San Diego Weekend Events Friday December 11 to Sunday December 13, 2015

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san-diego-boat-parade-of-lightsWhat: The 44th Annual San Diego Bay Holiday Boat Parade of Lights!
When: December 13, 2015 & December 20, 2015
Where: San Diego Bay
Description: The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Join us this December for our annual Parade on San Diego Bay, with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated according to a new theme each year. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in December. The Parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.

Prices for Winners: Cruises, 5 Star Hotel Stays and much more

The Awards Presentation dinner will be on January 6, 2016 at 6pm at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. Your parade registration includes two complimentary tickets that will be held at the door in your name. Additional Awards Banquet admission tickets can be purchased on the website for $35 in advance ($50 at the door).

Cost: $50

Parade of LightsWhat: Parade of Lights
When: Sunday December 13, 2015
Where: San Diego Maritime Museum
Description: See the annual parade of Lights on San Diego Bay from the historic ferryboat Berkeley at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The parade judges are stationed aboard the steam yacht Medea, and the brightly decorated boats pull out all the stops when they pass by.

Includes a holiday dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., $25 children/$50 adults. If you just want to watch the parade, it’s $10 for museum admission after 6 p.m. This year’s boat parade theme is Christmas Around the World. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. Info: 619-234-9153 x106.

Cost: $25 – $50

Gaslamp-holiday-pet-paradeWhat: Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
When: Sunday December 13, 2015
Where: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Description: Seasons greetings, San Diegans! Prepare to unleash the holiday cheer in Downtown San Diego with your furry friends! The 8th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade & Expo presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic returns on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3pm.

As the parade wraps up, be sure to grab your goodie bag full of fun samples, toys, coupons, and other goodies for your festive fur friends at the FREE Pet Expo, open to the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Entry to participate in the parade is only $15 per pet and pet owner duo in advance, and $20 day of. Participants are encouraged to register in advance as space in the parade is limited and will fill up fast!

Cost: $15 – $20

Ales-Rails-Ugly Christmas Sweater PartyWhat: Ales & Rails: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
When: Friday December 11, 2015
Where: San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park
Description: Local craft brews from Societe Brewing, Nickel Co., and Intergalactic Brewing Company. Wear your most abundantly adorned, cheesy, and downright hideous holiday sweater.

Age limit: 21+

Cost: $35

Robert-Irwin-Light and SpaceWhat: Robert Irwin: Light and Space
When: Friday December 11 to Sunday, December 13, 2015
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Description: Light itself focuses and diffuses our gaze in Irwin’s environmental light installation Light and Space (2007). In this work—developed during Irwin’s residency in MCASD’s Robert Caplan Artist-in-Residence Studio—he uses fluorescent light tubes alone as the main triggers of a mass-less, enveloping perceptual experience.

Cost: $0 – $10

Eli Young Band - Kevin FowlerWhat: Eli Young Band – Kevin Fowler
When: Friday December 11, 2015
Where: House of Blues San Diego
Description: Somewhere in the midst of 10,000 towns, along a lonely highway between packing clubs in their native Texas years ago and more recently performing stadiums on one of country music’s hottest tours, the Eli Young Band became more than a band. They became a brotherhood. Camaraderie and creativity fused into an intoxicating cocktail that has propelled the talented foursome to the vanguard of contemporary country music.

Cost: $18 – $30

PB Holiday ParadeWhat: PB Holiday Parade
When: Saturday December 12, 2015
Where: Garnet Ave, Pacific beach, San Diego
Description: It’s everyone’s favorite time of year! This year, Pacific Beach will be hosting it’s 36th Annual Holiday Parade on December 12th at 1pm! Don’t miss this fun and festive event to celebrate the holidays! This years’ theme will be A Beachin’ Holiday to celebrate all things fun in the sun we are lucky to have in San Diego during the holidays. So come cheer on your favorite marching bands, floats, and much more including a visit from Santa to start you holiday cheer! For more information on how to get involved, please visit

Cost: Free

18th Annual Parol Lantern FestivalWhat: 18th Annual Parol Lantern Festival
When: Saturday December 12, 2015
Where: Celebration Hall @ The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Description: Get a taste of the Philippines at Christmastime at the 18th Annual Parol Lantern Festival! Featuring music and dance performances by PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company, The Filharmonic (NBC’S The Sing Off, Pitch Perfect 2), Mariachi Divinas, Marvin Calderon Jr (Fox’s American Idol Season 12 Top 28), and more! Enjoy parol-making workshops, a parol contest with cash prizes, food, cultural exhibits, pabitin for children under 12, and vendors.

Cost: $12 – $15

Toast Of DowntownWhat: Toast Of Downtown
When: Saturday December 12, 2015
Where: Gaslamp Quarter 5th and Broadaway San Diego
Description: Raise your glasses! It’s time to toast the holidays with delicious cocktail samples, bites from local menus, and discounts at over 20 downtown shops. With the holidays just around the corner, the Toast of Downtown will bring festive feelings and a holly jolly good time to Downtown San Diego this winter.

Purchase your tickets early for only $20 or $30 the day of the event. Make sure to swing by the will call to get your toasting ticket!  Toast of Downtown is the perfect way to spend an afternoon festively feasting as you stroll your way through two dozen of the most delicious Gaslamp and East Village restaurants!

Cost: $20

karen-at-the-keysWhat: Karen at the Keys
When: Sunday December 13, 2015
Where: The Westgate Hotel, San Diego
Description: “Karen Giorgio at the Keys” returns to the Plaza Bar at The Westgate Hotel for only one night in December to celebrate the holiday season!

Karen will be singing and playing piano and some great guest performers, including Sacha Boutros, Alan Land and Joe Savant, will be joining her.

Karen is well known for her many years of performing and entertaining in the Plaza Bar at the Westgate and at Inn at the Park among other venues.

There’s no cover charge for this fun event so join us for a very entertaining evening of music, laughter, and old (and new!) friends. Drinks (including new holiday libations) and food available for purchase. Happy Hour prices until 7:00 PM.

Cost: Free

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