Smaller crowds, more vivid sunsets, and temperate weather in the 60’s and 70’s make winter in San Diego one of the best times to visit the area.
Although you’re unlikely to see any snow, there are lots of seasonal activities and fun things to do in December and beyond. Take advantage of thinning crowds and sightsee around San Diego at your own pace this winter.
From amazing theme park attractions to low-key local fun, check out our list of popular things to do in San Diego in Winter 2018-2019, including some of the best holiday activities and attractions to help you plan the perfect winter itinerary.
Save on Winter Attraction Admission
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go San Diego® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special Winter events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Diego Card, but lots of these great activities are!
For more ideas, check out our Christmas in San Diego post – for more fun holiday themed activity ideas.
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Where: San Diego Zoo
When: December 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (closed December 25)
In the name of holiday spirit, the Zoo plays host to “Jungle Bells,” with lots of fun and festive activities, performances, decorations, and more. You’ll get to see twinkle light animal sculptures, acrobatic elf performances, and more.
Enjoy special holiday meals at select park restaurants, visit Santa’s igloo, and watch some of the zoo’s most famous creatures enjoy holiday-themed enrichment play. You can even see a raccoon deftly open his Christmas present!
Be sure to stick around later in the evening for the “Celebration of Lights,” a musical experience filled with magic and fun. You’ll get to watch the zoo’s huge holiday tree light up with a ton of sparkly lights – it’s pretty breathtaking.
Getting in: San Diego Zoo tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and Jungle Bells activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
Holiday Snow Days & Winter Nights at LEGOLAND® California
Where: LEGOLAND® California
When: November 17, 2018 – December 31, 2018
The wintertime fun never stops at the Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights of LEGOLAND® California with nightly snow falls in Heartlake City, festive music, twinkling lights, seasonal live entertainment, a life-sized LEGO® Brick Santa, and more.
There are tons of great kid-centric activities to celebrate the season, from building a LEGO snowman to gazing upon a massive LEGO Christmas tree.
New for 2018! LEGO Holiday Village makes its debut. Meet Santa and his holiday friends inside Fun Town for photo ops and holiday-themed amusement.
Getting in: LEGOLAND California tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Where: SeaWorld San Diego
When: November 17, 2018-January 6, 2019
SeaWorld goes all out with SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, filled with festive activities and fun things to do.
You’ll get to meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends in Rudolph’s Christmastown, complete with a 40-foot Happiest Dancing Christmas Tree.
You can also get your picture taken with Santa in his cottage and join the Elves Dance Party for a sing-a-long, watch the nightly lighting of the largest Christmas tree in Southern California, and watch a mesmerizing nativity show, O Wondrous Night.
一定要带上图层 - 如果天气在较冷的一侧，你可能想要在乘坐亚特兰蒂斯之旅后捆绑。
Getting in: SeaWorld San Diego tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
Three Kings Celebration at SeaWorld San Diego
Where: SeaWorld San Diego
When: January 1-6, 2019
Celebrate the traditional Latin celebration of Dia de los Reyes at this all-new for 2019 SeaWorld San Diego holiday event.
Guests can enjoy extended holiday celebrations and see the Journey of the Three Kings exclusive show. Hang around after the show for photo opportunities with the Three Kings.
Getting in: SeaWorld San Diego tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and SeaWorld’s Three Kings activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
When: Select dates, February 2-18, 2019
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the year of the pig at SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy riveting performances from the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei inside Mission Bay Theater®.
The sights and sounds of Asia come alive during this cultural celebration with Pan-Asian entertainment and food.
Getting in: SeaWorld San Diego tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and Lunar New Year activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
Knott’s Merry Farm
Where: Knott’s Berry Farm
When: November 16, 2017 – January 6, 2019
Knott's Berry Farm每年的这个时候都充满了有趣的季节性活动。你是不是一个花生风扇？那么不要错过史努比的滑冰表演，或者花生树灯（以大人物为特色）。
Next, visit Santa’s Christmas Cabin for a photo with the man of the hour and to enjoy some of Mrs. Claus’ amazing treats (no doubt baked with some of that famous Knott’s Berry Farm jams).
享受Calico Carolers的音乐风格，惊叹于Calico Saloon圣诞节表演，并沉浸在Snow and Glow Show中。
Last but not least, stop by Ghost Town to enjoy a synchronized lights show. There’s also Christmas Crafts Village for those of you looking for some unique presents.
Getting in: Knott’s Berry Farm tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
This early December park-wide event is an exciting San Diego holiday tradition that locals and visitors both love.
Enjoy dance performances, seasonal shopping, global food, and much more.
After getting in a little shopping at the outdoor mall in La Jolla, visitors of all ages can lace up some skates and hit the open-air rink at the UTC Ice Sports Center.
Getting in: UTC Ice Sports Center tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
让孩子们玩一天的科学家，在Reuben H. Fleet科学中心进行所有动手操作和展览。
Plus, “Kid City” features a part play area, part exhibit where younger kids can explore scientific concepts while staying entertained and interacting with other kids.
Bonus: one IMAX movie is free with admission.
Getting in: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
Getting in: Natural History Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
Explore all things aviation at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, from ancient aircraft designs to modern space-age flights.
Wander through the World War galleries or experience the action firsthand in the FS2000 Two-Seat Flight Simulator.
千万不要错过“Be The Astronaut”展览，在这里您的孩子们可以享受驾驶太空船，发射火箭以及在太空中驾驶火星车的互动冒险。
Getting in: San Diego Air and Space Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and December Nights activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
Explore over 9,000 images from the 19th century to today through the lens of a trained eye at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA).
Getting in: Museum of Photographic Arts tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and December Nights activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
Museum of Man
This museum seeks to answer questions such as “What makes us human?” and “Race: Are We So Different?” through extensive artifact collections and exhibits.
Getting in: Museum of Man tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and December Nights activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps
You’ll learn all about living coral reefs, see baby seahorses play, listen to whale songs, and even pet living sea stars.
Check out the Aquarium’s ‘Seas ‘n’ Greetings’ events during the month of December and Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit. Check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa, live holiday music, and face painting.
Getting in: Birch Aquarium at Scripps tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card and all Seas ‘n’ Greetings activities are included with admission, unless otherwise noted.
Check Out the USS Midway Museum
Aboard the ship there are over 60 exhibits and 27 restored aircraft to explore at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour narrated by USS Midway sailors.
Getting in: USS Midway Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
West Coast Whale Watching
The winter season is the best time of year to go whale watching in San Diego during the annual migration, from the Bering Sea to the shores of Baja, California, an estimated 20,000 gray whales pass through the waters off the San Diego coast.
The San Diego Whale Watch guarantees a whale sighting during their three-and-a-half-hour cruises but be sure to lookout for dolphins, sea lions, and migrating birds, too.
You’ll even be able to listen to whale and dolphin sounds in real time.
Getting in: Whale Watching San Diego tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.
Head out to the seaside community of La Jolla, where a scenic sprawl of cliffs and sandy beaches await.
Take your pick between biking along the beach town streets, snorkeling in La Jolla Cove, or Kayaking along the coast to get an up close look at the famous sea lions sun bathing on La Jolla beach.
Getting in: Kayak, Bike, and Snorkel Gear rentals are included with the Go San Diego Card.
Watch a Winter Sunset
冬季意味着更好的日落。当您在圣地亚哥时，请注意观看太平洋上的太阳 - 一个必看的体验。
Head to the Sunset Cliffs National Park for a pre-sunset walk along the coastline and one of the best views of the sunset, drive up to Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial to see the famous landmark and watch the sun set with a view of the San Diego skyline, or go out to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for classic, oceanside sunset views.
Remember, many of these options are included on the Go San Diego Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
请注意，其中一些景点举办的冬季活动可能会单独出票，不包括在Go San Diego卡中。
We hope you plan to add a few of these fun options to your winter vacation itinerary.