There are only 14 more days until Christmas. This weekend, the sights and sounds of Christmas will come alive throughout San Diego.
Here are some of the top events around town.
La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village
Minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, they’re all here at La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village. This weekend, La Mesa Village will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas village.
For the kids, there will be carnival rides, pony and puppet shows, and, of course, a visit from Santa. There will also be live music on a number of stages. Shops along La Mesa Village will be open late for Christmas shopping.
The event goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is free to attend.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Sponsored by the Port of San Diego, the 44th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition. More than 80 vessels will be illuminated to highlight this year’s theme, Christmas Around the World.
The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday starting from Shelter Island to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and finally Ferry Landing in Coronado.
The best viewing locations are Seaport Village, Harbor Island and Shelter Island, though parking spaces at those locations fill up quickly. The north and south ends of the Embarcadero and the pathway along Coronado tend to be less crowded.
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
While the San Diego Bay Parade is the biggest parade of lights, it is by no means the only light parade on waters.
Hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club, dozens of boats will sail around Mission Bay in the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday from Quivira Basin.
The best viewing location is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
The Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Oceanside Yacht Club. The parade features fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dinghies in holiday lights and swag.
The parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, circles the Oceanside Harbor and one of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice.
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Holiday parades aren’t just only for boats, four-legged critters have their own, too. The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade is the furriest parade.
Presented by Downtown Ace Hardware, pet owners and their furry, feathered or scaly companions done their favorite costumes for this parade, which starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gaslamp Hilton Park, 401 K Street.
The parade is free to watch. There is a participation fee of $15 ($20 the day of) for pet owners who want to join the parade.
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