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December 2023

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Resort include a visit with Santa Claus and his elves, carolers, face painting, cookie decorating, holiday beverages, and more. Lest our guests think we lack low-key community events, I take them to the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival, which takes place on December 3 this year. ey inevitably comment on the members of the Windansea Surf Club as they go by with their boards, which leads me into a monologue about the relevance of surfing in San Diego and the fact that the surf shack at Windansea Beach, originally built in 1946, is an official Historical Landmark. In addition, the Encinitas Holiday Parade and the Del Mar parade will both take place on December 2. e bakers I know really appreciate the life-size gingerbread house produced by the Rancho Bernardo Inn. It's made by a team of wizards from about 4,000 pounds of ingredients, including 2,000 pounds of powdered sugar, 750 pounds of granulated sugar, 800 pounds of flour, and 2,200 eggs. Performing Arts e Old Globe in Balboa Park has two family-friendly shows this year: Dr. Seuss's How e Grinch Stole Christmas! (through December 31) and Ebenezer Scrooge's Big San Diego Christmas Show (through December 24). Even if we aren't going to the show, I just love showing off our wonderful park. e Nutcracker ballet will be performed at the Balboa eatre on December 3, and Noel Noel will be presented by the San Diego Symphony at e Rady Shell on December 15-17. San Diego After Dark December Nights in Balboa Park is the city's largest holiday festival. is free, family-friendly event brings San Diegans together to enjoy the lights, the sounds, and delicious food. In addition, all of the museums are open and free of charge from 5 to 9pm, which adds to the popularity of the event. e Parade of Lights, December 10 and 17 this year, is another favorite event that we like to share with guests. ere's something about watching 80 or so sailboats, kayaks, and yachts — decked out in myriad colored lights — making their way around San Diego Bay in the dark. e parade starts at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Along the way, merrymakers on board shout holiday greetings to spectators on the shore and a good time is had by all. Do I miss the holidays? Is it possible to enjoy the season without snow? I think our guests know the answer to those questions well before they board their flights back home. detour destinations TOP A life-size gingerbread house, made by a team of wizards, is on display at the Rancho Bernardo Inn MIDDLE Dr. Seuss and Ebenezer Scrooge will both be entertaining families at the Old Globe Theatre this holiday season BOTTOM December Nights in Balboa Park is a favorite San Diego tradition RANCHO BERNARDO INN: PHOTO COURTESY OF RANCHO BERNARDO INN THE OLD GLOBE: COURTESY OF THE OLD GLOBE THEATRE DECEMBER NIGHTS: PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN DIEGO TOURISM AUTHORITY << ranchandcoast.com 120 DECEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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