Spend the holidays in San Diego and you'll find all your favorite traditions, plus uniquely San Diego events to mark Christmas and the holiday season. Take a look at all these ways to enjoy the season:
Classic Holiday Traditions in San Diego
Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and Santa Claus are the firm foundation of Christmas celebrations. Head to Little Italy to see our tree and tower of poinsettias. See how the San Diego locals do holiday lights with a drive around town to spot the best decorated yards. Of course, you can find Santa all around, including Surfin' Santa at Seaport Village. Santa also makes an appearance in holiday parades in Ocean Beach and La Jolla. And if your holiday traditions include seeing the Nutcracker, you'll find 150 dancers performing at the Civic Theatre. Professional caroling before the ballet makes it even more of a holiday experience.
Uniquely San Diego Events
Illuminated boats light up the night in the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. The boats this year will follow the theme "It Began with a Roar - San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years." You can watch the boats from several viewing locations, including the San Diego Maritime Museum. Another uniquely San Diego way to mark the holidays is to witness Las Posadas in Old Town. A candlelit procession recreates the Bible story.
Make the Dana on Mission Bay Part of Your New Holiday Tradition
Whether you seek out the traditional holiday events or explore new ways of marking the season, staying at the Dana on Mission Bay should be part of your holiday plans. Our waterfront location is convenient to all the sights of the season. The time you spend here is sure to make you San Diego stay merry and bright!