While we can’t recommend which Chinese restaurant to go to for Christmas dinner — there are just too many good ones in town to choose from, but we can tell you about the fun events happening around town this weekend.
Noel Noel: A City Lights Concert
Still not feeling that holiday spirit? Get into the mood at the San Diego Symphony’s annual holiday concert, “Noel Noel,” this weekend. The family-friendly show will be conducted by Sameer Patel.
The concert features Kevin Deas and singers from the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Children’s choir singing holiday favorites, a Christmas carol sing-a-long and a visit from Santa Clause.
Tickets range from $25 to $75. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Seas ‘n’ Greetings
Here’s your last chance at seeing the scuba-diving Santa. It’s a unique holiday tradition at the Birch Aquarium.
Seas ‘n’ Greetings is when the Birch Aquarium transforms into a holiday wonderland with holiday-themed undersea encounters, including Scuba Santa, but Saturday is Santa’s last dive before returning to the North Pole. After Saturday, only Santa’s elves will perform the dive shows.
The event goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $15.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without this classic holiday ballet. There are two ballet companies in town performing this story of a Nutcracker brought to life through magic and a child’s imagination.
Enjoy ‘Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies’ from the California Ballet at the San Diego Civic Theatre. The last four performances are this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s performance times are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s are 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $105.
Russian Grand Ballet
Some of Russia’s brightest ballet stars appear in this version at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Saturday is the company’s one and only performance in town. Tickets range from $35 to $85. The show starts at 6 p.m.
Garden of Lights
Kids getting cabin fever from being cooped inside too long? Take them to the San Diego Botanic Garden. After the sun goes down, the garden transforms into a dazzling Southern California winter wonderland.
More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the 37-acre urban oasis.
Bring the family and experience the magic as you wander down the illuminated paths of several spectacular Garden areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden.
Garden of Lights goes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Tickets range from $10 to $20.
Holidayfest by the Bay
This Saturday, skate with Santa, play reindeer games at Rudolph’s Mini Golf and marvel at the life-sized gingerbread house.
The Hilton San Diego Bayfront is offering all that and more at the “Holidayfest.” The skating rink opens at noon and a holiday movie screening begins at 7 p.m.
Skating tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids. There is a $5 military discount. Parking is $10 for two hours and free for military.