Point Loma-OB holiday events: How you can celebrate — and help out — this season

The 2021 Ocean Beach Holiday Parade lights up Newport Avenue. This year's parade is Saturday, Dec. 3.
(Milan Kovacevic)

Holiday time has arrived, and Point Loma and Ocean Beach are ready. Here are some of the big events on the way:

Point Loma

Liberty Station holiday tree lighting: The main event of the commercial and cultural center’s “Salute the Season” holiday calendar will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, in the North Promenade of the Arts District near 2848 Dewey Road.

The evening will include the lighting of the traditional 88-foot Norfolk pine tree as well as live entertainment, firetruck rides, free photos with Santa Claus and a showing of the movie “The Grinch.”

Free parking is available in any of the Liberty Station lots or on nearby streets.

Firetruck rides are among the attractions at Liberty Station's holiday tree-lighting festivities, which return Nov. 25.
Firetruck rides are among the attractions at Liberty Station’s holiday tree-lighting festivities, which return Friday, Nov. 25.
(Milan Kovacevic)

Rady Children’s Ice Rink: The rink in the Central Promenade of Arts District Liberty Station is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Sunday, Jan. 8, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The rink helps raise funds for the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children, with discounts available online and for the military. For more information, visit

Net proceeds support cancer care at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Nov. 22, 2022

Point Loma Artists Association Holiday Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3215 Tennyson St.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: The 52nd annual parade will feature lavishly decorated boats with the theme “FantaSea” starting at Shelter Island at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18.

The roughly two-hour route will travel west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Cesar Chavez Park before turning parallel with the Coronado Bridge to the west side of the bay. The parade then will proceed past the Coronado Ferry Landing to the finish line.

Awards will be presented to the best-decorated boats.

Viewing areas will be available at multiple locations along the bay. For more details, visit

Nutcracker Tea Party: The event Sunday, Dec. 18, will feature hot cocoa and cookies (plus coffee, hot tea and water), a narrated performance of “The Nutcracker” by San Diego Ballet, a visit from Santa and more. Show times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road.

Tickets are $55-$65 and are available at

Hanukkah menorah lighting: The Jewish holiday tradition will celebrate the start of Hanukkah at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Liberty Station between The Lot and the Rady Children’s Ice Rink. Free holiday festivities in partnership with Chabad of Downtown San Diego and Chabad of Pacific Beach will continue until 8 p.m.

Rabbi Yossi Tiefenbrun lights the menorah candle signifying the first night of Hanukkah in 2021 at Liberty Station.
Rabbi Yossi Tiefenbrun of Chabad of Pacific Beach lights the menorah candle signifying the first night of Hanukkah in 2021 at Liberty Station in Point Loma. This year’s lighting is set for Sunday, Dec. 18.
(Nancee E. Lewis)

Ocean Beach

Holiday Parade: The 43rd annual procession, this year themed “Jingle All the Waves,” will set out at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on Newport Avenue between Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Abbott Street.

OB’s traditional holiday tree, dubbed the “crooked tree” because it typically leans to one side, will be installed on the beach at the end of Newport Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and will be lighted for the first time to begin the Holiday Parade.

Parade entries will be judged in the categories of Best Use of Lights, Best OB Spirit, Most Unusual, Best Kids Group, Best Performance, Best Live Music and Best Overall.

Holiday Food & Toy Drive: Now through Saturday, Dec. 17. Food can be donated at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at designated donation stations at:

  • Ocean Beach Business Center, 4967 Newport Ave.
  • Newbreak Church, 4694 Cape May Ave.
  • Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
  • Compass Realty, 1021 Rosecrans St.
  • Pruett Realty, 1845 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
  • Joshua Lightcap, financial advisor, 5083 Santa Monica Ave.
  • Little House of Flowers, 1017 Rosecrans St.

The Ocean Beach Town Council’s goal this year to feed and provide presents to more than 150 local families and senior citizens. To donate or volunteer, go to

Holiday Auction and Party: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Holding Co. restaurant, 5046 Newport Ave.

The event will include live and silent auctions, and Holiday Parade award winners will be announced.

Proceeds will benefit Town Council holiday programs. To donate an auction item, email


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