After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden, containing the nation’s largest collection of bamboo. Garden of Lights has events and activities that everyone in your family will enjoy. Nightly entertainment, including local blues and jazz bands, as well as delicious food from Red Oven Artisanal Pizza and Pasta, and hot coffee and treats from the Feel Good Coffee Cart, will be available. Numerous family-friendly activities are also part of the festivities including: Horse-drawn wagon rides and snow for sledding (on selected evenings), holiday crafts, spin art, Nutcracker display, carolers and more! There will also be visits with Santa from Dec. 2-23. NOTE: There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Additional fees apply for some of the activities.
Celebrate the Holiday SEAson! From Dec. 1-31, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of SEAsonal activities for the whole family. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa, crafts, activities, as well as live holiday music on weekends. All holiday activities are included with admission.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale returns to San Diego. This lush production features all the moments you love. There’s the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! It’s a hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
COST: Start at $22/person
This is something fun – especially if you have kids, a daycare or even if you’re a teacher. Children are always asking questions about Christmas that most adults don’t even know. Once in a while we will throw some kind of half-baked answer out to them hoping that it satisfies their curiosity. If we literally have no idea, we just change the conversation and offer them a cookie.
You don’t have to do that anymore! These are some neat facts about Christmas that you can share with children and adults if you want to look super smart.
- Coca-Cola helped to create the modern-day image of Santa – friendly and plump with a white beard but contrary to large belief, they did not create his red attire.
- Christmas trees are also known as the Yule-tree.
- It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany, when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.
- Where “X-Mas” does came from? X is a symbol for Christ in Greek, hence X-Mas.
- Alabama was the first US state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.
- On the other end, Oklahoma was the last US state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.
- Christmas became a federal holiday in the US in June of 1870.
- The very first Christmas trees were decorated with apples, nuts and dates. Wow…talk about ants!
To read more fun and interesting facts about Christmas at Kids Play and Create … CLICK HERE!
Experience being aboard a modern carrier at sea in the new giant-screen film, Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas. This film is screening in California exclusively at the Fleet Science Center, in the incredible Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant IMAX®Dome Theater. Aircraft Carrier is an immersive film packed with adrenaline-laced visuals and human stories. Featured in Aircraft Carrier are USS Ronald Reagan, a carrier based in San Diego from 2006 to 2015, now based in Japan, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which moved to San Diego in 2015. The film brings audiences not only aboard the carrier, but also inside the Navy’s newest submarines and into the cockpit of the Navy’s next-generation aircraft, the F-35. Aircraft Carrier pays stirring tribute to the crucial role modern aircraft carriers play in keeping the sea lanes open for commerce and maintaining the freedom of the seas.
COST: Included with Fleet Admission ($16.95- $19.95)