‘Tis the season for family time, parties and really getting into the holiday spirit. In San Diego’s North County, there are plenty of ho-ho-holiday happenings to make the season bright.
Check out this round-up of the most popular Yelp events happening throughout December, from shopping parties to traditional theater and ballet performances. No doubt, you’ll be feeling jolly in no time.
San Diego’s Mini Maker’s Faire: Saturday, Dec. 7 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Gather the family to be amazed! As the event description states, this “one-day family-friendly event showcases innovation and creativity: part science fair, part county fair.” Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., this shindig will boast some truly extreme exhibits and ingenious inventions. Visitors will see everything from 3D printers to rockets, all handmade by tech enthusiasts of all ages. Think DIY projects taken to the next level. Tickets range from $5-$10 per person.
Encinitas Holiday Parade 2013: Saturday, Dec. 7 (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
New York may have the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but in San Diego’s North County, Encinitas has its own community parade that is not to be missed. Thousands of locals line the historic Coast Highway 101 to watch over 100 festive floats along the parade route. Not to mention, Santa Claus comes into town, too. This year’s parade theme is “Growing Holiday Cheer,” celebrating the rich agricultural history of Encinitas, from local flowers to fruit trees. The free event starts with a tree-lighting ceremony at The Lumberyard shopping center at 5 p.m. Grab the kids, some hot cocoa and enjoy!
'A Christmas Carol' Comes to San Marcos: Playing from Dec.12 – Dec. 22 (show times vary)
Charles Dickens has stumbled into Walnut Grove Park as The San Marcos Historical Society hosts this year's production of "Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens.” Tickets are a just a couple shillings (okay, they’re between $5 and $10) and this family-friendly performance even includes a Santa surprise at the end. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society. The play will take place in the perfect setting of Connor’s Hall.
Yelp’s Totally Bazaar: Friday, Dec. 13 (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
North & South yelpers alike will join forces and spread the shop local love at this exclusive holiday event at SILO in Makers Quarter, located at 753 15th St., near downtown San Diego’s East Village area. This giant shopping and mingling mixer will boast free food, alcohol and, yes, plenty of beloved local artisans including friends from Etsy selling those perfect, quirky holiday gifts. RSVP to get on the guests list, as it’s not open to the public. The event is 21+ only.
The Nutcracker, West Coast Ballet: Dec. 21-22 (show times vary)
A cast of more than 200 performers create the magic that is Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet at the Center for the Performing Arts in Escondido. You’ll hear every nostalgic note live, played by the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. Add the stunning seasonal sets and dancers, and this is a tradition you won’t forget. Tickets range between $21.50 and $42, and will likely sell out, so buy them early.
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