Sunday, Nov. 23
Different from most holiday bazaars, this event at La Mesa First United Methodist Church (4690 Palm Ave., La Mesa) gives guests the chance to buy livestock, food, supplies and clothing for those in need locally and abroad. Shoppers will receive an “Alternative Christmas Card” to give friends or family members that describe the gift given in their name. Benefitting charities include the church’s own shelter and projects, Heifer International, and more. The event will be held in the church’s social hall from 9:30 a.m. – noon. For more information visit lamesaumc.com.
Friday, Dec. 5 & Saturday, Dec. 6
A holiday weekend hosted by Sonrise Community Church (8805 North Magnolia Ave., Santee), Winter Nights will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. each night. The free event will feature snow sledding, outdoor Christmas movies, a craft fair and Christmas carolers. There will also be a vehicle Christmas light competition, so make sure to decorate your ride! Visit sonrise.net for more information.
Christmas in the City
Friday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 14
Sonrise Community Church (8805 North Magnolia Ave., Santee) will present their yearly Christmas program at various times over this weekend. The event includes contemporary and traditional Christmas songs with a live band. Christmas in the City is free and open to everyone. Friday’s event is at 7 p.m., Saturday’s starts at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s performances are at 9 and 11 a.m. For more information visit sonrise.net.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Saturday, Dec. 13
The 21st annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk will be held at Sixth and Quince streets in Balboa Park, kicking off at 8 a.m. The holiday-themed race includes a timed 5K run and a 1K Children’s Dash with the Elves run/walk activity. Participants — including pets — are encouraged to dress up in holiday attire. The Arthritis Foundation expects over 2,000 participants will race this year to raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis. Visit sdjbr.org for more information and to register for the race.
Christmas on the Prado
Sunday, Dec. 14
The San Diego Children’s Coalition will hold their first Christmas on the Prado event from 6 – 9 p.m. The charity event will be held on Patios A and B at Casa del Prado (1800 El Prado, Balboa Park). Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. The family friendly festivities will include Christmas music and entertainment, photos with Santa Claus, artwork, and Christmas cookies with hot chocolate and cider. Visit christmasontheprado.com for more details.
Cookies with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 20
This event takes place from 10 a.m. – noon at Allied Gardens Recreation Center (5155 Greenbrier Ave.). The holiday gathering will include an appearance by Santa, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and more. Call the center at 619-235-1129 for more information.