Holiday Events In Encinitas 2022: Christmas Parades; Tree Lights

ENCINITAS, CA — ‘Tis the season!

It’s time to start filling your 2022 calendars with such holiday events as Christmas parades, tree and menorah lightings, Breakfast with Santa, Nutcracker Ballets, concerts and other community extravaganzas in Encinitas and throughout San Diego County.

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Christmas this year falls on Sunday, December 25th, while Hanukkah runs from December 18th through December 26th.

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THROUGH JAN. 8: Outdoors, Holiday Skating at Viejas Outlets: Viejas Casino & Way out. Skate rental included in the ticket price.


DEC. 2: Tree-Lighting Holiday Celebration & Santa Claus. Forum Hosts Crown City Bombers, Entertainers, Santa’s Arrival & more.

DEC. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17 : ‘Winter Wonderlights’ holiday light show & Snowfall. Festive fun at the Forum.

DEC. 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18: Visit to Santa Claus: The Forum. Free, but don’t forget your camera!

DEC. 5-4 p.m.: Gelson’s Market’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toys go to Children’s Hospital of LA, Toys for Tots, Unity Shoppe, Miracles for Kids, Miller’s Children Hospital & Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

DEC. 6: Carlsbad Republican Women Christmas Party. Advance tickets required.

DEC. 7: Holiday dinner series with Santa Claus. At Bob’s Steak & Chop House/Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

DEC. 10: Holiday craft market. At the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

DEC. 11: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s Gingerbread Academy. Gather the gang to build festive gingerbread houses.

DEC. 17: Poinsettias, Pajamas & Pancakes brunch. “A memorable brunch starring jolly Old Saint Nick, his friends from the North Pole and the Poinsettia Princess.”

DEC. 21: Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting: The Forum. With games for children & refreshments.

THROUGH JAN. 8: Holiday in LEGOLAND. “So much to see and do.”


DEC. 4: Second Chance Beer Company Pawliday Market. Free & dog friendly!


DEC. 4: Starry Nights. With market, music & riding Santa’s holiday train.

DEC. 11: Friendship Pop Up Market – OMG Santa Event! In the Friendship Park.

THROUGH JAN. 8: Sesame Place San Diego ‘A Very Furry Christmas Celebration.’ Festive, family-friendly fun with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends.


DEC. 2: Holiday Parade, Tree & Menorah lighting. With music, sing along & more.

DEC. 11 & 18: San Diego Bay Parade Of Lights. A time-honored holiday tradition!

THROUGH JAN. 1: ‘Skating by the sea’ holiday rink: Hotel Del Coronado. “Spectacular ice rink by the beach.”


NOV. 25: Tree lighting at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. We celebrate the season!

NOV. 26-JAN. 14: Holiday ‘Glice’ Skating Rink: Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Leisure skating on an environmentally friendly “Glice” rink!

DEC. 5-4 p.m.: Gelson’s Market’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toys go to Children’s Hospital of LA, Toys for Tots, Unity Shoppe, Miracles for Kids, Miller’s Children Hospital & Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

DEC. 23: Holiday Tea & The Nutcracker Ball at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Starring dancers from Scripps Performing Arts Academy.


NOV.: Holiday ‘Mother Goose Parade’ – Canceled in 2022.

DEC. 3-4: Christmas begins in heaven. Musical theater with top talent for youth in East San Diego County.

DEC. 17: San Diego Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’: The Magnolia. “San Diego Ballet brings America’s favorite holiday event to dazzling life.”


DEC. 2: Beer and hymns – Christmas edition. Supports community partner Encinitas 4 Equality.

DEC. 3: Encinitas Holiday Parade. “A blast from the past and holiday party.”

TO DEC. 30: ‘Lightscape’ Holiday Walk-Thru: San Diego Botanic Garden. “A festive world of wonder with over 1 million twinkling lights.”


DEC. 1: Jazz at the Ballroom presents “HOLIDAY IN” – “Hip, sophisticated twist on classic Christmas tunes.”

DEC. 8: Escondido community in unity. Holiday fun with food, wine, entertainment & toys & PJ drive.

DEC. 10: Jaycee’s Annual Christmas Parade. This year it’s a “Miracle on Grand Avenue!”

DEC. 27-29 & JAN. 3-6: Little Explorers Winter Camp. At the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum on Broadway.


DEC. 3: ‘The Grinch Comes To Town’: IB Artisan Market. Free & family & pet friendly.


DEC. 10-11: Christmas begins in heaven. Musical theater with top youth talent in East San Diego County.


DEC. 1-23: Annual Victorian Christmas Teas: Julian Tea & Cottage Arts. With a special seasonal menu plus options for children & vegetarian and gluten-free diet.

DEC. 17: Country Christmas Parade of Lights. A city tradition!


DEC. 4: Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival. It’s a “Grand Ole’ Christmas celebrating La Jolla history.”

DEC. 9-10: Holidays at Hogwarts dinner. At Sugar & Writing. Call for reservations.

DEC. 10: Birdstock Musical Festival & Holiday market. Bands, beer garden, children’s fun & more.


DEC. 3: Vacation in La Mesa Village. Festive time with live music, cozy bonfires, craft vendors, food, children’s area & more.


DEC. 2: Annual Holiday Bonfire: Treganza Heritage Park. Music, bouncy houses, food trucks & more on the agenda.

DEC. 5-31: Christmas in the Village Series. Select dates on My Space and Early Learning Time.

DEC. 17: Holiday craft fair. Supports Mount Miguel High School.


NOV. 26-27: Ceramics Holiday sale. Get started on your holiday shopping!

DEC. 3-22: Studio ACE Holiday Art Shop. The Dec. 3 kick-off features free “Make ‘n Take,” treats & more.

DEC. 7: The symphony orchestra’s holiday concert. With MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra & Choir.

DEC. 10: Harbor parade of lights. An enchanting urban tradition!

DEC. 16-18: Megill & The company is not your normal nutcracker. Quirky modern jazz theater tells the classic story.

DEC. 21: A Winter’s Eve Concert with David Arkenstone & Friends. At the Oceanside Theatre.

DEC. 31: Nerd comedy New Year’s Eve. LOL your way into 2023.


DEC. 5-4 p.m.: Gelson’s Market’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toys go to Children’s Hospital of LA, Toys for Tots, Unity Shoppe, Miracles for Kids, Miller’s Children Hospital & Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

DEC. 31: New Year’s Eve NEW Bar Crawl. Ring in the New Year at 10+ venues.


DEC. 4: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party. Showcasing holiday classics & Christmas originals.

DEC. 9-10: ‘Christmas in the park’ Train rides & Santa Claus. “Old fashioned holiday tradition that will take you back in time!”

DEC. 17: Cookies with Santa at My Gym. Limited space, so book soon.


DEC. 3: Christmas tree lighting & Celebrations. Fun includes classic cars, live music, vendors, kids crafts, dancing, carolers & Santa Claus.

DEC. 3- 6: Ramona Valley Winery Holiday Wine Trail. Three weekends, 15+ wineries & celebrations!


DEC. 14-18: Breakfast with Santa Claus: Bernardo Winery. With cookie making, animal friends & more. Save your place!

DEC. 14-18: Holidays: Bernardo Winery. Five evenings of “twinkle lights and holiday magic.”


DEC. 2-4, 9-10, 16-17: Holiday ‘Wild Winter’ & ‘Wild Winter Nocturnal’: Helen Woodward Animal Center. Family celebrations – day or night – with Santa, critters & more.

DEC. 6: Jingle & Mingle – A festive fundraiser gives help & Hope. Supports the Community Resource Center.


NOV. 25: Liberty Station’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festive evening with live entertainment, fire engine rides, Santa pictures & outdoor holiday movie.

NOV. 25: Green Friday holiday market. With local & sustainable suppliers of small businesses.

NOV. 30: Jake Shimabukuro: Christmas in Hawaii. Featuring “Ukulele master and happy ambassador of aloha.”

DEC. 2: A Merry Christmas with Mariachi Sol de Mexico. At the Balboa Theatre.

DEC. 2-3: Balboa Park December Nights. Free holiday party with food, lots of entertainment & stocking drive.

DEC. 3: Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas village. “The Downtown neighborhood is transformed into a winter wonderland.”

DEC. 3: Sip & Candy with Santa Claus. Hosted by AleSmith Brewery.

DEC. 3: Holiday Community Gathering & Bazaar. Featuring artists, crafts, treats & rescue puppies at Spirit Yoga & Barre Studios.

DEC. 3-4: Makers Arcade Holiday Fair. At Broadway Pier.

DEC. 9 – JAN. 1: SD Zoo Holiday ‘Jungle Bells’ – “Flashing lights, live entertainment, festive music and views of awe-inspiring wildlife.”

DEC. 10: 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Pawty. Bring your pups for photo booth, raffles, silent auction, music by DJ C-Riz, food, drinks & Pawliday Market.

DEC. 10-11: Winter express experience. Story time with Santa at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

DEC. 11 & 18: San Diego Bay Parade Of Lights. A time-honored holiday tradition!

DEC. 11 & 18: Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises. Book quickly as tickets sell quickly.

DEC. 17: Ales N’ Rails. Holiday party for 21+ with music, ugly sweaters, trains & more at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

DEC. 18: Graceband’s Elvis & Buffett Christmas Spectacular. Put on the blue suede shoes!

DEC. 7 p.m.: Seaport Village Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. Family-friendly party with music & more.

DEC. 19: Home Depot Menorah-Building Workshop. Free with RSVP.

DEC. 21: A Berkley Hart Christmas. Concert in the Music Box.

DEC. 31: New Year’s Eve NEW Bar Crawl. Over ten parties in one evening!

THROUGH JAN. 8: Rady Children’s Hospital Outdoor, Skating Rink: Liberty Station. To benefit the Thriving After Cancer program.

THRU JAN 8: SeaWorld Christmas Party & Fireworks. Select dates throughout the holiday season.


DEC. 4: Holiday market. With more than 100 local artisans & craftsmen.


DEC. 2-23: Celebration of light. Walk-thru light display on Fridays & Saturdays at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures.


NOV. 25-DEC. 24: Lights at the Lakes Holiday Light Show. Tickets on sale for drive-thru with sparkling holiday displays.


DEC. 3: Pacificaires & Cedar Center Chorus Holiday Concert. Free event at the library.

DEC. 9: “The NOTEables” sounds of the season. Another free holiday concert at the library.


NOV. 30: Anuhea (All Is Bright Holiday Tour). At Belly Up.

DEC. 4: A John Waters’ Christmas. Tickets for sale.

DEC. 13: The Christmas show in Venice. More festive fun from Belly Up Tavern.

DEC. 21: An evening with the Abbey Road Christmas show. Holiday time with The Beatles!

DEC. 22: Betamaxx’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with The 80’s Underground. Tickets are available from Belly Up.


DEC. 2-3: Holiday Craft Show. Shop handmade goods, home decor, jewelry & more.

DEC. 4-10pm: Noah Home’s ‘Enchanted Village’ Holiday-Lights Walk-Thru. Acres of “brilliantly lit trees, magical cabins, light tunnels, live entertainers, hundreds of giant candy canes, over a million lights, interactive displays and other festive decorations.”


NOV. 25-27: Holiday Craft Fair, Face Painting & Pony Rides: Bates Nut Farm. Kick off your gift shopping with handmade arts and crafts, plus kids’ fun planned.

DEC. 9-10: Christmas In The Valley & Santa visits: Bates Nut Farm. With the Polar Express, arts and crafts, carols & more holiday fun.


DEC. 3: Annual Christmas Parade: Downtown. This year’s theme: A Toy Stories Christmas.

DEC. 7-8 & 2-4pm: ‘Jingle Terrace Live’: Moonlight Amphitheatre, Brengle Terrace Park. Free event & no tickets required.

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