Here’s A Great Big List Of Things To Do In San Diego This Weekend

The holidays are slowly coming to an end — but we’ve still got one more weekend.

Here’s a great big list of what’s happening in San Diego this weekend.

Happy New Year!

December 30



Skating by the Sea

If you’re looking to stay in the holiday spirit, head on over to Hotel del Coronado and skate by the sea. It’s the perfect winter-y activity. Oh, and the rink is open until January 2nd!

Jingle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Through the second of January, head on over to the San Diego Zoo and check out the amazing holiday decor they have on display. Plus, who doesn’t love hanging out with zoo animals?

Whale Watching
Whale watching season is officially underway. Whether you’re wanting to check out the magnificent sea creatures via kayak, boat, or cruise, this is something that should not be missed. Plus, it’s a great thing to do if you have out of town guests!

Garden of Lights at the Botanic Garden
If you’re looking for a great family activity to do during the holiday season, head on over to the Botanic Garden and check out the amazing light displays. It won’t disappoint.

Seas ‘n Greetings 
Okay, this is pretty cool. Head on over to Birch Aquarium and see if you can spot Santa (hint: he’s scuba diving!). Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart, this is admittedly one of the cooler holiday events we’ve seen

Adrienne Nims at Witch Creek Winery 
What better way to kick off the weekend than with a great band and quality wine? Answer: there is no better way.

Tidepooling at Dike Rock
Birch Aquarium will host a a session on Tidepooling at Dike Rock. It’s one of those cool things that makes living in San Diego really unique. The event begins at 3pm.

Holiday Lights Tour
The last night to tour the city’s Christmas lights via trolley, this is something you don’t want to miss. C’mon, do it for the Insta likes.

Chris D’Elia — The Observatory North Park
Famous comedian, Chris D’Elia will be performing at The Observatory North Park. 2016 has been pretty awful. Why not end it with some laughs?

John Hull at The Tipsy Crow
If you’re looking for a laid back pre-NYE evening, then head on over to The Tipsy Crow for great cocktails and live acoustic tunes brought to you by John Hull.

Watch the UFC fights at San Diego Harley-Davidson
There is a great lineup of fights tonight, including a possible title comeback by Ronda Rousey!

December 31


Interactive Resolution Wall
Want to see what your fellow San Diegans are up to when it comes to resolutions? Check out the interactive wall at Quartyard and take a look! Oh, and there’s also a beer garden. #blessed

Gone Blonde at The Pour House
Kick off the New Year in style with live tunes and lots and lots of drinks. This cover band that plays the hits of the 80s, 90s, and today will make you forget that 2016 wasn’t your year, or, well, anyone’s year.

NYE Masquerade with UpFunk — Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill
Looking to ring the new year in with some mystique? Well, look no further. Head on over to Mr. Peabody’s for their masquerade ball — and be prepared to be dazzled by UpFunk.

Dinner and Dancing at Tidal
If you’re interested in dinner and a night on the town, then Tidal is the place for you. Price per person begins at $65 and reservations are filling up quickly.

Dinner at Shores
While Shores won’t help you ring in the New Year, it will ensure that wherever you do end up at midnight, your belly will be nice and full.

Dinner at Bencotto 
A place that should be on your bucket list, Bencotto is an experience in and of itself. Dress up and hit up this amazing joint before painting the town red.

New Year’s at Bottega Americano
If you’re looking for dinner and a place to toast in the new year at midnight, then Bottega Americano might just be the place for you. The restaurant will have a live DJ and a champagne toast at midnight.

Dinner and a Show at The Comedy Palace
If dinner, drinks, and laughs sounds your a great way to spend New Year’s Eve, then you’re in luck. Check out The Comedy Palace — but make reservations soon. Seats are limited.

NYE Toast at Jsix
Ready to enter in 2017 with class? Yes, you are. So why not spend New Year’s Eve at Jsix? Head on over for dinner, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Black Tie Affair at Hotel Del Coronado
Put on your tux or gown and ring in the new year with style. The theme this year is “Far East Fantasy” and the evening features a five course dinner and open bar. Tickets are pricey (starting at $370) but definitely worth it.

NYE with Big Jay Oakerson
Looking to spend NYE laughing? Yes? Great. Then seeing Big Jay Oakerson at The American Comedy Co. is just what you should do. Tickets are limited.

NYE at Draft on the Boardwalk
If you’re in the mood for a laid back NYE, head on over to Draft on the Boardwalk for great food, great drinks,

January 1

Brunch with the Waterfront 
Need a casual place to unwind after a night on the town? Of course you do. Check out these six places that will allow you to chill your hangover away with a cool beer (or ten).

Polar Bear Plunge
Want a fast fix for your hangover? Take the Polar Bear Plunge, of course.

Brunch at The Blind Burro
Craving comfort breakfast food and cheap bottomless mimosas? This is the place for you.

Brunch at Bottega Americano
Enjoy delicious seasonal cocktails and yummy Italian food at this chic spot. Bonus points if you went there for dinner on Saturday.

North San Diego Certified Farmers’ Market
If you didn’t rage hard the night before and are looking to actually be a productive human being on New Year’s Day, then the Farmers Market is the place for you. Bonus: it likely won’t be crowded since every other person on the planet will be nursing a hangover.

Brunch at the Westgate Hotel
Feeling fancy? Excellent. Head on over to the Westgate Hotel for a full spread brunch buffet. It’s award winning and worth every penny.

New Year’s Day Cruise 
What better way to spend the first day of 2017 than cruising around the beautiful San Francisco waterfront? Tables fill up quickly.

Solana Beach Farmers’ Market
Another great farmers’ market for those who are able to function on New Year’s Day.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers
Ring in the new year with beer, stadium food, and football. Tickets are still available!

The White Buffalo at Belly Up
With Monday being a holiday, might as well soak up every last minute of vacation, right? Catch The White Buffalo and enjoy a few cocktails.