Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego

Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego

  • Raquel Benguiat
  • 12/5/23

Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego

The holiday season is upon us, and it's that time of year when you're winding down and looking to spend quality time with your family and friends. While winter in San Diego means average temperatures in the 60s and palm trees instead of snow-covered pines, you can still find many winter-themed experiences right here at home. Whether it's oceanfront ice skating, tubing, snowman building, catching a live performance of a holiday classic, or trying a holiday-inspired cocktail at the newest pop-up bar, there is something for everyone on this list.

Experiences & Activities

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Experience Hotel del Coronado’s beachfront ice rink with views of the Pacific now through January 7th. Special reservations for the rink-side or ocean-side Frostbite Lounge with plush seating up to 6 people, fire pits, and holiday-themed food and drink start at $100. Click here to make a reservation.

Del Mar Snow N Glow

Snow tubing for all ages, millions of holiday lights, snowman building and private igloo rentals make the Del Mar Snow N Glow Holiday Festival a wonderful experience for the whole family. The festival opens on December 14th, Thursdays-Sundays and other select dates (including Christmas Day) from 4-9 p.m. Click here to make a reservation.

Del Mar Social Club Holiday Chalet Packages

The Del Mar Social Club offers 3 Chalet Cabana rental packages, starting at $150. The 2-hour experiences include a variety of options, including ice skating, fireside s'more making, caroling, live music, and more. A full holiday cocktail and food menu featuring your favorite festive flavors are available, and best of all, it's dog friendly! Click here to make a reservation.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Join one of Baja's most-renowned chefs, Roberto Alcocer, at the fine-dining Mexican restaurant Valle for a culinary adventure celebrating the holiday season. Guests will enjoy a special four to eight course tasting menu with a celebratory champagne toast. You may also enhance your experience with an optional curated wine pairing. 

December 24th, Starting at $185 per person. Click here for reservations. 

Holiday Cocktail Hot Spots

Explore San Diego’s vibrant cocktail scene with these holiday-inspired pop-ups!

Miracle at Draft

Miracle, the whimsical holiday pop-up is debuting at Draft for the first-time ever this holiday season! Let over one million lights guide you through Belmont Park to the highly anticipated Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up. Miracle at Draft will feature exclusive original cocktails, over-the-top decorations, and exciting new collectable mugs; it's the perfect way to bring the holiday season to life.  

Open 4pm-11pm Daily Click here to learn more.

The Grass Skirt

Sippin' Santa is the tropical companion to Miracle (mentioned above). The holiday pop-up has officially taken over The Grass Skirt in Pacific Beach, now through December 31st.

Open Monday-Wed 5pm-11pm / Thurs-Sat 5pm-2am / Sunday 5pm-12am. Click here for reservations.

Your Favorite Hotel Bar

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Rancho Valencia, The Hotel Del Coronado, The Grand Del Mar... all of these are special places any time of year, but they take on a magical feel when decorated with the sites, smells, and flavors of the holidays.

Live Shows

The Grinch

Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Who-ville for Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Shows run through December 31st. Click here to purchase tickets.

San Diego Symphony "Noel Noel" Holiday Show

Don't miss the San Diego Symphony's all-new holiday story and script, full of cozy holiday moments, favorite tunes, and jolly spirit in Noel Noel, San Diego's favorite annual holiday music tradition at The Rady Shell on December 16th & 17th. Click here to purchase tickets.

Nutcracker Tea at Grand Del Mar

Enjoy an abridged Nutcracker performance by Scripps Performing Arts Academy with tea service on December 23rd & 24th at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Best Holiday Lights

These neighborhoods feature must-see light displays. Hop in the car and venture out for a night of lights, music and fun!

Botanic Garden Lightscape Exhibit

The Garden of Lights at the San Diego Botanic Garden will be even more spectacular this year thanks to the International Lightscape Exhibition. Enjoy a one-mile evening walk through the lighted garden filled with more than one million twinkling lights, as well as a "cathedral" of lights, a laser garden, lantern trees and more. Reservations are required, and the exhibit runs through January 7th. Click here to learn more.


Wishing you happy holidays, San Diego!


Photo Credits: Hotel del Coronado, CBF Productions, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego Botanic Garden, Polite Provisions, SanDiegoWithKids (Instagram)

Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego
Plan a Perfect Winter Day Out in San Diego


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