Thursday | 7
Prophets of Rage
At first it may seem an unlikely pairing — players from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave teaming up with members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But Rage and Audioslave covered PE and Cypress Hill both onstage and on record, while Chuck D (PE) and B-Real (Cypress Hill) were integrating hard rock into their acts back when Aerosmith was banging down the wall of Run DMC’s rehearsal room. Prophets of Rage hits Observatory North Park on December 7 on the heels of a debut album that sounds like a band with more history than the 18 months they’ve been together.
A View from the Vatican
“A View from the Vatican: Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health as our Responsibility.” UC San Diego delegates offer this panel discussion summarizing the Vatican November 2017 scientific deliberations on climate and air pollution by world experts. In the Medical Education Telemedicine (MET) building.
Friday | 8
Frosty Farm at Night
Kids can enjoy photo ops with a chinchilla, a rabbit, and a bird, plus a crafting session, hot chocolate, holiday treats, and story time with Santa. All funds support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. $10 per child; adults free. Longer daytime events (with different animals and activities) on Saturday and Sunday.
- Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$20 - $85
City Ballet of San Diego: The Nutcracker
This elaborate production will take you on Clara’s magical journey from her family Christmas party where toy soldiers and mice become life sized to the enchanted Snow Forest and the Land of Sweets where she is welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus. Following each matinee performance, members of the cast will be in the lobby to greet audience members and pose for photos. Runs through Christmas Eve.
Saturday | 9
- Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 a.m.
Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street, Pacific Beach
$20 - $50
San Diego Santa Run
A series of unique marathons on Garnet Avenue featuring a 5K and one-mile waves that include a run with your dog, a kids’ run, and a competitive race. “San Diego Santa Run is the only event in the country that provides all 5K participants with a Santa suit and sunglasses.” Stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade.
Makers Arcade Holiday Fair
The fourth-annual Makers Arcade calls itself a “regionally based artisan experience.” Over 100 local artists will gather to show off handcrafted goods such as jewelry, ceramics, and clothing. Admission includes free make-and-take crafts for adults and kids, live music, local food trucks, beer by Half Door Brewing Co., cocktail lounges styled by local designers, and a newly added kids’ area. You can grab a ride on “Fred” — their green cars are free and will pick you up or drop you off in Little Italy, the Gaslamp, and the Marina.
Sunday | 10
Lessons and Carols
Every year, the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture invites the campus community and the public to gather in Founders Chapel to enjoy Lessons and Carols, a Christmas celebration that dates back over 100 years and is followed around the world. Through readings of the Old and New Testaments interspersed with music and carols, the congregation is invited to “reflect on the birth of Jesus in the context of its significance in salvation history.”
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Approximately 80 decorated boats will set sail under the theme “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas.” The parade begins at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado around two hours later. Also on Sunday, December 17.
For a complete list of holiday events, visit our Events section.