6 San Diego Holiday Traditions When You Don’t Have a White Christmas

You may be a native Californian, and are very used to a warm and sunny Christmas. But maybe you have been transplanted from a place where you have more than a working knowledge of a snow shovel. If you have ever lived in a place where Christmas time can mean snow time, you may feel nostalgic this time of year. But in San Diego, we know how to celebrate the season in true SoCal style! At Richard Realty, our team has put together a few San Diego holiday traditions to consider:

Ice Skating on the Beach at the Hotel del Coronado
Oh sure. Lace up your ice skates and take some turns just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean. After you are done, walk over and enjoy a barefoot walk along the sand. Sounds crazy, but it happens every day this time of year at the Hotel del Coronado, which hosts “Skating by the Sea.” It is open now and runs through New Year’s Day. With a ticket, it covers your skate rental, too. Ice skates and flip flops. Only in Southern California!

2) December Evenings at Balboa Park
Balboa Park is the beautiful crown jewel of San Diego. Even when the days are warm, the nights can make you pull out the sweaters. December Nights at Balboa Park features a fun, festive display of holiday lights. On December 1 and 2, you can get free admission to the museums in the evenings. This is a great day, and not a well-kept secret: 350,000 people will be visiting Balboa Park over these two days, so put on your patient hat and enjoy the festivities!

3) Snow Day San Diego
Now this is fun! Yes, it’s not real snow but Snow Day San Diego is a ‘snowy’ playground just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego. Head to Rohr Park in Bonita and go tubing or ice skating. Yep, you heard correctly. It also has a giant 12-foot tall gingerbread house and giant snow globe for your picture-taking pleasure. It’s open December 22-30 (but not on Christmas Eve.)

4) Global Winter Wonderland
We love seeing how different cultures celebrate the holidays, and you can travel the world by going to the Global Winter Wonderland at SDCCU Stadium. Enjoy many types of international cuisine and see holiday displays that showcase a variety of ways to celebrate the holidays. Kids (of all ages) love the carnival rides, and there is an abundance of entertainment, between the Circus of Lights acrobats and performers, shopping to be done, and pics with Santa. It is running now and will continue through January 7 on weekends.

5) Christmas Light Displays in San Diego
Every town has its own neighborhoods where home owners just go all-out. San Diego is no different. Even though we are in sunny SoCal, we love the beauty and excitement of holiday light displays. There are a few must-see neighborhoods and areas that really do stand out this time of year. We think you need to check out some hot spots favored by the locals, including Candy Cane Lane, Poway, Christmas Card Lane in Rancho Penasquitos and Garrison Street in Point Loma.

Are you interested in making San Diego your home base? Call us and we can show you why we love this area so much, all year round!