Big Night San Diego New Years Eve Gala (Dec. 31)

| Entertainment

Ring in 2013 at one of Southern California’s hottest New Years Eve parties when you visit San Diego this year! Hosted at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the “Big Night San Diego New Years Eve Gala” is an all-inclusive event guaranteed to give a proper farewell to 2012.

Guests will have the option to choose from twelve different themed party areas, six dance floors, 10 bands/DJ’s, and a plethora of first class cuisine served by a world-renowned Hilton Catering Division, boasts the event’s website at http://www.bignightsandiego.com.

Party areas include a Retro Ballroom (best of 70’s 80’s and 90’s tunes), Electronic Ballroom (House music), a 93.3 Club Ballroom (Today’s hits), and more! (http://www.bignightsandiego.com/Tickets.aspx)

Food selections for the main event include spring rolls, marinated chicken, calzones, and assorted mini pizzas. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will be upgraded with an artisan cheese display, California crudités, Spike Baron of beef and Virginia ham carving stations and dessert with the chef’s selection of Petit Fours (http://www.bignightsandiego.com/EventInfo/Menu.aspx).

Ranging from $109.99 to $219.99, tickets include unlimited food and drink throughout the entire event. The event will start at 9pm and will continue into the New Year until 3am.

Just a 10 min taxi ride from the Hilton Bayfront, Ocean Park Inn will serve as your the perfect place to rest after a long night of celebration. Book your stay with us here http://bit.ly/QGTAEK

To purchase tickets for the event, please visit http://www.bignightsandiego.com/Tickets.aspx

San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells (Dec 15- Jan 6)

| Activities

This holiday season get in touch with your wild side at the San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells celebration! From Dec. 15 to Jan. 6, the San Diego Zoo will transform into the North Pole as guests come to celebrate the most wonderful time of year.

Bring the entire family to enjoy the nightly tree-lighting ceremony, Reindeer Express Bus Ride, the Jungle Bell Jump, Chocolate Town, Tinseltown Trolley Light Tour and more! Kids will have the chance to meet Santa himself at Santa’s Workshop, or watch Dr. Zoolittle’s interactive ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem with a “zoo twist” at the Clarke Theatre, the zoo’s website states. (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/junglebells/activities.html).

Just because you’re in sunny San Diego doesn’t mean you can’t have a white Christmas either! Every evening, a “Snow Alert” will take place, turning the entire entrance of the Zoo into a winter wonderland!

Most importantly, guests will have the opportunity to adopt an animal for the holidays at the Adopt-A-Booth and make a tax deductible donation to support the zoo’s conservation efforts (https://secure3.convio.net/sdzoo/site/Ecommerce?store_id=3081).

Ocean Park Inn is the perfect place to stay after enjoying the Jungle Bells celebration. Conveniently located just 10 minutes away, Ocean Park Inn gives you and your family the chance to stay in the heart of Pacific Beach while experiencing this magical holiday extravaganza. Visit  http://bit.ly/QGTAEK to book your stay with us now!

For a complete list of activities, please visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/junglebells/activities.html

Balboa Park December Nights (Dec. 7-8)

| Entertainment

As the weather cools down in San Diego, the fun heats up at Balboa Park with the 35th annual December Nights celebration!

Starting Dec. 7, Balboa Park will transform into a winter wonderland as the streets fill up with one-of-a-kind vendors, entertainment and over 30,000 guests throughout the two-night festival. Activities include live entertainment from the San Diego Junior Theatre and San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, international eats from the House of Pacific Relations Cottages, a variety of vendors for gift shopping, carousel rides, an original puppet theater adaptation of Charles Dickins’ A Christmas Carol, a children’s holiday movie theatre, and more!

In addition, participating Balboa Park museums will open their doors, free of charge, each night from 5-9pm. Museums include the Timken Museum of Art, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Museum of Man, Model Railroad Museum, Hall of Champions Sports Museum, and Automotive Museum.

Just a short drive from Balboa Park sits Ocean Park Inn, your perfect beach getaway for this Christmas season. Take a break from your hectic holiday schedule and relax to the soothing sounds of the ocean from your room. Whether you’re visiting with your hubby, or the entire family, let Ocean Park Inn accommodate you this holiday season.

The festivities will commence Friday, Dec. 7, 5-10pm, and Saturday, Dec. 8, 12-10pm.

For a complete list of activities, please visit http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights/museums

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

| Explore San Diego

Unlike many places across the country, San Diego is resistant to typical fall weather, maintaining its famous sunny days and high temperatures well into December. This alone draws thousands to America’s Finest City every Autumn, but it isn’t the only reason to visit. Food and wine enthusiasts will also tell you that November is one of the best times to make the trip to Southern California. November boasts the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival from the 14th-18th which offers the opportunity to pamper your taste buds with the culinary creations of gourmet food producers, authors, celebrity chefs, 170-plus winemakers and more!

Events you won’t want to miss at the festival include 15 wine tasting and cooking classes, a WineRave, Reserve & New Release Tasting, Wine Dinners, and AIWF Big Bottle Auction & Celebrity Chef Luncheon, Tommy Bahama Rum VIP Party and the star-studded Grand Tasting Event. With so many great activities you’ll need to book a hotel that you can call home for the week! Ocean Park Inn is the perfect location. Set right on the sand just ten minutes from San Diego Bay, the Ocean Park Inn grants you the freedom to wake up next to the Pacific Ocean, explore the sights of Pacific Beach and make the short trip to downtown to experience the action of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, and showcases the best of San Diego’s booming restaurant industry. According to the San Diego Wine Classic, “We’ve got our eyes and ears peeled for the city’s most drool-worthy restaurants and newest food trends to hit the streets, bringing you an epicurean experience unlike any other.” If that’s not a reason to begin preparing your belly for this upcoming 4-day event, we’re not sure what is!

There are numerous types of ticket packages available to suit every level of interest. Set the date for your trip to San Diego today! For more information on the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival visit, http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

58th Annual Employee Benefits Conference

| Special Events

This November 11th-14th, San Diego will be hosting the 58th annual Employee Benefits Conference at the downtown convention center. Anyone from a multiemployer or public employee benefit plan is welcome to this year’s Employee Benefits Conference.  The main focus of the conference is to provide information on “actionable solutions to tackle crises today and strategies to avoid in the future” (http://www.ifebp.org/).

The conference will consist of 120 sessions that will be categorized into several different focus areas. This is to ensure that guests can customize a personal schedule to fit their individual needs. The International Foundation for Employee Benefits Plans recommends that attorneys, accountants, actuaries, investment managers, benefit design consultants, third-party administrators, public sector plan trustees, executive directors, administration and staff attend this conference.

But why just come for the convention, when you can stay for the vacation? With over 70 miles of majestic coastline, San Diego boasts some of the nation’s most breathtaking views, unbeatable weather, and an endless abundance of activities. Located right on the waters of Pacific Beach, Ocean Park Inn gives you the opportunity to fully relax after a long and informative day at the conference. Sit on your balcony to watch the sunset, enjoy some great food at one of the many surrounding restaurants, or rent a bike along the boardwalk—the possibilities are endless!

With group rates available for parties of any size, let Ocean Park Inn arrange your company’s stay for this year’s Employee Benefits Conference. Located just a few minutes from downtown, we will help you arrange transportation, and provide a free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi to make your stay as convenient as possible.

To register for the conference, click HERE.