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14 things you need to do in San Diego this December

Published On 12/04/2014 Published On 12/04/2014
Pappy Van Winkle's Bourbon

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Dec 4 Thu

The Pappy Van Winkle bourbon pairing dinner The Pappy Van Winkle rare bourbon pairing three-course dinner is going down at Craft & Commerce starting at 7pm. The 12, 15, and 20-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbons will be featured along with beer pairings for each of the three courses.

Craft & Commerce

The Pappy Van Winkle bourbon pairing dinner Craft & Commerce The Pappy Van Winkle rare bourbon pairing three-course dinner is going down at Craft & Commerce starting at 7pm. The 12, 15, and 20-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbons will be featured along with beer pairings for each of the three courses.

Petco Park Events

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Dec 5-24

Holiday Wonderland For 12 nights this month (December 5th-21st and 22nd-24th) from 5-10pm, Petco Park is transforming into a Holiday Wonderland. Take a ride on Polar Bear Express Trains, walk thru lighting displays, explore Candyland, check out Santa’s workshop, and feed live reindeer. There will also be a 40ft tall Christmas tree, a cocktail lounge, and SNOW!

Petco Park

Holiday Wonderland Petco Park For 12 nights this month (December 5th-21st and 22nd-24th) from 5-10pm, Petco Park is transforming into a Holiday Wonderland. Take a ride on Polar Bear Express Trains, walk thru lighting displays, explore Candyland, check out Santa’s workshop, and feed live reindeer. There will also be a 40ft tall Christmas tree, a cocktail lounge, and SNOW!

Balboa Park

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Dec 5 Fri

37th Annual December Nights Throughout the park, festival-goers can enjoy exhibitions, entertainment, and food -- plus, Balboa Park museums will be free from 5-9pm both nights. This year, you’ll be able to admire the historic and beautifully decorated Moreton Bay Fig Tree as you fly by it on the 200ft zipline.

Balboa Park

37th Annual December Nights Balboa Park Throughout the park, festival-goers can enjoy exhibitions, entertainment, and food -- plus, Balboa Park museums will be free from 5-9pm both nights. This year, you’ll be able to admire the historic and beautifully decorated Moreton Bay Fig Tree as you fly by it on the 200ft zipline.

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Dec 6 Sat

South Park Holiday Walkabout Take a stroll thru South Park from 6-10pm for the last South Park Walkabout of the year. The neighborhood is decorated for the holidays, and more than 70 shops will be open late with holiday specials, seasonal foods, entertainment, and more. Sweet Treats food truck will also be at the Fern St lot, serving holiday desserts.

South Park

South Park Holiday Walkabout South Park Take a stroll thru South Park from 6-10pm for the last South Park Walkabout of the year. The neighborhood is decorated for the holidays, and more than 70 shops will be open late with holiday specials, seasonal foods, entertainment, and more. Sweet Treats food truck will also be at the Fern St lot, serving holiday desserts.

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Dec 6 Sat

Feliz Navidad Karina’s Group is teaming up with Bloomingdale’s in Fashion Valley for a free public tasting on the 3rd floor from 1-3pm. Sample tamales from La Tequila, braised short ribs with mashed potatoes from Savoie, ceviches from Karina’s, and marlin tacos from Enamorada. There will also be drink pairings like Ponche Navideno, a traditional holiday punch, and Champurrado, a warm masa-based Mexican holiday beverage made with chocolate, panela, milk, and spices.

Fashion Valley

Feliz Navidad Fashion Valley Karina’s Group is teaming up with Bloomingdale’s in Fashion Valley for a free public tasting on the 3rd floor from 1-3pm. Sample tamales from La Tequila, braised short ribs with mashed potatoes from Savoie, ceviches from Karina’s, and marlin tacos from Enamorada. There will also be drink pairings like Ponche Navideno, a traditional holiday punch, and Champurrado, a warm masa-based Mexican holiday beverage made with chocolate, panela, milk, and spices.

SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off

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Dec 7 Sun

SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off The 5th Annual SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off is happening at 32nd and Thorn streets from 11am-5pm. The free event will have a beer garden, 30 local vendors, two stages of live music, and 40 restaurants competing against each other in the chili cook-off.

32nd & Thorn

SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off 32nd & Thorn The 5th Annual SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off is happening at 32nd and Thorn streets from 11am-5pm. The free event will have a beer garden, 30 local vendors, two stages of live music, and 40 restaurants competing against each other in the chili cook-off.

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Dec 8 Mon

FLUXX Industry Boxing III FLUXX is teaming up with Victory MMA for Industry Boxing III. Come watch your favorite nightlife peeps beat each other down in a professional ring on the FLUXX dance floor to raise money for local athletic charities. Doors open at 8pm, with the first fight starting at 9pm.

FLUXX

FLUXX Industry Boxing III FLUXX FLUXX is teaming up with Victory MMA for Industry Boxing III. Come watch your favorite nightlife peeps beat each other down in a professional ring on the FLUXX dance floor to raise money for local athletic charities. Doors open at 8pm, with the first fight starting at 9pm.

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Dec 9 Tue

San Diego Beer Guide Signing & Rare Beer Extravaganza Get to Stone Liberty Station starting at 6pm, where local beer guru Brandon Hernandez will be signing the 2014/2015 edition of his Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries while 11 of SD’s breweries pour rare and specialty beers. Tickets include a copy of the book and a 3oz sample of each beer.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

San Diego Beer Guide Signing & Rare Beer Extravaganza Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station Get to Stone Liberty Station starting at 6pm, where local beer guru Brandon Hernandez will be signing the 2014/2015 edition of his Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries while 11 of SD’s breweries pour rare and specialty beers. Tickets include a copy of the book and a 3oz sample of each beer.

Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge

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Dec 9 Tue

Cooking with Friends Executive Chef Tim Kolanko of Blue Bridge Hospitality, Executive Chef Carmine Lopez of Great Maple, and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant are coming together for Cooking with Friends, a monthly dinner series at Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge. This month’s five-course dinner includes dishes like short rib terrine, braised beef cheek pot-au-feu, and warm pear tartlets paired with Kermit Lynch wines. Contact Leroy’s for reservations.

Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge

Cooking with Friends Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge Executive Chef Tim Kolanko of Blue Bridge Hospitality, Executive Chef Carmine Lopez of Great Maple, and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant are coming together for Cooking with Friends, a monthly dinner series at Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge. This month’s five-course dinner includes dishes like short rib terrine, braised beef cheek pot-au-feu, and warm pear tartlets paired with Kermit Lynch wines. Contact Leroy’s for reservations.

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Dec 11 Thu

#tbt Holiday Party featuring Coolio Tin Roof is hosting a #tbt '90s holiday party in the Gaslamp at 7pm. Come in your best '90s gear to celebrate the holidays with DJs spinning iconic '90s jams, cocktail specials, giveaways, and a special performance by Coolio. Yes, Coolio.

Tin Roof

#tbt Holiday Party featuring Coolio Tin Roof Tin Roof is hosting a #tbt '90s holiday party in the Gaslamp at 7pm. Come in your best '90s gear to celebrate the holidays with DJs spinning iconic '90s jams, cocktail specials, giveaways, and a special performance by Coolio. Yes, Coolio.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

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Dec 14 Sun

The 43rd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights This year's parade starts at 5:30pm, with more than 80 boats covered in Christmas lights and decorated for the holidays. The parade route starts at Shelter Island and passes Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado, and it will happen on two nights: the 14th and the 21st.

Multiple locations

The 43rd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Multiple locations This year's parade starts at 5:30pm, with more than 80 boats covered in Christmas lights and decorated for the holidays. The parade route starts at Shelter Island and passes Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado, and it will happen on two nights: the 14th and the 21st.

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Dec 15 Mon

Green Flash last supper club For their last supper club of 2014, Green Flash is working with Chef Carlos Anthony from Salt & Cleaver to host a beer pairing dinner from 6:30-9:30pm. The night gets started with a reception featuring wild boar sausage with huckleberry paired with Little Freak with Boysenberry or Red Wine Barrel-Aged Saison -- and the five paired courses just get more delicious from there.

Green Flash Tasting Room

Green Flash last supper club Green Flash Tasting Room For their last supper club of 2014, Green Flash is working with Chef Carlos Anthony from Salt & Cleaver to host a beer pairing dinner from 6:30-9:30pm. The night gets started with a reception featuring wild boar sausage with huckleberry paired with Little Freak with Boysenberry or Red Wine Barrel-Aged Saison -- and the five paired courses just get more delicious from there.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

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Dec 23 Tue

Poinsettia Bowl Kickoff is at 6:30pm for the 10th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. The game will match a top team from the Mountain West against the U.S. Naval Academy. Come out early, and be sure you’ve got tickets to the VIP tailgate.

Qualcomm Stadium

Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium Kickoff is at 6:30pm for the 10th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. The game will match a top team from the Mountain West against the U.S. Naval Academy. Come out early, and be sure you’ve got tickets to the VIP tailgate.

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Dec 26 Fri

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade Get ready for the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, American’s largest balloon parade, happening at 3pm along North Harbor Dr, from the County Administration Building to Seaport Village. There will be floats, marching bands, drill teams, and so many enormous balloons.

Downtown San Diego

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade Downtown San Diego Get ready for the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, American’s largest balloon parade, happening at 3pm along North Harbor Dr, from the County Administration Building to Seaport Village. There will be floats, marching bands, drill teams, and so many enormous balloons.