The Big List Of Things To Do This Weekend In San Diego

This IS a really big list this weekend, with the holiday activities kicking into high gear! You have a really fun and busy weekend ahead of you, San Diego! Ho, ho, ho!

Friday, December 7

Balboa Park’s December Nights Returns For Its 41st Year

December Nights will feature our favorite holiday traditions, including light displays, choir performances, Santa Claus and the annual tree lighting.

The Top Concerts in San Diego this Weekend

Get on the Ice at Rady Children’s Ice Rink At Liberty Station!

The ice rink will stay open daily except on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and will be featured in Liberty Station’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities with special performances, Skating Santa and live entertainment in the Central Promenade.

Rising Tide At San Diego Art Institute

Curated by San Diego Art Institute ‘s Deputy Director, Sarah Trujillo-Porter, the multi-media show will feature solo exhibitions by Francisco Eme, Jacob Sundstrom, and Jana Brike.

Cygnet Theatre’s Holiday Tradition Continues With A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol returns to Cygnet Theatre for its fifth season of cheer. And while it has become a tried and true holiday favorite, each year it’s kept fresh and new.

Birch Aquarium Transformed Into Winter Wonderland For Seas ‘N’ Greetings

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities (get it?!) for the whole family!

Dare To Embark On A Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Brews Cruise

Set sail with us as we embark on this Special Edition Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Brews Cruise.

Drink Play Create Is Back With An Adults-Only Holiday Party at the New Children’s Museum

It’s that time of year! Gather your friends and join us at The New Children’s Museum for a free drink, lots of dancing, and a fun party inspired by art, play and the holidays.

Arts District Brings You Free Friday Night Liberty Art Walk

Experience all the ARTS DISTRICT has to offer by attending a FREE Friday Night Liberty art walk. Taking place on the first Friday of every month.

The Adventure Begins At Holiday By The Bay

Hilton San Diego Bayfront ‘s newly re-imagined holiday tradition features an exhilarating ride down a two-story 100-foot ice slide and a spin in an ice bumper car.

Saturday, December 8

Get The Best Shopping Experience At The Annual Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Come and join us for the annual Makers Arcade Holiday Fair and discover one-of-a-kind makers!

It’s The 2nd Annual Island Food & Beer Fest And This Year It’s Gonna Be Bigger 

This year will be bigger and filled with more surprises and entertainment! Multi-platinum recording artists, The Jets, will be headlining the festival.

Spend An Afternoon Festively Feasting At Toast Of Gaslamp

Hey, yogis, there’s a magical donation-based yoga classes every Saturday until January 19th at one of the most beautiful places in San Diego.

Beachfront Holiday Fun And Toy Drive At Belmont Park

Belmont Park is turning up the holiday celebrations this year with their first annual ‘Beachfront Holiday Fun’ festivities!

Winter Nights Series Transforms Westfield UTC Mall Into A Magical Winter Wonderland

If you haven’t been to the Westfield UTC Mall in a while, you are up for a serious surprise – the place has seriously taken the mall game to a new level!

Celebrate The Season Tiki-Style With The Tiki Traders Of San Diego

Celebrate the holiday season in tiki-style with a Krampus twist at Tiki Trader San Diego. Artists are invited to take part in the Krampus theme, showcasing art, clothing, jewelry etc.

Experience Winter Wonderland At Princess Del Cerro Park

Bring the kids to see Santa and his Reindeer, Rudolph & Dancer. It’s going to be magical! Have a lot of fun playing in the snow. Witness tree lighting, menorah lighting, caroling, and so much more!

Sunday, December 9

The 47th Annual San Diego Bay Parade Of Lights Is Back To Dazzle Us Yet Again

Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 47th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds.

A Delish Dim Sum Tiki Brunch Only At The Grass Skirt

Yes, you read that correctly! Dim Sum Brunch is right around the corner with Chef Brian Redzikowski’s favorite Dim Sum offerings.

The Iconic Skating By The Sea® Returns To The Del

The wait is over – Skating by the Sea® returns to The Del! It’s time to marvel once again at this spectacular beachfront ice rink featuring stunning views of the Pacific and benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego.

More Than 125,000 Sparkling Lights Await At The Garden Of Lights The Whole Month Of December

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience.

Whale Watching Sesason Kicks Off with Birch Aquarium Tours

The tours depart twice daily aboard the Marietta, a comfortable, two-story whale watching yacht, featuring 360-degree views from the main level and upper sundeck, multiple restrooms and free guest WiFi.