Del Mar set to sparkle with holiday events, traditions for the whole family

Throughout November and December, the seaside community of Del Mar will be transformed into a winter wonderland, ringing in the season with a host of holiday events and festivities. For information on any of these events, visit

Jolly Jaunts: On Sunday, Dec. 7, enjoy Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar. The west corner of Camino Del Mar, 15th Street, and Del Mar Plaza will be the locations for the day’s festivities, including taking your own holiday pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Seasonal tunes will be performed by the Original Dickens Carolers. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available from local restaurants. Children can participate in the Passport to the North Pole, receiving points from participating retailers to redeem for prizes. The celebration will close with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the L’Auberge Amphitheater.

• On Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the L’Auberge Amphitheater, Peter Sprague will once again join the Del Mar community for a concert from 1-4 p.m. Bring your chair, hot cocoa, and picnic and enjoy a free concert on Christmas Eve.

Seasonal Specials: The city of Del Mar will offer free parking downtown throughout the holiday season. The all-day parking gift from the city includes free parking where holiday bags are posted along 15th Street, the metered parking under the L’Auberge Del Mar, and along Camino Del Mar from 15th Street to Fourth Street. The free parking takes place from Nov. 27-30, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

• Holiday shoppers have an incentive to cross items off their lists in Del Mar with the Holiday Voucher Program. From Nov. 24-Dec. 24, guests who spend $75 at any Del Mar Village store can redeem their receipts for a $15 gift certificate to dine at participating Del Mar Village restaurants.

• While shopping for gifts downtown, guests can stop by the Del Mar Village Association office to pick up a Del Mar holiday keepsake. This year’s keepsakes include limited-edition holiday ornaments of Del Mar Library and Stratford Square ($10 each), Del Mar wine glasses ($25 for four or $7 each) and an assortment of Del Mar license plates ($25 each), water bottles ($15), coffee mugs ($12), thermoses ($20), T-shirts ($20) and tote bags ($25).