Friday, Dec. 6
Tin Room San Diego – The world-famous Tin Room finally makes its grand debut in San Diego! Join us on our very first day as bring a new flavor of fun, entertainment and debauchery to the heart of Hillcrest. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. 3682 Fifth Ave.
BLVD Court – BLVD Court is a community event space which will host events thrown by the BLVD and also members of the community. Experience the energy of finely curated music, the connection of gathering with friends, and exploration of local vendors and tasty food. First Friday is the first of its kind on El Cajon BoulevardA few details: Fully immersive pop up event, food trucks, local vendor marketplace, talented DJ’s spinning high vibrational beats and socialize with likeminded people. 2104 El Cajon Blvd.
Grinch – Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a wonderful, whimsical musical. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version. Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Runs through Dec. 29. $19-$84. Visit theoldglobe.org for dates and show times.
‘The Santaland Diaries’ – From the brilliantly twisted mind of David Sedaris comes a classic tonic for the “holidaze.” Out of work and options, “The Santaland Diaries” finds David as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch. Battling throngs of rabid families clamoring towards a drunken Santa to satiate their Christmas fix, David makes do with some hilarious observations on human nature, and an unexpected connection to the holiday spirit. Runs through Dec. 22. $22.50-$25. Dates and times vary. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. Ste. 101.
‘A Christmas Carol’ – “A Christmas Carol” returns to Cygnet Theatre for its sixth season of cheer. It has become a true holiday favorite, with San Diegans making Scrooge, the spirits, and the Cratchit family part of their holiday tradition. And for the first time, Cygnet Theatre is pleased to add a sensory friendly performance to the schedule. The family-friendly musical runs through Dec. 29 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. $40.
December Nights – The city of San Diego’s 42nd annual free holiday festival in Balboa Park. December Nights will kick off the holiday season this Dec. 6 and 7, and feature light displays, inspirational choirs, bands and dancers, amazing food and fun-filled attractions.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Black Box Theatre – Tickets are now on sale for “Wally & His Lover Boys,” a comedy about growing older, dating younger and surviving both. Runs Dec. 7-15. Performance times vary. $25. Black Box Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd.
Come Home for the Holidays – Join the San Diego LGBT Community Center as people gather to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions within the San Diego LGBT community. Family-friendly and free to all. Come dance with DJ’s tunes, learn something new, and meet your neighbors. Holiday refreshments will be provided by community host organizations. 5-7:30 p.m. 3909 Centre St.
Village People – December Nights is thrilled to welcome the world-famous musical group Village People to perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion stage. This is a holiday gift to the people of San Diego and December Nights is the perfect setting for the Village People to introduce their new Christmas album “Magical Christmas.” Free event. Balboa Park.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Pride in Toyland – Celebrate the holiday season with San Diego Pride. Grab the kids, the neighbors, friends, and the whole family, and come down to beautiful North Park for our tradition of ensuring LGBTQ families are represented in the North Park Toyland Parade. Pride is staging in Division 4. Division 4 staging area: Lincoln Avenue west of Utah Street. The North Park Toyland Parade has been revitalized by the North Park Main Street Business Improvement District with the help of the North Park Lions Club and local business owners. The parade is held along University Avenue between Utah and Iowa streets, rain or shine. The event is free and appropriate for all ages.
‘A Winter’s Night’ – A cozy cup of hot chocolate by a roaring fireplace, while snow falls softly outside the window… not exactly your typical San Diego winter story. But for one Sunday evening in December, let the San Diego Women’s Chorus transport you right into that wintery holiday mood! Join for “A Winter’s Night,” a cabaret-style evening of music and holiday merriment, featuring more than 30 of the talented women of San Diego Women’s Chorus. You’ll enjoy traditional songs and modern favorites, from “O Holy Night” to “The Christians and the Pagans,” as well as dance and comedy.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Arts and the Transgender Diverse Community – Join Diversionary Theatre in a forum to discuss transgender, non-conforming representation in the theater. There is no cost for this discussion, which is a follow up to our September 2019 meeting. 6 p.m.: welcome reception with hosted refreshments, 6:30 p.m.: panel discussion. Reserve for the panel online, call 619-220-6830 ext. 104 or email [email protected].
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Dreamgirls Review FUNdraiser – Join for our annual drag show fundraiser. Enjoy an evening of great entertainment while supporting the work of TransFamilySOS.
FilmOut San Diego – The first Razzie winner finally makes its FilmOut debut! This infamous film from 1980 follows the loose true story of how 70’s icons The Village People came to be! New York City DJ/songwriter Jack Morell (Steve Guttenberg) needs just one big break to get his music heard and land a record deal. But with the help of his retired supermodel roommate (Valerie Perrine) and an uptight tax attorney (Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, in her film debut), they bring together six singing macho men from the Greenwich Village scene for an outrageously ’80s adventure of fun, fantasy and disco fever. Welcome to the not-quite-straight story of the creation of the Village People in their one and only musical extravaganza. Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. 7 p.m. $12.50.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Wild Night Out – After the San Diego Zoo closes its gates for the evening on Dec.12, a one-of-a-kind event, Wild Night Out—21 and Up, will begin. This exclusive adults-only affair will allow grown-up guests to preview the Zoo’s holiday-themed Jungle Bells presented by California Coast Credit Union celebration and enjoy an evening at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, without the kids and the crowds. Added perks include unique talks with keepers, up-close animal ambassador presentations, a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, soda, or water) and more! Sandiegozoo.org
Hillcrest Taste ‘n’ Tinis – Join Fabulous Hillcrest as it serves up this festive sip-and-shop event for the holidays. A part of the neighborhood’s Shop Hillcrest for the Holidays campaign, you can take in Hillcrest’s festive holiday decorations while embarking on a self-guided tour filled with delicious drinks, captivating eats, and fabulous local shopping. $25-$30. 4-9 p.m. Hillcrest.
Friday, Dec. 13
Freaky Friday the 13th – Please join The Center and #BeTheGeneration for an evening of support and education! This event will cover a broad range of topics related to sexual health. HIV/AIDS, STIs, undetectable status, and PrEP will be some of the topics discussed. The event will also explore the social, cultural, and institutional factors that influence sexual health for both individuals and communities, such as HIV stigma, sex negativity, and racial and gender-based biases amongst health care providers. Attendees can expect a down-to-earth, informative discussion where participation and interaction are encouraged. 6-7:30 p.m. 3090 Centre St.
Saturday, Dec. 14
GMSR Spaghetti Dinner – Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat is holding its Coming Out for the Holidays Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. This event is a family-style buffet, with entertainment, live and silent auctions and more. $20 dinner tickets. VIP table $300. 6-9 p.m. 3909 Centre St.
Wind Ensemble -– The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble presents “Home for the Holidays” Saturday, Dec. 14. in the beautiful ballroom of the Courtyard by Marriott-Liberty Station’ Doors open at 6:30pm for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and concert at 7 p.m. Under the direction of Artistic Director John Winkleman and Associate Director Christian Tordahl, the ensemble will feature music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Viennese New Year, as well as the world premiere of an exciting new piece. The ensemble welcomes back vocalist Leviticus. A no-host bar and a chance to win fantastic opportunity drawing prizes will round out the evening. $25. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online and at The Windsmith 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park, or at the door. bit.ly/30X694L
Babycakes Grand Opening – Babycakes is returning to Hillcrest and its official grand opening will be held at its new location from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 3795 Fourth Ave.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
The Sisters’ Saturnalia – Join The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at their annual public meeting and winter party. The Sisters will present a wrap-up of 2019 events and distribute monies raised and donated throughout the year to local nonprofits. 6-9 p.m. The Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave.