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San Diego's Best Events in December

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


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SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-offSoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off

December 1:

It’s a cross-border holiday fest at the border of South and North Park with chili, craft beer, and more during the SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off.

December 3:

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins reunite on the Civic Theatre stage with Million Dollar Quartet, recreating one of music history’s most magical nights.

December 5:

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sing about poppin’ tags and promoting equality at the Valley View Casino Center.

Bid adieu to Movember and bad facial hair at the fundraising finale Gala Parte.

December 6:

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego presents a “Winter Glam Wonderland” at their annual Christmas Tree Lane boutique and fashion show fundraiser.

Hundreds of thousands of happy holiday revelers descend on Balboa Park for two December Nights.

December 7:

Everyone’s favorite Christmas classic film, Elf, is a highlight of the nighttime Holiday at the Rancho celebration at Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.

Jay-Z brings his Magna Carta Tour to the Valley View Casino Center.

The Mo Run, San Diego’s hairiest 5K, makes its way through Mission Bay Park.

wine grapes

December 8:

Your wine trek doesn’t have to take you all the way to Temecula. Hit up a half-dozen local wineries for paired tastings on the two-day Holiday Wine Trail in Ramona Valley.

Cage the Elephant and Queens of the Stone Age are just two of the acts at 91X’s Wrex the Halls holiday concert.

December 10:

Skate by the sea in support of Make-A-Wish’s San Diego Chapter at the So You Wish You Could Skate celebrity ice-skating competition.

Relive your ’90s rock phase with talented Live lead singer Ed Kowalczyk’s “I Alone Acoustic” show at the Belly Up.

December 11:

It’s a battle of the sexes for wine snobs as Wine Smarties presents the Female vs. Male Wine Producer Holiday Showdown: Battle of California at Protocol Wine Studio.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole ChristmasDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Photo courtesy Old Globe Pressroom

December 12:

He’s a mean one, that Mr. Grinch, but he’s still pleasing crowds at the Old Globe in the annual run of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

December 13:

Sip and shop your way through Hillcrest at the annual Taste ‘n Tinis holiday shopping tour.

December 15:

La Jolla Playhouse portrays the true story of conjoined sisters in their quest for stardom in Side Show.

City Ballet’s <em>Nutcracker</em> at Spreckels TheaterCity Ballet’s Nutcracker at Spreckels Theater
Photo by Arlene Ibarra

December 16:

’Tis the season for Sugar Plum Fairies. Your choice: The City Ballet’s Nutcracker at Spreckels Theater, California Ballet's version at the Civic, or the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Copley Symphony Hall.

December 20:

Rock out at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center with Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World making its West Coast premiere.

December 24:

Celebrate an opulent Christmas of a century past with Lamb’s Players’ An American Christmas dinner show at the Hotel Del Coronado.

December 26:

It’s bowl season at Qualcomm Stadium during college football’s Poinsettia Bowl.

December 30:

“America’s Largest Balloon Parade” takes over the streets of America’s Finest City in the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, a pre-Holiday Bowl tradition.  

December 31:

Ring in the New Year with thousands of your closest friends toasting to 2014 during the 10th anniversary Big Night San Diego celebration at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront. Happy New Year, San Diego!

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