DECEMBER
DECEMBER 1 -- CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY -- the Bazaar del Mundo is hosting a holiday-themed Customer Appreciation Day from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. For more information, visit them at www.bazaardelmundo.com

DECEMBER -- BONFIRE NIGHTS -- Friday and Saturdays through the month of December. An old fashioned gathering around the fire pit. Live music. From 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Old Town State Historic Park plaza.

DECEMBER 11 -- HOLIDAY IN THE PARK -- Embrace the holidays of yesteryear in Old Town with live action performances, caroling around the fires, music, dancing and tours. Enjoy special holiday treats, activities and extended shopping hours too.

DECEMBER 12 - 60TH ANNIVERSARY LOS POSADAS
Enjoy special activities and traditional procession with actors and singers reenacting the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph.

DECEMBER 10-12 and 17-23
Hop on Old Town Trolley Tours’ as we tour San Diego in a unique way which highlights the excitement of the holiday season. Sing along as you experience the sights, lights and sounds as we share the historical traditions and fun facts of the season.

DECEMBER 14, 2010 - Join SOHO and the Whaley House Museum staff on Tuesday, December 14 for a performance of Charles Dickens' timeless holiday ghost story, A Christmas Carol, set in the historic and haunted Whaley House. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come, will unfold as you go from room to room in the historic 1857 brick mansion known as "America's Most Haunted." Although not a traditional tour of the Whaley House, A Christmas Carol is sure to bring holiday fun for the whole family, and who knows? You might even encounter a Ghost of Christmas Past.

When Tuesday, December 14, 2010
7pm / 7:30pm / 8pm / 8:30pm / 9pm
(Performance approximately 25 minutes)
Cost $8 per person
Space is limited, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

LAS POSADAS HOLIDAY EVENT CELEBRATES ITS 60TH YEAR

Dec. 12 will mark the 60th annual Las Posadas event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Las Posadas is a long-standing tradition in Old Town, a celebratory day that everyone can enjoy. The Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child. Everyone is invited to join the candlelit procession and sing traditional holiday songs in both Spanish and English as the players go from inn to inn, asking for symbolic lodging. The procession culminates with a live nativity scene in front of Casa de Estudillo.

This event combines the custom of caroling with the Hispanic tradition of the procession and the breaking of the piñata.

The Las Posadas procession will be lead by professional actors in period costume, including Willie, the acting donkey.

Before the procession that takes place at 5 p.m., this event will also feature a daytime celebration and preshow with live music, performances and activities for children from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A variety of local music and performing arts groups such as Metro Dance and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For children’s entertainment, there will be free craft activities that include making pioneer-style cloth dolls, as well as corn-husk dolls and paper holiday flowers. Hot cider, pastries, Mexican baked goods, tamales, hot soup and more will be available for purchase.

At end of the festival, a bonfire will be lit in the middle of the state park with a piñata-breaking party following the Las Posadas procession at 6 p.m. Stores and museums within the state park will have extended hours until 8 p.m. that evening.

Admission to Las Posadas is free. For more information, phone (619) 297-31

EVENT SCHEDULE

“Holly Jolly
Holiday Trolley Tour”

Hop on Old Town Trolley Tours’ as we tour San Diego in a unique way which highlights the excitement of the holiday season. Sing along as you experience the sights, lights and sounds as we share the historical traditions and fun facts of the season. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize! There will be holiday trivia, music and fun for the whole family!

WHERE: Old Town Market – 4010 Twiggs Street, Old Town

WHEN: December 10-12 and 17-23, 2010 – 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Duration: 90 Minutes

COST: $23 for adults and $10 for kids, ages 4-12 (3 & under free)

 RSVP: Reservations are required and can be made by calling (619) 298-8687 or by stopping by an Old Town Trolley Ticket Booth

 For more information please call (619) 298-8687 or visit  http://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego/holiday-tour.asp