Festive fun

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Southern California celebrates the season

Same, same but different! There’s a definite different feel to west coast holiday celebrations than east coast. In an odd turn of events, our east coast friends are having unseasonably warm weather for December, but in San Diego, things are still different than those New York winters I remember.

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Petco Park’s Holiday Wonderland

For years, I escaped at the holidays. Christmas break saw me head towards warmer climates, sandy beaches, tropical outlooks and many times spending the season (with my portable menorah and presents) in the land down under. This year, we’ve embraced where we are. We’ve chosen to channel the travel mindset and experience another first in this new city. Wanting to see how the left coast does festive, we jumped straight into holiday lights to see what it’s like to wander America’s finest city in light jackets for the first time ever in the United States in December. Here’s what we found…

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Ice Skating on Coronado Beach

Ice skating adjacent to the sand and sea at Hotel del Coronado (probably the only way you’d get me on the ice)

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Hotel Del Coronado DELites

Polar Bears and Sand Castle Man at Coronado’s DELites

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Christmas Card Lane celebrates the season

Blocks upon blocks around San Diego riddled with lights, festive flair and themed decorations for the holidays

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Welcome to Petco Park’s Holiday Wonderland

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park complete with southern Californian snow, a reindeer sighting & a chance to set foot on the field of a major league baseball ground

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A boy and a stadium for the holidays

Spending extensive time outside in December has rarely before been an option for me. Here, people walk to see the lights on houses and those who’ve spent the money, time and effort to decorate tend towards a party in the driveway ready for visitors, friends, strangers and festive seekers. School clubs, community groups, bands, outdoor movies and fire pits are on hand for the nightly celebrations. Boat parades take place without parkas or fuzzy socks and Santa is often seen hanging ten in board shorts next to a trusty palm tree. Regardless of the holiday you do or don’t celebrate, twinkly lights never seem to disappoint.

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Snuffelupagus and friends celebrate on Christmas Card Lane

This year we’re staying put for the holidays. We hope to spend some time outside, say season’s greetings to the ocean, be kind to strangers and eat our weight in food that makes us happy. It may not be Aussie summer, but it sure isn’t a New York winter! Celebrating the moment and the season…in San Diego this year. Where will you be spending the holidays?

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Point Loma celebrates the season

Welcome to ‘winter’…may all your days be ‘merry and bright’. Season’s Greetings.

2 responses »

  1. Happy holidays to you and your husband Stacey. May you have a happy and healthy 2016. I remember well the terrible colds you use to get in the winter. Be happy. Jean Masterson

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Thanks so very much, Jean! I can’t believe you remember that! Nowhere near as funny as when you’d flip up the string on the screen, though – right? Wishing you a wonderful happy and healthy 2016 to you and yours! Happy travels wherever they may take you! Cheers, Stacey 🙂

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