‘Tis the Season Near Your La Jolla Home!
Santa will be here soon and that can only mean one thing – there are so many fun holiday festivities happening right near your La Jolla home! It’s that time of year when the San Diego area really rolls out the red carpet to welcome Ol’ Saint Nick to town. There are literally dozens of wonderful events and celebrations happening all over the city from ice skating to live performances to parades and more! Here’s a look at a few events that are sure to please the whole family and deliver loads of holiday cheer.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe
America’s favorite green grump is back for his 13th year at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre. This whimsical production seems to jump right off the pages of the Dr. Seuss classic tale and turns the stage into the snow-covered Whoville – right down to the last can of Who-hash! Performances run through Sunday, December 26th with shows Tuesday-Sunday (except Christmas Day). 11 am matinee performances are open to ALL AGES including children under 3. For a complete list of performance dates and ticket information, please click here or call (619) 234-5623.
The Old Globe Theatre has been San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. They produce a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals across three stages. The Old Globe is located in Balboa park right off El Prado between the San Deigo Museum of Art and the Museum of Man.
San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells
Ring in holiday merriment at San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells! Every evening from now until Sunday, January 6th, guests can explore a wild, wintery wonderland of music, lights, treats and animal encounters. Immerse yourself in a cinematic holiday adventure at the 4-D Theater’s presentation of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas! Visit Santa’s igloo and have your picture taken with your favorite man in red. Be dazzled by the dancing lights at the “Carol of the Jungle Bells” Light Experience, or even bring the spirit of the season to one special animal at the “Adopt an Animal for the Holidays” event on Front Street.
Jungle Bells is open every day from 9am to 8pm; on December 24th from 9am to 5pm. The San Diego Zoo is located at 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego. Click here to learn more about Jungle Bells or call (619) 231-1515.
Big Bay Balloon Parade
America’s Largest Balloon Parade will be marching through the streets of downtown San Diego on December 30th at 10am. This exciting family event features world-class marching bands, awe-inspiring floats, spectacular drill teams, and a huge collection of enormous balloons – more than any other parade in the country! The event draws more than 100,000 spectators and will be broadcast to a nationwide television audience.
The parade begins near the County Administration Building on Harbor Drive and ends on the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway near Seaport Village. Best viewing is from the grandstand near the Maritime Museum; grandstand tickets cost $20 per person. Excellent views are also available throughout the parade route. Several local attractions will be offering parade day discounts and promotions. Click here for more details about the parade and partner promotions.