If you’ve traveled to San Diego, you’ve likely shopped and dined in its historic Gaslamp Quarter, caught a Padres game at Petco Park, relaxed in one of the many beautiful sandy beaches or enjoyed world-renowned rides and attractions at SeaWorld. But You probably haven’t ventured North of Downtown. Unfortunately if you have not done so you are missing out on many of the North County San Diego Events.
There are many small towns and their events that you should definitely check out such as Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside.
If you haven’t been in San Diego for the holidays, however, you’re missing out on some of the best holiday celebrations anywhere. Whether you’re interested in winter entertainment on the water, eye-catching lights displays or family-friendly holiday exhibits, these San Diego events make perfect ways to celebrate the holiday season and spread plenty of cheer in the process. Below is a handful of holiday festivities taking place in the North County San Diego place nicknamed “America’s Finest City,” plus noteworthy San Diego hotels that lie near them.
1. The Holiday of Lights:
The event runs most nights (closed Dec. 6 and Dec. 13) from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. More than 400 stunning displays, all centered around such themes as Toyland, Treasures by the Lake, Candy Cane Lane, and Elves at Play, will be set around the Del Mar Racetrack. Visitors can delight in the holiday displays from the comfort of their vehicles as they drive along a 1.5-mile stretch through the lively Fairgrounds.
2. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights:
If your idea of spreading holiday cheer involves being on or near the water, don’t miss the 39th annual Parade of Lights, which happens to be the city’s only Christmas parade. Boats of all shapes and sizes decorated for the holiday season will parade around the bay as more than 80,000 spectators watch in awe. The parade has grown so much in popularity that it’s held twice annually.
3. Garden of Lights:
You don’t have to be a nature lover to appreciate the lovely city’s Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights, which runs from Dec. 9 through Dec. 23 and again from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30 (5-9 p.m.) With over 100,000 sparkling lights, live music, a Nutcracker exhibit, horse-drawn-wagon rides, marshmallow roasting and much more, it’s easy to see why children and parents alike can’t enough of this family-friendly winter wonderland. Located in Encinitas, the Botanic Garden boasts the Hamilton Children’s Garden – the largest interactive children’s garden on the west coast – as well as the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Visitors can stay at Del Mar Motel on the Beach, set approximately 6 miles from San Diego Botanic Garden.
4.Food event – Escondido Chocolate Festival
Who doesn’t love chocolates? Kids love them. Adults savor them. Escondido Chocolate Festival is dedicated to this divine delicacy. As the month of February is devoted to Valentine’s Day- Escondido Chocolate Festival aptly will take place on 9th February, 2013 at Downtown Escondido on historic Grand Ave.
5. Last but Definitely not least- Carlsbad Legoland
Starting in October – kids will be able to enjoy Brick or Treat – where kids can dress up and trick or treat through out the park. Then in November through December Legoland celebrates the holidays with music, lights, rides and even snow! The kids will love it!
There are a slew of great San Diego holiday events in the North County that await.
What are you waiting for?
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