Sometimes it can be a challenge to find holiday activities that don’t include alcohol. Add to that the stress that often comes with the season and some in recovery may find this time of year a difficult one. The good news is there are plenty of holiday activities that can be enjoyed sober. We’ve compiled a list of local San Diego activities to get you started with your celebrations – with so many options, you’ll certainly be able to stay busy, safe and merry the whole season through! Happy holidays!

November 16 – December 28, 2013
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Old Globe Theatre
Back for its 16th holiday season, this Dr. Seuss classic is a play the whole family will enjoy!

Now – End of Season
Residential Holiday Light Displays
Various Neighborhoods
Grab some hot chocolate, bundle up, and take a stroll through one of San Diego’s neighborhoods known for their impressive light displays! 

December 6-7, 2013
Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park – House of Hospitality
This free event is back for its 35th year. Participate in a multicultural event and celebrate with food, music and entertainment from all corners of the world!

December 7, 2013
North Park Toyland Parade and Festival
North Park
Everything you’d expect to see in a bright holiday parade, including marching bands, dance troops, classic cars and of course the jolly old man himself! Followed by a festival in North Park’s historic commercial district. Fun for the whole family!

December 8, 2013
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Gaslamp District, Downtown San Diego
Join pets and their owners as they take over the Gaslamp Quarter! Or, better yet, register with your pet and take part in the fun! Followed by the Pet Expo (free and open to the public).

December 8 & 14, 2013
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
San Diego Bay
San Diego’s 42nd annual parade of lights consists of more than 80 boats festively decorated as they proceed from Shelter Island, past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Find a cozy spot on land to watch the nautical fun!

December 13, 2013 – January 5, 2014
San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells
San Diego
During this three-week holiday celebration, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy holiday displays, new animal-themed experiences, a nightly tree lighting and even a tractor-pulled trolley ride!

December 14, 2013
Oceanside Parade of Lights
Oceanside Harbor
Much like the Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay, Oceanside’s parade promises to bring an evening of bright and festive fun to the Oceanside Harbor.

December 25, 2013
New Movie Premieres
Nearest Location
Start a new holiday tradition and see a new movie the day it’s released! With six movies to choose from this year, there’s something for everyone!

December 29-31, 2013
A Different Kind of New Year’s Eve
Mission Bay Area
You’re invited to a 3-day event of experiential games, writing exercises, focus and fun! Join for one day or all three and celebrate the holiday with purpose!

December 30, 2013
Bumblebee Foods 5k Run/Walk
Downtown (Harbor & Ash)
Have a resolution to exercise more? Why wait for January 1st? This event takes place along a beautiful waterfront course and sets the stage for a healthy New Year! Followed by a post-race party near Tuna Harbor Park.

December 30, 2013
Big Bay Balloon Parade
Touted as “America’s largest balloon parade,” this parade will include bands, floats, drill teams and of course, enormous balloons! Going to miss it in person? Catch it on t.v. – it will even be televised nationally!

December 31, 2013
Cindy C’s New Year’s Eve Zumba Fitness Party

San Marcos
What better way to bid farewell to 2013 than a Zumba dance party? Exercise, have fun and celebrate!
December 31, 2013
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Bash
Nothing like a classic sock hop to ring in the New Year! Dress up or come as you are and celebrate with an evening of 50’s fun!

Practical Recovery is not affiliated with any of the listed organizations, nor does it endorse any of the events. This list was compiled from local San Diego resources as a courtesy for those seeking to celebrate the holidays without alcohol.