Jump into the New Year

| Family Fun

Happy New Year from all of us here at Ocean Park Inn! San Diego is the best place to begin 2018. There are a number of enjoyable events to welcome the new year, as well as Chinese New Year in February. We’re looking forward to another year with all of you.

San Diego Restaurant Week

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Another feast for all foodies is back with the 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week. Deliciously dine at more than 180 restaurants across San Diego county that will be offering a prix-fixe menu. It’s time to take a food tour with your family and friends and satisfy all of your cravings.

To see the list of participating restaurants, click here.

[time]January 21-28, 2018[/time]

[cost]$10-$50[/cost]

[location]Citywide[/location]

San Diego Caffeine Crawl

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Have you heard the buzz? San Diego is having a Caffeine Crawl with more than 25 local roasters, cafes and companies! All you coffee lovers can choose from nine different routes depending on your schedule.

Purchase tickets here.

[time]January 26-28, 2018[/time]

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

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Welcome the Year of the Dog with your friends and family at SeaWorld! The park will be celebrating the Lunar New Year with exciting performances by the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, lion dancers and an adorable Puppy Garden, where you can cuddle and take photos with puppies.

Purchase tickets here (or at the front desk!). The celebration is included with park admission.

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February 10-25, 2018

10AM-6PM

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[location]500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego[/location]

Lunar New Year Festival

Photo Courtesy of Lunar New Year Festival

SDCCU Stadium is going to be decked out for Chinese New Year! The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation welcomes over 30,000 guests every year at their Lunar New Year Festival. The stadium will be filled with Asian food stations, unique vendor booths, carnival rides and live entertainment, such as lion dances and concerts.

This event is free for anyone who is born in the year of the dog!

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February 9-11, 2018

11AM-10PM

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[cost]

$6 for adults

$4 for kids

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[location]9449 Friars Rd, San Diego[/location]

Chinese New Year Festival – Year of the Dog

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Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite

House of China is bringing to you a Chinese New Year Festival! You and your family can experience Chinese culture and performances at no cost. Don’t miss out on the Chinese craft vendors, as well as ethnic specialty foods. This festival will showcase Kung-Fu, lion dancers, dumplings, steamed buns, red envelopes and more!

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February 3-4, 2018

11AM-5PM

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[location]2191 W Pan American Rd, San Diego[/location]

Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras

Photo Courtesy of Gaslamp

This celebration is one you won’t want to miss! Gaslamp will be transformed into a major block party filled with 20,000 international revelers, three giant stages, DJs, dancing, live entertainment and a grand parade with incredible floats.

Tickets will soon be available here.

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February 13, 2018

5PM-11:59PM (parade begins at 9PM)

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[location]E St & Fourth Ave, San Diego[/location]

La Jolla Playhouse Presents: Kristin Chenoweth

Photo Courtesy of Music Box

Witness Kristin Chenoweth’s magical performance right in Little Italy! The Emmy and Tony winning actress and singer will be performing for one night only at the Music Box. From playing Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked to guest starring in Glee, you are certainly in for a spectacle. In 2015, she received her star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Purchase tickets here.

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February 2, 2018

7PM-11PM

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[location]1337 India Street, San Diego[/location]

Hornblower Cruises’ Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Offshore Blue Adventures

Soak up the San Diego sun this new year by hopping on board a Hornblower Cruise to see the majestic ocean and spot whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife. This 3.5-hour tour will include a live narration from their captain and on-board naturalist from the San Diego Natural History Museum. You can choose to sit indoor or outdoor while you chow down on some food and sip on some drinks.

Book your cruise here.

[location]970 N Harbor Dr., San Diego[/location]

[time]Ongoing[/time]

[cost]

Monday-Friday – $42

Saturday & Sunday – $47

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Bon Appétit to You and Your Family

| Food + Drink

Trying new restaurants is one of the best parts about a family trip. We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly spots for you to enjoy because family fun is always best accompanied by food. Bon appétit!

BO-beau kitchen + garden

Photo Courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group

You and your loved one can have a nice quiet dinner along with your little ones. BO-Beau kitchen + garden has a kids menu, as well as a “not a kid’s menu” if you have young teens. Enjoy your escargot and foie gras while your kids entertain themselves in the outdoor patio that has a play area.

[location]4996 W. Point Loma Blvd, San Diego[/location]

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Sunday – 10:30AM-1:30PM, 4:30PM-9PM

Monday – Closed

Tuesday-Thursday – 4:30PM-9PM

Friday & Saturday – 4:30AM-10PM

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Waypoint Public

Photo Courtesy of Good Eats San Diego

San Diego is known for its beer scene, but family vacays might not give parents the chance to grab a cold one. Waypoint Public allows folks to have the best of both worlds with a kids menu and play area. Kick back and enjoy a brew!

To view the kids menu, click here.

[location]3794 30th St, San Diego[/location]

[time]4PM-12AM[/time]

Corvette Diner

Photo Courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group

You can’t have a true San Diego experience without heading to Liberty Station. Take a stroll into yesteryear with the 50’s-themed diner – neon lights, milkshakes, and arcade games galore. As a special treat, the employees also sing and dance every hour.

To view the menu, click here.

[location]2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego[/location]

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Sunday – 11AM-9PM

Monday-Thursday – 11:30AM-9PM

Friday – 11:30AM-11PM

Saturday – 11AM-11PM

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Station Tavern

Photo Courtesy of Station Tavern

Your energetic kids are no match for this outdoor South Park dining spot. Station Tavern has a gated play train for them to run around and play, as well as a selection of kid-sized entrees once hunger strikes.

[location]2204 Fern St, San Diego[/location]

[time]

Tuesday-Thursday – 11AM-11PM

Friday & Saturday – 11AM-12AM

Sunday – 11AM-11PM

Monday – Closed

*Kitchen closes one hour earlier.

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CUCINA Enoteca

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Eater

CUCINA Enoteca is the perfect place for kids to become the master of their own dinner. They can choose the “build-your-own pizza pie” from the menu, which allows them to get creative with their personal-sized pizza.

To view the menu, click here.

[location]2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar[/location]

[time]

Monday – 5PM-9PM

Tuesday & Wednesday – 11:30AM-9:30PM

Thursday – 11:30AM-10PM

Friday & Saturday – 11:30AM-10:30PM

Sunday – 11:30AM-9PM

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The Broken Yolk Café

Photo Courtesy Eater

From pancakes to benedicts to burgers, The Broken Yolk is sure to satisfy your family’s cravings. If your kids are in the mood for something sweet, the café offers a Banana Split Waffle and a Brownie Sundae Waffle! The original Pacific Beach location is just a 6-minute drive from Ocean Park Inn! They also have a location at Point Loma, which is a 15-minute drive.

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Pacific Beach: 1851 Garnet Ave, San Diego

Point Loma: 3577 Midway Dr, San Diego

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[time]Monday-Sunday – 6AM-3PM[/time]

Wow Wow Waffle

Photo Courtesy of My SoCal’d Life

Looking for a place to have a meal, snack, or dessert? This North Park hidden gem offers both savory and sweet Belgian waffles. Kids are sure to find a scrumptious treat they will love, as well as enjoy the outdoor seating.

To view the menu, click here.

[location]3519 30th St., San Diego[/location]

[time]

Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday-Sunday – 8AM-3PM

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Board & Brew

Photo Courtesy of Yelp

Since 1979, Board & Brew is a timeless classic. Every sandwich is made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Only the best for your kids! Only a five-minute walk from OPI, this shop offers specialty sandwiches, as well as a sandwich board with a variety of breads & wraps, meats and toppings. But all the hype revolves around their secret sauce. Taste it for yourself!

To view the menu, click here.

[location]4516 Mission Blvd. Ste D, San Diego[/location]

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Sunday-Thursday – 10AM-8PM

Friday & Saturday – 10AM-9PM

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Bayside Landing

Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

Photo Courtesy of Yelp

Just say Macaroni & Cheese and you’ll get your kid’s attention. Not only does Bayside Landing have it in standard pasta form, but it also has Mac & Cheese pizza! You read that right! To top off your meal, you can treat yourselves to a personal deep dish fudgy brownie sundae or some indoor s’mores. Take a 6-minute drive and all this can be yours.

To view the menu, click here.

[location]3780 Ingraham St, San Diego[/location]

[time]

Monday-Thursday – 11AM-10PM

Friday – 11AM-12AM

Saturday – 9AM-12AM

Sunday – 9AM-10PM

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The Patio on Lamont

Photo Courtesy of SanDiegoVille

Feel right at home at The Patio on Lamont with their daily brunch and dinner. Just a 6-minute drive from Ocean Park Inn, your our little ones can order the spaghetti bolognese, Patio melt, or french toast, while you indulge with their New York steak or braised lamb shank.

Here’s a tip: Reserve a table on the heated outdoor patio for your kids to enjoy.

To make a reservation, click here.

[location]4445 Lamont St, San Diego[/location]

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Sunday-Thursday – 9AM-11PM

Friday & Saturday – 9AM-12AM

*Kitchen closes at 10PM.

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Pacific Beach Fish Shop

Photo Courtesy of Pacific Beach Town Council

What’s a trip to PB without trying PB Fish Shop, which is only a 6-minute drive away? Ordering is already fun in itself. You can choose any type of fish, marinade and style (taco, sandwich, salad or plate). Your kids are sure to love their teriyaki glaze. The Fish Shop’s fish n’chips is also great for sharing.

[location]1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego[/location]

[time]Sunday-Saturday – 11AM-10PM[/time]

La Jolla Loving

| Explore San Diego

Some say La Jolla was derived from the Spanish word La Joya, which means “the jewel.” Such wonderful things will certainly surround you if you take a drive up to La Jolla. Several hiking trails wind past the ocean and sandstone canyons, while restaurants have spectacular views. La Jolla also presents local retailers, art and culture. What more can you ask for? The community is known for its rugged coastline and is just a 15-minute drive from Ocean Park Inn. It’s bordered by Pacific Beach to the south, Del Mar to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Walk on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach for the most majestic hike of your life. The 1,750-acre reserve is dedicated to preserving the Torrey Pine tree and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment. The park offers hiking trails for all levels, as well. Make sure to have your camera ready!

For more information, click here.

[location]12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego[/location]

Escape to the Beach

Photo Courtesy of VRBO

Surfing, kayaking and snorkeling are some of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful beaches of La Jolla. There are several surfing locations around the area depending on your experience level. If you’re just starting out, La Jolla Shores is the place for you with its predictable waves. Local surf schools offer lessons, as well. But if you’re seeking adventure, definitely head over to La Jolla Cove for some large waves. Surf’s up!

La Jolla Kayak offers a Kayak and Snorkel Tour, where you can paddle your way out onto the water and dive right in to explore marine life. Don’t miss your chance to swim alongside brightly colored Garibaldi, harmless leopard sharks, sea lions, and lush kelp forests.

Guided tours include a paddle, kayak, a personal floatation device, and snorkel gear.

Book a tour here.

[location]2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla[/location]

Farmers Insurance Open

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Watch some of the best golfers in the world, including Tiger Woods, as they tee off at one of the most exquisite courses. Farmers Insurance Open will be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course, which has breathtaking ocean views and is the home of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open. Visit the website a week before the tournament to view the tee times.

Here’s a tip: Cameras are only allowed during practice round, so purchase a ticket for Wednesday if you want to get a photo with your favorite golfer.

Purchase tickets here.

Parking options will soon be available here.

[time]January 25-28, 2018[/time]

[location]11480 North Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla[/location]

George’s at the Cove

Photo Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Ocean view dining at its finest. George’s at the Cove gives you three dining options on three different levels: California Modern, Level2 and Ocean Terrace. Whether it’s a family affair or date night, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. USA Today named the restaurant one of San Diego’s “10 Best Foodie Spots,” while Eater named it one of the “Hottest Cocktails Bars in San Diego.”

To make a reservation, click here.

[location]1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla[/location]

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Sunday-Thursday – 11AM-10PM

Friday & Saturday – 11AM-11PM

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Cliffhanger Café

Photo Courtesy of La Jolla Mom

You can never say no to food with a view. The Cliffhanger Café is located high atop the sea cliffs of Torrey Pines. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and snacks as you watch dolphins, whales and paragliders right in front of the outdoor dining area.

To view the menu, click here.

Photo Courtesy of La Jolla Mom

Before or after your meal, you can even learn to fly! Begin with an instructional tandem flight to learn the basics. And you don’t have to worry because they have one of the best safety records with no injuries in over 20 years.

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$225 for tandem hang gliding

$175 for tandem paragliding

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[location]2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr., La Jolla[/location]

[time]Sunday-Saturday – 11AM-4PM[/time]

Duke’s La Jolla

Photo Courtesy of Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s La Jolla brings to you a blend of Hawaii and Southern California beach lifestyles. This Oceanside spot offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as a Barefoot Bar menu.

Here’s a tip: Come in on your birthday to get a FREE slice of Hula Pie – chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts and whipped cream!

Fun fact: The restaurant is named after the native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimming and water polo medalist.

[location]1216 Prospect St, La Jolla[/location]

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Monday-Friday – 10AM-9PM

Saturday & Sunday – 8AM-9PM

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Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Walking Tour

Photo Courtesy of Wine Country Walking Tour

Catch the tasty delights of La Jolla by taking a 3 to 3.5-hour leisurely walking tour by-the-sea. A local fine wine and culinary expert will introduce you to La Jolla’s wine, food and culture scene.

The tour includes:

  • VIP tastings of premium, fine wines.
  • Gourmet food pairings – seafood, pasta and chocolate!
  • 3 tour stops including a variety of restaurants.
  • A chance to explore San Diego’s vibrant culture with a local guide!
  • A leisurely 1 mile sunset walk in scenic La Jolla by-the-sea.

Purchase tickets here.

[cost]89[/cost]

[location]

Meeting place:

Empress Hotel

7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla

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[time]

Ongoing

2PM-5PM

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Prospect Street

Photo Courtesy of Destination Main Streets

Prospect Street is the heart of downtown La Jolla and is the home of unique boutique shops like Jewels By the Sea, as well as higher-end shops like Cartier. The picturesque sidewalks make it a great place to take a stroll. There are also several cafes and restaurants around for a shopping break, such as Shiku Sushi and Donovan’s Steakhouse.

Jewels By the Sea – 1237 Prospect Street, Suite B, La Jolla

Cartier – 1135 Prospect St, La Jolla

Shiku Sushi – 1277 Prospect St, La Jolla

Donovan’s Steakhouse – 1250 Prospect St, Ste. C.10, La Jolla

Westfield UTC

Photo Courtesy of Bring Fido

Shop till you drop at one of San Diego’s luxury shopping centers. The newly renovated open-air mall has something for everyone with over 120 A-list shops, full service restaurants, and a new dining terrace. Did we mention there’s a Shake Shack?

For more information, click here.

[location]4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego[/location]

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Monday-Saturday – 10AM-9PM

Sunday – 11AM-7PM

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Photo Courtesy of La Jolla Light

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) made its mark on San Diego over 50 years ago presenting monumental concerts of traditional and contemporary music. LJS&C is a non-profit corporation made up of volunteer musicians from various backgrounds, such as community members, UCSD students, and professionals. These talents are devoted to sharing their love for music with the community.

To view the concert listings, click here.

[location]9500 Gillman Dr., La Jolla[/location]

[time]Monday-Friday – 10AM-5PM[/time]

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Photo Courtesy of California Beaches

Fascinated by life under the sea? Visit Birch Aquarium to see more than 5,000 fish in over 60 habitats. You and your family can view panoramic ocean views, as well as partake in interactive activities. Kids will also get a thrill out of watching aquarists feed the underwater animals, like sharks and lobsters.

For more information about activities, click here.

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$18.50/adult

$14/child (ages 3-1, 2 & under free)

$15.50/senior (ages 60+)

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[location]2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla[/location]

[time]Sunday-Saturday – 9AM-5PM[/time]

 

Cosecha at Ocean Park Inn

| Only at OPI

We are honored to be partnering with long-time San Diegan Chef Steve Brown to host a pop-up dinner as a part of his Cosecha multicourse dinner series, right outside Ocean Park Inn on the Pacific Beach boardwalk.

Photo courtesy of J.Dixx Photography

The term cosecha means “harvest” in Spanish, and was named after Brown’s practice of hand picking fresh ingredients for his dishes. The pop-up dining experience idea was born from his interest in fine dining mixed with his passion for fresh ingredients.

Beyond the weekly pop-up dinners, Chef Brown has started multiple concepts involving the essence of cosecha – harvesting and cooking with fresh and local ingredients. In the past year, Chef Brown has opened a restaurant in Chula Vista, a catering company, a bar in Barrio Logan and co-developed an internship program for young chefs. There have been a number of inspiring stories of Brown’s path to achieving his success through following his passion in the SD Union Tribune, Eater San Diego, and Eagle & Times.

Chef Brown’s passion for culinary arts can be seen and tasted in every dish he serves, and is now available to our family, friends and guests at Ocean Park Inn.

If you are interested in signing up for next month’s Cosecha Pop-Up Dining experience at Ocean Park Inn here are your options:

The Overnight Dining Experience
This package includes the 9 course and 9 wines dinner for two, overnight accommodations (standard room), and two tickets for brunch cooked by Chef Brown the next morning.

[cost]509[/cost]

[time]Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Sunday, January 14, 2018[/time]

The Oceanfront Dining Experience
This package includes the 9 course and 9 wines dinner for two, overnight accommodations (oceanfront room), and two tickets for brunch cooked by Chef Brown the next morning.

[cost]609[/cost]

[time]Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Sunday, January 14, 2018[/time]

The VIP Private Dining Experience
This package includes the 9 course and 9 wines private dining experience for two, overnight accommodations, and two tickets for brunch cooked by Chef Brown the next morning.

[cost]649[/cost]

[time]Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Sunday, January 14, 2018[/time]

You can find these packages on our website by selecting January 13 to January 14 reservation days. Make sure to use the Promo Code COSECHA when making a reservation to receive $50 off.

Dinner tickets for Chef Steve Brown’s Cosecha Pop-Up
You can also purchase tickets just for the 9 course and 9 wines dinner through Chef Brown’s Event Calendar. A ticket will reserve a seat for dinner from 6 – 9 pm which includes the specially-paired 9 course meal catered on our beach front property.

[cost]160[/cost]

[time]Saturday, January 13, 2018

6PM-9PM[/time]

Santa Claus Is Coming to San Diego

| Activities

Season’s greetings from Ocean Park Inn! Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and check out these events that will get you and your family in the holiday spirit. We would also like to take this time to wish you a Happy New Year. See you in 2018!

46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Photo Courtesy of Sandiego.org

Eighty boats beautifully decorated sailing the San Diego Bay makes for a memorable tradition. The parade starts from Shelter Island and ends at Coronado. This year’s theme is “Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas.”

For more information, click here.

[cost]Free[/cost]

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December 17, 2017

5PM-7PM

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[location]Shelter Island (start of parade)[/location]

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Photo Courtesy of Sandiego.org

Catch America’s largest balloon parade at Waterfront Park! To celebrate the Holiday Bowl, marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons will parade down the beautiful waterfront.

Here’s a tip: take the trolley to the parade and then to SDCCU Stadium for the 40th annual Holiday Bowl and the FanZone.

Purchase tickets here.

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Grandstand seats: $22

Street-side viewing: Free

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[time]

December 28, 2017

10AM-12PM

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[location]1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego[/location]

Old Town Holiday in the Park

Photo Courtesy of Trusted Tours & Attractions

A transformation you’ve all been waiting for! This season, stores, restaurants and museums at Merchant in the Parks will be decked with Christmas lights, as well as have extended hours for you to find perfect presents. Sing along to Christmas carols while enjoying a special holiday treat around the fireplace in the plaza sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes.

For more information, click here.

[cost]Free[/cost]

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Until December 17, 2017

6PM-9PM

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[location] 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego[/location]

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Photo Courtesy of Sandiego.org

Have a wonderfully whimsical Christmas with “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” production at The Old Globe! Dance and sing along to family favorites like “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze.”

Purchase tickets here.

[cost]Tickets start at $24[/cost]

[time]Ongoing until December 24, 2017[/time]

[location]1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA[/location]

Jungle Bells

Photo Courtesy of Adventures by Daddy

Jungle all the way this Christmas! Walk through the Zoo’s Northern Frontier’s Holiday Forest (open from 3PM-8PM) featuring a trail of specially lit trees that will lead to winter-loving animals. A day at the zoo will also include acrobats, musicians, a 4-D ride that duplicates the Polar Express, and a zoo-themed version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Purchase tickets here.

[time]Ongoing until January 1, 2018

9AM-8PM[/time]

[location]2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego[/location]

Legoland Snow Days

Photo Courtesy of Legoland

Get ready to be mesmerized by the park’s 30-foot Lego Christmas tree, complete with Lego ornaments, as well as take memorable photos with a life-size Lego Santa. You also won’t want to miss a performance by the Yule Tides, a singing group of elves.

Here’s a bonus for you and your family: the SeaLife Aquarium next door will be celebrating the holidays with a Christmas-themed dive show featuring Santa.

Purchase tickets here.

[time]Ongoing until January 1, 2018

10AM-6PM[/time]

[location]One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad[/location]

Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

Photo Courtesy of Sandiego.org

Hornblower Cruises wishes you a Merry Christmas by taking you around the breathtaking San Diego Bay. Be welcomed by carolers as you step onto the yacht and enjoy a traditional holiday buffet.

Tickets include a private table, boarding glass of chilled champagne or sparkling cider, a dinner buffet, and a DJ for music and dancing.

Purchase tickets here.

[cost]94.95/person[/cost]

[time]

December 24, 2017

4:30PM-7:30PM

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[location]1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego[/location]