little Italy (San Diego)
  • For more options, check out deals on Booking.com

San Diego’s Annual Parade of Lights

Gather the family around the San Diego Bay for its annual Parade of Lights on December 8 and December 15, 2019.

For best viewing, you can watch the parade at the Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 91202).

For more information about this Comic-Con Themed Parade of Lights, click here for information!

Looking for fun Christmas Traditions to start with your family this year? Check out the full list of Fun family Christmas Traditiions to start THIS YEAR!

Visit Seaworld San Diego for their annual Christmas Celebration!

Seaworld definitely outdoes themselves each year with holiday festivities, making it especially fun for the little ones!

This year you can expect festive foods, special holiday jingles throughout the park, lighted trees, a brand new Winter On Ice show, Christmas Tree lighting with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and so much more!

This year’s family-oriented Christmas events are happening daily from Nov. 23, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020.

To grab your tickets & save $18 on a 1-day pass, click here for your San Diego Any Day Tickets!

For more information, click here for details!

Out of town guests can find accommodations at these nearby hotels (click on hotel listed below for details):

  • Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa (SD Beach Area)
    This is my TOP pick of San Diego Hotels because of the gorgeous views, tropical appeal, awesome amenities, and spacious rooms!
    If you decide to book at the Catamaran, use code: FITMOM to save 15% off flat room rates (that haven’t been previously discounted) until the end of 2019.

Botanic Wonderland’s Holiday Nights In the Garden

Hosted at the San Diego Botanic Garden (230 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024)

Enjoy holiday festivities with jolly activities for the entire family! A small snippet of what to expect includes kids’ holiday crafts, live entertainment every night, real snow kids play area and SO MUCH MORE!

This cheerful event kicks off on Dec 3rd and runs until Dec 30, 2019.

For information on tickets, click here for details! For parking and entry information, find details here!

Magical Holidays at Legoland!

Legoland’s magical holiday fun starts November 23rd and runs until January 5, 2020!

Enjoy festive decor throughout the entire park, holiday characters for photo ops, the popular Legoland Christmas Tree, the magical holiday light show and much more!

For ticket and park information, click here for all the details!

Ice Skating by the sea at Hotel Del Coronado

Take the family out for a night on the ice overlooking the water at one of Coronado’s historic hotels, Hotel Del Coronado!

Enjoy the fun starting November 22, 2019 until January 5, 2020!

For tickets and event details, visit the information page here!

Enjoy local neighborhood light shows!

Every year, various areas in San Diego put on amazing light shows! You can drive by blocks of houses all decked out with Christmas spirit as you’ve never seen before!

One thing is for sure, the little ones always have a blast looking at all the whimsical lights glistening through the night sky!

For information on the best areas to go visit this year, click here for all the details!

Have fun at Balboa Park’s December Nights

The downside is that Balboa Park’s December Nights is only 2 nights, December 6th and 7th.

However, you can have a lot of fun with activities for the whole family including fun light displays, local crafts, holiday choir performances, festive foods and much more!

If you’re not one for big crowds, this even does typically tend to get pretty packed and parking can be rough, so be sure to arrive early enough to try and beat the crowd!

For all the details on this popular annual event, check them out here!

Make Christmas EXTRA special for your kids with these affordable & festive stocking stuffer ideas for kids!

Things to do on Christmas Day in San Diego for the whole family!

If you’re an eventful family who doesn’t like staying home, check out these fun events you can enjoy on Christmas Day!

Visit Winter Wonderland at The Grand (Del Mar)

With Christmas Day hours from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, enjoy a festive fun-filled day at the Grand!

They’ll have Christmas festivities like holiday character appearances, an ice skating rink, holiday shopping, live music entertainment and much more!

For details on how you can spend Christmas Day at The Grand’s Winter Wonderland, click here for details!

Spend Christmas Night on the Bay with San Diego Hornblower Christmas Dinner Buffet

Not your average way to celebrate Chrismas (at least not for me). If you’re looking for a way to change things up this Christmas, take the family for a nice dinner cruise around the San Diego Harbor!

Enjoy music entertainment, a private table, a full course dinner buffet, watching the sunset and much more!

Tickets start around $104 for adults and $63 for kids (kids under 3 years are free)

To grab your spot on this year’s San Diego Christmas Dinner Cruise, grab your tickets here!

Note that parking can be difficult so plan to arrive early enough to find parking and walking to the dock for boarding.

Indulge in a Christmas Day Brunch at the Bahia Resort Hotel

Not one for cooking a big ol’ holiday meal this year? Gather the family for a delicious and festive Christmas Day Celebration at the Bahia Resort Hotel!

Featuring brunch from 11 am-4 pm overlooking beautiful views of Mission Bay, festive holiday decor and live piano entertainment!

To reserve your spot, find out more details here!

What Christmas activities in San Diego did you celebrate this year? Drop a comment below!

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