It’s that time of year again when families gather for turkey, football and good times. But in San Diego, there’s more to Thanksgiving weekend than cranberry and stuffing. From festive parades and giant pandas to dinner cruises and jazz bands, take a break from tending the home fires and venture out for unforgettable memories.
Considered the “crown jewel of jazz festivals,” traditional music enthusiasts can get their ragtime on at the 36th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest hosted by the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center November 25th to 29th. With a mix of large concert rooms and intimate listening lounges, get in the holiday mood with traditional jazz, swing and rockabilly. It’s time to lace up your dancing shoes because Dixie Express, Red Skunk Quartet and Memphis Speed Kings, among others, are coming to San Diego.
If you’re looking to change things up this Thanksgiving, put down the potato peeler and head to the Westgate Hotel for their festive holiday dinner. At their annual Tradition of Thanksgiving, enjoy all the trimmings of a traditional feast without all the work. On Thanksgiving Day, the luxury hotel offers a 4-course dinner or buffet in the Le Fontainbleau Room starting at 11 am.
Burn calories and help out your neighbors this Thanksgiving at Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K. Starting at 7am, get on your running shoes and head to Spreckels Pavilion to help Father Joe provide meals for families in need. On a course that winds through beautiful Balboa Park, get pumped up to run, walk or cheer on family and friends.
Considered top in the field of wildlife and animal care, the world famous San Diego Zoo is the perfect spot for a day of adventure with the family. Plus, the park is open on Thanksgiving Day. With 100 acres of lush greenery, canyons and mesas, get lost in a world filled with cherished creatures like the adorable giant pandas (the San Diego Zoo happens to have the largest population in North America).
For a completely different Thanksgiving experience, Hornblower Cruises offers the ideal antidote. Hop aboard for a 2.5-hour cruise around San Diego Bay that includes a holiday buffet with all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. They also have a DJ playing all the jams, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. Before you set sail, you’ll also have a chance to meander around the Port of San Diego and the historic Embarcadero.
If you’re looking for something fun to do while family is still in town, you can kick off the holidays with the dazzling Christmas tree lighting at Legoland on November 30th. The annual ceremony starts at 5:30 pm along with fireworks, live music and a guest appearance by Santa Claus himself.
With so many Thanksgiving activities to enjoy, your weekend is sure to be “stuffed” with fun for you and the whole family!