Christmas Events in San Diego 2020

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If you are like me then you want to experience Christmas to its fullest. That means light displays, non-stop baking of cookies, decorating until you don’t even recognize your own home, and christmas music playing round the clock.

This year I decided to do as much as possible to really try and make Christmas more about the experiences and family time rather than gifts and greed.

Here is a list of things I found in the San Diego area that will keep you in the Christmas mood for the duration of the holiday season.

  1. Botanical Gardens : The Botanical Gardens in Encinitas offers “Holiday Nights in the Garden 2020” on select days in December. It is an outdoor event that must be purchased/reserved ahead of time to comply with covid-19 guidlines. I have not participated in this event as of yet, but I do have my tickets purchased for this year.
  2. Holidays in Your Car: Another outdoor light event that allows you to remain in the safety of your car while driving through a display of over 1 million festive lights. Once again, this event must be purchased/reserved ahead of time & is available at two locations. I heard about this display last year but was too late to purchase tickets – I’ve got mine this year. Don’t wait for yours!
  3. Christmas Lights : In my quest to find Christmas light displays I found this website that gave a fantastic list of local communities that go all out for the holidays. Most of the places on this list are free of charge and you can choose to drive or walk through. If this list isn’t in your area then do a google search for Christmas lights and see what comes up.
  4. SeaWorld: Sea World is offering multiple Christmas themed events at their park this year, some of which are: an outdoor viewing of the classic movie Rudolph, a Christmas tree treasure hunt, stocking stuffer trail, and the Sesame Street Christmas village. If you purchase during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday time frame, you can actually get “buy one, get one free” tickets! The process to purchase tickets and reserve a time is a little time consuming, but I am hoping it will be worth it.
  5. LEGOLAND: If SeaWorld is a little out of your budget, then try LEGOLAND – they have reasonably priced tickets as well as a discount for a surprise gift from Santa. Once again, I have not visited this theme park, let alone at Christmas time, but within the next month I will have a first-hand opinion of LEGOLAND at Christmas time – I’ll keep ya posted.
  6. San Diego Safari Park & Zoo: The San Diego Safari Park offers a special Christmas themed lights and music display on specific dates throughout December. I actually have participated in this event last Christmas and it was pleasently entertaining. I was not overwhelmed by lights but neither was I completely dissapointed. As with every large event you will need to purchase/reserve your ticket ahead of time.
  7. Drive in Movie :Don’t want to walk around and see lights or animals? Then maybe you would appreciate this drive in movie theater’s showing of Home Alone. This event is FREE but you do have to register.
  8. A visit with Santa: I am including a link to the Eventbrite website to allow you to find a Santa’s Village near you. Eventbrite will allow you to find the location and time that works best for you as you try to make this Christmas 2020 as festive and cheery as possible.
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If you have visited or plan to visit these places, leave a comment to tell me your experience and if it was worth the visit!

Merry Christmas!

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