Parade of Lights boat
The prize-winning boat Libro d’Oro during the 45th annual Parade of Lights. Photo by Chris Stone

Frozen Fairgrounds

Just in time for the chilly weather, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will open its holiday ice-skating rink this weekend.

Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar, which opens at noon Friday, will be available for public ice skating through Dec. 30. The rink is the largest holiday ice skating rink in San Diego. Not in the mood for ice skating? There are also several Hockey Interactive Skill Zones to challenge your hockey skills.

There is also a lounge area for parents to grab some adult beverage while your little ones frolic in the rink. Ice skating cost ranges from $15 to $20. Skates rentals are included.

San Diego Cares

While the Chargers are no longer in San Diego, some former Chargers players along with some former Padres players and other people in the sports community are hosting the San Diego Cares blood drive. The event is the successor to the 38 years old San Diego Chargers Blood Drive.

The drive starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Town & Country Convention Center. Celebrities expected to make an appearance include Greg Vaughn, Darren Carrington, Ed White and Kellen Winslow.

There are also food trucks and other entertainment booth at the event, which goes to 5 p.m.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

It’s a San Diego tradition around this time of year. Boats, kayaks and dinghies are decked out in holiday lights and sailing by the shores for all to enjoy.

The last of the 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, which takes place over two weekends, is this Sunday. Around 80 festively decorated vessels will take part.

The parade starts around 5 p.m. at Shelter Island and ends at Ferry Landing in Coronado after making a trip around the bay. The best viewing areas are the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Cesar Chavez Park and Coronado.

Gem Faire

Still looking for a present for that special someone? Check out the Gem Fair at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley.

More than 100 exhibitors will showcase gems, jewelry and beads. You can also get your jewelry cleaned or ring sized for free while shopping at the event.

The Gem Faire runs from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A week pass goes for $7 for adults. Children ages 11 and under are free.

Queen Bee Market

Queen Bee Market, described as “Etsy comes to life,” will hold a one-of-a-kind shopping event this weekend featuring thousands of handmade items.

The urban-style handmade market is hosting vendors who make their products by hand from booths that are designed with flair. More than 100 artisans have been hand-selected to showcase an array of handmade home décor, accessories, clothing, paper arts, vintage items, furniture and more.

Attendees can also expect live demonstrations; make-and-take stations; and a lounge for shoppers to relax with couches and televisions.

The event goes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wyland Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Admission is $3. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Hanukkah Observance

Sunday is the sixth day of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. As part of the celebration, Chabad of Chula Vista is hosting a lighting ceremony of the nine-foot menorah at the Outlets at the Border.

The giant menorah is part of world’s largest Hanukkah observance hosted by Chabad. More than 15,000 large public menorahs are erected by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including global landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Kremlin and White House.

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and follows by a community festival that features children’s activities, sweets, raffles and more.