How to Make San Diego Your Ideal Christmas and New Year Vacation

San Diego is all about fun, fun and fun! Especially in the month of December, the city rocks with a huge line-up of events to mark Christmas and New Year. Tourists make a beeline for New Year celebrations.

Are you planning to spend New Year in San Diego? Let me list out a few things which will surely make your stay more enjoyable.

December means lights, fireworks, Santa, parties, family gathering or gifts. Get set to enjoy a spectacular light show with your family or friends from the comfort of your car at the Drive Through Light Show. It is a drive-through light show where you can enjoy more than 400 colorful, family-oriented, animated displays of various themes and listen to music as you drive along the route through the Del Mar Fairgrounds. If you don’t have a car, you can rent one. The light show began in November and will continue till 1st January, 2012. Do not miss it. Enjoy the beautiful animated creations along with your friends and family right there in your car.

Planning to take the kids along on the vacation? Take them to the Jungle Bells at the Zoo. In December, the zoo turns into a winter wonderland with the Jungle Bells celebration. Lit-up sculptures of animals and various storybook characters, crafts, games, tree-lighting ceremony, and holiday music liven up the event. This event had started on 10th December and will go on till 1st January, 2012. It is a perfect event for a family day out. Your kids will surely love it!

Have you heard of “America’s Largest Balloon Parade”? Set to take place on 28th December, 2011, the Big Bay Balloon Parade is all about huge colorful balloons, floats, drill teams and marching bands. A large number of spectators flock down to downtown San Diego to watch this formidable parade. This event will also be aired on TV. But it is no fun watching it on television. Be a part of the huge crowds and enjoy the holiday spirit.

Parades, light shows and fireworks are not the only highlights. Christmas time is a shopper’s delight. After all, no vacation is complete without shopping. As per your budget, you can choose to visit everything from high-end shops to flea markets has something for everyone. You can head to Seaport Village, Horton Plaza in Downtown, or the popular Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town. There are various malls, as well as antique shops which sell arts and crafts, paintings and souvenirs.

With so many places to shop and hang out, the city is surely a hotspot for Christmas and New Year vacations. Choose a good hotel in San Diego to ensure a comfortable lodging on your vacation. When you come on a vacation during New Year time, you must choose your accommodation very carefully and well in advance.

Look for a hotel which is offering you attractive discounts during Christmas and New Year. Another important consideration is the location. The San Diego hotel you stay in should be centrally located from where downtown San Diego, Del Mar, and other major tourist attractions nearby. This will help you save time and you can avoid heavy traffic snarls and parking hassles during the New Year’s time.