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Top Things to Do in San Diego – Dec. 20, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2023

During the holidays, all roads lead to San Diego for festive fun. Be a part of the celebration this season with the many top things to do below. 

When: Now – Jan. 1, 2023
Deck the halls with seasonal cheer as San Diego’s world-class attractions get all decked out for the holidays, with plenty of lights, appearances by Santa, festive shows, music and more. 

When: Now – Jan. 8, 2023
Thanks to year-round moderate temperatures, getting outdoors during the holidays is second nature in San Diego. Enjoy ice skating by the ocean, cheer on your favorite team during a bowl game, or push yourself with a physical challenge such as running in a road race.  

When: Dec. 23-25, 2022
Jingle all the way aboard a festive sightseeing cruise on Mission Bay! With departures from the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, this special voyage is ideal for a holiday gathering with family and friends. Sip hot cocoa and snack on cookies while singing along to carolers and taking photos with Santa.  

When: Dec. 27, 2022
The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl is excited to host the second annual Snapdragon Bowl Bash in the Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown San Diego! Witness a one-of-a-kind performance as the two university bands face off in a Battle of the Bands on Downtown’s streets. This event is FREE for all fans and also features photo booths, interactive games, street performers, and food and drink specials. 

When: Dec. 27, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now one of the best-loved musicals of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most. 

When: Dec. 28, 2022 
The scenic bayside streets of Downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade, America’s Largest Balloon Parade! Marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons parade along San Diego’s beautiful waterfront in celebration of the Holiday Bowl. Over 100,000 spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience. Streetside viewing of the parade is FREE and one of the top things to do annually!

When: Dec. 28, 2022
The SDCCU Holiday Bowl is America’s Finest Bowl! Don’t miss the electrifying pageantry, excitement and football thrills this year. Fans can enjoy the ultimate pregame celebration – the Holiday Bowl Pregame Party – inside Petco Park at Gallagher Square, featuring interactive college football experiences, craft beer and food trucks. Get in on one of San Diego’s signature sporting events! 

When: Dec. 30, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023 
Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof. Be among the first in the United States to see the San Diego debuts of vehicles not yet in showrooms. 

When: Dec. 31, 2022
From grand and glamorous to intimate and romantic to family-friendly, there’s a New Year’s Eve event just for you. The possibilities are endless! Make 2023 the best year yet by ringing in the new year with a trip to San Diego. 


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