San Diego’s Balloon Parade Features More Big Balloons Than Macy’s Parade
December 30, Monday, 10am
The 23rd Annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade makes the scenic bayside streets of San Diego come alive with excitement. Once again, the Parade, presented by San Diego County Credit Union - A Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Production, will precede the Holiday Bowl football game at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Big Bay Balloon Parade brings together world-class marching bands from all over the country, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons, which is more than any other parade in the country, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Over 100,000 street-side spectators will line the streets to enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.
Parade festivities begin in the television broadcast area, where the final results of the annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener National Dog Races and the Bumble Bee Foods 5K are announced. After the parade, hang out and enjoy the Family Festival as activities continue at the Broadway Pier with lots of games, rides, food, a battle of the bands, and a variety of entertainment. The Bumble Bee 5K starts in front of the Holiday Inn on the Bay and ends at Ruocco Park.
Grandstand tickets are available for $20. Children under 3 yrs are free if they sit on your lap. The Parade begins Near the County Administration Building on Harbor Drive and ends at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway near Seaport Village.
The parade telecast is produced by Cox Communications and can be seen locally on Channel 4 San Diego. The parade will also be nationally televised. For more information about the Parade, go to www.holidaybowl.com. Please be advised that Harbor Drive will be closed at 7:45am. No cars will be allowed on Harbor Drive after 8:30am, so please arrive early. For information about parade-day trolley service and transportation, visit www.sdmts.com.
Balboa Park December Nights
December 6, 3-11pm; December 7, 12-11pm
San Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 36th year on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. The beloved holiday event, co-produced by the City of San Diego and the Balboa Park Conservancy, features sparkling lights; multi-cultural music and dance performances; carolers, bell-ringers, choirs and bands; and food throughout the Park. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. both evenings.
During December Nights, Balboa Park is transformed into a holiday wonderland with historic Park promenades, plantings and structures adorned with seasonal decorations and lights. More than 350,000 attendees are expected, making this the largest free community festival in San Diego. Balboa Park December Nights highlights include enhanced lighting throughout the Park, including a magnificent lightshow on Botanical Building and the Lily Pond and the lighting of the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. This is also the 32nd year of the annual Santa Lucia Procession that takes place at the California Quadrangle near the Museum of Man.
There will be stages galore! See the annual production of Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Story Tree; the House of Scotland Pipers; the Sun Harbor Chorus and more on the Organ Pavilion Stage; community musicians and dance troupes at the Botanical Building Stage and the Palisades Stage; good time Cajun-Zydeco sounds on the Bon Temps Dance Pavilion; music and dance at Junior Theatre Stage, San Diego Civic Dance Stage, and also Civic Youth Ballet showcasing excerpts from The Nutcracker on the Casa del Prado Stage; music and dance from around the world at the International Cottages Stage; plus a host of musical performances inside many Park museums.
International Cottages’ Christmas Festival features food from around the world including: empanadas, egg rolls, fried plantains, pierogi, baklava, paella and pie; many other food options throughout the Park, including the Prado Pub on the Square in the Plaza de Panama.
Opportunities for distinct holiday photos throughout the Park include pictures with Santa and The Grinch. This is a free family event!
Balboa Park is located at 1549 El Prado, San Diego 92101. Call (619) 239-0512 or visit www.visitDecemberNights.org.
Santa’s Coming to Bressi Ranch Village Center
December 7, Saturday, 12 - 3pm
Share the holiday spirit with your friends and neighbors at Bressi Ranch Village Center in Carlsbad on Saturday, December 1, from noon to 3pm. Bring the kids and your camera and snap a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the courtyard area between Peet’s Coffee and Perfectly At Home.
Santa will be giving away free holiday activity booklets to each child that visits with him, and Mrs. Claus will have free coupon booklets for adults. There will be a balloon artist and in-store activities.
Bressi Ranch Village Center is located just off Palomar Airport Road at 2629 Gateway Road at the intersection with El Fuerte Street, in Carlsbad. This event is free. For more information, visit www.shopbressivillagecenter.com.
Kringle Mingle at the Cardiff Town Center
December 8, Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Cardiff 101 Main Street presents the 6th Annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle, a holiday celebration for the entire community with music, treats, a beautifully decorated tree, and a free professional photo opportunity with Santa. Enjoy a variety of engaging musical performances from local musicians throughout the evening, and to tantalize your taste buds try the yummy treats from VG Donuts, Starbucks, Isabelle Brien’s, and Rimel’s. Bands this year include Ada Harris Wildcat Band at 1pm, Bucket Ruckus at 2pm, Devine School for Guitar at 3pm, and Hullabaloo at 4pm.
The Kringle Mingle is held in the North Courtyard of the Cardiff Town Center in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Get in the spirit of the season with this festive holiday scene. This special holiday celebration is for the entire community!
The Cardiff Town Center courtyard is located at 2087 San Elijo Ave in Cardiff-By-The-Sea. For more information call (760) 436-0431 or visit www.cardiff101.com/kringlemingle.
Christmas In The Valley At Bates Nut Farm
December 13-14, Fri 4 – 8pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Begin a new Christmas tradition at Bates Nut Farm with “Christmas in the Valley.” There will be lots of fun children’s activities. Jolly Santa Claus arrives by fire truck at 5:30pm and at 6:00pm there will be a tree lighting ceremony. Children will love boarding the Polar Express hayride for a special meeting with Old Saint Nick.
There will be seasonal music, great food and Christmas shopping available at Bates Farmer’s Daughter Store, and with the vendors who will be set up for the 2-day event. You will be able to find chocolates, dried fruits, nuts, ornaments, and plenty of unique gifts for each person on your gift list.
Bates Nut farm is located nearby in Valley Center at 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Go east on Hwy 78 to the end and turn right on Broadway and then left on Washington. Then go left on East Valley Parkway towards Valley Center and turn right on Woods Valley Road. Bates Nut Farm is on the left side. Call (760) 749-3333 or visit www.batesnutfarm.biz.
Christmas in the Old Poway Park
December 14, Saturday, 3:30 - 8:30pm
Christmas in Old Poway Park is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and create family memories that will last a lifetime. Witness Christmas traditions that come to life and experience the community Christmas tree lighting at 5:20 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by train at 5:30 pm and you can take your picture with them in Santa’s Village. Ride on a horse drawn hayride from 4m to 8pm. Watch scenes from the Nutcracker by the New West Ballet at 3:30pm.
Experience many other festivities this year to make this the most fun holiday ever. Have your face painted; ride the steam locomotive train (for a nominal fee); make holiday ornaments to help decorate the community Christmas tree; pet animals at the petting zoo; listen to live musical holiday entertainment and caroling; enjoy children’s theater and singing performances; tap your feet to square dancing performances; purchase handcrafted holiday gifts; see an HO model train display; eat holiday sweets and warm dinner foods; visit the museum; and sing Christmas songs with the piano player, or visit the Nelson House to play old-fashioned games. This is a fun-filled extravaganza guaranteed to entertain the whole family!
The Old Poway Park is located at 14134 Midland Road in Poway. For more information, visit www.poway.org.
City of Encinitas
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22, Saturdays/Sundays, 1pm-3pm
The holiday season has begun and what better way to get in the spirit than a visit with Santa. Come to Downtown Encinitas to visit Santa on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. A professional photography will be taking photos each day. Receive free digital photos of the visit with Santa! Prints are also available to order if interested.
Visit Santa for free in either The Lumberyard Courtyard (947 S Coast Hwy 101) or Pacific Station Plaza (687 S Coast Hwy 101).
Wellness Week is a weeklong program of events and special offers to engage the public in learning about and experiencing ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The program kicks off with the Wellness Week Festival on Saturday, January 25 at the Encinitas Library in which several health related businesses will have booths, giveaways, contests, give demonstrations and lectures, and provide activities. Businesses in Encinitas, Leucadia, and Carlsbad will participate in the weeklong event. There will be activities and discussions catered to the wellbeing and health for a variety of areas and for all ages, in particular there will be seniors’ only activities as well as children’s activities. The Encinitas Unified School District will also be taking part in Wellness Week with the help of Healthy Day Partners with activities and lessons for the students each school day.
For more information visit www.encinitas101.com or call (760) 943-1950.
Classic Cars Cruisin’ Grand Avenue in Escondido Friday Nights
Friday nights in October and November feature one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County: Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido. Cruisin’ Grand is a free event where more than 5,000 visitors and car enthusiasts meet to check out the 500 (or more) cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. Cruise nights from 5pm until 9pm. In addition to the cars, there are many family friendly activities and many restaurants on Grand Avenue stay open late for all the guests. Along with a continuous parade of classic and antique cars driving up and down Grand there’s great live music always performing on three stages that ensures everyone is entertained.
Cruisin’ Grand parking for all 1973 and earlier “event cars” is on East Grand Avenue from Escondido Blvd. to Juniper Street. For folks planning to look at the cars and join in the fun, the best parking is in the city parking lots located on 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway from Escondido Blvd. to Juniper Street. For more information visit www.cruisingrand.com.
Del Mar Art Center Hosts Holiday Party - Come One, Come All!
Come Party with the Artists! Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, whatever language you use, whatever denomination, it all means the same thing - good tidings to you! Join all the artists of the Del Mar Art Center on December 15, from 5 to 8pm to share in the joy of the season. It’s their way of thanking you for your patronage and your interest in the local Del Mar art scene.
Enjoy food and drinks and the merry music of the “Sonic Art” band. Don’t be left out, come and party with your local artists. There will be free 2-hour validated parking. “Happy Holidays” from everyone at the Del Mar Art Center.
For more information please call (760) 745-5956.
Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s Holiday Celebration with Santa
December 4, Wednesday, 5 – 7pm
The Del Mar Highlands Town Center presents a spectacular holiday laser light show complete with the falling snow. Bring your own cameras so you can take photos of your children visiting with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and their elves. Sing along with Dickens Carolers and enjoy performances by local schools. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served. This event takes place at the upper and lower plazas from 5 to 7pm.
Please bring a toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. For more information about the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, located at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, please call (858) 699-1530 or visit www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com.
Encinitas Holiday Parade And Tree Lighting Ceremony “Growing Holiday Cheer”
December 7, Saturday, 5pm
This year, the 2013 Encinitas Holiday Parade will roll along Coast Highway 101 on Saturday, December 7. The 5:30 pm, nighttime parade is preceded by a 5:00 pm tree lighting ceremony at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks).
This year’s Parade theme is “Growing Holiday Cheer” – celebrating Encinitas’ rich agricultural history, from flowers to fruit trees, and everything in between. This year’s Grand Marshal selection is Evelyn Weidner. Talk about a “Green Thumb,” Evelyn produces the only greenhouse Poinsettia Tour in San Diego and even has a Begonia named after her. A longtime fixture on the Encinitas flower scene, and an icon in Encinitas’ growing history, Evelyn will lead the Parade down Historic Coast Highway 101.
Parade entries, which will include floats, marching bands and children’s groups among other things, will travel south along South Coast Highway 101 beginning at the corner of “D” Street and finishing at “J” Street.
“Come on out and cheer as the nearly 100 parade floats and entries make their way down the Parade route on Historic Coast Highway 101.
The Parade has been a 50 year-plus Encinitas tradition for Encinitas area residents,” Recreation Supervisor Nick Buck states. “One of the great things about the Parade is that we have something like 3,000 children IN the Parade. That means that we have all of those parents, grandparents and friends along the Parade route enjoying the show and showing their support. It’s a great event and the perfect way to kick off the holidays in Encinitas.”
The Encinitas Holiday Parade has been a tradition for 66 years, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Free parking shuttles will run from 4-8:30pm from Scripps Hospital Encinitas on Santa Fe Dr. (ADA accessible bus) and from the Magdalena Ecke YMCA parking lot at 200 Saxony Rd. Avoid congestion; come early and stay late to enjoy Coast Highway 101 shops and restaurants.
For additional information call (760) 633-2740 or visit www.EncinitasParksandRec.com
Del Mar Holiday Wonderland with Snow, Horse and Carriage Rides, and Tree Lighting
December 7, Saturday, 2-5pm
Celebrate the holidays along the Historic Coast Highway 101 corridor from 15th Street to 13th Street and at Del Mar Plaza, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the Del Mar Library. This is an old-fashioned Holiday Wonderland that offers something for the whole family and that all your friends can enjoy. Proceeds support local schools and the Del Mar community.
This year, holiday festivities include photos with Santa, holiday arts and crafts, music and dance performances, snow, a fun zone, a cake walk, horse and carriage rides, face painting and henna tattoos, restaurant tastes and much more! Don’t miss out on the annual holiday tree lighting at the L’Auberge Del Mar Resort Ampitheatre at 5pm to conclude your special afternoon at the Del Mar Plaza. Tickets sold in books of 20 are $20.
Holiday Wonderland is located at the west corner of Camino Del Mar/Hwy 101 and 15th Street in Del Mar. For more information, visit www.delmarmainstreet.com.
Holiday at the Rancho – Leo Carrillo Historic Park in Carlsbad
December 7, Saturday, 5-8pm
Visit Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park for holiday themed activities, face painting, crafts, holiday shopping, food, and beverage sales. This is one of Carlsbad’s greatest holiday celebrations to kick-off the season with a fun-filled start, full of holiday spirit. With colorful peacocks walking at your feet, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad is expected to entertain hundreds of residents and visitors for a holiday evening and movie night to remember.
From 5 to 8pm, enjoy holiday entertainment and pony rides. At 5:15pm there is a tree lighting ceremony with Santa. Photos with Santa follow from 5:30-7:30pm. At 6pm enjoy an outdoor viewing of the featured film It’s A Wonderful Life. The Carlsbad teen program, LITE, will sell hot dogs, bratwurst, nachos, chips, and popcorn for the movie. Also enjoy holiday story telling at 5:45, 6, and 7 pm, or Hacienda tours at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 presale and $8 at the door.
The Leo Carrillo Ranch is located at 6200 Flying LC Lane in Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 434-2843 or visit carlsbadca.gov.
Hotel del Coronado Skating by the Sea and Historic Walking Tour
December 1 - January 31
Enjoy the beauty of the Hotel del Coronado and learn the story of how it came to be built in 1887 on what was then a barren island. The Del’s visionary founders dreamed of building a seaside resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.” Since then, the resort has become a living legend, visited by celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents. In fact, publisher Rand McNally recognized the Hotel del Coronado for enjoying “more fame and historical significance than perhaps any hotel in North America.”
Docents of the Coronado Museum of History and Art lead tours on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Reservations are required. Private group tours may be arranged. Price for adults is $15 and children 12 and under are free. For an even more historic day, include some ice skating by the Pacific Ocean before or after your walking tour.
The Del is celebrating its ninth anniversary of Skating by the Sea, a unique Southern California experience – outdoor ice-skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn is transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.
The ice skating experience is open now through Jan 5 and closed for one day on December 10. Check their website for various skating sessions that are held at different times throughout the day. Sessions are two hours long.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for kids 10 and younger. $5 discount if you wear your own skates. The Hotel del Coronado is located at 1100 Orange Ave in Coronado. Call (619) 437-8788 or www.hoteldel.com.
Avoid waiting in line at the skate shack! You can now pre-purchase your ice skating tickets online. Skating waivers must be printed out and signed for each participant in advance. Three-hour sessions cost $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 10 and under. The two-hour matinee session costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 10 and under (skate rentals are included in the price).
The Hotel del Coronado is located at 1100 Orange Ave in Coronado. For more information call (619) 437-8788 or visit www.coronadovisitorcenter.com.
La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
December 8, Sunday, 2–4:30pm
The 56th Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival kicks off from Girard and Kline at 2pm December 2. Equestrians arrive at 10am and the parade judging is at 12pm. This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Surf and Sand.” The Parade and Festival attracts thousands of multi-generational attendees and participants, many who return year after year. The Parade is unique in that it is organized and conducted by community volunteers and is fully funded through community sponsorships and donations.
Parade kicks off at Kline & Girard Street and ends at the La Jolla Recreation Center. The Parade will be followed by the Holiday Festival at the Recreation Center with photos with Santa at 3:30, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at 4:30, with music and food for everyone. This event is sponsored by the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club. Join in all the fun on Sunday, December 8 in La Jolla. For more information visit www.ljparade.com.
Parade of Lights and Sailor Days at San Diego Bay
December 8 and 15, Begins at 5pm
The most spectacular Parade of Lights viewing on the bay is at the Maritime Museum of San Diego! Because the judging platform is one of the Maritime Museum’s historic vessels, all of the lit up boats parade right next to the Museum. Come down for a tasty holiday dinner and find your ideal location for watching the parade float by just a few feet away from you.
December 14-31, 9am - 2pm
The Star of India as well as other ships will be hosting Sailor’s Days every day from December 14-31, from 9 am to 2 pm. Adults and children alike can experience hands-on activities such as tying sailor’s knots, moving cargo, climbing through a steam engine, raising and lowering a topsail, and much more, while exploring the historic ships. Each child can participate in a scavenger hunt around the ships, learning about history while having fun. All children participating in the scavenger hunt win a prize of their choosing from the glittering treasure chest.
All of these activities are included with regular admission prices at the Maritime Museum with adults at $16 each, children (4-12) at $8 each and seniors (62+) / military / students (13-17) at $13. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.sdmaritime.org or at the gate. Maritime Museum of San Diego is located at1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101, Call (619)234-9153 or visit www.sdmaritime.org. Parade of Lights at
December 14, Saturday, 7 - 9pm
View all the colorfully decorated and decked out fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys all dressed up for the holidays! The colorful and spirited seafaring vessels circle Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers, restaurant patrons and beach folk. Look closely as many of the boats feature Santa waving to the crowd.
One of the best viewing spots is along the side of Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point you can see the parade twice! The Harbor Village at North Harbor has shops, dining, and seating areas and the concrete walkway that surrounds much of the harbor is also a great spot for watching. It’s free to watch the Parade of Lights, so come to the colorful festivities at Oceanside Harbor on December 14, from 7pm to 9pm.
The Oceanside Harbor is located on North Harbor Dr. in Oceanside. For more information call the Oceanside Yacht Club at (760) 722-5751 or visit www.oceansideyc.net
Explore North County Dining During San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego Restaurant Week is back with six scrumptious days and over 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego. The holiday edition of the North County Sun features 24 local and beloved dining and drinking establishments with an overview for you to review so you can try out something new during San Diego Restaurant Week. San Diego Restaurant Week runs this year from January 19 to January 24. Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to venture out and explore some new local culinary hot spots, often at reduced prices.
San Diego Restaurant Week is sponsored by the California Restaurant Association. During this special week, residents and visitors can experience cuisine that delights palates and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Held twice annually, this culinary tradition features discounted prix fixe menus. We highly recommend calling individual restaurants to find out if they are participating this year. No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers may dine at as many participating restaurants as they like during San Diego Restaurant Week.
For more information or for a partial list of participating restaurants, visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com or visit our restaurant section at www.NorthCountySun.com/restaurants.html.
Santa’s Coaster Holiday Express at the Oceanside Transit Center
December 7, Saturday, 10am & 12:30pm
This fun-filled, 90-minute experience takes passengers on a nonstop, roundtrip ride between Oceanside and Sorrento Valley. On-board elves lead Christmas carols amidst festive decorations as families are greeted by Santa Claus and his friends. Santa’s helpers are on hand to deliver commemorative tickets and goodie bags to all children riding the train.
Train #1 departs Oceanside at 10am
Train #2 departs Oceanside at 12:30pm
Departs Oceanside Transit Center
Tickets for the sell-out, holiday themed Santa’s Coaster Holiday Express are $6 per passenger. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event. All proceeds will be donated to the Community Resource Center, which serves at-risk women and children, and the Military Mentoring Initiative aimed at easing the transition from military service to the civilian workforce.
The Oceanside Transit Center is located at 205 S. Tremont Street in Oceanside. For tickets or more information call (760) 966-6500 or visit www.gonctd.com
Santa’s Magical Village & Tree Lighting at the San Marcos Community Center
December 7 - 8, Saturday 3pm - 8pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm
Experience the special village where magic of the season comes alive. Stroll through the streets where children create ornaments, decorate cookies, and make holiday decorations while parents shop at arts and crafts booths. Have your picture taken with Santa and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and enjoy free entertainment throughout the event including the Full Measure Strolling Carolers throughout the weekend. Children in grades K-5 can participate in the Recycled Ornament Contest where they create holiday ornaments from discarded materials such as egg cartons, spools, straws, cardboard, plastic containers, broken toys, junk mail, newspapers and more. Enjoy a visit with Rudolph throughout the event. Kids win gift certificates, movie tickets and toys!
Take photos and visit with Santa from 4:30-6:30pm on Saturday and from noon-3pm on Sunday. The Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday begins with outdoor entertainment and music starting at 5:30pm. Also present will be gourmet food trucks. Theatre West performs “The Sounds of The Season” at various times on Saturday and Sunday. The tree is lit at 6:45pm with the arrival of the Jolly Old Man to make this event special! Adults are $4 and children are $3. In addition, enjoy a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning from 9am to 11:30am.
The San Marcos Community Center is located at 3 Civic Center Drive 92069 in San Marcos. For more information visit www.san-marcos.net
San Diego International Auto Show at Convention Center
January 1 - 5
If you are shopping for a new car or just a car enthusiast this is the show for you! Visitors will be converging on the San Diego Convention Center from January 1 to 5 to see and compare over 400 2014 model cars from around the world. Looking for a gas saving vehicle, a muscle car, a convertible, a compact, a wagon, a luxury car, or just the coolest car on the road? This show has it all.
The San Diego International Auto Show features both new car and truck models from
over 30 manufacturers. Additionally, the Auto Show highlights what may become the
cars and trucks of tomorrow with displays of concept vehicles from a number of
San Diego Convention Center is located at 111 West harbor Drive, San Diego 92101.
For more information, please visit www.sdautoshow.com.
SAN DIEGO SUNROAD BOAT SHOW at Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island
January 23 - 26
There’s no question about it – last year’s San Diego Sunroad Boat Show was a huge success, and this year’s show is looking even better! Join in the fun at the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show on San Diego Bay on January 23-26, at Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island in San Diego. The San Diego Sunroad Boat Show features exciting land and in-water exhibits for boaters of every age.
There will be free boat rides for kids and adults, live music and entertainment, delicious food and drinks by local restaurants, lots of fun for real boaters, free boating seminars and special boating events. If you are a boater, you won’t want to miss this once a year event. There will be all the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love. This year you’ll find over 130 New & Pre - Cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at the In-Water Display, and dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products and Services.
Are you looking to reach boaters? Visit www.bigbayboatshow.com for all the information you need to exhibit at the boat show. Enjoy a fun day on San Diego Bay at the Sunroad Resort Marina!
Thursday, Jan 23, 12pm – 6pm
Friday, Jan 24, 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, Jan 25, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, Jan 26, 10am – 6pm
$12 for Adults. Children 12 & under, FREE. Cash Only.
Active Military with ID, Thursday through Sunday, FREE.
EMT, Police, Fire Personnel, Thursday & Friday only, FREE.
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Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Boat Show Office: 619-497-5254
Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis
December 12, Thursday, 5 to 9pm
Mix up your annual holiday cheer during the most festive time of the year in Fabulous Hillcrest at Taste n’ Tinis on Thursday, December 12, from 5 to 9pm. Take in the dazzling holiday decorations and embark on a self-guided walking tour of delightful drinks, delicious eats and fabulous retail shopping at the Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis!
Celebrate the season with more than 25 Hillcrest establishments. They’ll welcome tasters and toasters alike with festive faire such as an assortment of specialties from mouthwatering appetizers and entrees to decadent sweet treats. Make your mouth feel merry with a variety of flavors, including spicy Spanish food, fresh seafood, hearty Italian dishes, classic American selections, warm coffees and pastries and many more tasty treats! You are guaranteed to be singing “fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la” all throughout Fabulous Hillcrest with this year’s impressive restaurant and retail line up!
A few of the participants from last year include the following restaurants and retail shops: Baja Betty’s, Bamboo Lounge, Crest Café, Gossip Grill, Luna Grill, Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill, Mankind, Urban Outfitters, and many more! We expect these and more participants for this year!
There is no better way to conduct your holiday shopping than in the midst of the culinary merriment of Taste n’ Tinis, where you will find joy and warmth indoors by visiting participating retail shops while you shop and sip! Peppermint martinis, creamy eggnog, Candy Cane Cosmopolitans, Scroogedrivers and other tantalizing tastes will be mixed under the mistletoe, as each participating boutique will have its very own bartender creating crafty cocktails right in the store.
Tickets for this savory soiree are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Participants in the cocktail portion of this event must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID to enter. For more information, a complete list of participating locations and to purchase tickets, visit www.FabulousHillcrest.com or call (619) 233-5008.
Teen Scene in Carlsbad Showcases Local Teen Bands and Artists
February 22, Saturday, 4-9pm
Be a part of the scene! The City of Carlsbad is hosting its 9th annual Teen Scene event on Saturday, February 22, from 4 to 9 pm at Calavera Hills Community Park at 2997 Glasgow Drive in Carlsbad. Local bands, filmmakers and artists ages 13 to 19 showcase their talents and compete for exciting opportunities and prizes. All ages are welcome to join in this night of creative expression by teens.
As part of Teen Scene, eleven teen bands battle it out for the title of “Carlsbad 2014 Battle of the Bands Champion.” Bands are judged by music industry professionals on stage presence, vocal ability, instrumental talents, originality, and crowd response. The winning band will receive a one-day recording session in Hurley’s professional recording studio, Big Bear Mountain Resort ski lift tickets and paid gigs with the Rock the Library Concert series. Entries are limited and the entry deadline is January 4.
Other activities include a film festival featuring five-minute shorts created, produced, directed and edited by teens. The Teen Scene art gallery features original art work from local teen artists including paintings, drawings, ceramics and photos. Teens can also create original art on slam boards, play video games in the Gametruck or find their groove in the dance room.
Tickets are $8 at the door. For more information on entry rules or event details visit www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or call special events hotline (760) 434-2843.
Vista Christmas Parade
December 7, Saturday, 1-3pm
The Vista Christmas Parade is on December 7, from 1 to 3pm. This year’s theme is “May the (Christmas) Force be With You” celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Return of the Jedi. The Vista Parade travels through downtown Vista on South Santa Fe from Civic Center Drive to Main Street.
This Christmas celebration features floats, bands, equestrians, international foods, Kids Land, arts and crafts, music, and more. As many as 10,000 spectators are expected. Historic airplanes fly over the event to start the parade. The Gazebo parking lot on Main Street features food vendors to delight your senses. The parade begins at 1pm and marches on until 3pm. This event is brought to you by the Vista Chamber of Commerce. Join the fun and make a day of it!
The Vista Christmas Parade is located at S Santa Fe Ave. & Main Street in Vista. For more information call (760) 414-9391 or visit vistachamber.org.
YMCA Poinsettia Ball Promotes Good Cheer and the Spirit of Giving
December 14, Saturday, 6pm
The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA and The Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball Committee are striving to raise over $100,000 for community outreach and YMCA scholarship opportunities. On Saturday, December 14, the Poinsettia Ball rings in its 23rd year of black tie festivities in the spirit of the giving season benefiting North County Coastal youth, families and seniors in need.
This year’s formal event begins at 6pm with hosted cocktails, a silent auction and will follow with fine dining and an honorary toast for Paul Ecke Jr.’s birthday. Guests will experience holiday merriment while enjoying fine cuisine by Roppongi Catering, dancing to entertainment by Atomic Groove, bidding on luxurious auction items and hearing from local emcee and auctioneer Clint Bell.
For over 55 years, this YMCA has been serving the communities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe with quality programs and a focus on access to enrichment for all people regardless of background, age, race or economic standing.
The Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball makes this mission to serve thousands of youth, families and seniors each year, a reality. Through the funds raised at this gala, thousands of people who normally couldn’t afford a YMCA experience are given the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. Scholarship recipients have faced tremendous barriers in their lives such as poverty, loss, abuse, a deployed parent in the military or lack of access to aides and facilities for individuals with special needs.
To purchase tickets to the Poinsettia Ball or find contact information, please visit www.ecke.ymca.org/poinsettiaball.html.