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Crave Party San Diego! (Early Dec)
Stingaree, 464 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket PRICE: $15 (in Advance); $25 (At the Door)
The ultimate pre-holiday shopping party, all in one night, all in one place! Crave Party San Diego brings together the city's's trendiest boutiques. You'll find all the latest fashions, fab accessories, trinkets and potions--all in one location! Have a make-over while you sip a sweet pink Crave-tini and chow down on Bliss@6 happy hour hors d'ouvres, rifle through our exclusive Crave Goodie Bag, and give a donation for a drawing that benefits the Children's Heart Institute Fund,. There will also be loads of entertainment.

San Diego Chargers Football (Aug-Jan)
Though there's plenty of talk about The Bolts and the team's desire for a new stadium, they'll play in Mission Valley's Qualcomm Stadium. (858) 874-4500, tickets: (619) 220-TIXS

Holiday of Lights at Del Mar (End of Nov - Early Jan)
The racetrack infield will be transformed with over 350 lighted holiday displays for viewing as the public drives their cars onto the oval dirt racetrack. Displays will be available Sunday through Thursday 5:30-10pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm. Tickets and information 858-793-5555

Sea World's Holiday Festivities (All Dec)
Special holiday programs and holiday decorations. Holiday closing times will vary. SeaWorld Adventure Park, Mission Bay. 619-226-3901

Balboa Park December Nights (Early Dec)
The largest free community festival in San Diego, Balboa Park December Nights is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors into the Park to celebrate the holiday season. More than 80 museums and cultural organizations will open their doors free of charge during this popular community festival. Event hours: Friday, 5:00-10:00pm; Saturday, noon-10:00pm. Free entrance into participating Park museums 5:00-9:00pm. 619-239-0512 or 619-235-1100

North Park Lions Club Holiday Parade (Early Dec)
This annual parade has been a favorite for many years in the North Park area. Formerly known as the Toyland Parade, it is a large parade with 15-18 bands and 130 entries. PARADE starts at University and Utah Aves and finishes at the North Park Park, Idaho and Howard Sts. Please call for exact date and information: 619-574-5196

Coronado Christmas Open House and Parade (Early Dec)
Event will be held from 5-9pm at different locations in Coronado. Santa arrives at the Ferry Landing at 5pm. The parade starts at 6pm at Orange & 8th Sts and ends at Dana Place. Fireworks display 8:30pm at the Ferry Landing Marketplace. Entertainment, music. 619-437-8788

Old Fashioned Christmas Village in La Mesa (Early Dec)
Enjoy outdoor market, music, caroling, food and horse drawn wagon rides and a visit from Santa Claus on all four nights. La Mesa Blvd between Date and 4th. Free, 6-9pm. Also held on Dec 9 & 10. 619-462-3000

Annual Starlight Yule Parade (Early Dec)
Chula Vista's annual Christmas Parade, 5:30pm; largest night time parade in South Bay. Features floats, drill teams, marching bands, classic cars and a childrens' event from 3-5pm. Parade route: North on Third Ave from H St to E St, downtown Chula Vista. Part of the Chula Vista community tree lighting and holiday festivities. 619-422-1982

Annual Re-Enactment of the Battle of San Pasqual (Early Dec)
Commemorates the 1846 Battle of the Mexican-American War. Military encampment, battle re-enactment, food, entertainment. San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, Escondido. 10am-4pm. 760-737-2201

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival (Early Dec)
Christmas Parade, including marching bands and floats, at 2pm at Kline & Gerard in downtown La Jolla. Holiday Festival, 10am-4pm, with craft booths, food, games and entertainment. 858-454-1444

San Diego Bay of Lights (Dec 9-16)
Every Christmas Season the San Diego San Diego Bay of Lights is one of the most cheerful and best ways to get the Chrismas feeling going. A spectacular boat parade, featuring decorated craft, starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island and travels past Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace, and ends at the navy carrier turning basin. Its free for everyone's viewing pleasure, and a great place to bring your family and friends. Don't miss this Christmas event! (619) 224-2240

Holiday Jazz and Blues Festival (Mid Dec)
Celebrate the season with soulful music food and fun at the 2007 Holiday Jazz & Blues Festival. The event is based on downtown San Diego's historic jazz and blues scene where during the 1920-1940s, club owners in downtown would bring the music to the streets during the holiday season. Toys and food for needy children would also be donated. The Holiday Jazz & Blues Festival features holiday food and merchandise and plenty of jazz and blues Christmas music. The event is free to the public - it's all-ages, and Santa arrives at noon for the kids. (619) 685-7215

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl (Mid Dec)
TThe 2007 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl is set for Thursday, December 29 at Qualcomm Stadium. The annual game will air for the 19th time nationally on ESPN and will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio Network. The game features the Pacific-10 Conference runner-up against the third selection from the Big 12 Conference.
(619) 285-5059.

Old Fashioned Christmas Village in La Mesa (Mid Dec)
Enjoy outdoor market, music, caroling, food and horse drawn wagon rides and a visit from Santa Claus all four nights. La Mesa Blvd between Date and 4th. Open bonfires on the street. Free, 6-9pm. Also held on Dec 2 & 3. 619-462-3000

Old Town Holiday in the Park and Merchants Open House (Mid Dec)
Selected state park museums and historic homes will be opened and decorated in period holiday adornment. Enjoy songs and entertainment of the season throughout the Old Town community. 6-9pm, both days. 619-220-5423 or 619-291-4903.

Annual Oceanside Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of Lights (Mid Dec)
Features a wide variety of boats, brightly decorated for the Christmas season. Starts at 7pm and circles the inner Oceanside Harbor. 760-722-5751

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights (Mid Dec)
The popular boat parade begins 7pm from Quivira Basin, with best viewing from Crown Point, east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island. The parade ends with the lighting of the Sea World Sky Tower Tree of Lights at 9pm. 858-488-0501

Pacific Beach Christmas Parade (Mid Dec)
This popular Pacific Beach event will start at Garnet and Ingraham Sts at noon until approximately 2:30pm. Hosted by the pacific Beach Community Foundation. 619-641-5823

Annual Port of San Diego Boat Parade of Lights (Mid Dec)
This spectacular boat parade of lights features individually holiday decorated private craft. The boat parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Island Marriott Hotel, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy carrier turning basin

San Diego International Auto Show (Late Dec- Early Jan)
Where the cars are the stars! Features foreign and domestic cars, futuristic concept cars never before seen models and many others. San Diego Convention center. 619-525-5000

First Night San Diego Celebration (Dec 31)
An alcohol free event, from 6pm-1am, for the entire family. Features food, entertainment, dancing and fireworks at midnight. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown San Diego. Ticketed event. 619-296-8731

First Night Escondido (Dec 31)
A community celebration of music, dancing and fun for the entire family. An alcohol and drug free event. 6pm-midnight with fireworks at midnight. Locations: California Center for Arts and Grand Avaenue, downtown Escondido. Ticketed event. 760-639-0220

 



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