Recommended San Diego Christmas Celebration Events 2017

Jason Belangoy
Jason Belangoy
Published on December 7, 2017

Ice Skating Venues

Ice Skating at the Hotel del Coronado | All December 2017.  For a wonderful San Diego Christmas celebration, make your way across the Coronado Bay Bridge and visit the historic Hotel del Coronado, which will be a shining jewel with all its lights and decorations.  While this event runs all month long, there are the added bonuses of the Polar Bear Tea on December 21st, Christmas Eve Dining at the Hotel del Coronado on December 24th, as well as Christmas Day Dining at the hotel’s premiere Crown Room on December 25th.  The highlight, of course, is the experience of ice skating by the sea, which shall take place all the way through to January.

Ice Skating Holiday by the Bay at the downtown Hilton San Diego Bayfront | All December 2017.  If you want a change of scenery during your San Diego Christmas celebration, besides ice skating at Coronado’s Hotel del Coronado, try ice skating at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront with its outdoor rink.  The hours are from 12 noon on through to 10PM at night, all month long.

Historical-Based Christmas Celebration Events

Old Town Holiday in the Park | December 7 – 17, 2017.  For a historical-based feel for your San Diego Christmas, consider San Diego’s Old Town State park, which shall be decorated for the holidays.  There you can step back in time to learn about how early San Diego residents celebrated winter season in the 1800s.  There will be candlelit tours, holiday singers, and plenty of sights to see.  And, beginning around 4:45PM on December 10th, a holiday procession, called Las Posadas, will take place that you won’t want to miss.

History for the Holidays at the Gaslamp Quarter Museum | December 10, 2017.  Another history-related San Diego Christmas event can be found downtown.  The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation as well as the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House are hosting their annual holiday open house, called the “History of the Holidays” tour.  If you are craving a Victorian-style Christmas, then attend this event where docents will be dressed in their Victorian best as they regale you with historical tales about the house and its storied past.

Christmas at the Theatre, Ballet, and Symphony

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Balboa Park’s the Old Globe Theatre | December 7 – 24, 2017.  What would a San Diego Christmas be like without Dr. Seuss?  Dr. Seuss was none other than Theodore Dreisel, who lived in the posh San Diego community of La Jolla.  And, Dr. Seuss’ beloved Christmas story about the Grinch shall be playing at the Old Globe Theatre’s annual holiday production.  Enjoy “Whoville” and its decorations as well.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the downtown San Diego Civic Theatre | December 9 – 23, 2017.  San Diego Christmas celebrants are often treated with ballet performances.  After all, winter holiday ballet has become a favorite tradition.  Listen to Tchaikovsky’s extravagant score come to life — thanks to the leaps, bounds, and pirouettes of the California Ballet’s dancers.

A Christmas Carol at the Whaley House Theater and the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town | December 10, 2017.  What would Christmas be without Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.  For this year’s San Diego Christmas, there are two venues offering the Dickensian favorite, A Christmas Carol.  Dear old Scrooge can be seen onstage at both the Whaley House Theater and the Cygnet Theatre.

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Holiday Review at Parq West (formerly the San Diego Women’s Club) | December 16, 2017.  If you’re envisioning a San Diego Christmas with woodwind music and singing, you won’t be disappointed this year.  Take a nostalgic view of the holidays with the wind ensemble’s performance of swing arrangements from classic Christmas songs that are homages to the big band era.  The Hillcrest Holiday Singers will likewise join the Hillcrest Wind ensemble for a holiday experience that audiences will enjoy.

San Diego Symphony Plays Noel Noel | December 16 – 17 and December 22 – 23, 2017.  Each year, San Diego Christmas celebrants are treated to the San Diego Symphony performing a holiday number.  Thus, if you want the full symphony playing Christmas tunes to you, head over to the Jacobs Music Center downtown for the San Diego Symphony’s performance of Noel Noel, conducted by Sameer Patel.

Winter Holiday Tea Events at Fine Dining Venues

Teddy Bear Teas at the downtown Westgate Hotel | December 9 – 23, 2017.  Of course there is such a thing as winter holiday tea for San Diego Christmas celebrants!  Enjoy a festive afternoon tea – complete with scones, pastries, and dessert — with Santa, his elves, and other Christmas holiday characters at the downtown Westgate Hotel.

Holiday Tea at the US Grant Hotel | December 16th and December 23rd, 2017.  Savory sweets and tea can be had this holiday season at the US Grant Hotel downtown.  Remember that the US Grant Hotel was once owned by the son of President Ulysses S. Grant, so many San Diegans enjoy the venue’s historical value.  And, stepping back in time while enjoying modern decor is a combination you won’t want to miss during your holiday tea experience.

Polar Bear Tea at the Hotel del Coronado | December 21, 2017.  Another reason to enjoy the historic Hotel del Coronado is the Polar Bear Tea that is hosted at this majestic venue for San Diego Christmas celebrants.  Your palate will be treated to scrumptious sweets as you enjoy the seaside views.  And, as stated earlier, ice skating takes place at the Hotel del Coronado as well.

Winter Holiday Parades

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade | December 10, 2017.  A San Diego Christmas might be warmer in temperature than those celebrated in other places across the United States — which makes San Diego a prime place for winter holiday parades.  San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter downtown is hosting one of the furriest festival events of the year, the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.  There, owners and their pets (in holiday costume) shall be parading down the decorated streets.  The event shall wind its way toward a Pet Expo, where an awards ceremony shall take place for the best-dressed pets.

Port of San Diego Bay Parade of Lights | December 10 & 17, 2017.  A San Diego Christmas would not be complete without a parade on the water.  Down by the San Diego Bay waterfront, the Port of San Diego shall be hosting its annual Parade of Lights on two weekends this month.  This year is its 46th year of celebration.  More than 100 private boats will be featured, all decorated with holiday lights.  The best places to watch the event include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Marina Park, as well as the Coronado Ferry Landing.  Head out early to grab your spot, since more than 100,000 spectators are expected to line the San Diego coastline.  And be sure to dress up warmly, even bring along some hot cocoa and snacks for you and your party.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade | December 28, 2017.  If you’re wanting to celebrate some post-Christmas cheer, head over to the Holiday Bowl Parade, which has been billed as the country’s largest balloon parade.  There will be marching bands, drill teams, parade floats, and immense balloons everywhere!  The entire balloon parade is in fact the precursor to the evening’s main event:  the Holiday Bowl, one of college football’s most exciting and successful bowl games.


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