Welcome to one of San Diego’s sunniest times of year! Our mild temperatures and myriad holiday activities mean you can easily find a variety options for celebrating the season and enjoying the outdoors while on vacation in our beautiful city. From beachside ice skating rinks to underwater Santas, you’ll find special offerings only found in our beautiful city. Happy holidays to one and all!

December Nights in Balboa Park
December 1 & 2, 2017
38-minute walk/8-minute drive to the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park via Laurel Street from Alcazar Court Bungalows
December Nights starts TONIGHT in our cultural jewel, Balboa Park. You’ll find all the beauty of the Park’s buildings lit up with Christmas trees and spectacle, lots of musical and theatrical entertainment as well as exotic food and drink. Be prepared for challenging parking; public transport, ride sharing and even a lovely longer walk from Alcazar Court are encouraged.

San Diego Bay Boat Parade of Lights
Sunday, December 10 and Sunday, December 17, 2017 – starting at 5 p.m.
41-minute walk/10-minute drive to the Embarcadero, the closest viewing location to Alcazar Court Bungalows
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. This year’s theme, “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas”, should provide a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. Check out the website to view the schedule, route and to determine the best viewing locations.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Old Globe Theater
Through December 24, 2017
38-minute walk/8-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Don’t miss this elaborate annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas – a holiday tradition in San Diego. Visit the Globe in Balboa Park and enjoy all the seasonal decorations while you’re there.

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station
Through January 7, 2018
14-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Spend a day exploring the incredible Liberty Station, the former Naval Training Center, filled with historical buildings, a thriving arts and performance mecca with restaurants, beautiful grounds and more – then enjoy the seasonal ice rink near the 88-foot tall Christmas Tree.

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel Del Coronado
Through January 1, 2018
20-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
What an unexpected and spectacular way to spend time at the beach: ice skating! Celebrating its eighth anniversary of this unique Southern California experience, you now have several reasons to visit this beautiful landmark – the lights and holiday festivities and the incredible beach views are only eclipsed by the expanse of frozen water that’s ready for play.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Through early January, 2018
36-minute walk/8-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
The world-famous San Diego Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with nighly tree-lighting ceremonies, bell ringers, lighted topiaries, special shows and more.

Seas’N’Greetings at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Through December 31, 2017
20-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
View the transformation of our amazing Birch Aquarium into a holiday wonderland full of seasonal activities. Special appearances by Scuba Santa, arts and crafts as well as live holiday music are available on weekends.