San Diego may have the finest year-round climate in America, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in winter sports during the holidays.
Fantasy on Ice at Liberty Stations opens this weekend, offering children and adults an opportunity to whirl on the ice. You can rent skates, but dress warmly, bring mittens or gloves, and an extra pair of socks in case the ice gets wet.
And it true holiday spirit, proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital, thanks to sponsorship by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, SENTRE Partners, NBC 7 San Diego and others.
The holiday rink is open from from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily with a special night session for adults from 8 p.m. on 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. It’s closed on Thanksgiving day.
Admission is $14 for adults,$12 for kids and for $10 military.
One of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation runs through Sunday at Embarcadero Marina Park North. The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival showcases the city’s thriving food scene as well as some of the world’s premiere wines and spirits. It’s pricey, with events starting at $55, but you won’t go away hungry.
Improv Comedy in Old Town
Friday night is the grand, public opening of the new Old Town Improv Co. The festivities from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. include three free comedy shows, complimentary food, live music and contests. The theater is located at 2415 San Diego Ave, Suite 103. A crowd of several hundred is expected.
Around the World, Close to Home
Among San Diego’s hidden gems are the international cottages in Balboa Park. A total of 34 countries are represented in the 1935 exposition cottages, as well as the associated Hall of Nations. Many of the houses allow you to sample ethnic foods as you learn their history and culture. They’re open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Baroque Coffeehouse with The San Diego Symphony
Cristian Macelaru, conductor in residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra, will conduct a chamber music concert with musicians of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The program at 2 p.m. Sunday includes works by Bach, Telemann and contemporary composer Karim Al-Zand. It’s part of the symphony’s chamber music series at the Jacobs Music Center downtown. Tickets are available online.
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