Holiday activities around San Diego

Ernesto Lopez

Looking for some traditional Holiday activities? Then you are in the perfect city, because San Diego has it all. Take a look at the list of activities and events that will help you get into the perfect Holiday spirit with your loved one, friends and family.

Ice Skating

1. Outdoor Rink at Horton Square
This is located in Horton Plaza at 225 Broadway Circle; they will remain open until Jan. 1, 2010. Adults pay $12, and part of the proceeds will benefit the center for cancer and blood disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital.

2.Skating by the Sea
Hotel del Coronado transforms their Windsor Lawn, located steps from the sand, into an ice skating rink from Nov. 23 to Jan. 3, costing you between $20 and $25, including shoes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation of San Diego.

3.Ice Skating with Shamu
From Nov. 21 – Jan. 3, get your skates on and get ready to glide under SeaWorld’s Tree of Lights to celebrate the season. In addition to a 5,000 sq. ft. ice rink, there will also be a special toddler rink for kids 3 and under. Skate rentals will be an additional cost to park admission.

Performances

4. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
The Old Globe Theater presents America’s favorite holiday fable, back for its 12th year, is a wonderful, whimsical production that will once again jump right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the Old Globe stage. The show runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 27. For tickets log onto www.theoldglobe.org/tickets

5. “The Nutcracker”
Come watch Clara take a magical journey with her Nutcracker prince through dancing snowflakes performed by the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Performances. It will show from Dec. 6 to Dec. 20 at the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park. Tickets are between $10 and $15. For times and ticket sales, contact the ticket booth at (619)233-3060.

6.”Traditions of Christmas”
This presentation by the East County Performing Arts Center features musical numbers, dancers, a live orchestra and favorite Christmas traditions. There are also guest appearances from Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, Charlie Brown and, of course, Santa. The address is 1545 Pioneer Way in El Cajon. Tickets start at $18; call the box office at (619)440-2277.

Holiday Lights

7. “The 38th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights”
On Dec. 13 and 20, 5:30p.m. – 9p.m., see over 100 boats, all decked out in lighted glory, while they cruise a 7.5 mile route.

8. Ocean Beach residents visit 4729 Newport Ave. to see the Olson family’s gift to the community as their home’s lights are synchronized to Music on FM 89.7. During the month of Dec., they operate Monday – Thursday, and Sunday from 6p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6p.m. to 11 p.m.

9. Tierrasanta: This home light display is a labor of love for Randy Schimka, whose sons both are autistic. The impressive Christmas lights are a way to connect with his son, Brandon, who responds to the lights.
5306 Belardo Drive, through Dec. 28.

10. East San Diego: 1523 48th St. – off Federal Blvd. & 48th St. Arron Christmas Lane. Dec. 1 through Dec. 30, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.