November 17, 2023 - January 01, 2024

San Diego Botanic Garden 300 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024
All Day

Another dazzling year of Lightscape is back at the 37-acre garden in Encinitas for the holiday season! Featuring exciting new installations along with returning fan favorites, this one-mile loop has been reimagined to surprise and delight visitors. Merging nature and art, the Garden will come to life at night with festive sights and sounds for all to enjoy. Set along a beautiful walking trail, Lightscape features spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound!


December 01, 2023 - December 02, 2023

December Nights
Balboa Park 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
All Day

December Nights is back for 2023, so join them on December 1st and 2nd for the City of San Diego’s largest holiday festival in beautiful Balboa Park. This free family-friendly event brings San Diegans together to enjoy the lights, the sounds, the attractions, and of course, the amazing food!


December 08, 2023

Las Posadas
Heritage County Park 2454 Heritage Park Row San Diego, CA 92110
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Celebrate the Spirit of Community and Tradition at the 65th Annual Las Posadas in Old Town San Diego! Embark on a narrative pilgrimage alongside Joseph and Mary, as they seek shelter at different inns, represented by six strategically placed stations within the Heritage County Park. Mary, astride a donkey, will be accompanied by a heavenly ensemble of shepherds and angels, reviving the tale that has touched hearts for centuries. The festivities begin on December 8th at 7:00 pm, offering neighbors and friends a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a time-honored celebration that echoes with centuries-old Mexican traditions and the warmth of the holiday season. 


December 27, 2023

Holiday Bowl 5k and Parade
1 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92101
All Day

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade on December 27th!  The parade festivities will begin with the annual Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk. Taking place along San Diego’s beautiful harbor front, all participants will receive a finisher medal at the conclusion of the event! Following the 5k run, the Holiday Bowl Parade will begin, and it is a long tradition of the Holiday Bowl. This exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience