December Holiday Events in Carmel Valley & Del Mar

There are always tons of fun things to do in Carmel Valley, San Diego, but the holiday season brings some extra special events to enjoy. Below you will find a list of December events in the Carmel Valley / Del Mar area to add to your calendar. From outdoor movie nights, to live performances and ice skating, there’s something for everyone. Brought to you by Carmel Valley (92130) REALTOR® team Fredricksen & Kellee.

Movie Nights at The Village

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Bundle up and bring family and friends to Free Outdoor Movie Saturdays at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Come for “The Polar Express” on December 9th, and “Elf” on December 16th. The movies start at 6pm, but you’re invited to arrive at 5pm to enjoy live music from Hullabaloo followed by a performance by the Pacific Trails Middle School band.

When: December 9th & 16th, 2017 from 5pm - 10pm. 
Where: The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy, San Diego, California 92130
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Snow & St. Nick at Flower Hill

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Dress for the snow and come to Flower Hill Promenade where you can play in real snow, visit with St. Nick, enjoy story time with Elsa the Snow Queen, visit the Holiday Bazaar, and see a holiday movie.

When: December 9th & 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Where: Flower Hill Promenade, 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 92014
Cost: Free
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Pacific Arts Dance Center's 1st Annual The Nutcracker Ballet

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Pacific Arts Dance Center is the newest dance studio in the heart of Carmel Valley, San Diego. Watch these talented professional and pre-professional dancers perform the highlight of everyone's holiday season, The Nutcracker Ballet! The performance will take place at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. 

When: December 10th from 6pm to 9pm
Where: California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, California 92025
Cost: $32-$45
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26th Annual Red Nose Run

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26th Annual Red Nose Run is a 5K fun run and walk on beautiful Del Mar beach that is family and dog friendly This annual event is run 100% by a volunteer team and benefits the Semper Fi Fund and Freshstart Surgical gifts. After the run/walk, you’re invited to a post-race beach party where you can enjoy food provided by Poseidon Restaurant, raffle prizes, and live auction items. All participants are encouraged to register online in advance of the event, however onsite registration will be available.

When: December 15th, 2017 at 1:30pm
Where: Powerhouse Park, 1600 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, 92104
Cost: $40-$45
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Queen Bee Market 

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Queen Bee Market is a two-day urban-style, artisan market featuring over 100 local and national vendors specializing in handmade and vintage accessories, clothing, home décor, furniture, paper arts and more. Shop the vendor booths, try out the “make-and-take” stations, and watch live demonstrations. It’s a great place to pick up last-minute holiday gifts. 

When: December 15th from 4pm to 9pm; and December 16th from 9am to 4pm
Where: Wyland Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 92014
Cost: $3 entry fee + parking fee
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Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar - Holiday Ice Skating Rink

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This first-time holiday event features two separate skating rinks: the Community Rink is the largest holiday ice skating rink in San Diego and the NHL Hockey Rink is the first full size outdoor ice hockey rink in the history of San Diego.  Whether you play ice hockey, figure skate, or just love to get out on the ice during the holidays, the Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar is the place to be!

When: Ongoing from December 15 thru December 31, 2017 from 12pm-10pm daily.
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 92014
Cost: $15 - $25
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Hanukkah Menorah Lighting & Song at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

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Celebrate Hanukkah at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional Menorah Lighting Ceremony, choral performances, and refreshments. 

When: December 17, 2017 at 6pm
Where: Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, J-28, San Diego, CA 92131
Cost: Free

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Nutcracker Holiday Tea at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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The 9th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Tea invites you and your little sugarplums for an unforgettable abridged performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Scripps Performing Arts Academy. Enjoy scrumptious tea sandwiches and French pastries during the performance. $10 of every ticket sold will benefit Isabella's Giraffe Club, a nonprofit committed to providing emotional and educational support for parents with infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

When: December 23, 2017 at 10:45am and 1:45pm
Where: Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, California 92130
Cost: $65 per adult | $38 per child. Pricing is exclusive of tax, gratuity and 20% service charge.
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Peter Sprague Holiday Jazz Concert

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Looking for a relaxing way to spend Christmas Eve afternoon? Head to L'Auberge Del Mar’s amphitheater for a holiday concert featuring American jazz artist, Peter Sprague.

When: December 24, 1pm to 4pm
Where: L'Auberge Del Mar’s Amphitheater, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 92014
Cost: Free
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New Year’s Eve at L’Auberge Del Mar

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L'Auberge Del Mar invites you to start New Year's Eve off right with a 6-course prix fixe dinner by Executive Chef Nathan Lingle in KITCHEN 1540, paired with a glass of Perrier-Jouet. Following dinner, guests are invited to the Living Room for live entertainment from the David Shyde Band from 5 to 8pm, as well as late night sounds by DJ Gabe Vega from 8 pm to 12:30 am to ring in the new year. Tickets are $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited.

When: December 31, 2017 from 5pm to 2am
Where: L'Auberge Del Mar
Cost: $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity
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The Grand New Year’s Eve Party

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Looking for the top New Year’s Eve Party in Carmel Valley, San Diego? Welcome 2018 at  Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Grand New Year’s Eve Party, featuring a DJ and dancing. Tickets are $65 per adult and include one welcome glass of sparkling wine. Opt for table and bottle service starting at an additional $250.

When: December 31, 2017 from 9pm to 1:30am
Where: Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Cost: $65 per adult
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