Enjoy Being Outside In San Diego In December
America’s Finest City is still a great place to be despite the Pandemic restrictions as long as you love being outside. The normal holiday festivities and events have been postponed or changed to virtual events. Although, if you love surfing, hiking, or just being active outdoors, you can still enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery of San Diego.
Before you come to San Diego, it is best you review the current COVID19 restrictions so you can be prepared for what to expect. Guidelines are changing daily so be sure to keep up to date with what is going on.
Top Events happening in San Diego In December:
The time of year has come that all San Diego surfers wait for. The big waves are finally in, crashing to the West Coast for those that seek thrills on the ocean. Tear it up as a beginner or an experienced surfer on a variety of different waves along San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline. Follow the winds to find what waves are breaking where on any given day. Check out this list of surf spots in San Diego for more information on where to go to find your perfect wave this winter.
Torrey Pines State Park or East County Trailheads
The wintertime is the best time of the year to take on San Diego numerous hiking trails. The cooler conditions and recent rainfall make it the perfect time of year to get outdoors and hike on the nature trails. Some of my favorite hikes in San Diego are Three Sisters Waterfall, Cedar Creek Waterfall, Iron Mountain, and Torrey Pines State Park.
Dec. 5th – 6th
It’s time to turn on the holiday spirit with light displays, choirs, bands, and dancers. Amazing food and fun-filled attractions will be available at this event as well. Enjoy all the best parts of the holidays with this FREE festival of lights!
Nov. 25th – Jan. 5th
Hotel Del Coronado
Skating by the Sea is back at the beautiful Hotel del Coronado. The stunning views of the Pacific Ocean are beside you as you skate. The Hotel’s iconic Victorian building gets adorned with twinkling lights and there is hot chocolate available to warm your chilly limbs. If you are looking for a magical winter wonderland here in San Diego this season, this is a must-do!
Postponed to 2021
San Diego Bay
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights takes advantage of the waterfront location that makes San Diego famous. Watch the boats sail across the bay as the lights reflect off the water and shine for the entire pier to see. This event is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.
Postponed to 2021
Every year on TV there are events that must happen, and this is one that both people in San Diego and across the U.S. look forward to. It is America’s Largest Balloon Parade. It has everything a parade needs to be an exciting spectacle: world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and the main attraction, a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 street-side viewers attend this parade annually and street-side viewing of the parade is FREE! Go watch this festive event that is truly something you can only experience in San Diego!
Weekly Local Events in San Diego:
Tuesdays: Pacific Beach Farmers Market
Wednesdays: Ocean Beach Farmers Market and Drum Circles
Saturdays: Little Italy Farmers Market
Sundays: Hillcrest Farmers Market
Everyday – Locals Ride Free – San Diego Trolley Tours
San Diego is a great destination year-round. Many other extraordinary events are happening and listed on the San Diego Events website.
For info on the live music scene, the San Diego Reader has a great list of upcoming shows.
If you have any questions about other events happening in San Diego, please contact our receptionist at any of our local hostels.
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