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Things to Do in San Diego: December 3-9

Fifteen events you don't want to miss this week


December Nights


December 3:

Ring in the season of Hanukkah with the Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station.


December 4:

Catch performances from the season 15 cast of So You Think You Can Dance on their live tour at the Civic Theatre. 

The Year to Come world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse revisits the same family on several New Year’s celebrations, going backward in time to explore how they became who they are (through 12/30). 


December 7:

Head to Balboa Park’s popular two-day holiday celebration, December Nights, for music, food, light displays, and other attractions. 

City Ballet of San Diego presents The Nutcracker, accompanied by a live orchestra and chorus at Spreckels Theatre (through 12/23). 

The choral opera All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at Balboa Theatre tells the true story of World War I soldiers entering no-man’s land to celebrate together (through 12/9).  

Stake your spot along Orange Avenue for Coronado’s Annual Holiday Parade & Open House

Bring the whole family to downtown La Mesa’s two-day Holiday in the Village for caroling, crafts, and children’s activities. 


December 8:

Get a taste of the tropics during the Island Food and Beer Festival San Diego at Waterfront Park. 

Shop the Makers Arcade Holiday Fair for local handmade goods at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. 

Sing out loud to “Soul Man” as The Blues Brothers take center stage at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. 

You can “go your own way,” but don’t miss Fleetwood Mac at Viejas Arena. 

Singer/songwriter Neko Case brings the haunted folk of her new album Hell-On to Observatory North Park.


December 9:

Snag a spot along the waterfront to watch scores of boats decked out for San Diego Bay Parade of Lights in the spirit of this year’s theme, “A Tropical Island Christmas” (also 12/16).

Stroll L’Auberge Del Mar Holiday Market, reminiscent of European shopping sprawls, featuring local artisans and refreshments. 

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