San Diego Christmas Events Revised List

2020 Holiday Happenings For Families

By Courtney Daly-Pavone November 27, 2020

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Is Free This Year On The Radio Tune In!

The Old Globe performance can be heard for free on KPBS Radio 89.5 FM, on the KPBS website and app, and on smart speakers

Air Times:
Saturday, December 5 at 12:00 noon,
Sunday, December 20 at 12:00 noon,
and Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) at 6:00 p.m.

Follow Giuseppe The Elf's Little Italy Adventure

Giuseppe the Elf is coming to Little Italy and we cannot wait to see what he discovers!  All month long he will be popping up in different areas of our neighborhood to join in the holiday fun. Think you know where he is going to go next?  Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see if he pops up where you guessed.

Have Your Child Write a Letter To Santa

Your full name and address should be written in the upper left corner, followed by a first-class stamp in the upper right corner. Letters requesting clothes and shoes should include sizes and colors. Letters requesting toys, games and books should be specific. Letters must be dropped off by December 13th to get a response from Santa! To help get letters to him quickly, the whole famiglia will be able to drop off their letters at our Big Red Mailbox located at Piazza della Famiglia. To prepare your letter for Santa, his mailing address should be placed in the middle of the envelope.


You can also email Santa:

 Call Santa With Google

Use your Google Assistant and Google Home device to call Santa! All you have to say is "Hey Google, call Santa" and you'll get to hear about how Santa Claus is busy rehearsing for a musical concert—but he only knows one song and needs your help! Kids can also make a call on a Smart Display to see the all the fun album covers from the North Pole bands.

See The Nutcracker in Your Car @ The Del Mar Fairgrounds

On Saturday, December 19, you can watch a live performance of City Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Del Mar Fairgrounds from your car. Performances are at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reservations required visit:

 Holidays in Your Car Del Mar Fairgrounds

Take a festive drive through the Del Mar Fairgrounds and see some spectacular holiday light displays and decor set to Christmas music. You’ll see over a million lights on displays as tall as 40′. You can save on admission with a Groupon. December 5 – January 2, 2021.


Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd

Del Mar, CA 92014

CLICK HERE For More Information!

San Diego Botanic Garden -Garden of Lights

The San Diego Botanic Garden lights up for the holidays after dusk, complete with new decor, hot beverages, food, and more. The nonmember cost is $18 for adults and $5 for children 3–12. December 2-6, 9-13, 16-23, and 26-30 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Address: 300 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024


 See The Holiday Lights @ The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista

Enjoy tractor rides, cocoa, and a visit with Santa! Available dates: November 27, 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19.

Address: 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Vista, California 92083


Visit The Holiday Market & Trail @ Petco Park

Guests at The Holiday Market & Trail will be able to partake in the festive winter holiday spirit by participating in a socially distanced, one-way trail at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square featuring various local and European-themed artisan shops, magical walk through lighting displays, seasonal character favorites, food and beverage, unique crafts and gifts and more.The Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park will open on Thursday, December 3 and go through Sunday, December 6 before resuming on Wednesday, December 9 and running through Wednesday, December 23. Operating hours for the market & trail will be from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on each event date. On the trail, guests will be able to pick up the perfect stocking stuffer or handcrafted holiday gift for everyone on their list from one of the many artisan huts that will be on-site. Items that will be available for purchase include glass ornaments, wooden figurines, gingerbread houses, oils, soaps and much more. Festive foodies will also be able to indulge in their holiday cravings by sipping some cider, mulled wine or tasting some delicious bratwurst, shortbread, or other seasonal treats that will be available. Themes for the dazzling walkthrough lighting displays illuminating the December sky include Candyland, Winter Wonderland, Home for the Holidays and Artisan Workshop.

Tickets for The Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park start at $10 for kids and $14 for adults. Padres Season Ticket Members will have access to a special pre-sale beginning today, Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. with tickets to the general public going on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00am To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit

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