Photo courtesy SanDiego.org
Photo courtesy SanDiego.org
With only one week left before Christmas, there’s not a moment to lose. It’s time to get serious about celebrating this season. Luckily, we’ve got your bases covered. Here are some of the top events around town.

X-mas with the Brew Crew

AleSmith’s brewers are harnessing their imaginations into the X Extra Pale Ale, a brew glistening with the tastes of orange and Sandia chilies.

Explore a variety of beer flavors ranging from orange, watermelon, lemon-ginger and Sandia chilies. Ask questions about the incredible adventures that lead to craft beer.

From 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, the Brew Crew will take guests on a guided tour of the brewery, while explaining the intricacies of craft beer, brewing and life. The doors open at 9990 AleSmith Ct in San Diego as early as 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Kick off the weekend with a whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Immerse yourself in Whoville, listening to featured songs like “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze.”

The Old Globe Theatre will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland, as the grinch discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Showings are available at 7 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $24 to $65 dollars.

Lightsaber Battle

Unleash the force this Saturday at the Lightsaber Battle presented by Lightsaber Academy and Newmindspace. If you can manage to bring your own lightsaber, this epic battle of LED lights is free of charge.

The battle between Jedi and Sith shall commence at 8 p.m at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd. Within an hour guests will be divided into two teams. Let out your inner Star Wars geek, and clack laser weapons with fellow fans. Head to the afterparty at 10:30 p.m in the FLUXX Nightclub, where people can shake to Darth Vader’s sick beats and order champagne from Princess Leia. Star Wars costumes are highly encouraged.

Lightsabers specifically made for the event are sold out but it’s never to late to stop by Party City and pick one up. The party runs from 9 p.m. on Sat. Dec. 19 to 2 a.m. on Sun. Dec. 20. Tickets to FLUXX Nightclub are available on their website.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Did you miss your chance to gaze into a sea of sparkly boats last weekend? Here is another golden opportunity. The Port of San Diego continues its 44th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. A fleet of 80 boats will gleam with multicultural displays to the parade theme of “Christmas Around the World.”

Check out the gorgeous views from Seaport Village, Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Keep in mind that it is wise to take a Trolley route to the parade because finding parking can be a challenge. Some useful stations with parking are located in Fashion Valley and Old Town. Once on the Trolley, head towards the North Embarcadero area.

This Sunday marks the last Parade of Lights at the San Diego Bay until next year. The boats will begin to sail by the pier at 5:30 p.m.

Cookies & Canvas Snowman

For family bonding, head down to Mimi’s cafe for a Wine and Canvas event where children can paint their very own masterpiece. Savor a variety of French-inspired dishes while the kids develop their emerging Picasso.

Upon arrival, guests are provided with aprons, easels, paints, brushes, cookies and step-by-step instructions from local artists. They will enjoy a 11″ by 14″ gallery wrapped canvas, while parents appreciate the free parking.

The festivities are on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. located on Mira Mesa, 10788 Westview Parkway. Ticket prices are $20 per a seat. Sign up for the event here.