7 Ways To Experience ‘Winter’ In San DiegoBest of SD You can even find snow!
Many people, particularly those who have never lived here of course, will say that San Diego doesn’t have a ‘winter’.
But it does! Winter in San Diego has always been a special time of year; our unique blend of cultures is on full display, and we take full advantage of the uniqueness of the season.
From the Big Bay Parade to neighborhood chili cook-offs, college bowl-games to easily getting parking at your favorite beach, this may just be our favorite time of year here in America’s Finest City.
There is certainly no shortage of great experiences to be had! You can even find snow!
Check out our list featuring just a taste of the unique activities going on this season.
Open through January 2nd, if you’ve never gone ice skating while watching waves crash on the beach you’ve got to check this out.
Great for impressing a date or playing with your kids -this is an experience they aren’t to likely forget.
On December 11th & 18th our bay-front gets lit-up in this festive display of nautical pride. Viewing of this uniquely San Diego parade on water can be viewed from downtown, Coronado and for this year the route will also pass the pier at Cesar Chavez Park.
December 10th celebrate the holidays in true San Diego style. With boats of all kinds, wrapped in lights, flowing through the harbor; this is a unique and a bit more intimate experience than Down Town.
Grab a beer and a burrito then head to the water front to view this beautiful spectacle.
After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.
Be sure to check the site to see if the snow sledding is available on the day you want to attend (weather permitting, of course).
On Dec. 27th the San Diego bay-front becomes the scene of our countries largest balloon parade (yes, even bigger than Macy’s in NYC).
This mega-show of floats, bands and massive inflatables goes off at 10 am, get there early for a good spot; last year had an estimated 100,000 people in attendance.
From Torrey Pines to Point Loma, from mid-December to April it’s estimated that 20,000 gray whales pass by our shores.
This annual migration from Alaska to the warm waters of Baja is an almost life-changing experience -and it’s free!
Gray whales dislodge tiny creatures from the seafloor with their snouts, then filter these newly freed morsels with a comb-like strainer of plates in the upper jaw, called a baleen. Gray whales are great migrators and they travel in groups called pods, some of these giants swim over 12,000 miles round-trip from their summer home in Alaskan waters to the warmer waters off the Mexican coast. Gray whales surface to breathe and are often spotted from here on our very own coast. These whales were once the target of extensive hunting, and by early in the 20th century they were in serious danger of extinction. Fortunately, in 1994 the gray whale was removed from the United States endangered species list! #protectourcoastandocean #protectourcoastandwhales #whales #graywhales #dothewhaletail #transformationtuesday
Ok, that’s not technically ‘in’ San Diego, but we have snowy mountains that are just as close and easy to get to as the Rockies are for people living in the Front Range of Colorado…but they get all the credit!
Leave San Diego after breakfast and you can be playing in snow by lunch!
These are but a few of the incredible options we have right here in our own backyard.
We hope you have a great winter and Holiday Season; enjoy this magnificent place we call home!
And for one final idea on how to experience winter this year in San Diego:
If you have the chance, help someone in our community that is less fortunate than yourselves this year – it is the season of giving after all.