The Cat in the Hat made an appearance in the Holiday Bowl Parade along Harbor Drive. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s the last weekend of the year.

Whether it’s been good or bad, 2018 was certainly an interesting year. Celebrate in style with some of the best events around town this weekend. Here’s your guide.

San Diego Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

If you miss “The Nutcracker” during Christmas weekend last weekend, here your chance to catch a favorite holiday tradition here in San Diego.

Sugarplum Fairies, leaping Cossacks and dancing toy soldiers are all there at the San Diego Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” The cast features more 100 dancers from all over the world.

San Diego Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $40 to $100.

San Diego International Auto Show

More than 400 cars, trucks and other vehicles from 30 global manufacturers are at the annual San Diego International Auto Show this weekend.

Attendees will have the chance to see 2020 model-year cars before they hit showrooms and test drive more than 100 vehicles from 12 car manufacturers. In addition to show cars, there are also multiple exhibits, such as Camp Jeep, an interactive virtual reality space where attendees can experience Jeep’s off-road capabilities.

San Diego International Auto Show goes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are 15$ for adult,s $12 for seniors and active military, and $11 for children 12 and under. Children under 6 are free with a paid adult admission.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland

Have kids but want to celebrate New Year’s Eve without missing their bedtimes? Legoland has the answers.

The theme park will host the festivities with party hats and special glasses for viewing fireworks. Legoland California will drop the Lego version of the famous Times Square ball from 22 feet in the air for the countdown at 6 p.m. Monday evening.

Fireworks will start after 6 p.m. to conclude the festivities. The Kids’ New Year’s Eve party is free with admission to the park, which starts at $89.99.

Holiday Food Truck Festival

This is for all the foodies. This weekend, check out all the food trucks the Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival.

An assortment of gourmet dishes from more than dozen of popular food trucks around will line the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can go for all three days as different food trucks are in attendance each day.

San Diego Museum of Art and the Fleet Science Center will also offer special pricing and extended hours.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Did you know that San Diego is home to the largest balloon parade in the nation? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has nothing on the San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade.

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown will showcase world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. The parade starts at the County Administrative Building and goes south on Harbor Drive and ends at Seaport Village.

The best viewing areas are at the County’s Waterfront Park and aboard the USS Midway. It is recommended that you arrive early for prime seats.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. to goes until noon. The parade is free, but for guaranteed best seats in the house, grandstand seats are available for $22 pre-purchase or $25 of the day (based on availabilities).

New Year’s Eve Events

Here are some of the New Year’s Eve events around town, if you still haven’t decided where to party the night away yet.

Black & Gold New Year’s Eve Party

You can celebrate the New Year in style with the Maritime Museum of San Diego at the Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party aboard the transformed McKinney deck’s classy lounge on the historic Steam Ferry Berkeley, located directly on the San Diego Bay.  You can spend a gorgeous and exciting night with your friends in one of the most unique venues in town. The event starts at 9 p.m. and goes to 1 a.m. (with dinner services starting at 5:30 p.m.) Tickets are $60.

Craft Beer New Year

You can go all-out on the last night of the year with an extravagant affair at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station. There are activities planned for every corner of the Bistro so you can close out 2018 on a high note. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $99 (which includes three drink tickets). There is a $79 ticket for designated drivers.

NYE Beachfront Bash

Eat, drink and dance the night away from the beachfront to the rooftop at the inaugural NYE Beachfront Bash in Belmont Park. The celebration includes live music and multiple DJs, handcrafted eats and cocktails just a few steps from the sand in Mission Beach. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $105

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