Event Calendar

Calendar of Events in Carlsbad and San Diego

When it comes to events in and around Carlsbad and Coastal North San Diego, the options are as diverse as the landscape itself. From music and food and wine showcases to sporting events, flower shows, seasonal festivals and county fairs, there is something for every visitor and every age.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular upcoming events – all just moments from West Inn & Suites hotel. Each highlights the fun loving spirit and culture of the Carlsbad area, while giving visitors a wide range of opportunities to join the locals at play.

Upcoming Events:

December 2016

Holidays at LEGOLAND- Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.

  • When: November 25 – January 1
  • Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: Included with admission | Buy tickets

Skating by the Sea- This ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a visual backdrop and adds holiday music and hot chocolate and libations.

  • When: November 24 – January 2
  • Where: Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 92118
  • Cost: $25 | Buy tickets

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Once again the Green Meanie will try to ruin the holiday season for the citizens of Whoville. This is the Globe's 18th staging. This time, will he succeed?

  • When: December 1 – 26
  • Where: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, 92101
  • Cost: $24 - $82 | Buy tickets

Balboa Park December Nights- Seasonal entertainment for the whole family as well as festive holiday lighting throughout the Park - from the Plaza de Panama canopy - to the Botanical Building – to the landmark Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Delicious cuisine and holiday cheer are also all part of the long-standing San Diego celebration.

  • When: December 2 – 3
  • Where: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

Coronado Christmas Parade- Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.

  • When: December 2
  • Where: 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
  • Cost: Free

Red Nose Run- A holiday 5K benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. This is the 25th Annual Red Nose Run Holiday Fun Run! The event includes your choice of a 3k or 5k run along the beautiful Del Mar beach. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded for best costume.

  • When: December 2
  • Where: 1670 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: $25 - $40 | Register

Festival of Christmas- This year's Festival of Christmas is set in San Diego's "Little Italy" district. The year is 1949 and the sleepy little town is going through big changes. It's a memorable theatre experience filled with song, dance, laughter and love. A perfect holiday show for the entire family!

  • When: December 2 - 24
  • Where: Lamb's Players, 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
  • Cost: $24 - $78 | Buy tickets

Jungle Bells- A chance to see exotic animals at night makes an evening visit worth a trip, and through January 2 the zoo is also decked out with holiday lights and special performances. Expect music, animal-themed Christmas tales, and Santa holding court in an igloo while his elves bounce on a trampoline.

  • When: December 2 – January 2
  • Where: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, 92101
  • Cost: Free with Admission | Buy tickets

Visits with Santa at The Forum Carlsbad- Children are invited to visit with Santa in the Anthropologie Court at The Forum. He will have a treat for all of his guests. Be sure to bring your cameras!

  • When: December 3, 10, 17 | 1pm – 4pm
  • Where: The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • Cost: Free

Garden of Lights- After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening

  • When: December 3 – 23 | 26 – 30
  • Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024
  • Cost: $6 - $20 | Buy tickets

Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival- Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

  • When: December 3
  • Where: California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: Free

Encinitas Holiday Parade- Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the 2016 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.

  • When: December 3
  • Where: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Cost: Free

Lightwire Theatre's A Very Electric Christmas- Your holidays will brighten with Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope performed in complete darkness and set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

  • When: December 3
  • Where: Moonlight Stage Productions, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
  • Cost: $10 - $25 | Buy tickets

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival- Unwrap some magic this holiday season and partake in the festive fun, at the 53rd Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Holiday Fair. The historic neighborhood of North Park will warmly welcome friends and family to bundle up and delight in San Diego's most joyful parade.

  • When: December 3
  • Where: University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Cost: Free

Carols and Barrels - A Holiday Beer and Wine Festival- The festival will offer approximately 2,500 guests the opportunity to sample and learn about over 200 beers and wines from over 50 local breweries/wineries and sample holiday treats from some of San Diego’s top restaurants. The event will also feature caroling, ugly sweaters, tons of holiday cheer and of course, Buddy the Elf.

  • When: December 3
  • Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
  • Cost: $45 - $115 | Buy tickets

Storytime With Santa at The Forum Carlsbad- Bring the children to Geppetto’s Toys in The Forum Carlsbad for Storytime With Santa. Santa will read holiday classics followed by time for the children to visit with the jolly old elf.

  • When: December 4 & 11 | 1pm – 3pm
  • Where: The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • Cost: Free

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival- Spread some holiday cheer at the Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival in downtown La Jolla. The event includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus.

  • When: December 4
  • Where: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: Free

Poway's Christmas in the Park- Are you looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit and create family memories that will last a lifetime? Witness Christmas traditions come to life in a spectacular fashion at Old Poway Park!

  • When: December 10
  • Where: 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
  • Cost: Free

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights- Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.

  • When: December 10
  • Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Cost: Free

Noel Noel- Sameer Patel, conductor San Diego Master Chorale San Diego Children's Choir The San Diego Symphony celebrates the holidays in style with this delightful concert of popular music of the season featuring the San Diego Master Chorale and special guests. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

  • When: December 16 - 18
  • Where: Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego, CA
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

Flagship's Christmas Eve Dinner & Christmas Luncheon Cruise - Let us do the cooking and cleaning while you experience a festive Christmas Eve Dinner and/or Christmas Luncheon cruise with loved ones aboard our luxury yacht. Surround yourself with the twinkling lights of our beautifully decorated vessel as you sip complimentary champagne and revel in the views of the sparkling San Diego skyline.

  • When: December 24 - 25
  • Where: Flagship Cruises & Events, 990 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
  • Cost: $45 - $75 | Buy tickets

Hanukkah Celebration at the Forum Carlsbad- Join Chabad La Costa for Lighting of the Menorah in the Anthropologie Court. The event will include games for the children and complimentary refreshments.

  • When: December 26 | 4pm – 6pm
  • Where: The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • Cost: Free

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Celebration- This high-end cocktail party will be complete with themed music, entertainment and classic cocktails. Get into the groove of the evening and dress up as a fun flapper or wear a debonair vintage suit. No costume? No problem. We will have fabulous 20’s style accessories available. The Abbey Speakeasy promises a night of seductive glamour, so leave your inhibitions at the door and give in to the extravagance of the era.

  • When: December 31
  • Where: The Abbey on Fifth Ave, 2825 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Cost: $75 - $125 | Buy tickets

Kids' New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND- "Midnight" comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes. LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air at San Diego's largest Kids' New Year's Eve Party!

  • When: December 31
  • Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: Included with admission | Buy tickets

January 2017

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures- Experience marine wildlife up close and personal on the large, fast and stable watching boat in San Diego! Experience live educational narration by expert captains and the trained docents called Whalers from the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNat).

  • When: January 1 - ongoing
  • Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $41 | Buy tickets

San Diego International Auto Show- Featuring an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers. The 2016 model-year vehicles on display will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs.

  • When: December 29 – January 2
  • Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $8 - $12 | Buy tickets

San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K- Get ready to shed those holiday pounds and kick off your New Year's Resolution by running along San Diego's beautiful Mission Bay Park. 10K and 5K distances available for runners and walkers. We work hard to keep the Resolution Run’s impact low through earth-friendly race management practices. Plus, the Resolution Run benefits San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project.

  • When: January 7
  • Where: 1590 E. Mission Bay Dr, Mission Beach, CA 92109
  • Cost: Varies | Register

37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade- This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

  • When: January 15
  • Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
  • Cost: Free

Salk Science & Music Series- The Salk Institute invites you to attend the fourth season of the Salk Science & Music Series. The series consists of six remarkable Sunday afternoons that bring together virtuosos from the worlds of science and music.

  • When: January 22 | Amit Peled with Kenta Asahina
  • Where: Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium, 10010 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $55 | Buy tickets

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment- See Lightning McQueen, Mater and the Disney-Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody and the Disney-Pixar Toy Story gang as they race for home. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life.

  • When: January 27 - 29
  • Where: Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, 92110
  • Cost: $14.50 - $72.50 | Buy tickets

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