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San Diego's Best Events in December

What's happening this month around San Diego


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Jokulsarlon Sunset by Steve Gould

Jokulsarlon Sunset from Steve Gould's photo exhibit 65° NORTH/65° SOUTH: Images from the Ends of the Earth

December 1:

“It’s the holidays, Charlie Brown!” The Chuck Jones Gallery presents its Holiday Peanuts Show, featuring classic Peanuts artwork and an animated demonstration.

Enjoy family-friendly fun in a hipster ’hood at the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival.

Commemorate World AIDS Day and benefit Mama's Kitchen at the Tree of Life Tree Lighting Ceremony in Hillcrest.

December 2:

If chili, beer, and music are on your wish list this holiday season, stop by the SoNo Park Holidayfest and Chilipalooza for a taste of all three.

Spin the dreidel at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s annual Hanukkah Happening.  

December 4:

Wacky filmmaker John Waters “puts the X in Xmas” in his eponymous one-man show A John Waters Christmas at the Belly Up.

December 5:

Steve Gould's photo exhibit, 65° NORTH/65° SOUTH: Images from the Ends of the Earth, at Balboa Park's Spanish Village, December 5-17.

The former Black Crowes front man rocks the house in a solo Evening with Chris Robinson at the Belly Up.

December Nights at Balboa Park

December Nights

December 7:

More than 100,000 attendees descend on Balboa Park for international food and holiday performances at December Nights.

The California Center for the Arts in Escondido welcomes pop and country crooners for Carols by Candlelight.

December 8:

Decks get decked in their holiday finest as the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights sets the water aglow.

December 9:

Your four-legged friend gets in on the holiday festivities during the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade at the Gaslamp Hilton Park.

December 11:

Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge in Coronado pairs holiday brews at the Winter Beer Dinner featuring Crow’s Pass Farms.

San Diego Opera gives foodies a Taste of Opera with a Middle Eastern flair and a discussion on Samson and Delilah at Aladdin Restaurant.

December 13:

Sip, sup, and shop your way through Hillcrest at the self-guided Taste ‘n’ Tinis neighborhood walking tour.  

December 14:

Downtown La Mesa turns Victorian at the annual two-day Christmas in the Village celebration.

December 15:

Old Town gets in the Christmas spirit with its Holiday in the Park celebration on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s centuries-old tradition of Las Posadas, the reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

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