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San Diego's Best Events in December


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December 1

Listen for the bell’s ring to know an angel got its wings at Cygnet Theatre’s throwback It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, now in its final year. Through December 31. $34. More Info ».

December 2

Balboa Park is an international holiday wonderland at the two-day December Nights celebration. Free. Meanwhile, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is your one-stop shop for arts, crafts, circus acts and carolers at the three-day Holiday Arts Festival. $7. More Info ».

December 3

South Park is the place to shop, drink, dine, Twinkle, Twinkle, Mix and Mingle during the holiday-themed Walkabout. Free. More Info ».

December 4

If it’s Hanukkah and it’s happening, it’s at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s Hanukkah Happening. $3. More Info ».  

December 5

Get your craft beer fix at The Pearl Hotel’s “Meet the Brewer” Monday three-course pairing dinner. $40. More Info ».

December 6

All month long Ice Skate by the Sea on the Oceanfront Lawn at the Hotel Del Coronado. $20. More Info ».   

December 7

All of your favorite holiday tunes are performed a cappella by The Alley Cats at the Welk Theater’s Jingle Bell Rock Christmas show, Wednesday through Sunday throughout the month. From $48. More Info ».

December 10

Don your Santa cap and your Rudolph nose and hit the road in the Jingle Bell Run 5K through Balboa Park. More Info ».

December 11

Turn back time at Old Town’s Holiday in the Park, view the decked-out boats alight at the Parade of Lights, or get festive with your four-legged friend at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.

December 12

Nosh on North Park’s best bites on a budget at this month’s Grub Sprawl. $5 tastings. More Info ».

December 13

San Diego Opera pleases your palate with Entertaining Entrees to Opera, a three-course feast to the theme of Barber of Seville, at – where else? – Café Sevilla. $55. More Info ».

December 14

Local celebrities hit the ice for the inaugural So You Wish You Could Skatecompetition at the Hotel Del Coronado, judged by bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and dancer Mary Murphy. More Info ».

December 15

It’s all about peppermint martinis and candy cane cosmos at the Taste ‘n Tinis sip ‘n shop event in Hillcrest. $20. More Info ».

December 16

Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies dance across the stage in City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, at Spreckels Theatre from December 9-21. From $29. More Info ».

December 17

A Mexican Christmas isn’t complete without homemade tamales. Learn how to make your own at Cups Culinary’s Haute Tamale cooking class. $65. More Info ».

December 18

Orfila Winery invites wine lovers to celebrate Holidays in the Vines at its monthly live music concert. $25. More Info ».

December 20

College football fans get up close and personal with players and coaches at the pre-game Poinsettia Bowl Team Luncheon on board the USS Midway. More Info ».

December 21

Head to the Q for the pre-Christmas Poinsettia Bowl. More Info ».

December 23

If you’ve ever asked Santa for a night with Johnny Cash, A Cash’d Out Christmas concert at the Belly Up is about as close as you’re going to get. $16. More Info ».

December 24

Spend Christmas Eve as your ancestors may have as Lamb’s Players Theatre and the Hotel Del Coronado step back in time to 1911 with An American Christmas feast and celebration. $160. More Info ».

December 28

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has nothing on the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Balloon Parade, “America’s Largest Balloon Parade,” and the post-parade family festival at Broadway Pier. More Info ».

December 31

Ring in 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at the city’s biggest bash, the all-inclusive Big Night San Diego. From $109.99. More Info ».  

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