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Holiday Specials

Make Memories at San Diego, CA Holiday Events

Celebrate the holidays in San Diego where the spirit of the city comes alive this season. Create new traditions while enjoying fun holiday events, festivals, music and local cuisine. Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with the family, see the twinkling Christmas lights, shop for that perfect gift and celebrate the New Year. Book our San Diego holiday specials at Holiday Inn Bayside and make memories to last a lifetime.

San Diego Hotel Holiday Specials

  • Holiday Shopping Getaway

    • This package includes free hotel parking, 2pm late checkout based on availability,  discount shopping pass to Seaport Village, San Diego commemorative magnet keepsake, holiday cookies and choice of milk or hot cocoa packet per person.

San Diego Holiday Events

  • Fantasy on Ice

    Located just 5 minutes away, this seasonal outdoor ice skating rink provides entertainment for all while benefiting Rady's Children's Hospital.
    • Date:  Daily from November 17, 2016 through January 8, 2017
    • Location/Address: NTC Liberty Station Command Center at 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
  A San Diego Tradition!  This two-day event is full of music, dancing, food, crafts, and other multicultural activities.  It's a great way to kick off your holiday celebrating!
  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016 from noon-11pm
  • Location/Address: Balboa Park, San Diego
  • Ocean Beach Christmas Parade

    For over 30 years, this community holiday parade, less than ten minutes away, has been a local favorite.  This seaside community's parade features classic Woodies and Santa decked out in beachwear.  Would you expect anything else?
    • Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
    • Location/Address: Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
  • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

    In its 45th year, this boat parade is a can't-miss event.  Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate or other libation, and find a perch along San Diego's beautiful Big Bay.  Boats of every shape and size in this sailing parade will be decorated in brilliant holiday lights.   This year's theme is "It Begins with a Roar" to honor the San Diego Zoo's 100th anniversary.
  Join carolers at Old Town Historic Park for music, entertainment, bonfires, special holiday treats, and extended shopping hours. 
  • Date: Saturdays in December
  • Location/Address: Old Town San Diego, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110
  Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a long-running holiday favorite.  This classic tale is brought to life with unique costumes, whimsical music, and holiday magic.  A must-see for every family.
  • Date: Saturday, November 5 - Monday, December 26, 2016
  • Location/Address: Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  Each year, SeaWorld transforms into a charming holiday land filled with fun for all ages.  Visit Santa at his workshop, meet his reindeer, watch holiday-themed shows, or have breakfast with Santa and Shamu! 
  • Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • Location/Address: SeaWorld San Diego. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
  The Zoo's annual holiday celebration is back!  Experience a winter wonderland full of lighted animal sculptures, music, holiday treats, and special visits from St. Nick.
  • Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
  • Location/Address: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr. San Diego, CA 92101
  Are you ready for some (college) football?  Grab your team jerseys and head to Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley for some entertaining gridiron action. 
  • Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
  • Location/Address: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
  The Holiday Bowl wouldn't be the same without the pre-game parade!  Enjoy America's largest balloon parade set in downtown San Diego with the beautiful Big Bay as a backdrop.  Enjoy college bands, dancing, merriment, and of course the balloons!
  • Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 10 am
  • Location/Address: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  Get set to watch two of the best teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 face off in America's Finest City.  Fans can also enjoy the ultimate pre-game party at the National Funding Fan Zone.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 10 am
  • Location/Address: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

San Diego Holiday Shopping