Holiday Events in Old Town

November 18, 2010

Old Town San Diego will be the place to celebrate holiday traditions and create new memories all month long.
Presented by Fiesta de Reyes, El Fandango Restaurant, and all the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park merchants, bonfires will light up the winter nights at dusk and free s’mores will be provided. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 11, 18, 28 and 30, El Fandango Restaurant will host a free piñata party where children of all ages will get a chance to whack a holiday piñata. All piñata party participants will receive a 15 percent discount at El Fandango.  Bonfire Nights will take place from dusk until 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 28, 29, and 30.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., all of the museums, stores and restaurants in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be open and richly decorated for the holidays. Guests will enjoy special holiday treats, and extended shopping hours until 9 p.m., along with strolling carolers and live music. This event is free.
Dec. 12 marks the 60th-annual Las Posadas event in Old Town. 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 and a free piñata party at El Fandango Restaurant. Before the procession that takes place at 5 p.m., this event will also feature a daytime celebration with live music, performances and activities for children. 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 more information, call 619-297-3100 or visit
Cygnet Theatre Company presents Joe Landry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Nov. 26 through Dec. 31. The famous story of George Bailey and Clarence the Angel comes to life as a 1940’s live radio play, filled with music, live sound effects and plenty of heart. The performance on Dec.30 will feature an appearance by Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the original Frank Capra film of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
The times are as follows: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Old Town Theater at 4040 Twiggs Street. Tickets range from $24 to $49. For more information, visit or call the box office (619) 337-1525.
Write Out Loud presents its 4th-annual holiday program for families called “Giving Season,” which includes stories by Bret Harte, A.A. Milne, Grace Paley and others that are appropriate for all ages. Kids 12 years and under are $5 and regular tickets are $15, or $13 for seniors and military. Performances are at The Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St, on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 13, at 7:00 p.m. Call 619-297-8953 for more information.  
Mrs. Sarah Robinson, widow of the late Governor of Texas, James Robinson, will be pouring tea for her friends at an early San Diego 19th century tea party with delicious food and beverages and typical Victorian entertainment.  This immersive theatre experience will take place in the gorgeously restored 1872 Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The performance takes place on Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 28, 29 and 30 at 4 p.m. at the Cosmo. Adults are $40.00 per ticket; children 6 to 16 are $18.00. For reservations, call 619-297-1874. For more info visit  or
Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town San Diego State Park, Write Out Loud, Cygnet Theater and the Old Town State Park Merchants Association are sponsoring these events. There is free parking available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. For more information about any of these events, visit or call 619-297-3100.

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