Holiday Listings: Happy holiday, happy holiday

May the calendar keep bringing happy holiday events to you

Hold onto your candy cane - it's officially the hap, hap, happiest time of the year. They'll be halls to deck, menorahs to light and plenty of festive events to fill up your holiday season. Here are some that will surely make you feel all merry inside:


Balboa Park December Nights

Food from around the world, sparkling lights, free admission to participating museums, an ice skating rink and live entertainment from San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and many others - it all makes up the largest free holiday community festival in San Diego County. 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5; 12 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6. Museum admission will be free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. both days. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado. (619) 239-0512,


Hanukkah Happening

San Diego's largest Hanukkah event for families celebrates 25 years. Food, games, crafts, appearances by Batman and Cinderella, and more will be featured. 11 a.m. Dec. 14. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. $2. (858) 457-3030,


Holiday Block Party

Legoland decks its bricks with boughs of holly. A 30-foot holiday tree adorned with more than 240 Lego ornaments towers over the park. And, the "Holidays Around the World" Lego mosaic returns. Dec. 20-31. Legoland, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. $52-$62. (760) 918-LEGO,


Holiday Wonderland

The Del Mar Village Association presents this street festival, which features food from Del Mar restaurants, children's arts and crafts activities, a holiday gift bazaar, horse and carriage rides, live music, a visit from Santa and the lighting of a 35-foot tree. 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Camino Del Mar from 15th to 11th streets, Del Mar. Free admission; $20-$25 for food/activity tickets. (858) 755-1179,


Kwanzaa Celebration

The WorldBeat Cultural Center presents this celebration of the second principle of Kwanzaa - Kujichagulia (self-determination). 6 p.m. Dec. 27. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd. Free. (619) 230-1190,


La Jolla Christmas Parade

Floats, bands, equestrians, vintage vehicles and Santa will be in the 51st annual parade, which ends with a tree lighting. 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Girard Avenue to Prospect Street to Draper Avenue, La Jolla. Free.



Del Mar Highlands

Tree Lighting The second annual "Lights Across the World" tree lighting ceremony will make the holiday season just a little bit brighter. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Del Mar Highlands, Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, Del Mar. Free. (858) 793-5757,


Festival of Lights

The Wild Animal Park's Festival of Lights celebrates its 20th anniversary and final year in its current location. Next year, the event will move to the Zoo under the new name Jungle Bells. Dec. 13-23, 26-30; Jan. 2-3. San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. $24-$34. (760) 796-5615,


Holiday of Lights

Drive through more than 400 sparkling light displays that line the racetrack. 5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 4. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $14-$19. (858) 793-5555,



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