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Things to do in San Diego: San Diego Events in December

December is one of our favorite months of the year. The weather is still perfect, and the festive spirit is in the air. If you plan to visit San Diego in December, our San Diego Travel Blog details a few of the best December Events in San Diego and other Things to do in San Diego.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

Ah, yes, the holiday season is upon us. Cooler weather, (even for San Diego) and everyone is in a festive mood. December is for lots of shopping, parties, being with family and loved ones. December is a time for many great events for residents and visitors to enjoy, including; Ice Skating, Holiday Shows, Concerts, Festivals & more.

The Keating Hotel is in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego and close to many of the best December Events in the San Diego!

Our latest San Diego Travel article; Things to do in San Diego: San Diego Events in December – introduces you to some of the fun and exciting events taking place in December!


Holiday Ice Skating!
Dates: December 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020 (begins November 1, 2019)
Location: Various locations throughout San Diego
Event Schedule: View links below
Distance from The Keating Hotel: Various locations

There’s just something special about Ice Skating outside in San Diego. Yes, it’s sunny San Diego but that does not mean we don’t appreciate the great tradition of Ice Skating during the Holiday Season!  There are several Ice-Skating locations set up around San Diego County for the whole family enjoy a day or evening of ice skating, Hot Chocolate and people watching.  Here are the best Ice-Skating Rinks in San Diego County:

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink - Website
Dates: November 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Rady Children’s Ice-Skating Rink at Liberty Station - Website
Dates: November 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Skating by the Sea - Website
Dates: November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020

 

Balboa Park Holiday Lights
Come by Balboa Park where festive lights are on display on the buildings, trees and structures all around Balboa Park.

December Lights at Balboa Park
Dates: December 6 - 7, 2019    
Location: Balboa Park
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule  
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 1.2 Miles

More beautiful Holiday lights! The time is near for the 42nd Annual December Lights at Balboa Park.  This annual event is a favorite of many residents and visitors alike.  The event takes place in beautiful Balboa Park where festive lights are on display on the buildings, trees and structures around Balboa Park. Festivities include music, choirs, bands, dancers and food with other Holiday themed activities. This year the events take place on December 6th and 7th, 2019. For more details on this event see the Event Schedule link above.

 

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow
Join the boys for a viewing of the movie and 'Q & A' afterwards.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow
Dates: December 4, 2019 
Location: Balboa Theater - 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 3 Blocks

Time to have some laughs with one of the most popular comic duos in the last 25 years.  Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes created the fan favorite characters Jay and Silent Bob who appeared in the hit movie ‘Clerks’ and from there have built an incredibly loyal following.  Now the two are appearing in their live ‘road show’ that includes the showing of the movie followed by a ‘Q & A’ session with the stars. This is a one-night event only, see the Event Schedule link above for times and ticket information.


John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons
Dates: December 8, 2019 
Location: Civic Theater - 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: .5 Miles

One of the best live comedic performers – John Leguizamo is a Tony Award winner and an Emmy Award winner. His latest show, Latin History for Morons, presents unsung heroes, from the past and present as told by Leguizamo in a way only he can tell it.  See the Event Schedule link above for times and ticket information.


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Dates: December 8 and 15, 2019 
Location: San Diego Bay
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 6.7 Miles

This is the 48th annual event that brings thousands of spectators to the water’s edge of San Diego Bay. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights features more than 80 boats that are decorated with beautiful and colorful lights that sail around the bay to the delight of the crowds who gather along the bay to watch them pass by.  This year’s design theme is ‘Comic-Con on the Bay.’   

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights takes place on December 8 and 15, 2019. 

 

Nutcracker in San Diego
The Nutcracker is amazing an performance including beautiful costumes, amazing music, dancers and singers.

The Nutcracker
Dates: December 14 - 24, 2019 
Location: Civic Theater - 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: .5 Miles
 
This Holiday classic is presented along with the California Ballet and San Diego Symphony. The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl who makes friends with a Nutcracker soldier who comes to life at the stroke of midnight and they join forces to wage a battle with the Mouse King. This performance includes beautiful costumes, amazing music, dancers and singers. See the Event Schedule link above for times and ticket information.

 

Hornblower San Diego
After a fine meal enjoy the sights on the upper deck of the Hornblower for an unobstructed view of the bay and San Diego. Photo credit: Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Cruises
Dates: December 24 & 25, 2019 
Location: Hornblower Dining Cruises, 1800 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 1 Mile

What a wonderful way to enjoy a fantastic meal with loved ones and family as you cruise around the bay of San Diego on one of San Diego’s most notable bay cruise ships, the Hornblower. This is a perfect way to see the lights and skyline of San Diego from the water while you enjoy a festive cocktail and feast.  The Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner includes a vast buffet of Holiday favorites, Turkey, Ham, Salads, Pastas, Desserts and more. After a fine meal enjoy the sights on the upper deck of the Hornblower for an unobstructed view of the bay and San Diego. For dates, times and ticket information, see the Event Schedule link above.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
Dates: December 26, 2019
Location: Bay Streets along San Diego Bay
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 1 Mile

Are you ready for America’s Largest Balloon Parade!

The San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade takes place along the bayside streets of San Diego where marching bands, performers, floats, drill teams and yes, of course the largest collection of parade balloons in the United States will be on display. It’s estimated that over 100,000 spectators will line the streets and cheer on their favorite performers and balloons. The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade kicks off the college football classic that will take place the next day on the 7th of December.  This will be a nationwide televised event.  For more details on this event see the Event Schedule link above.


San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Dates: December 27, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108  
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 7.5 Miles

Are you ready for some College Football?  This nationally televised College Football Bowl Game will present a team from the Big Ten and the Pac-12 conferences.  The Holiday Bowl brings with it several other events including the Holiday Bowl Parade, 5K Run, Golf Classic and more.  For more details on this event see the Event Schedule link above.

We hope our San Diego Travel article; 'Things to do in San Diego: San Diego Events in December' has inspired you to plan your next visit to San Diego to enjoy some of these and other events taking place in ‘America’s Most Beautiful City’ during December!

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