Jurassic Quest Drive Thru at Del Mar Fairgrounds and other local events


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A traveling dinosaur show with more than 70 walking, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, is slated to stop at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Jan. 1-10. The interactive drive-thru exhibit, called Jurassic Quest, will transform the fairgrounds outdoor parking area into a prehistoric dinosaur wonderland.

The exhibit features dozens of prehistoric creatures such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and the 80-foot-long Spinosaurus along with the 50-foot-long Megalodon and marine creatures meticulously re-created by paleontologists and displayed in realistic scenes that allow visitors to drive though and watch the dinosaurs roaring and moving. Visitors will be guided along with a digital audio tour (in English or Spanish) featuring show entertainers and dinosaur wranglers that lasts about an hour.

Along with the life-like dinosaur exhibits, there will be chances to visit with one-of-a-kind baby dinosaurs and the show’s team of dino trainers. Visitors can capture the moment on film with a safari-style photo of your vehicle and family transported back in time via a Jurassic setting with a dinosaur backdrop. (One photo per family is included with ticket purchase.)

Visitors are asked to stay in their cars and must wear masks if they leave the car in allowed areas. Social-distancing rules will be observed.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Jan. 1-10; closed on Jan. 4-5 at the fairgrounds’ Tropicana Field, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

Tickets are $49 per car and must be purchased in advance online at jurassicquest.com. — Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune

“Holidays in Your Car” Light show: A Holiday Lights Show featuring more than 1 million lights runs now to Jan. 2 as part of the “Holidays in Your Car” drive-thru holiday program at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Attendees drive through a mile-and-a-half display of LED lights, accompanied by holiday music. Highlights include holograms and multicolored projections with images of the season cast onto sets, some more than 40 feet tall. Tickets start at $49 per car and are sold in advance and online only. Each ticket is valid for one car, and the number of passengers must not exceed the number of safety belts/seats in the vehicle. holidaysinyourcar.com

Drive-in Nutcracker ballet: City Ballet of San Diego performs “The Nutcracker” ballet at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 19 as part of the “Holidays in Your Car” drive-thru entertainment program at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Tickets are $99 to $279. holidaysinyourcar.com

Holiday Tree and lights: Stroll the streets of downtown Del Mar Village through Jan. 4 and see festive lights, garlands, shopfronts and the lighted holiday tree at the Jim Watkins Amphitheater at L’Auberge Del Mar. visitdelmarvillage.com

’Tis the Sea Sun-themed holiday decorations: Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, features ’Tis the Sea Sun-themed holiday decorations, including a 36-foot Christmas tree made of 44 surfboards with inlaid LED lights and music with a 15-foot surfing Santa pulled by four reindeer on top of the Sky Deck roof. Meet “Delmer” the talking penguin, tour a gigantic igloo, snap a selfie with huge starfish, send letters to Santa and drive through a lighted candy cane forest with sparkling stars. delmarhighlandstowncenter.com

Madison Gallery exhibition: An exhibition by Robert Montgomery will run Dec. 19, 2020-Feb. 16, 2021 at Madison Gallery in Solana Beach. “The Sea has No name for America” is Scottish-born and London-based urban poet Robert Montgomery’s second solo exhibition with Madison Gallery. The Madison Gallery is located at 320 S Cedros, Suite 200, Solana Beach. madisongalleries.com