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Outdoor Holiday Merriment

Getting outdoors during the holidays is a San Diego pastime

Thanks to year-round moderate temperatures, getting outdoors during the holidays is a San Diego pastime. Enjoy ice skating by the ocean, cheer on your favorite team during a bowl game, or push yourself with a physical challenge like running a marathon. Or simply stroll along the beach and enjoy the warmth of the season, San Diego style.

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Events are subject to change or cancellation, so please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station

70 degrees and Fun on Ice

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Dates: November 1, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Lace up your skates and take in the holiday splendor as you relive a cherished piece of your childhood or take your very first spin at the Viejas Ice Rink!

Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Dates: November 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Glide gracefully across the ice surrounded by history at Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station.

Skating by the Sea

Dates: November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020
The landmark Hotel del 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 skating sessions daily.

Winter Paradice

Dates: November 23, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Take a glide session on the Fleet Science Center's new synthetic ice rink (you know, because it’s science) and get crafty with holiday ornament making in Studio X. You can also gather your family and friends for a late skate and sip cocktails rink side with extended weekend hours on select Saturday and Sunday nights.

San Diego CA Holiday Bowl Game

Touchdown at the Bowl Game

Holiday Bowl

Date: December 27, 2019
Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.

Fr. Joe's Thanksgiving Day Run in San Diego CA

Turkey Trots

All Turkey Trots occur on Thanksgiving Day. 

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.

O'side Turkey Trot

The Frontwave 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.

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot

Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary for the Coronado 5K Turkey Trot and support mental health initiatives at Rady Children's.

Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run

The Annual Thank You Run is a fantastic Thanksgiving morning with family and friends while raising funds for Helen’s Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS.

5K Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Join the Fallbrook Village Rotary for a 5K Thanksgiving Turkey Trot through the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens.

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.

Red Nose Run on the beaches of San Diego CA

Holiday Runs

Jingle Bell Run

Date: December 7, 2019
The longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere, The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.

Red Nose Run

Date: December 7, 2019
The Red Nose Run, started by the Low and Slow Running Club of Del Mar, is a holiday 5K that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund.

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

Date: December 14, 2019
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 14, 2019
Join in holiday cheer and run the trails during the Dirty December Poker Fun Run Half Marathon & 10K. In addition to a costume contest and holiday theme, this run will involve a poker element – your poker hand could give you bonus time!

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon

Date: December 21, 2019
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.


*Please note, events are subject to change and cancellation. Please confirm the event information by visiting the event website. 

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