Things to Do in San Diego December 2023

Discover a Not-So-Wintery Wonderland

This December, get out and enjoy San Diego’s festive good vibes with plenty of space to celebrate, play and just getaway. Book your room now at a great rate!

Outdoor Holiday Merriment

Getting outdoors during the holidays is a San Diego pastime

Thanks to year-round moderate temperatures, getting outdoors during the holidays is second nature in San Diego. Enjoy ice skating by the ocean, cheer on your favorite team during a bowl game, or push yourself with a physical challenge such as running in a turkey trot or half-marathon. Or simply stroll along the beach and enjoy the warmth of the season, San Diego-style.

70 degrees and Fun on Ice

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

When: Nov. 3, 2023 – Jan. 8, 2024
Lace up your skates and take in the holiday splendor as you relive a cherished piece of your childhood or take your very first spin at the Viejas Ice Rink!

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

When: Nov. 16, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Sentre and NTC Foundation welcome the community to celebrate the holiday season with the return of their outdoor ice skating located in the Central Promenade at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.

Skating by the Sea

Dates: Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
The landmark Hotel del Coronado offers a unique Southern California experience with Skating by the Sea, an outdoor ice-skating rink adjacent to Coronado Beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During the holidays, the resort’s famous Windsor Lawn is transformed into a seaside skating rink offering skating sessions daily.

Holiday Bowl Festivities

Snapdragon Bowl Bash

When: Dec. 26, 2023
The Snapdragon Bowl Bash is a time for fans and locals to gather in the heart of San Diego for FREE family fun, great food, live music, giveaways and more!

Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk

When: Dec. 27, 2023
The Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade takes place along San Diego’s beautiful harbor front.

Holiday Bowl

When: Dec. 27, 2023
With a longstanding tradition of being one of the most exciting Bowl games in the business, the Holiday Bowl features a Pac-12 and ACC matchup, followed for the second year by the KGB Sky Show.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

When: Dec. 27, 2023
A long tradition of the Holiday Bowl, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade!