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Celebrate the holidays in North County San Diego! Enjoy the theater, live music, art and great food!

on December 1, 2017

Celebrate the holidays in North County San Diego! Enjoy the theater, live music, art and great food!

San Diego’s North County holiday activities include Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley at the New Village Arts Studio.

The following are just some of the many offerings that are sure to make a winter visit to San Diego’s North County merry, memorable and bright.



New Village Arts presents: Miss Bennet

New Village Arts

By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Kristianne Kurner
Previews Nov 16 – 23, 2018
Runs Nov 24 – Dec 23, 2018

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as the dutiful sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.


Christmas in Carlsbad

Christmas in Carlsbad

LEGOLAND® California in Carlsbad celebrates the season with Holly Jolly Holidays during Dec. 1 – 31.  Thousands of LEGOS come together to create a massive 30-ft. tall Christmas tree decorated with hundreds of LEGO ornaments, and a fireworks show lights up the sky every night during Dec. 26 – 31.  In addition, guests can enjoy the Let it Snow musical and life-size LEGO displays of Santa and his reindeer.


When the sun goes down, the San Diego Botanic Garden transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland with more than 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden.  “Garden of Lights” runs Dec. 8 – 23 and 26 – 30 and features live carolers, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting and s’mores, an appearance by Santa, a display of more than 50 nutcrackers, horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

Guests can enjoy the dazzling Holiday of Lights at Del Mar, taking place Nov. 24 – Jan. 1, 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  This is the largest animated drive-through light show on the U.S. West Coast with more than 400 brilliant holiday light displays.


Celebrate the holidays in North County San Diego

Cape Rey Carlsbad is an idyllic retreat any time of the year. During the holidays, the Cape combines beach vibes with the cozy traditions we all know and love. Little ones can take part in the countdown to Christmas, complete with events that include cookie decorating, holiday films, hot cocoa, and custom ornament creation. Jump into the fun with Mrs. Claus to get the full experience. You’ll be able to park your board on the sand and pretend you’re in a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s elves, the Polar Express, and the infamous Grinch who stole Christmas.

December 19 – Ornament Making & Hot Cocoa

December 20 – Movie Night (Polar Express) & Cookie Decorating

December 21 – Ornament Making & Hot Cocoa

December 22 – Arts & Crafts Project with Mrs. Claus

December 23 – Christmas Eve Eve Movie (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)

1 Ponto Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011


Christmas lights in Carlsbad

Christmas lights in Carlsbad

Flashing icicles, inflatable reindeer, and snowflakes that transform the darkness of night into an exciting prelude to Santa’s arrival are a key part of the holiday tradition. To keep the tradition alive, here is a list of Carlsbad’s best homes that go all out when it comes to holiday lighting and decor. Pack the family into the car and drive by any of these locations to be awed by the twinkling lights and joy of the season.

7607 Romeria Street This home is known as “The Carlsbad Christmas House”. When you visit, you’ll want to get out of the car and explore the winter wonderland created by the lights, animated penguins, and characters like Snoopy and Santa. In addition to the decor, fake snow machines let Southern California natives the opportunity to put on their boots and catch a snowflake (or two) on their tongues.

Dec. 4-31, 5-9 pm.

6646 Elegant Tern Place Add magic to the season by stopping by Elegant Tern Place and letting your little ones drop off their wish list to Santa via Santa’s mailbox. Personalized letters will be returned to every child who delivers a note. This location also hosts a community event on Dec. 17th that features treats, crafts, and bubbles, to boot.

Dec. 3-25, 5-10 pm.

2329 Snead Drive If you’re looking for the ultimate display of lights in Carlsbad, Snead Drive will not disappoint. Walk into the garage to see a holiday village complete with everything from elves to a nativity. If you’re lucky, Santa will arrive from the sky in a hot air balloon.

Dec. 5-31, 5:30-9 pm.

There are plenty of festivities and entertainment to usher in a sense of merriment in Carlsbad this season. The holidays only come once a year, so keep this list handy to make sure that you are experiencing everything there is to offer between now and the New Year.



With Carlsbad Food Tours!Stroll about enjoying bites, sips and a fascinating look at Carlsbad’s culinary scene with Carlsbad Food Tours. A comfortably paced walking excursion features eight tastings at various restaurants and shops in Carlsbad Village, paired with commentary on the history and architecture of this charming seaside city. Call (760) 990-0690 or visit our website at Carlsbad Food Tours . Looking for a unique gift idea?  Give the gift of great food with Carlsbad Food Tours gift certificates.

Chuao Presents Story Time & Letters To Santa Fri, Dec 21, 4:00pm.  Chuao Chocolatier JOY Factory & HQ, Carlsbad, California

Celebrate the Holidays at The Shoppes at Carlsbad

  • Shop for unique gifts, meet Santa and enjoy holiday concerts and other festive events at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, the shopping, dining, and entertainment destination serving the greater North County San Diego area.
  •  Pose for Photos With Santa through Dec. 24. Santa Photo Schedule
  • Enjoy Holiday Concerts in December. Concert Schedule
  • Enjoy Art at The Shoppes!


  • Runners compete in San Diego’s oldest marathon during the Carlsbad Marathon & Half-Marathon on Jan. 22. The race begins in oceanfront Carlsbad and runs along a scenic course that hugs the Pacific coast.


  • Families can celebrate the New Year at LEGOLAND® California during a one-of-a-kind Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party. The party includes fun-filled entertainment until countdown, at 6 p.m., to the New Year.  Like a child’s version of Times Square’s New Year’s celebration, but a few hours earlier, the party concludes with a LEGO “Brick Drop” and a fireworks extravaganza.

Live Concerts at Museum of Making Musicmaking music museum

Enjoy the roster of entertaining artists coming to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad in January!

Carl Verheyen & Friends: Friday

Friday, January 11 & 12
Carl Verheyen returns for a two-night residency. Experience a powerful mix of blues, rock, jazz, and country.

Alison Brown Band

Friday, January 18
Alison Brown doesn’t play the banjo. Alison Brown plays music on the banjo.

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