Holiday Family Fun 2011

There's plenty of yuletide festivities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.

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One of the favorites around town is the Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a drive-through light show where people can admire more than 400 lighted and animated displays set up around the Del Mar race track.
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An Irish Christmas
n Dec. 16 Music, dance and tradition will fill the Balboa Theatre on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Audience members who arrive at 7 p.m. will also be treated to a performance featuring the historic Wonder Morton Organ. A portion of event proceeds will benefit Operation Caregiver. Get more information on the event here.
Poway WinterFestnDec. 16 - 19nGet outside and skate at the outdoor rink as part of Poway WinterFest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be free arts and crafts, kids' karaoke and music. Sled down Snow Hill on Saturday. Get more information here.
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld ChristmasnDaily Dec. 17 - Jan. 1nThe Skytower over SeaWorld San Diego is lighted and the park's Christmas Celebration includes everything from special shows to fireworks on New Year's Eve. New for 2011: children can play in the snow. Get more details here.
Holiday PopsnDec. 16 - 18nCraving a little culture before Christmas? Then head to the San Diego Symphony for their Holiday Pops concert, featuring seasonal music and a sing-a-long Christmas carols. Check out for tickets.
San Diego Botanic Garden
Garden of Lightsn Through Dec. 30 nMore than 100,000 lights decorate San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, formerly Quail Botanical Garden. There's a poinsettia garden, a camp fire, live music and, weather permitting, snow. Get more information on the event here.
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Light Up The NightnSeasonalnThe Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest animated drive-through light show on the West Coast. More than 400 twinkling, lively displays located around the Del Mar Racetrack will delight anyone looking for a little sparkle. Times run 5:30-10:00 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday, and 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday-Saturday. Cost starts at $10. Click here for more info.
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Bah HumbugnDec. 9 - 18nGive your holiday spirit a boost with the classic story of a lonely, miserable, hard-hearted old man who finds the true meaning of life and love during one haunted Christmas Eve. The holiday favorite is playing in Julian, CA which is a short drive from San Diego. Tickets begin at $5, visit for more information.
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Celebrate in WhovillenDec. 1 - 31nDon’t be a Grinch! Okay, maybe indulge in your inner green monster a little during the Balboa Theater performance of the Dr. Seuss holiday favorite. The show runs through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased at
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Exotic AnimalsnUntil Jan. 1nWhat kind of animal gets its wings every time a jungle bell rings? Find out for yourself this month at the Jungle Bells celebration, when the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.
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Dancing MerrymentnDec. 9 - 21nTchaikovsky's classic ballet is about a young girl, Clara, who is given a nutcracker for Christmas. But this is no ordinary Nutcracker as Clara learns that very night. Tickets can be purchased at
Yuletide TunesnDec. 25, 2 p.m.nCelebrate Christmas San Diego style with a walk in Balboa Park to hear the great Spreckels organ play its regular Sunday concert on Christmas Day. Click here for more info.
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How about spend an evening on the bay under some festive holiday lights? The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will run from now until December 18, with tickets going for $25 to $30 online. For more information visit the event's website.
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