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Getting outdoors in San Diego is a great local holiday pastime

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Ice Skating, Turkey Trots, Holiday Runs and More

Thanks to moderate temperatures, getting outdoors is a great local holiday pastime. So why not get outdoors and enjoy ice skating by the ocean, cheer on your favorite team during a bowl game or push yourself with a physical challenge like marathons.

70 Degrees and Ice Skating

Skating by the Sea

Dates: November 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017
The landmark Hotel del Coronado located in the seaside community of Coronado, offers a unique Southern California experience with Skating by the Sea, an outdoor ice-skating rink adjacent to Coronado Beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During the holidays, the resort's famous Windsor Lawn is transformed into a seaside skating rink offering three-hour skating sessions daily.

Fantasy on Ice

Dates: November 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Guests can glide gracefully across the ice surrounded by history at Fantasy on Ice, located at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.

Skate by the Bay

Dates: December 10, 2016 - January 2, 2017
This Holiday Season, get ready to ice skate by the San Diego Bay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Viejas Ice-Skating Rink

Dates: October 29, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Viejas Outlet Center in San Diego's East County is proud to be the home of Southern California's Largest Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink.

Touchdown at the Bowl Games

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Date: December 21, 2016
The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl delivers exciting football action and spectacular pageantry. Each year a top team from the Mountain West Conference takes on a quality opponent. This year it’s the BYU Cougars vs. the Wyoming Cowboys!

Holiday Bowl

Date: December 27, 2016
Football fans can catch another exciting post-season college football game at the Holiday Bowl. Festivities begin in the morning with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade along downtown San Diego's waterfront. The parade is the country's largest balloon parade featuring floats, giant inflatable balloon characters and national marching bands. Later in the evening, two top college teams from the PAC 10 and Big 12 square off at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley. This year it’s the Minnesota Golden Gophers taking on the Washington State Cougars!

Turkey Trots

All Turkey Trots occur on Thanksgiving Day.

Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

San Diego's original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day run. Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K is one of the most family-oriented holiday traditions!

Coronado 5k Turkey Trot

Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary for the Coronado 5k Turkey Trot benefit the Rady Pediatric Genomic and Systems Medicine Institute.

Run for the Hungry is a 5K/10K run/walk

Run for the Hungry is a 5K/10K run/walk through downtown San Diego on Thanksgiving morning benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive

Put your turkey in the oven, pack up the family and come and run or walk San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive that has 3 distances to choose from.

Thank You Run

The Annual Thank You Run supports two fantastic organizations: Helen's Closet which helps to care for people with ALS and 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation.

Waddle & Trot 5K and Fun Run

Join in the annual Waddle & Trot 5K and Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to explore Santee Lakes by foot!

Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot

The Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot has become a North County tradition that gives participants a chance to "move their feet before they eat" on a holiday noted for food.

Running of the Turkeys 10k Trail Run

The Running of the Turkeys 10k Trail Run will take you through rolling hills of Penasquitos Canyon on wide dirt trails with a fun little water crossing.

5k Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Join the Fallbrook Village Rotary for a 5k Thanksgiving Turkey Trot through the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens and Los Jilgueros Preserve.

Holiday Runs

Red Nose Run

Date: December 2, 2016
The Red Nose Run, started by the Low and Slow Running Club of Del Mar, is a holiday 5K benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund.

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

Date: December 10, 2016
Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in the annual San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race, a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

Dirty December Poker Fun Run Half Marathon & 10K

Date: December 17, 2016
Join in holiday cheer and run the trails during the Dirty December Poker Fun Run Half Marathon & 10K. Your poker hand could give you bonus time!

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon

Date: January 7, 2016
The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is a fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.

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