Holiday Activity Choices for Seniors in San Diego County
Twinkling lights are everywhere, pine and peppermint scent the air—Christmas is coming, and we couldn’t be more excited! As you celebrate the holidays with friends and family, be sure to make it a little more merry and bright by having help from state-registered and backround-checked in-home caregivers from Accredited Home Care, a San Diego County state-licensed home care organization.
If you are already dreaming of sugar plums and candy canes, we have put together a list of the best seasonal events for seniors and their families in San Diego County. Treat yourself to some serious fun this holiday season with our guide to a winter wonderland .
La Mesa Historical Society Christmas Open House
Date: December 11, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: McKinney House, 8369 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
Join the La Mesa Historical Society for their annual Christmas Open House. Spend the afternoon in historic style, featuring traditional, old-fashioned refreshments and entertainment. The Historical Society will provide home-baked cookies, warm apple cider, and other seasonal delights, while classical acoustic guitarist Ian Lawrence fills the event with delightful seasonal music. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to win gift baskets and other prizes; raffle tickets are available for a suggested donation of $1.00, with prize drawings at 3:15 p.m.
The La Mesa Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization that has been serving the community since 1975. For more information about the Christmas Open House or other La Mesa Historical Society events, please call 619 466-0197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House
Date: Dec 2, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, tree lighting at 7:00 pm
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
Santa has landed … at the Coronado Ferry Landing! Join St. Nick for a festive parade on his way to light the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza. Along the way, enjoy carolers, a snow mountain, face painters, and magnificent outdoor ice skating at the Hotel del Coronado, plus a daily holiday light show. Stores on Orange Avenue will join in the merriment with free treats and activities, and the Coronado Community Band will provide fantastic holiday music at a concert following the tree lighting.
Be sure to arrive early to secure the perfect spot, and be aware that Orange Ave will be closed to traffic. On your way to the parade, why not pick up a teddy bear for the Coronado Police Department’s Annual Teddy Bear Drive? With 100 officers representing 15 agencies and in its 26th year, the Teddy Bear Drive collects donations of stuffed animals for the Rady Children’s Hospital. Donation bins will be available throughout the event; guests who donate at the Chamber office will be entered into a drawing to win one of 30 Vintage Cinemas movie passes. For more information about the parade, call 619-435-7242 or email email@example.com. For more information about the Coronado Police Department’s Annual Teddy Bear Drive, visit the Chamber website: www.coronadochamber.com
Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas
Date: Dec 5 – Dec 26, 2015; Las Posadas on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 PM.
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
For the best Christmas events in the San Diego area, look no further than Old Town! Whether you are searching for the perfect gift or looking to fill your heart with the spirit of the season, there is a Holiday Happening for everyone.
Holiday in the Park: Saturdays, December 5th-26th
Take a trip back in time with stores, restaurants, and museums that evoke the grandeur of holidays gone by. Park venues will be decorated in the fashion of the 1800s, and the merchants are extending their hours for your shopping pleasure. Snag the perfect presents for the special people in your life while enjoying seasonal treats around the fire on the plaza and enjoying beautiful seasonal music.
Holiday Open House: December 12th
Featuring activities, music, and holiday treats, join in the Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce at this special Holiday Open House!
65th Annual Las Posadas: December 13th.
Las Posadas is a traditional Mexican Christmas pageant, recreating the journey of Mary, Joseph towards Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. This celebration dates back over 400 years in Mexico, and variations are performed annually around the globe. This event has been a centerpiece of Old Town San Diego’s Christmas festivities for many years, and the tradition continues in 2016.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Date: Nov 5 – Dec 26, 2016
Location: The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101-1696
Cost: Tickets start at $24
This famous holiday fable comes to life live and on stage! Now in its 19th year, this whimsical musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss is guaranteed to make even the smallest heart grow three sizes. The Old Globe Theatre transforms into the town of Whoville, full of light, laughter, and wonderful songs. Perfect for a nostalgic afternoon or a magical memory with the family, bring the grandkids to an 11:00 am performance when kids under two get in for free! For children aged three and up, afternoon and evening performances are available. For more information call 619-234-5623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Date: Dec 11, 2016
Time: Participant check-in 12:30 pm, parade begins at 3:00 pm
Location: Gaslamp Hilton Park, 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free to view, participation in Pet Parade: $15-$20
Furry and festive, the annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade is set to take over the Gaslamp Quarter this Christmas! Owners and pets don their holiday finery for this pup-tastic parade at MLK Promenade Park. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to secure the best viewing locations.
The Pet Expo and Parade are free to the public; if you have a furry friend who would like to participate, there is a $15 per pet advance entry fee, $20 same-day registration. For more information, call 619-233-5227, or email email@example.com
Photo by Jorge Franganillo