Holiday time is officially here and this weekend marks the kickoff of many community celebrations.
You won’t be able to drive too far without seeing a Christmas parade or carolers. Here are some of the major San Diego neighborhood holiday events, from La Jolla to Lakeside and beyond.
Chula Vista’s Third Avenue Village Association is canceling its annual Starlight Parade because of area construction. Instead there will be a free, pedestrian-friendly Holiday in the Village celebration featuring carolers, booths, vendors and even an ugly sweater competition.
Details: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. ?Along the Third Avenue Village district, Chula Vista. Free; (619) 422-1982 or thirdavenuevillage.com.
A day of adventure awaits in Coronado, beginning with a festival and visit to “Snow Mountain,” from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. The popular parade down Orange Avenue begins at 6 p.m., and the evening closes at 7 p.m. with a tree lighting and concert at Rotary Park.
Details: 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Coronado Ferry Landing and down Orange Avenue. Free; coronadochamber.com.
Christmas Comes to IB is a daylong celebration by the sea featuring crafts for kids, cookies and a visit from Santa.
Details: Festivities begin at noon and go until the evening at Portwood Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach. Free; ib-chamber.com
Central San Diego
The charming North Park Toyland Parade & Holiday Fair parade celebrates 49 years with marching bands, dance troupes, vintage cars and local politicians.
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday. University Avenue between Iowa and Utah Streets. Free; toylandparade.com.
The 33rd Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade features everyone from yogis and roller derby girls to Woodies and floats along Newport Avenue.
Details: 5:05 p. m. Saturday. ?Along Newport Avenue. Free; obtowncouncil.org.
The Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village will have music and dancing as well as Italian cookies, cider and an assortment of vendors. Santa arrives on Little Italy Fire Engine 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Details: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. ??at Piazza Natale on the corner of W. Date and India streets. Free; littleitalysd.com.
The La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival celebrates its 55th year with floats, horses and a tree lighting.
Details: Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday along Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. The Holiday Festival begins at 3:30 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. with a tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. Free; ljparade.com.
December Nights, the popular Balboa Park celebration, returns for its 35th consecutive year. See next week’s Night&Day for detailed events.
Details: 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. Throughout Balboa Park. Free; balboapark.org/decembernights.
Lakeside’s The Spirit of Christmas celebration brings area school performances, Santa Claus, food and drink and concludes with a tree-lighting ceremony.
Details: 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. ?along Maine Avenue. Free; lakesideca.info.
The Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights and Snow Festival actually does feature real snow as well as a light-up parade.
Details: Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 along Alpine Boulevard. The Snow Festival is at 7 p.m. at Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road. Free; (619) 445-2722 or alpinechamber.com.
La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village transforms downtown La Mesa into a Victorian village with strolling minstrels, pony rides, food vendors and more.
Details: 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 throughout the La Mesa Village district. Free; lmvma.com.
Escondido’s annual Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland festivities include Santa, carolers, children’s crafts and snow.
Details: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Free; artcenter.org.
Vista celebrates its 50th anniversary at this year’s Christmas Parade.
Details: 1:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Vista. ?Free; ?vistachamber.org.
The Encinitas Holiday Parade features floats, marching bands, food and music. A tree lighting ceremony happens at The Lumberyard before the parade.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday. ?Festivities begin ?in the Lumberyard courtyard, 937 S. Highway 101. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. down South Coast Highway 101 follows. Free; ci.encinitas.ca.us.
Celebrate Holiday at the Rancho at Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park with community performances, pony rides, tree lighting and an outdoor screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Details: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad. $8 at the door, free for ages 3 and under. (760) 434-2843 or carlsbadca.gov.
Oceanside’s Parade of Lights and Holiday Craft Fair brings out decorated boats in the water of the inner harbor.
Details: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 1950 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside. Free; (760) 722-5751 or oceansideyc.com.
Celebrate A Holiday Winterland in downtown Del Mar with crafts, horse and carriage rides, treats and more.
Details: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. ?Along Highway 101 from 15th to 13th Street. Free but activity books are sold separately; delmarmainstreet.com.
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