As usual, on Fridays, I’m researching things to do on the weekends in San Diego to bring our community, locals, and visitors together. The beautiful thing about this city, is that there is always something to do here. However, upon my searches, I found that we are not waiting for Christmas, it’s already here. So this is All Things Christmas Friday. If you’re not about Black Friday shopping and looking for more of a shared family experience, look no further than the list I’ve made for you.


Bates Nut Farm Vintage Market

From 9 am to 4 pm (Friday-Sunday) at the Bates Nut Farm.

The Bates Nut Farm is a nice drive East on winding roads that host something often not seen in city life, family oriented farm fairs in a valley. When you come here, you are truly stepping in the countryside. The Nut Farm not only sells goods from its farm, but will host over 80 artist selling home-made crafts, artwork, and goods. Live music will be provided, as well as free hayrides with Santa between 12 and 2. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat-breakfast for only $6 provided by the Valley Center Lions Club, which supports local charities. Admission and parking are free.


USO San Diego Giving Tree Lighting

6:0 PM, The Headquarters at Seaport

Celebrate in the courtyard the lighting of the Giving Tree. There will be free hot chocolate, visits with Santa, and a performance by the All American Boys Chorus. Guest are encouraged to bring toys for a toy drive. After-party at Eddie V’s will be hosted, portions of sales go to benefiting USO San Diego. USO services are structured to support U.S. troop morale and support their families.


Global Winter Wonderland

5 pm at SDCCU Stadium

Sprawling over 17 acre’s in a stadium an fun combination of Chinese celebration and Christmas will take place. This will host one of the largest Chinese Lantern Displays outside of China, as well as acrobatic performances. Carnival rides, games, shopping, and holiday activities, such as writing letters to Santa will be available. Check out their website to purchase tickets for entry.

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