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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

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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.


December 17, 2017


Shelter Island (start of parade)

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

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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.

Grandstand seats: $22

Street-side viewing: Free

December 28, 2017


1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego

Old Town Holiday in the Park

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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.


Until December 17, 2017


 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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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.

Tickets start at $24
Ongoing until December 24, 2017
1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA

Jungle Bells

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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.

Ongoing until January 1, 2018


2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

Legoland Snow Days

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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.

Ongoing until January 1, 2018


One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

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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.


December 24, 2017


1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

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