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Things to do in December in San Diego

Balboa Park December Nights 2-Day Event

Celebrate the holiday season and the spirit of Christmas! Sparkling decor is everywhere as you stroll through the park amid pleasing music and smiling faces. There’s free admission into the museums, gift shopping, food, and much more.

Date: December 05, 2014 – Time: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: Balboa Park (parkwide)

For more info.: Greg Herreman @ (619) 697-0178

or visit www.visitdecembernights.com

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SWEA December Nights 2-Day Event

As a segment of the December Nights event in Balboa Park, you can experience the culture of Sweden. There will be imported Swedish crafts, delicious Swedish foods and music.

Date: December 05, 2014 – Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: Balboa Park (1350 El Prado)

For more info.: Annica Backlund @ (858) 336-2192

or visit www.swea.org

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HPR International Christmas Festival 2-Day Event

As a segment of the December Nights event in Balboa Park, the International Cottages invite you to come for a dinner of delicious ethnic foods, pastries, beer, and folkloric entertainment.

Date: December 05, 2014 – Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Balboa Park (House of Pacific Relations International Cottages & stage area)

For more info.: Alisha Morrison @ (619) 829-3452

or visit www.sdhpr.org

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The Mo Run

The Mo Run is a timed 5K run/walk that raises awareness about mens’ health. All people including Mo Bros, Mo Sistas, family, and friends are all united under the mustache.

Date: December 06, 2014 – Time: 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Jessica Schmidt @ (630) 664-4263

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North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

A delightful parade in North Park brings sights and sounds of high school marching bands, floats, community groups, costumed characters, Santa and dignitaries in decorated cars. This event is in conjunction with the “North Park Toyland Festival”.

Date: December 06, 2014 – Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Brenda Milow @ (619) 269-7880

or visit www.toylandparade.com

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Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Little Italy presents a friendly Christmas Village where you can come for hometown gift shopping, light refreshments, and a mixture of Italian and holiday music. At dark, the grand lighting of a glowing Christmas Tree will light up! Santa will be there for the kids, so don’t forget the kids!

Date: December 06, 2014 – Time: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: West Fir Street (between Kettner Blvd. & Columbia St.)

For more info.: Christopher Gomez @ (619) 233-3898

or visit www.littleitalysd.com

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35th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade

Ocean Beach presents a nighttime community Christmas parade complete with marching bands and marching groups from schools to businesses. Find a place along the street and keep a look out for Santa. You never know who else might appear in this beach town parade.

Date: December 06, 2014 – Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd./Newport Ave. – Newport Ave. – Abbott St. – Santa Monica Ave.

For more info.: Gretchen Newsom @ (619) 515-4400

or visit www.obtowncouncil.org

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SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

A holiday festival with a chili cook-off is happening in North Park! There are staged performances, gift shopping, opportunity drawings, a beer & wine garden for adults, and a activity area for kids. Be sure to purchase a hand-made ceramic bowl so you can taste different restaurant chilies.

Date: December 07, 2014 – Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Thorn Street (between 31st St. & Bancroft St.)

For more info.: Jen Byard @ (619) 920-7887

or visit www.sonofestchilicookoff.com

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57th La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

A wonderful Christmas parade lures people from all around to the sidewalks of La Jolla. You’ll see floats, marching bands, community groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, horses, and yes…a camel. Church bells peel with a fly-over. Also a Holiday tree lighting ceremony.

Date: December 07, 2014 – Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Patricia Wells @ (858) 922-4046

or visit www.ljparade.com

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Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships

This prestigious nationally televised event features 40 top male and 40 top female high school runners from across the United States who’ll compete for the title of High School Champion.

Date: December 13, 2014 – Time: 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Morley Field Cross Country Course (Morley Field Dr. near Balboa Park)

For more info.: Mike Cummings @ (760) 580-5103

or visit www.footlockercc.com

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22nd Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk

Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday costume or jingle bells tied to shoelaces as a way to ring in the holiday season and set the pace for a 5K run, a leisurely stroll, and a 1K run for children.

Date: December 13, 2014 – Time: 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Nancy Coate @ (858) 492-1090 x-6711

or visit www.sdjbr.org

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Toys For Joy

The Rock Church presents an outreach event in Southeast San Diego to provide families with groceries, clothing, and toys so they can have a happier holiday season. The event also offers a health zone and a children’s fun zone; plus wholesome music, gospel, and special prayer requests.

Date: December 13, 2014Time: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Lincoln High School & Porter Elementary School

For more info.: Michael Hawley @ (619) 981-1632

or visit www.toys-for-joy.org

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Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

A wonderful holiday parade is happening at Pacific Beach. Come early to find a place along the street so you can see floats, marching bands, color guards, community groups, marching groups of children, clowns, and of course Santa Claus!

Date: December 13, 2014Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: Garnet Ave. (between Haines St. & Mission Blvd.)

For more info.: Sara Berns @ (858) 273-3303

or visit www.pacificbeachfest.com

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

• Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:30 pm • Harbor Island: 6:00 pm

• The Embarcadero: 6:30 pm • Seaport Village: 7:00 pm

• Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:30 pm

Date: December 14 – 21, 2014Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: visit web for details

For more info.: Info@SDParadeofLights.org

or visit www.sdparadeoflights.org

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7th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

To the delight of onlookers, this holiday parade presents dogs and their owners in colorful fashion as they proudly promenade through the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The costume contest judging includes: best pet costume, best costume duo, cutest critter, and best in show.

Date: December 14, 2014Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: 5th Ave./L St. – 5th Ave. – E St. – 4th Ave. – K St. – 4th Ave./K St.

For more info.: Brandy Shimabukuro @ (619) 233-5227

or visit www.gaslamp.org

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San Diego Hmong Community New Year Celebration 3-Day Event

The Hmong New Year is a cultural celebration where families come together to give homage to ancestral spirits and honor to elders. This event showcases the beauty of Hmong culture with music, costumed performances, cultural food, cocktails, displays, and interactive activities.

Date: December 20, 2014Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Kearny Mesa Recreation Park (3170 Armstrong St.)

For more info.: Pa Moua @ (619) 228-9746 or visit www.lhfasd.org

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Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

Two marching bands with cheer units representing the two college football teams at the Poinsettia Bowl will parade in the Gaslamp Quarter. They will begin at opposite locations and meet midway at Market Street to play their music together and then proceed onward to each other’s beginning location.

Date: December 21, 2014Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Jimmy Parker @ (619) 233-5227

or visit www.gaslamp.org

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Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

America’s largest balloon parade contains many massive air balloons plus motorized floats, marching bands, community groups, and drill teams. Cheering crowds align the streets to watch them pass by. This event is in conjunction with a 5K run, wiener dog race, and a family festival.

Date: December 26, 2014Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Katharine LiMandri @ (619) 283-5808

or visit www.holidaybowl.com

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San Diego Holiday Half Marathon

Are you looking for a half marathon during the holidays? This is the perfect race for local San Diegans and holiday visitors. There are scenic views along the route. It’s a point-to-point race that begins in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at Torrey Pines State Beach.

Date: December 28, 2014 -Time: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Call for details

For more info.: Lee Ann Yarber @ (619) 390-3869