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Things to Do in San Diego During the Winter

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Winter Things To Do In San Diego

It may be winter, but in San Diego you’d never know it. One of America’s most coveted destinations, San Diego stays mild and sunny all year round. The only thing giving away the season is the abundance of festive holiday events and activities. Here are some of the top things to do in San Diego during the winter:

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San Diego Christmas Lights Tour by Old Town TrolleyHop on the Holly Jolly Holiday Tour

Fun and good cheer is in store when you get your seat on this special San Diego tour. Enjoy a colorful candy cane, cheerful music and a comfortable ride as this tour transports you past some of the city’s most fantastic holiday displays. You’ll travel through the Gaslamp Quarter, to Port Loma and near Balboa Park, and witness all the magic of the season as the colorful lights sparkle in the moonlight. Sing along to popular holiday tunes and experience the spirit of the season in this 90-minute tour offered on select evenings in December.

Stop in to Old Town State Park for Holiday in the Park

An annual tradition, Old Town State Park celebrates the season with a special evening in mid-December. Shop keepers display their spirit with beautiful decorations, carolers roam the streets and special holiday treats are offered.

Watch the Annual San Diego Parade of Lights

Get a spot on Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village or at Coronado’s Ferry Landing to witness the spectacle of the annual boat parade. More than 100 private boats will sparkle and dazzle as they cruise along the San Diego Bay. It’s a favorite holiday tradition enjoyed by locals and visitors. The event takes place on select days in December.

Old Town Trolley San Diego Beach TourHave a Beach Day

Yes, even in the winter you can still enjoy the magnificent San Diego beaches. Because the climate is ideal all year long, there’s never a bad time to have a beach day. The Old Town Trolley Beach Tour is a great way to experience some of the city’s most beautiful beaches. It stops in La Jolla, Mission Beach, Mount Soledad and Old Town and allows you to disembark whenever you wish. Explore tide pools, sit under a shady tree or climb to the top of a dramatic cliff. The beaches in San Diego are diverse and offer a unique experience.

Experience December Nights at Balboa Park

A wonderful holiday tradition, December Nights brings adults and children together to enjoy all the wonder of the season and the many attractions within Balboa Park. Museums offer free admission in the evening and music and entertainment make it a festival to remember. Dance performances, food from around the globe, and much more are a part of this special event that takes place in the beginning of December.

Attend a Free Concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Each Sunday afternoon, visitors are treated to exquisite music presented by a variety of performers at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Bring a blanket or grab a seat on one of the many benches. This outdoor venue is the ideal way to enjoy a live concert and the sunny San Diego climate.

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