December 07, 2013 03:00 ET Presents the Top 10 Best Ideas for a Christmas Vacation in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 7, 2013) - Why plan a snowy, cold getaway when the holidays can be spent in sunny San Diego? Sure, it's a little cooler than the peak summer months -- but that's no reason to pass on spending Christmas in America's Finest City. San Diego is still warmer than most of the country, and off-peak prices mean great savings on this year's holiday vacation!

With this in mind, presents its list of the top 10 ideas for a Christmas vacation in San Diego! Compiled by the editors at, this list combines activities for holiday events that are both traditional and uniquely San Diego.

1. Vacation Rental in Mission Beach: Still need a place to stay? Great off-season prices mean the best bang for your buck, and an awesome location means easy access to all of San Diego's popular attractions.

2. SeaWorld: Speaking of popular attractions, there are few names bigger than San Diego's SeaWorld. The icing on the cake is that SeaWorld runs a Christmas Celebration, open now through January 4. Visit Santa's cottage, the Christmas Tree of Lights, Reindeers-in-training, or take the kids for Breakfast with Shamu and Santa.

3. Mission Bay Bike Path and Walk: Enjoy the sun, burn off those holiday calories, and take in the view. Make some new holiday traditions this year! Instead of caroling, try cycling -- or, better yet, combine the two and spend the day as cycling carolers with the family.

4. Gaslamp Quarter: Spending Christmas kids-free in San Diego? Head to downtown's Gaslamp Quarter for dinner and drinks. A slew of pub crawls, clubs and popular music venues make the Gaslamp the "it" place to be for holiday parties.

5. San Diego Zoo: Kids or no kids, San Diego's world famous zoo is a popular attraction for all ages. Featuring special Jungle Bells exhibits through the holidays, guests can snuggle up with a loved one at the entrance for snowfall every evening through early January, head to the Christmas Tree lighting, or consider adopting an animal for the holidays.

6. Take a Day Trip to Catalina Island: Hop on the Catalina Express and spend a day exploring Catalina Island. Take a zip line tour through Descanso Canyon, or try parasailing. A number of restaurants and concert venues means Catalina also has an exciting nightlife.

7. La Jolla Cove: Visitors can double task while in the "Jewel of San Diego." See the sights, tour one of San Diego's best beaches, and then get all that holiday shopping done to boot. With lots of great shopping walking distance from the beach, gift options are easy to find. Enjoy major retailers and unique boutique shops, then grab some dinner when you're done.

8. Visit National City: Vacationing on a budget? National City is considered the southern gateway to San Diego. Home to tons of wallet-friendly hotels and dining, it is also conveniently located near popular attractions like the Gaslamp Quarter and PETCO Park. National City is also a great place to stay for easy access to Mexico for a multi-cultural vacation.

9. Hornblower Cruises and Events: Grab a classy Christmas sweater and hit the waters of San Diego bay for a dinner date to remember. Want to avoid the cooler evening weather? Hornblower also offers a Champagne Brunch Cruise which includes fresh fruit salads, sushi variations, a bakery station and free-flowing champagne. This brunch cruise also doubles as a tour of San Diego Bay!

10. December Nights at Balboa Park: The largest free festival in San Diego, Balboa Park's December Nights includes dancing, music, food and free museum access!

Enjoying the beautiful weather in San Diego doesn't mean having to forgo traditional holiday activities. Guests can, however, still spice things up with some uniquely San Diego holiday traditions!

Written by Erica Krilov, an editor for

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