It’s time for full deck-the-halls mode – stockings and mistletoe and all the trimmings. We also truly hope your holiday extends a couple of extra days this San Diego weekend, so we might be gifting you with a couple of extra happenings (wink).
Family in town? The Bahia Resort Hotel transforms the Bahia Belle for the Jingle Belle Cruise, a 45-minute sightseeing tour on Mission Bay, complete with hot cocoa, holiday cookies and more. Tickets remain for most evening cruises Friday and Saturday. General admission costs $20.
Some of the region’s ongoing holiday attractions have ticket availability Christmas night – and/or continue through the New Year – including:
- The Snow n’ Glow Holiday Festival in Del Mar, from Saturday through Jan. 2.
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre skips Christmas, but adds shows on a non-traditional matinee day – Friday this week.
- Another Globe holiday show, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, offers an extra show Friday, and also skips Christmas, before closing Sunday.
- The “Holidays” show at Legoland can be seen Christmas Eve and Day, as the park will be open until 6 p.m. The seasonal celebration continues through Jan. 9.
- The ice rink at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine will be open from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
- Botanic Wonderland at the San Diego Botanic Garden is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas, but open through Dec. 30.
The WorldBeat Cultural Center opens its 41st annual Kwanzaa celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday. Stop by the Balboa Park center for ceremonial candle lightings, live drumming, poetry readings and Karamu – the traditional feast, with free vegetarian African American soul food. Events continue through the week.
The cult of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 endures, because if someone makes a truly terrible movie – mediocre just won’t do – that dubious honor must be remembered (in infamy). And MST3K does it with robots – even better. The “Time Bubble Tour” stops at the Balboa Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $26.
The Holiday Bowl isn’t just about football.
In advance of Tuesday’s clash between UCLA and North Carolina State, the bowl hosts the inaugural Snapdragon Bowl Bash and Concert at 6 p.m. Monday. Following the Battle of the (school) Bands in the Gaslamp, the concert take places on the Sycuan Stage in Gallagher Square at Petco Park. Enjoy the ’80s flashback with performers A Flock of Seagulls, The English Beat, Missing Persons and Taylor Dayne. Tickets start at $40.
And then there’s the big, and we mean, BIG, balloons. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, a few hours before the game at Petco Park, head to Harbor Drive for the free Holiday Bowl Parade, with floats and bands, and yep, enough floaty fun to say, fie upon you, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We’ve got our own big balloon goodness, thank you very much.