<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Events, Concerts, Shows and Things to Do]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/the-scene/events http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:00:36 -0700 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:00:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Vavi Mud Run Returns]]> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:36:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mudrun.jpg Runners of all sorts participated in VAVi's Del Mar Mud Run 2013 over the weekend. Check out a clip of the fun, mud-filled event here.]]> <![CDATA[Comic-Con 2013 Survival Guide]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 06:18:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/148245104.jpg

If you’re planning on attending Comic-Con 2013, you’ll probably need nerves of steel to tolerate the over 100,000 people trying to all get into the same panels, get the same autographs, buy the same collectors items and see celebrities as you.

And if you know that going in, you’ll no doubt have a blast.

But one thing you need to know right now is this: preparation is the key to enjoying this event. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll enjoy it. The Comic-Con staff has put a lot of time and effort for you to enjoy the show, but you’ll have to do your part by making sure you’re ready.

So here are some quick tips for you to have the best time possible.

The biggest tip I have for you is this: Dress in layers. You’re going to be going into several temperatures. Freezing (if you make it into Hall H), Cold (if you’re up before dawn waiting in the lines to get into Hall H or Ballroom 20), Warm (When the sun comes up and it’s not quite entry time) Hot, if you’re unlucky not to make into Hall H on the first go-round and have to wait in line for people to leave so you can get in. And stuffy, especially in Ballroom 20 where the circulation isn’t always the best.

Next, your shoes are important. Those strappy sandals may look cute with your costume but if you’re going to be standing for hours, it may not be the best choice. Neither are those flip flops because you’ll be walking a LOT and hopefully going from panel to panel. Plus, your feet WILL be stepped on while you’re walking the convention floor, so it’s best to stick with sneakers, flats or any other covered shoe you deem comfortable.

Third: pack snacks. It’s no secret that the food at the convention center is pricey. And it you’re going to be sitting in Hall H from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. you may want to eat. Fruit, granola bars or any other snack that doesn’t smell is a great choice. You’ll be sitting beside some folks who will assault your senses with body odor and nachos, no need for you to contribute.

Water, water, water. I cannot tell you the number of people who have that glassy-eyed look because they are dehydrated. Buy water at the grocery store (there’s one a few blocks from the convention center) and pack it in your bag.

Plan ahead. Realistically you cannot be in two places at the same time. So look at the schedule and make decision about where you want to be when. And allow yourself time to walk to that place and be able to stand in line to get in. If you’re going to attempt to go into Hall H, be prepared to sacrifice sleep because each year the line to get in starts earlier and earlier. Last year, some people were in line DAYS ahead to get into a panel. If you’re anywhere around the convention center, you’ll probably get in, but if you’re in Seaport Village where lines stretched to last year, you can forget it.

Rest. Comic-Con is four days of nonstop panels, parties, costumes and fun. But to enjoy it all, you need to get a full eight hours of sleep. Decide on a bed time and stick to it. You don’t want to snooze off during a crucial moment.

Use social media. If you can’t make it to a panel, someone is probably Tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking or Vining about it. Let that help you enjoy the panels you can’t make it to.

Don’t forget your chargers. With social media now a huge part of this event, you’re going to go through power pretty quickly and there are very few unspoken chargers in the rooms, so you may want to make sure you’re fully charged and turn off any unneeded applications including Bluetooth and location services which drain batteries pretty quickly.

Go off the beaten path. Everybody will try to get into Hall H for the film panels, or Ballroom 20 for the TV stuff and some B-list movies. And the Convention floor will be super crowded on Preview Night and Saturday. So look at that schedule for other things you might enjoy that may not be as crowded or hard to get into.

Make friends with the people you’re standing in line with. People are fascinating and have fascinating stories to tell when you have hours to stand in a line. I made four new friends whom I’ve kept in touch with for the past year. And at some point, you’ll need a bathroom break and those people are usually kind enough to hold your seat or watch your stuff.

Finally, breathe. It can be overwhelming, but with the right choices, you’ll be able to look back at an experience to remember. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Lionsgate]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Snow Deals]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:47:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/snowski.jpg

Now that the winter chill has settled in to Southern California, it’s time to take advantage of snow at local mountains.

Thankfully San Diegans don’t have to drive far to experience snow – or pay a lot of money. There are plenty of places nearby to experience a winter wonderland for cheap.

Mount Laguna

Just one hour east of downtown San Diego is one of the few places to see snow in the county. The Laguna Mountain Lodge typically has online-only specials that let you spend some quality time in the snow. Kids will love this family-friendly snow spot as many hills are good for sledding.

Big Bear
One of Southern California’s biggest mountains is a popular destination for SoCal skiers and snowboarders. With every purchase of a discounted midweek adult lift ticket ($69) guests can receive a free child ticket. You can also get a good deal when combining lift tickets and lodging.

Mount Baldy
Take a break from work and go tubing at Mt. Baldy east of Los Angeles. Kids less than 3-foot-6 tall can tube for $5 and adults are $15. Beat the crowds by getting there by 9 a.m. when the mountain opens.

Where do you go to get your snow fix? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jack Rocks the Midway]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:27:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Midway+0152.jpg San Diegans set sail on the Midway on Sunday night on a lineup of music sponsored by Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Titanic Exhibit to Open in San Diego ]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:26:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KNSD_Rare_Artifacts_from_the_Titanic_011012_65_mezzn_722x406_2185405845.jpg

Almost 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, artifacts from the infamous voyage will be on display in San Diego for the first time.

More than 200 artifacts from the Titanic will be on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum beginning in February.

“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” will offer a replica boarding pass to museum visitors allowing them to “board” the ship and follow the story of its first and final voyage.

Among the items on display will be perfume bottles, White Star Line china and other objects recovered from the debris field discovered in 1985.

“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” opens Feb. 10. Tickets ($27 for adults) include general admission to the museum and can be purchased in advance.

Let us know what you think. Comment below, send us your thoughts via Twitter @nbcsandiego or add your comment to our Facebook page.

<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Shobha]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/2012_08_Shobha_Columbus_Circle.jpg

What’s not to love about the Shobha? When you want to look your best and you need your eyebrows groomed as well as other parts of your body tended to, Shobha is the place to go. With over a decade of experience and excellence in hair removal, Shobha caters to a clientele that includes top beauty editors, A-list celebrities and busy New Yorkers.

Shobha is known for its consistent quality and client sensitivity embodied in its line of products and all-inclusive treatments for the brows, body and bikini area. Shobha herself, founder and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has fused her Indian cultural heritage with a high-powered business education and background (Harvard MBA, Fortune 500 work) to create a successful company infused with warmth and fantastic services and goods.

Good news for Washington, D.C.! !ith four upscale locations in NYC, Shobha will be opening its doors in spring 2013 in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. D.C. will soon see what Lucky magazine says about Shobha, “fast, efficient and ultra-hygienic!"

For more information, visit the website.

<![CDATA[Looking Back on 2012 with 1st Look]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 23:33:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LOOKINGBACK.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at the best of 2012. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Adventure 2012]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 23:33:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BESTOFADVENTURE.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as she takes a look back at some of 1st Look's most exciting adventures of 2012.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 7 Reporters Skate for Make-a-Wish]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:18:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Haas-Sutton-Ice-Skating.jpg NBC 7's Christine Haas and Lea Sutton put together a routine that took the trophy at a special event to help children in need. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.

Photo Credit: Sam Dorman]]>
<![CDATA[1st Look's Best of 2012]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:15:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/1LK_3191_WEB_PROMO.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky to take a look at the best "1st Look" moments of 2012, Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Events in San Diego]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:00:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seaworld-Christmas-Lights.jpg There's plenty of yuletide festivities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.

Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Skate Competition Benefits Make a Wish]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:53:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ice-skating-frisco.jpg

Want to see some of San Diego’s best journalists ice skate? Then go to the Hotel Del Coronado rink on Wednesday to see NBC 7 reporter Lea Sutton and anchor Christine Haas on the ice to raise money for charity.

Haas and Sutton will compete in the “So You Wish You Could Skate” contest for the Make a Wish Foundation. They will be joined by other local celebrities for the special holiday event. The event goal is to raise awareness for the “Season of Wishes” campaign, which encourages the spread of hope and joy this season.

The competition goes from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Hotel Del Coronado’s Ice Rink. It is free to watch the event, and Make A Wish families are invited to ice skate with their families following the competition.

<![CDATA[The Nutcracker Performed by California Ballet]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:17:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nutcracker_noon_SD.jpg The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce your family to the power and beauty of classical dance. It will be performed by the California Ballet at the Civic Theater. For ticket information, visit their website, californiaballet.org. ]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:10:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weekendpic.jpg

With the holiday season in full swing, you won’t want to miss out on a festive weekend.

See which events are going on in San Diego:

Friday, Dec. 14

Boulevard Nights
6 p.m. at intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Park Boulevard
This little pocket of North Park is hosting its annual holiday party, and everyone’s invited. Nearby businesses will have specials on food, drinks, entertainment, and, of course, craft beer.

The Nutcracker
7:30 p.m. at Civic Theater
‘Tis the season to see a beloved holiday favorite: The Nutcracker. San Diego City Ballet will perform its seasonal show now through Dec. 24.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Toys for Tots Food Truck Festival
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8450 Mira Mesa Boulevard
Eat for a good cause this weekend as nearly 20 food trucks gather in Mira Mesa to dish out grub for charity. A portion of the proceeds sold from each truck will go toward Toys for Tots, which donates presents to children in need.

Holiday in the Park
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Old Town Historic Park
Want to see what a traditional Mexican Christmas looks like? Then stroll over to Old Town to enjoy Fiesta de Reyes on Saturday. Businesses will have extended hours and Santa himself will stop by to take photos with the kids.

Christmas in the Village
5-10 p.m. at La Mesa Village
La Mesa transforms its downtown area into a Victorian wonderland complete with carolers, Santa and bonfires. The holiday parade will featuring street entertainers and all shops in the village will be open late.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Parade of Lights

5:30-7:30 p.m., various bay front locations
Back for a second weekend, this de-light-ful festival is ready for its encore. Decorated boats will sail across Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado for two hours. Feel free to ooh and aah at the pretty lights.
Hot Buttered Run
8 a.m. at Paradise Point
Avoid holiday weight gain this weekend by running a 10K in Mission Bay. After the run, participants 21 and older can enjoy hot buttered rums. Dressing in holiday attire is encouraged.

Want to see more going on in San Diego? Visit the NBC 7 Events page.

<![CDATA[Hottest New Year's Eve Parties]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:44:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Barleycorn_NYE_2011_06.jpg New Year's Eve might be on a Monday this year, but San Diego is still going all out to ring in 2013. Check out which hotspots throughout the county are having parties to welcome the New Year.

Photo Credit: Ken Steele ]]>
<![CDATA[First Lady's "Night Before Christmas"]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:14:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/michelleobamareads.jpg First lady Michelle Obama teamed with actor Rico Rodriguez this year for the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber Begins Tour in San Diego]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:41:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/justin-bieber-amas1.jpg

Justin Bieber will begin his 2013 "Believe" tour in San Diego this summer, according to live entertainment company AEG Live.

The group announced that the teen superstar will begin his summer shows on June 22 at Valley View Casino Center in Midway.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, Dec. 14 on the AEG Live website and Bieber's website. It is unknown what starting prices will be for the show, though $1 per ticket will be donated to an educational charity Pencils of Promise.

VIP tickets will also be available for the upcoming tour, and could include a meet and greet with the teen star.

Will you buy tickets for Bieber's tour? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[December Nights 2012]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:20:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DecemberNights2012_4.jpg Images from December Nights at Balboa Park Dec 7 - 8, 2012.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Events to Look Forward to in 2013]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:38:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/San+Diego+skyline+generic+0302.jpg Mark your calendars, San Diego, because it's going to be a big year. See which events we're looking forward to in 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor Lights Grand Menorah for Hanukkah]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:41:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Menorah-Lighting-1210.jpg

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helped to light the Grand Menorah in San Diego Sunday night.

A ceremonial lighting at Belmont Park, led by the Chabad of Pacific Beach, helped mark the beginning of Hanukkah.

“This is a very important holiday in the Jewish tradition,” Mayor Filner said.

“I think it’s important we celebrate all of our religious traditions in the city and I wanted to be here tonight to recognize this tradition also,” he said.

“We’re a city of great diversity. We are built in our diversity and we get strength from our diversity.”

The Hanukkah lights are lit in the evenings preceding each of the eight days of Hanukkah, beginning Saturday night.

The festival of lights commemorates the Jewish uprising over the Syrian Empire.

Organizers of the event say the menorah lighting helps spread the universal message of religious freedom.

Find basic information on how to take part in the lighting of a menorah and why the candles are lighted in this guide from the Chabad of Pacific Beach.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Wine and Dine on New Year’s Eve]]> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:09:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nyetoast.jpg

This Dec. 31 why not treat yourself to the best meal of 2012? After all, it’s customary to celebrate the end of a year with a full stomach.

New Year’s Eve is a time for gluttony – resolutions begin Jan. 1. See below what San Diego restaurants are serving up delightful holiday dishes.


1337 India St., prices very
Rock out to 2013 at one of San Diego’s best concert venues. The hybrid eatery/arena has a three-course menu that will certainly leave you feeling groovy.

Bertrand at Mr. A’s
2550 5th Ave., $115
Wasn’t your 2012 resolution to see all of San Diego? Knock it off the list by dining with a view of the city at Bertrand at Mr. A’s. 

Cafe Japengo
8960 University Center Lane, $59
There’s nothing more California than grabbing some sushi on a holiday. Head to La Jolla for a spectacular selection of rolls and Asian fusion to toast in the New Year.

Craft & Commerce
675 West Beech St., $75-90
One of Little Italy’s hippest restaurants is throwing a “something sorta fancy” soiree at 6 and 9 p.m. The prixe-fixe menu has everything from cured meats to a chocolate bar.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
380 K St., prices vary
Holiday cocktails and a "celebration menu" offer luxe options this New Year's Eve. Bites include roasted lobster tail and Italian bacon mac & cheese.

Marina Kitchen
333 W Harbor, prices vary
If you've got an appetite, this is the place to go on New Year's Eve. There's the choice of either a three-course or six-course meal, which you can pair with any of the kitchen's premiere wines.

Pacifica Del Mar
1555 Camino del Mar, $92
Savor a four-course meal in Del Mar on Dec. 31, featuring hand-craft wines and tunes provided by DJ White.

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
25 East E St., prices vary
A special menu of natural foods and cocktails will delight Encinitas residents, complete with tantalizing desserts such as pear gelato or a pine nut cookie. Sweet!

8990 University Center Lane , $125
Enjoy a surf and turf menu at one of San Diego’s most luxurious steakhouses. Where else can you get crabclaws alongside prime ribeye?

Via Lago Trattoria

866 Eastlake Pkwy., prices vary
Via Lago Trattoria will have a menu full of its best 2012 plates on Dec. 31 plus a DJ spinning tunes into the New Year. Complimentary champagne will be provided at midnight.

1055 Second Ave., $169
Welcome in the New Year with the Great Gatsby party downtown, easily one of the coolest dinner parties going on in San Diego. Tickets get you a five-course meal with wine, dancing, champagne and special midnight surprise.

Wine Vault and Bistro
2731 India St., $70-110
Early birds or latecomers can enjoy a prixe-fixe overflowing with food and wine this New Year’s Eve. Seatings at 5 and 9 p.m. ensure you’ll be watching the ball drop at midnight.

Where are you spending New Year's Eve? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Parade Of Lights Returns]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:41:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_USSSANTA3PIC_0.jpg The 41st San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is to return to the Embarcadero and Shelter Island - Bay Bridge this December. Boats will be decked with holiday lighting, this year's theme is USS Santa Claus. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Holidays in Coronado]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:11:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coronadoholiday.jpg Here is a look at holiday celebrations in Coronado this year.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: "The Dash Snow Initiative"]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:25:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/dash-snow-initiative.jpg

Among the glittering events happening in Miami for Art Basel is a private dinner and auction presented by Chanel and Paddle8.com to benefit the Henry Street Settlement’s Boys & Girls Republic (BGR) and the Dash Snow Initiative.

A group of Snow’s closest friends are honoring his memory by raising funds for an after-school program in his name, and the artists donating works include high-wattage names, such as Julian Schnabel, Ryan McGuinley, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Dan Colen, among many others.

This unique project honors Snow’s legacy by giving back to the most vulnerable youth in BGR's community, a neighborhood with significant meaning in Snow's life.

Bidding is open until tomorrow, December 5th at 12pm EST — please visit Paddle8.com for more information.

<![CDATA[Baby Elephant Plays with Mom]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:50:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BabyElephant1204.jpg The Oregon Zoo's new Asian elephant calf plays in wood shavings with her mom, Rose-Tu. The female calf was born at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed 300 pounds. ]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:31:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weekendgeneric.jpg

This weekend is bursting with holiday events – so get ready to be festive.

Here’s what is going on throughout San Diego.

Friday, Dec. 7

December Nights

5-10 p.m. at Balboa Park
Get ready for one of San Diego’s largest holiday events of the year – December Nights is finally here. Enjoy foods from across the globe at the 35th annual free on either Friday or Saturday. Click here for our guide to parking, eating and merrymaking both Friday and Saturday.

Fantasy on Ice
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Horton Square
Dust off your ice skates and head to Horton Square for a magical night under the stars. Tickets cost $12 for children and $14 for adults, a portion of the proceeds benefits Rady Children's Hospital.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Bikes, Boards & Brews

noon-4 p.m. at 3999 Mission Blvd.
Who says it’s winter? The Bikes, Boards and Brews party in Pacific Beach encourages all to embrace San Diego’s endless summer. And what says summer more than craft beer and surfboards? Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Holiday Tea
1-3 p.m. at 326 Broadway
Sip some holiday cheer at the U.S. Grant hotel for its annual holiday tea. Sweet and savory treats will be served alongside timeless teas. Reservations are required and prices start at $22.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

3 p.m. at 4th Avenue and K Street
Dogs and cats are taking to the streets in the name of Christmas. If you want to see animals in their best Christmas attire, this event’s for you. It’s free and open to the public and animal lovers can explore the Pet Expo after the event for complimentary pet gift bags. 

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

5:30-7:30 p.m. at San Diego Bay
See the bay glow with twinkly lights as decorated boats pass through the harbor. The parade will meander from Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado. And don’t worry if you miss it this week, there’s another procession next week as well.

Looking for more? Check out our event guide for more, including concerts and nightlife.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Movember' Ends with Mustache-Friendly Gala]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:11:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Movember+11-30-12-5.jpg “Movember” – a month-long event in which participants grow mustaches in order to raise money for men’s health issues – came to an end in San Diego with a special Movember Gala Parte at the Block No. 16 bar on 7th Avenue in downtown San Diego. Attendees let their ‘stache hair down for the night and showed off their month-long, hair-growing efforts.

Photo Credit: Vito di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Thank a Teacher Campaign]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:50:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/teachernoon.jpg Mission Federal Credit Union and Junior Acheievement have partnered for the I am Thankful for My Teacher campaign]]> <![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:14:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Holiday Lights 2012]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:28:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Parade-of--Lights-1217.jpg Have you seen some good holiday lights in San Diego? Send your photos to isee@nbcsandiego.com to be featured in our slideshow! Keep watching for some of the best light displays in America's Finest City.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Ranks No. 2 City for Pretty People]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:27:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/partygen.jpg

San Diego might be known for its beautiful weather and beaches, but it’s also known for its beautiful residents.

According to “Travel + Leisure” magazine, San Diego ranks no. 2 city for having the most attractive people in America.

The magazine says “America’s Finest City” is consistently ranked as the first runner-up for good looks, with fresh air and miles of beaches for residents to stay in tip-top shape.

The survey ranked Miami as the No. 1 city in America for pretty people. Other cities that made the cut include San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charleston, South Carolina and Los Angeles, Calif.

<![CDATA[Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Time Lapse]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:52:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tree_add_P10.jpg A time-lapse video of the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Ranked Friendliest City for LGBT Community]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:29:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pride+flag.jpg

The Human Rights Campaign has ranked San Diego on top of its first ever Municipal Equality Index.

The group recognized that America's Finest City has made great strides in way of gay and lesbian inclusion. HRC took into account non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, and employment practices-- awarding San Diego with the highest score of 100.

“I wouldn't want to move anywhere else because we feel so good being here,” said same sex supporter Carley Hathaway

San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria believes our local economy will thrive if everyone feels accepted.

“If you believe in diversity, if you want and expect equality, you can find that in San Diego,” said Gloria.” San Diego has the welcome mat out for LGBT Americans, really for anyone who's supportive. That brings people to our community. That helps us all.”

Gloria also said he believes the local economy will thrive if everyone feels accepted.

Hillcrest business owners say they couldn't agree more.

“We've had a lot of great leaders that have forged our community forward and just made it a great place to come,” said Chris Shaw, owner of Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill.

Shaw said restaurateurs and other small businesses work together to create a sense of community.

Earlier this year, Hillcrest debuted a new flag and street named after gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

“It's just feels nice to be comfortable with who you are,” said local resident Lisa Fitzgerald. “And in San Diego, it's just who we are.”

<![CDATA[The Meaning Behind Rockefeller Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:14:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/134312125.jpg This year's lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree represents joy and hope at the start of the Holiday season.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Boats Shine at Bay Parade of Lights]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:41:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/paradoflights.jpg

Were you bummed by this year’s fireworks disaster – aka: the Big Bay Bust? Well don’t worry – there’s another chance to see the bay radiate with lights this holiday season.

This year’s San Diego Bay Parade of Lights gives you not one, but two chances of seeing 80 lavishly decorated boats float across the water.

The parade will meander from Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado. It takes about two hours to complete, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with friends and family while watching the display.

Want to know the story behind the participating boats? Then sit near the announcer’s area, just north of the Maritime Museum at the Embarcadero.

And if you want to dine with a view, plenty of bayfront restaurants, including Bali Hai and Harbor House, have tables that let you gaze directly at the glittering procession.

This year’s Parade of Lights will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 16 with a procession of more than 80 vessels. The event is free and open to the public.

So grab your scarves, mittens and warm clothes – it’s time to watch the bay glow with Christmas spirit.

<![CDATA[Balboa Park Tree Too Old for Lights: City]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:16:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/christmastreeja.jpg

For the past 35 years, thousands of San Diegans come together to watch the community Christmas tree light up during December Nights Festival - but this year, the Balboa Park tree just can't handle it.

San Diego city officials said the tree is too old and fragile for heavy decorations or lights.

One concern is the safety of the electricians who put the lights on the tree because the tree's branches are so bent and broken.

The tree, located across the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, has been the central decoration for the annual festival.

Some visitors at Balboa Park agree that the tree is too fragile like Garrett D'Aigle who remembers coming to the tree lighting every year.

"I think if it's a question of whether they burden it with the wires and bulbs and risk having it get stressed and maybe die or letting it sit and surviving longer, then I think that's a better choice," said D'Aigle.

And another visitor says they should find an alternative.

"It's really unfortunate because Balboa Park has been historically where people come here to gather and really celebrate the holiday festivities," expressed Brandon Moreno. "Find another tree, there's a lot of trees in Balboa Park, so find another one to continue the tradition."

City workers say they are already looking for a healthier, replacement tree for the future.

At the December Nights Festival, there are other lit Christmas trees like the one onstage the pavilion. The festival will be held Dec. 7 and 8.

Photo Credit: Gitzel Puente]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers ‘Style Lounge’ Debuts at The Q]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:22:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargersladies.jpg

The Chargers might be on a losing streak, but at least fans can commiserate in style.

A pop-up boutique that focuses on “fashion-forward NFL women’s apparel” will open before Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The female-centric goods for sale even include luxury items, such as clothing from Touch by Alyssa Milano and Italian handbags from Moda by Angelo Anastasio. There’s also Nike Fan Gear for fans that break a sweat – which is likely when watching a game these days.

“We’ll have staff on hand to show off all of the new featured merchandise and help find the perfect holiday gifts for our female fans,” said Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos in a statement.

Fans can pamper themselves at the pop-up store, too. The lounge will also feature music, complimentary Chargers-themed manicures, a photo booth and professional stylist.

The Style Lounge opens at 10 a.m. inside Gate L at Qualcomm Stadium and will close an hour after the game ends.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Three Museums, One Exhibit]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:55:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/threemuseumscollide.jpg

Looking for a place to get cultured? How about three? Then you’re in luck, because three of San Diego institutions recently collaborated for a 4-month exhibit.

The San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art joined forces this fall to display the collaborative “Behold, America!” Not only is the exhibit a unique opportunity to see a different mediums of American art, it’s the first time the three museums have worked together on one project.

Each museum is hosting a variety of traditional and modern pieces, ranging from still-lifes to sculptures. There are even special workshops and lectures throughout the course of the four-month event. 

“Behold: America!” is available for viewing now to Feb. 10, 2013. Ticket costs vary at each museum, and The Timken offers free admission during regular hours.

<![CDATA[Rockin' with the Rockettes at Radio City]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:51:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/rockettes1stlook.jpg Join us for the Rockettes 85th celebration at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:35:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/movemberparty.jpg

Welcome to December, one of the coziest, most magical months of the year.

Get December started off right with some of these weekend events throughout the county:

Friday, Nov. 30

Movember Gala Parté
8 p.m. at 344 7th Ave.
Men, it’s time to show off your Movember mustache. For all the gents who participated in the month-long movement to raise awareness for men’s health issues, this event at Block No. 16 in the Gaslamp can’t be missed. Tickets are $10.

Holiday of Lights
5:30-10:30 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
Take an epic drive through a light display unlike any other. The Holiday of Lights features a nightly show of multiple animated displays at the fairgrounds, complete with themes such as “Candy Cane Lane” and “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Saturday, Dec. 1

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade

5 p.m. at Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
Head to one of San Diego’s funkiest communities for its annual holiday parade. Dozens of cars and participants will travel through the streets, including a visit from the big man himself: Santa Claus.

Tree of Life Ceremony
5-7 p.m. at 3965 5th Ave.
This World AIDS Day, watch the 21st annual Tree of Life ceremony in Hillcrest. Handcrafted ornaments on sale at the site will  benefit Mama’s Kitchen, which provides 40,000 meals to local patients with AIDS or cancer.

North Park Toyland Parade

11 a.m. at Utah and University Avenues
Watch North Park transform from a hipster ‘hood into a holiday wonderland. Marching bands, floats and costumed characters will be feature at this year’s parade

Sunday, Dec. 2

SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thorn & 32nd Streets
North and South Park are joining together in the spirit of Christmas. Eat chili, drink local craft brews and enjoy local craftsmanship at the 3rd annual SoNo Park Holiday Fest.

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Festival
2-5 p.m. at Girard Avenue and Kline Street
Get in the mood for mistletoe at La Jolla’s holiday festival and parade Sunday afternoon. Following the parade, antique aircrafts will fly along the coast and locals can watch the lighting of the Christmas tree.

What are you doing this festive holiday weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

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<![CDATA[Holidays on Horton Square]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:22:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/santaskate.jpg

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and NBC 7 San Diego is celebrating with a holiday tree lighting ceremony.

Revelers will gather at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 in Horton Square to see the 20-foot tree glow with holiday lights. NBC 7 San Diego will broadcast a special show, “Holidays on Horton Square,” at the ice rink during the event.

Right after the tree is lit with hundreds of twinkly lights, attendees can skate beneath the stars at the “Fantasy on Ice” rink from 8-10 p.m.

Admission is $14 per person, and $12 for children. Tickets include ice skate rental.

Click here for more information on when you can skate and other ice rink information.

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<![CDATA[How to Get the Best Black Friday Deals]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:14:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shoppingtricks.jpg How can you know if Black Friday discounts are really worth your time and lack of sleep? Consumer Bob talks to the experts about how to get the most out of Black Friday sales. ]]> <![CDATA[Panda Cub Crawling]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:14:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SGOpanda-P2.jpg San Diego Zoo panda cub Xiao Liwu is successfully crawling.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Join 1st Look for Game Night with a Twist]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:12:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/237*120/1stlookgamenight.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky and watch "1st Look" Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Cavalia Extends Stay in San Diego]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:27:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/cavalia.jpg The popular horse show Cavalia has extended its stay in San Diego until the end of the year.]]> <![CDATA[Chargers Attend Annual Blood Drive]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:27:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargersblood.jpg The Chargers Blood Drive kicked off this morning at the Town and Country Hotel off Hotel Circle.]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:53:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hol_5_lg.jpg

Thanks to extra-early midnight deals on Black Friday, you can sleep in and rest up for a festive weekend in San Diego.

Take advantage of your post-holiday vacation with these fun events:

Friday, Nov. 23

Black Friday
various times, locations
Haven’t finished digesting that turkey yet? Too bad. Starting at midnight, you can score some sweet deals throughout the county as dozens of shops open early to kickstart the holiday season. Many malls, including Grossmont Center, will cheer you up with some live holiday music while you wait in line.

Skate by the Sea
2-9 p.m. at Hotel Del Coronado
Skate and watch the waves at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado starting this weekend. It’s one of the few rinks in the country that is open on a beach, so add it to your bucket list this holiday season. Tickets start at $20 and a portion of the funds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Surfing Santa

1-5 p.m. at Seaport Village
Santa Claus is coming to town on the heels of his Thanksgiving meal. Seaport Village will welcome Father Christmas in his flip-flops to take photos with the fam, San Diego style. Santa will bring his own surfboard; you just need to bring a smile.

Holiday of Lights
5:30-10:30 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
The coast will light up with a merry light display at Del Mar Fairgrounds nightly starting Thanksgiving evening. Take your family on the Holiday Hayride through the twinkling show, or drive by car. Tickets start at $15 per vehicle.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Fall Del Mar Nationals

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
More than 1,500 cars will be on display at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend for the second annual Del Mar Nationals motor show. See casts of the past during the three-day event, in addition to a special autocross. What better way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving? Tickets cost $18 for adults, $6 for kids.

Arts & Craft Fair
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bate Nuts Farm
More than 80 vendors will head up to Valley Center for the annual "Santa's Coming!" craft fair. Peruse the booths for holiday gifts and enjoy live entertainment by the band Calico Ridge. Admission and parking is free.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holiday of Lights]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Stops By Seaport Village]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:27:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/surfinsanta2.jpg

He’s making a list. And checking it twice… to prep for his visit to Seaport Village.

Yes, San Diego, Santa Claus is making a trip to the lovely seaside setup just in time for the holiday season. And since he heard the weather is going to be nice, Mr. Chris Kringle is wearing the only apparel suitable for SoCal: Boardshorts. Because let’s be real, it’s too warm for the full red suit.

Santa, sans reindeer, will touch down in San Diego on Nov. 24 to take pictures atop his festive surfboard and faux 6-foot wave.

To celebrate Santa’s arrival, Seaport Village will also have live holiday music playing alongside its unique shops. Plus there’s a whole shop devoted to Christmas décor – you can’t get jollier than that.

Nov. 24 also happens to be Small Business Saturday, which gives locals the opportunity to peruse storefronts owned and operated by San Diegans. Seaport Village has plenty of locally-owned retailers, so it's a chance to support them post-Black Friday.

The event takes place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. So ho-ho-hop over to the bay and enjoy an afternoon with a surfing Santa.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Seaport Village]]>