Surfin’ Santa, Fantasy on Ice, Holiday of Lights and More – Nov. 23-25

Surfin’ Santa arrives in Seaport Village on Saturday, Nov. 24.
C/O Seaport Village.

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A popular family destination, Seaport Village is once again commencing the holiday season with Surfin’ Santa. Sporting board shorts and sandals, Surfin’ Santa makes his way into Seaport Village on Saturday, November 24 at 1 p.m. by boat.

After a lively parade down the boardwalk, the festivities that follow include live holiday music, face painting, stilt walkers, a sidewalk magician, an eco ornament craft project with the Birch Aquarium, and a photo opportunity with Surfin’ Santa on his six foot wave. Surfin’ Santa visitors will receive a free parking ticket that can be used for additional holiday fun through Dec. 25 (except Dec. 9 and 16).

Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds opened Thursday night. Take a tour in your own vehicle around the 1.5-mile track or ride in the Holiday Hayride. The Holiday Hayride has select dates (Nov. 23 & 30, Dec. 7 & 14) and reservations are recommended. Cost is $10 per person. With over 400 sparkling lights, the Holiday of Lights runs through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. It’s also open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but closed on Mondays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 10. Cost is $15.00 per car, up to 5 people and $20.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people. $13 tickets are available at Albertsons|Sav-on stores in San Diego County.


Fantasy on Ice at Horton Square.

Camp Black Friday: Kids (ages 2-9 years) will have arts & crafts, gym play, pizza & juice. Children must be potty trained. Kidville Chula Vista. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: $35/child.

Sailor’s Days: Lots of fun things to do such as a scavenger hunt, rope making, knot tying, exploring ships, and more. Maritime Museum of San Diego. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Price: $8/$14.

Fantasy on Ice: Experience ice skating in the heart of San Diego! Horton Square. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Price: $12/$14.

Finger Painting Friday: Explore organic shapes and textures by making a one-of-a-kind autumn leaf! Recommended for ages 4 and under. The New Children’s Museum. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: $10.

Holiday of Lights: An animated drive-through light show featuring more than 400 twinkling, lively displays. Del Mar Fairgrounds. 5:30-10 p.m. Price: $15/$20. READ MORE…


Rancho Christmas: A variety on hands-on crafts for kids as well as blacksmith and wool spinning demonstrations, as well as Native American story-telling, live music, and Ballet Folklorico performances. Rancho Guajome Adobe. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: $5/$3; Free for children under 3 years old.

C/O Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre

Nature Walk: Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center. Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: Free.

Santa and the Ho! Ho! Thief: Santa and Christmas get all of the attention and Wanda is not happy. Now Wanda has a plan to ruin Christmas. Please come to the puppet theater and help save Christmas. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2:30 p.m. Price: $4/$5.

Surfin’ Santa Arrives at Seaport Village: Posing on his six-foot wave and surfboard, Santa will be available for photos from 1 – 5 p.m. Families can stroll down the boardwalk and enjoy kids’ craft tables, entertainers and dining into the evening. Seaport Village. 1-5 p.m. Price: Free admission. READ MORE…

Family Science Saturdays: Explore the surprising and fun properties of packing peanuts and other materials. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 1-3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($9.75-$15.75).

Country Christmas Tree Lighting: Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree. Pioneer Park. 2 p.m. (Tree lighting at 5 p.m.) Price: Free.

Santa Train North Pole Limited: All aboard the Limited as it rockets toward the North Pole. Families will enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, sing-along of traditional Christmas carols, and Santa himself. Campo Depot. 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Price: $20-$50.


SeaWorld’s Christmas Tree of Lights.
C/O SeaWorld San Diego.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Enjoy SnowWorld, a variety of live shows, the Polar Express 4-D Experience, and much more. SeaWorld San Diego. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Price: Included with admission.

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Old Globe Theatre. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., & 5 p.m. Price: $24-$87.

Families Make History: Each weekend there will be free hands-on experiences that highlight a certain era of San Dieguito history. 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Price: Free.

Family Drop-In Days: Explore and learn about the art on view through interactive games, child-friendly tours and art making. Recommended for families with children 6-12 years. San Diego Museum of Art. 1-3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($4.50-$12).

*It’s always a good idea to check with the venue before heading out as cancellations, postponements, and date/time changes do occur on occasion.

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