Holiday Activities in San Diego and North Country

Holiday Fun and Celebrations Near Carlsbad, CA

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The holidays are fast approaching and North County has everything you need to make this season Merry and Bright. From Thanksgiving Turkey Trots  to dazzling Christmas Trees, we’ve rounded up some of the most festive events around Carlsbad for you and your family: 


SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

November 12th- January 2nd
At SeaWorld’s Christmas celebration families can still experience holiday fun in a safe and fun way! Classic shows such as the Dolphin Island Christmas show and Clyde and Seamore’s Christmas Special are back for another year. There will also be holiday music-activated Tunnel of Lights, a sea-themed Christmas tree, lots of seasonal food and treats, and, of course, plenty of  sea life to enjoy. For more information, click here.

No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate the holidays this year, Carlsbad and greater San Diego has something for you! From all of us here at Carlsbad by the Sea, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! 


Holidays at LEGOLAND

November 20th – 28th, December 19th – January 8th, and all weekends in November and December
Get into the Holiday Spirit at LEGOLAND. Starting November 20th, the park will be bursting with holiday cheer and festive attractions. From socially distanced meet-and-greets with Santa to the LEGO Christmas tree, Holiday Light Shows, ornament-building, and more! LEGOLAND is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Click here for more information.


Del Mar Racing and Thanksgiving Brunch

November 25th

Spend this Thanksgiving in the Turf Club at Del Mar. Bring your family for a deliciously decadent day at the races featuring a three-course Thanksgiving meal, a reserved Turf Club table, and bottomless mimosas. Tickets include a Turf Club Table seat for the race day, one Turf Club Admission, general parking, three-course brunch as well as bottomless mimosas, Aperol spritz, or bloody marys. Click here for more information. 


Jingle Terrace Park

November 26th - December 23rd

This fun, free drive-thru event features holiday-themed light displays along the driving loop in Brengle Terrace Park. Visitors will be captivated by the displays of holiday lights depicting many of Vista’s special and unique amenities. Click here for more information. 


Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

December 4th from 4-8pm
Visit Little Italy to experience a magical evening filled with festive decor, seasonal vendors, a tree lighting ceremony in the Piazza della Famiglia with a live Christmas tree over 25-feet tall, live music and entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday treats, a surprise visit from Santa and more! For more information, call (619) 233-3898.

Snow N Glow Del Mar

December 4th - January 2nd

The Beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds will be transformed into San Diego's Holiday Headquarters. Featuring Snow Tubing, 1 Million Glowing Lights, Holiday in your Car and More, this is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! For more information click here


La Jolla Parade

December 5th at 1:30pm
The 65th Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival is back for another fun and festive celebration! Festivities will fill the streets of downtown La Jolla, bringing plenty of holiday fun and cheer! Before the parade, enjoy the Holiday Festival at the La Jolla Recreation Center from 11-1PM. There will be music and pictures with Santa available. For more information, click here.


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 12th & 19th
The 50th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will feature a procession of 80 lavishly decorated boats. This event has become one of the most iconic events in the region and is free to watch. This year, for the 5th time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade. For more information click here


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