With its temperate weather and close proximity to the San Bernardino Mountains, San Diego features a variety of holiday activities, ranging from snowboarding and whale watching, to Dr. Seuss’s Who-ville at the Old Globe Theatre, and snowman making at Legoland. So, put on your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, grab the peppermint bark, and load up the minivan for a memorable winter break.
Get ready for the best college teams in the Mountain West to battle it out for the coveted championship title. This year the Qualcomm Stadium will be filled with the roar of thousands of college football fans. Get on your football regalia and rouse some team spirit for the 10th annual Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
Christmas Eve Cruise in San Diego Bay
Put on your holiday best and hop aboard a luxury yacht for music, food, and good times on a Christmas Eve Cruise. Experience beautiful views of the San Diego Bay while you sip champagne and feast on traditional dishes at the holiday dinner buffet. The two and a half hour cruise also features holiday carolers, a DJ playing dance jams, and a dessert buffet to satisfy the sugar plum cravings of the family.
Just a 2-hour drive from San Diego is the San Bernardino Mountains and Snow Valley, a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding. With 14 different lifts and a variety of runs, any level from beginner to advanced is welcome and for kids too small for the slopes, they even have mini snowmobiles. After exploring the backcountry of Slide Peak, head to Margarita Beach for hot cocoas and adult beverages.
Get on your winter gear and head to LEGOLAND for an adventure in a winter wonderland. Their Holiday Snow Days also give you a chance to showcase your snowman making skills. After getting your fill of snowball fighting target practice, stay until evening for Winter Nights, a dazzling show of fireworks, Christmas lights, and the lighting of the 30-ft tall Christmas tree.
Explore the Anza-Borrego Desert National Park
Nature lovers in your family will revel in the rugged natural beauty of the California Desert. With 500 miles of wilderness, the Anza-Borrego Desert National Park is a great introduction to the natural side of San Diego. Whether on bike, foot, or horseback, get lost in fields of wildflowers, cacti, and stunning rock formations.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre
The beloved classic is back and this time it’s at the Old Globe Theatre. Get ready for holiday cheer and delight at their annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Watch America’s favorite holiday fable come to life on the stage, complete with a snow-covered Who-ville and cans of Who-hash.
From December until March, the magnificent gray whales make their yearly winter migration to the warm-water breeding grounds off the coast of Baja, California. Luckily for San Diego, they often pass by the waters off Point Loma along the way. For the best sightseeing opportunities, head to these popular cliffs and shores and get an unforgettable glimpse at these cherished marine mammals.
With its beautiful terrain ranging from snow-capped mountains and deserts to its vibrant city, San Diego offers a variety of winter activities for the whole family.