A Holiday Event Guide from a 55 Plus Community in Southern California

The Ultimate List of Family-Friendly Holiday Events Near La Mesa

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La Mesa is perfectly located right outside the heart of San Diego and near the gorgeous California coast. This allows for outdoor activities year-round, and the holiday season is no exception! Even though it may not feel like winter temperature-wise, there are so many great family-friendly ways to get in the holiday spirit. If you want to make the most of the holiday season, keep reading this holiday event guide, compiled by Waterford Terrace, a top retirement community in La Mesa, CA:

Jungle Bells

Head to the San Diego Zoo to get in the holiday spirit during its annual ‘Jungle’ Bells celebrations. In addition to seeing the animals, visitors can meet Santa Claus at his igloo and enjoy Dr. Zoolittle’s rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” You can also walk through a lit-up forest, watch acrobatic trampoline elves, and even take a ride on the Twinkle Light Trolley to see light-up animal sculptures.

When: Dec 10, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
**Close at 5:00 pm on December 24; open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day until 8:00 pm.
Where: The San Diego Zoo
Price: Free with Admission

Botanic Wonderland

If you are a plant lover who enjoys holiday lights, then the Botanic Wonderland experience is for you! It’s an outdoor holiday lighting experience located throughout the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Visitors can stroll down a designated pathway to view the lights. If you visit between 5:30-8:30pm, you can see Santa Claus and professional carolers who will be singing holiday favorites. Reservations are required.

When: Dec 4 – Dec 30, 2021, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Only on December 4-5, 10-23, 26-30, 2021
Where: San Diego Botanic Gardens
Price: $10-22, children 2 & under are Free

Seas ‘n’ Greetings Holiday Celebration

Head to the Birch Aquarium during its month-long holiday celebration that will feature festive decor, music, activities, and more for your whole family. Get into the holiday spirit at this fantastic event that will include festive photo opportunities, an interactive scavenger hunt, and you might even see Santa with the animals!

When: Dec 1 – Dec 31, 2021, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on Christmas Day
Where: Birch Aquarium
Price: Adult $24.95, Children 3-17 $19.95, Senior $22.95

Winter Wonder at Belmont Park

Get in the holiday spirit at Belmont Park, a 95-year-old beachside park. This Winter Wonder experience features 15-foot-tall holiday sculptures, a Christmas Tree Farm, holiday movies, face painting, light displays, and more. Plus, if you’re feeling generous, you can bring a new toy to donate to the Toy for Tots drive.

When: Nov 26, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
It recurs every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Where: Belmont Park
Price: Free admission, pay for rides

These are just a few of the noteworthy ways to get in the holiday spirit if you live in or are visiting Southern California. At Waterford Terrace, a top independent retirement community in La Mesa, we love providing our residents with ideas for fun events like these (aside from our own amazing community events, of course)! Check out our activity calendar to see how we’re celebrating the holidays at our community!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a Waterford Terrace Retirement Living tour, contact our friendly team today.

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