Family-Friendly Holiday Activities in San Diego
The holiday season is a special time for San Diegans and Mission Fed. Not only is the weather beautiful and many streets and offices decorated to bring cheer, but there’s also a lot of fun family-friendly activities throughout the county. This year I’d like to share some of my favorite holiday activities to help you celebrate the season. But before I do, Mission Fed would like to say thank you and happy holidays.
The iconic San Diego Zoo is a true pleasure this time of year
Twinkling lights, elaborate decorations, festive food and live music transform the Zoo into a winter wonderful. From Friday, December 9, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017 you can enjoy the magic of Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo, a wild display of magical fun including, the Twinkle Light Trolley, live carolers, acrobatic trampoline elves and more. While you’re there, make sure to trek through the Northern Frontier Holiday Forest, learn more about some of your favorite animals during Animal Encounters, play Reindeer Games like hula-hooping, listen to Dr. Zoolittle’s, “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” and visit Santa’s Igloo. Plus, it is one more chance to see the larger-than-life centennial animal puppets of “The Journey”—lit up and aglow for the holidays in celebration of their 100th birthday. Plan your day at the Zoo using their website.
I also enjoy taking the kids to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
The San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual gift to the San Diego community, Garden of Lights, is open now to Friday, December 23 and then again from Monday, December 26 to Friday, December 30 from 5 to 9 pm. The Garden of Lights is a dazzling display of more than 125,000 sparkling lights that illuminate the flora of the 37-acre urban oasis. Guests can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, making s’mores, snow for sledding and much more. Visit their website to see what activities are available each night and to get your tickets.
An annual tradition for my family is visiting ice skating rinks in the San Diego region
You can’t beat a rink on the beach like the one at the Hotel Del, but there are a lot of fun rinks throughout the county to get your ice skating fix during the holidays. If you choose to visit the one at in Liberty Station, you’ll also be making a contribution towards Rady Children’s Hospital, since some of the funds benefit them—which is a great way to give back while having fun! You can also find ice skating rinks at Viejas Outlet and more. Check out a list of arenas here to find one near you.
Another long-time favorite of mine is the Teddy Bear Tea at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego
Adults and kids can enjoy tea or hot cocoa with fresh house-made canapes and paninis, assorted pastries, tarlets, brownies and scones, followed by a story from Santa in the hotel’s beautifully decorated lobby. The hotel provides blankets and pillows for the kids while Santa reads to them. Reserve your seat and get ready to make memorable moments that will last a lifetime.
Every year, we visit one of San Diego’s many exceptional theaters to enjoy a holiday show
Some of our favorite seasonal theater performances include The Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol. And, since we can’t decide which show to see this year, we might go to all three! Search online for local theaters and shows for you and your family to attend.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and Breakfast with Shamu and Santa are one of my kid’s favorite activities and mine, too
From Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, January 1, SeaWorld wants you to make these five memories:
- Meet Rudolph and friends
- See more than one million lights
- Experience fantastic shows
- Enjoy holiday food and drink
- And explore a spectacular winter wonderland with your favorite sea life
You can plan your trip and purchase tickets for Breakfast with Shamu and Santa on SeaWorld’s website.
The holiday season is my favorite because it involves making memories with the ones I love the most.
On behalf of Mission Fed and my family, I wish you a safe and joyous holiday season, and I hope to see you at some of the truly delightful and unique venues our community has to offer.
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