Holiday Happenings in San Diego: November 14 – 26, 2017

    The holiday season is quickly approaching in San Diego, giving us a surplus of holiday fun to attend around the county.  Upcoming events in San Diego include everything from ice skating to holiday lights and musicals. Find the perfect event for you on our list below.

    Rady Children’s Ice Skating Rink at Liberty Station

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    Starting on November 17th, the Rady Children’s Ice Skating Rink is open every day until January 7th from 10:00am to 10:00pm – the rink will close early on Christmas Eve and be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. All proceeds from the ice skating rink benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. Tickets include a skate rental and optional helmet. The ice skating rink is nestled in Liberty Station near lots of food options.

    Where: Arts District Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, CA 92106

    When: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018 10:00am-10:00pm

    Cost: $12-$14

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    Mozart’s Requiem

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    Conducted by Markus Stenz, Wolf Amadeus Mozart’s final masterpiece “Requiem” will be performed at the Copley Symphony Hall in Downtown San Diego. Experience one of Mozart’s most powerful and moving pieces of music. The concert opens with Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Drum Roll” Symphony No. 103. Bring your whole family to this classical live music performance.

    Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave San Diego, CA 92101

    When: November 17 – November 19, 2017

    Cost: $20 – $72

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    Global Winter Wonderland – Chinese Lantern Festival

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    This holiday wonderland features illuminating landscapes celebrating holidays around the world, acrobatics with Cirque du Soleil level acrobats, 35+ carnival rides, holiday activities, international food, games, shopping and more. This Chinese Lantern Festival has handcrafted lanterns from all around the world. The event will also include a craft center for children, ornament, and lantern decorating, visit Toyland and the North Pole, and take photos with Penny the Penguin.

    Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92108

    When: November 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018

    Cost: $19+

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    71st Annual Mother Goose Parade

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    Head out to East County for the annual Mother Goose Parade happening the Sunday before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. This is the largest parade in San Diego County and the largest parade West of the Mississippi. The parade attracts thousands of people to the streets of El Cajon to enjoy the unique floats, marching bands, drill units, equestrians, clowns, special guests, performers, celebrities, and lastly, Santa Claus.

    Where: El Cajon Blvd & W Main St El Cajon, CA 92020

    When: November 19, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm

    Cost: Free

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    Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

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    Watch the story about the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, and her life from her modest childhood in Boston to how she rose to international stardom. The musical is told through the dramatic lens of Donna Summer’s final concert and presents the complexities and conflicts she faced in her rise and descent. The musical features 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Bad Girls,”  “Love to Love You, Baby,” and “Hot Stuff.” This musical experience combines touching drama with a rock concert.

    Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

    When: November 5 – December 17, 2017

    Cost: $65+

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    The Hip Hop Nutcracker

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    This holiday mashup combines everyone’s favorite holiday story with a contemporary twist that incorporates hip hop music and dancing. This is the third national tour after selling out the past two. The modern twist takes place in 1980’s Brooklyn and celebrates love, community, and the magic that happens on New Year’s Eve. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, the play is performed by all-star dancers and a live DJ and violinist.

    Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 11—Third Ave San Diego, CA 92101

    When: November 18, 2017 8:00pm

    Cost: $35+

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    Father Joe’s Villages 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K

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    Start your Thanksgiving Day with physical activity by participating in the Father Joe’s Villages 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k before you enjoy a day with food and family. San Diego has the 4th highest homeless population in the country with the numbers growing by the day. The 5k is not just for fun, but to raise awareness and provide funds to support Father Joe’s Villages to provide and serve close to 1 million meals per year. At the finish line will be a kid’s area, vendors, costume contest, furry friends area, live music, a beer garden and homemade pies.

    Where: Balboa Park, Spreckels Organ Pavillion – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

    When: November 23, 2017 6:30am – 8:30am

    Cost: $35+

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    Surfin’ Santa Arrival

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    Surfin’ Santa ditches his red suit every year to visit Seaport Village during their 12th annual event. During the celebration, kids and adults will have the opportunity to greet Surfin’ Santa and take photos with him, create eco-friendly ornaments, and enjoy holiday shopping and eating throughout Seaport Village for unique gifts and food. There is also a festive parade along the boardwalk, live performers and many kid crafting areas.

    Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

    When: November 25, 2017 1:00pm – 5:00pm

    Cost: Free

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    Julian Country Christmas and Tree Lighting

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    Drive up the mountains and experience fall foliage, crisp cool air, fresh apple pie, and hopefully a glimpse of snowcapped mountains and more on your way up to the Julian Country Christmas and Tree Lighting. During the event, you can greet Santa, enjoy Victorian Christmas tea, sing Christmas carols, enjoy hot and fresh apple cider and enjoy the holiday lights.

    Where: Pioneer Park – 2811 Washington St. Julian, CA 92036

    When: November 25, 2017 2:00pm – 5:00pm

    Cost: Free

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