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San Diego 2022 Holiday Guide: Events, Festivals, Attractions and Parades

Celebrate the holidays in San Diego with our comprehensive list of events, festivals, parades, attractions and theme park activities.

To visit light displays in neighborhoods throughout San Diego, visit this page.


  • Rady Children’s Ice Rick at Liberty Station |  November 17, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents holiday outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Hospital Ice Rink at Liberty Station. The Ice Rink benefits the Thriving After Cancer Program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. More details HERE.

  • Hotel Del Coronado Skating By The Sea  |  November 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The historic Hotel del Coronado offers a unique Southern California experience with Skating by the Sea, an outdoor ice-skating rink adjacent to Coronado Beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During the holidays, the resort's famous Windsor Lawn is transformed into a seaside skating rink offering skating sessions daily.

  • Viejas Outlet Center Ice Skating Rink  | November 4 through the holidays

Enjoy the festive surroundings, get some of your holiday shopping done, and take a spin on the Viejas Ice Rink!


  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre | November 9 – December 31

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for another incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Who-ville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. More details HERE.

  • A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place |  November 12, 2022 – January 8, 2023

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends, (starting November 12th through January 8th). The park is transformed into a festive winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and surprises. Guests will enjoy Sesame Street Christmas shows, the Sesame Street Christmas Parade, the Furry Friends Christmas Dance Party, and exciting rides. There will be games, special merchandise, and one-of-a-kind photos with your Sesame Street friends dressed up in their holiday best! More details HERE.

  • Winter Wonder Beachside at Belmont Park  | November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023

Enjoy festive rides and attractions including the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, your favorite oversized sculptures or sip on holiday-inspired drinks while you stroll through the Midway under a million lights!

  • SeaWorld Christmas Celebration | November 14, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Bring your family together for the eye-catching spectacle, priceless traditions, and fun-filled surprises of SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration. The holidays are meant to be merry and bright, and that’s exactly what you’ll find as this beloved event returns with more wondrous moments than ever. See a dazzling new Christmas cirque show or meet Santa, Rudolph and your favorite Sesame Street friends. Feel the snow falling and watch the sky light up with holiday fireworks. Find photo-perfect moments across acres of beautiful decorations, including a towering 30 foot, twinkling Christmas tree and a music-activated tunnel of lights. All the while, savor delicious candy-topped hot chocolate and other treats for all ages. More details HERE.

  • Lightscape at the San Diego Botanical Gardens |  November 18 – January 1

A unique immersive experience at the San Diego Botanic Garden will guide visitors through a festive world of wonder with over one million twinkling lights in various attractions that come alive at night with color, imagination and sound.

  • Holidays at LEGOLAND | November 19, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Experience LEGOLAND® Holidays, presented by Hallmark Channel, where the entire Resort is bursting with holiday cheer and LEGO® Santa is ready for hugs, pictures, and selfies. In Fun Town, there’s a 30-foot LEGO® Christmas tree that twinkles to holiday tunes and a Very Merry Mix Up show featuring Mrs. Claus and the Gingerbread Man. In Castle Hill, find out if a magical wizard can bring snow to Southern California! Along with the shows, food and live music, the holidays are even more memorable with a stay at one of the two LEGOLAND Hotels. Holidays at LEGOLAND are November 19 – January 8. Visit LEGOLAND dot com slash California ( for details. More details HERE.

  • Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park | November 26, 2022 - January 2, 2023 (select days)

Experience Wild Holidays at the Safari Park! Go on a holiday expedition of light and travel through places that glow and twinkle with holiday cheer. Season treats will tempt you throughout your journey in the Park. More details HERE.

  • Snow and Glow at the Del Mar Fairgrounds  | December 8 – January 1 (select nights)

Enjoy holiday displays featuring a million lights, go snow tubing and rent a private igloo!

  • Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo | December 9, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The magic and the spirit of the holiday season return! The Zoo lights up the night until 8 p.m. (*except December 24) with amazing entertainment featuring the spectacular show, Aurora. Bring the family and enjoy some tasty treats and the warmth of the holidays. More details HERE.

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort | November 11, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Experience the holiday joy you’ve been dreaming about. Magic is that first glimpse of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle covered in festive lights. Magic is festive foods and traditional celebrations. It’s Disney Festival of Holidays and the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! street party. Magic is Holidays at the Disneyland® Resort! More details HERE.

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