Hello-ho-ho Southern California! We thought we’d kick off December with a holiday guide for each of the destinations we service (San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara). Just because we’re not scraping ice off our windshields or building snowmen in our front yards doesn’t mean we don’t know how to bring it with the holiday cheer. Enjoy!
San Diego Holiday Events
Balboa Park December Nights: This year marks the 38th annual consecutive Balboa Park December Nights holiday festival. Experience food, music, and entertainment from around the world! New this year is a children’s interactive area complete with crafts and a giant coloring book wall. Experience the culture of Balboa Park and the merriment of the holiday season!
Date: December 4-5, 2015
Time: 12/4, 3:00-11:00pm – 12/5, noon-11:00pm
Location: Balboa Park (1549 El Prado, San Diego)
Petco Park Holiday Wonderland: Petco Park has confirmed that the baseball stadium will once again be transformed into its Holiday Wonderland for a second year. Get into the holiday spirit at the field with magical lights, snow, iconic scenes and music, Santa, and a 40’ tree. For 12 nights this holiday season, you and your family can roam around the home of the San Diego Padres on the Polar Express and through Candyland-inspired scenery.
Date: December 4-23, 2015
Location: Petco Park (100 Park Blvd San Diego)
Orange County Holiday Events
The Nutcracker performance at the Segerstrom: A new Southern California tradition begins with American Ballet Theatre’s newest Nutcracker, created by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and featuring sets and costumes from Richard Hudson (Broadway’s Lion King). A cast of more than 100 performers – including students from our own ABT William J. Gillespie School – accompany young Clara on a dreamlike journey amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree!
Date: December 10-20, 2015
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts (600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa)
Winterfest O.C. Fair: Already nominated in USA TODAY’S 10BEST Holiday Festival poll, Winter Fest is a whimsical getaway that features unlimited ice tubing down a 130-foot, six lane ice slide known as Snowflake Summit, massive ice skating rink, where skaters circle the ice while beloved holiday films play on the theatre-sized projection screen in the background, visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus in the North Pole building with model trains, arts, crafts, games and cookie decorating for kids, Candy Cane Carnival with 30 rides and games, entertainment from magician Jimmy H., strolling carolers, local bands and more!
Date: December 18 – January 3, 2015
Location: O.C. Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa)
Los Angeles Holiday Events
L.A. County Holiday Celebration: Gather up your friends and family and go hear L.A.’s biggest holiday show, which includes more than 20 choirs, music ensembles, and dance troupes from all over the city. The free three-hour show celebrates L.A.’s multicultural observation of the holidays with everything from an all-female mariachi ensemble to a Korean dance troupe. Those who cannot attend in person can listen to a live stream of the concert on PBS SoCal.
Date: December 24, 2015
Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N Grand Avenue Los Angeles)
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live: Skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of this outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza. Make it a date night with the Supper and Skating deal, which includes a prix-fixe dinner at a handful of LA Live restaurants, ice skate rentals and skating admission for $30 per person.
Date: November 28, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Time: Weekdays: 5:00pm, Weekends: 3:00pm
Location: L.A. Live (800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles)
Palm Springs Holiday Events
Indio International Tamale Festival: Food Network ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation. Visitors delight in scrumptious tamales, endless alternative food options, shopping, and all-day entertainment. Festival fans like to relax while enjoying a variety of dancing shows including traditional Folklorico dancing and line dancing as well as Cheer Groups. Guests can also enjoy live music on five stages. New to the Festival this year… two Community Stages for more opportunities to view local talent!
Date: December 5-6, 2015
Time: 12/5, 10:00am-8:00pm, 12/6, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Oldtown Indio (Highway 111 and Indio Blvd, Indio)
24th Annual Festival of Lights Parade: A much-loved holiday tradition in downtown Palm Springs. Featuring a host of marching bands, performing groups, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. Skateboard legend, Tony Hawk will be the Grand Marshall.
Date: December 5, 2015
Location:Downtown Palm Springs (Palm Canyon Dr between Ramon Rd and Tamarisk Road, Palm Springs)
Santa Barbara Holiday Events
Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade “World A’ Glow”: More than 50,000 spectators are expected to line downtown Santa Barbara to cheer on a massive group of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and the annual arrival of Santa Claus.
Date: December 04, 2015
Location: State Street, Sola to Cota
Phone: 805-962-2098, ext 804
Santa Barbara Parade of Lights: Around 25 festively decorated and brightly lit boats will sail the Santa Barbara Coastline and be judged in 5 different categories. Be sure not to miss Santa’s Village where everyone can play in fake snow and take photos with Santa (Starting at 3pm) or the extravagant fireworks show at 7pm. For an extra special experience catch the boats parade and fireworks from the “Sunset Kidd” Sailing Yacht (offering 2 hour cruises).
Date: December 06, 2015
Location: Santa Barbara Waterfront (219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA)
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San Diego, CA 92101
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Los Angeles, CA 90036
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