San Diego Ballet Nutcracker

For some people, appreciating the fine arts - such as ballet, classical music, opera and the theater - is a way of life.

For others, attending a symphony, opera or play is a once-per-year experience, at most.

Whether you are a casual fan or someone who enjoys the finer arts as a part of your everyday lifestyle, December is a great time of year.

This is especially true in San Diego, where the calendar of performances and events is filled with end-of-the-year extravaganzas that showcase  the best music and art the city has to offer.

In San Diego, there are many traditional holiday performances that are accessible to everyone, from the most sophisticated symphony fan to someone who has never been to the ballet or seen a play before.

San Diego symphony holiday pops

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The San Diego Symphony will be able to get people in the holiday spirit with their hugely popular Holiday Pops show, which will take place on the weekend before Christmas this year.

This event combines the amazing sounds and spectacle of a classical music concert with holiday compositions that many people, even those not familiar with this style of music, will be familiar with.

Earlier in the December, true classical music aficionados can enjoy the works of Beethoven, which will be played by the symphony and by visiting musicians.

San Diego theater events December

Running for almost the entire month of December, the Cygnet Theater's version of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" will draw both lovers of the classic theater and people interested in Cygnet's unique approach to the telling of this well-known story.

This version of a Christmas Carol will be performed as a radio play, bringing a sense of nostalgia for the pre-TV days to the theater experience.

There will even be radio-era commercials.

This unique take on the famous Christmastime classic will prove memorable for lovers of the literature, people who simply want to be entertainment, and those who want to take a 90-minute trip back to the days when radio plays and theater performances were the most exciting entertainment options in the world.

San Diego Ballet Nutcracker

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The San Diego Ballet performs what many people consider to be the one must-see high-brow event of the holiday season: the Nutcracker Ballet.

With multiple performances held in the days leading up to Christmas, the San Diego Ballet's version of the Nutcracker is one of the San Diego’s hottest holiday tickets.

The performances will take place in the Mandeville Theater in La Jolla and will include more than 100 dancers from one of Southern California’s premiere ballet troupes.

San Diego Event Venues

With all the events that will be accessible to and appreciated by both fine art aficionados and casual theater-and-symphony-goers, December is the perfect time to carry the high-brow culture theme over into your own special event.

You can provide a sophisticated holiday cultural experience with a pre-performance luncheon, a post-ballet dinner, or an evening cocktail party at one of our San Diego estate venues.

Some of our best San Diego venues boast the elegance and sophistication that will make it easy to seamlessly merge your event with the whatever high art performance you choose to enjoy.

The Tuscan Del Mar is a classic estate that looks like it was plucked straight out of Italy's most famous wine region.

The 6,000 square foot estate, with over two acres of finely manicured grounds, has patios and a classy ambiance both indoors and outdoors.

Whether you want to have a casual evening cocktail party of dinner with close friends or business associates or a full-blown 200 person post-show gala, the Tuscan Del Mar is a very appropriate choice for your special evening.

San Diego Event Spaces

Keeping with the stylish Italian estate theme which fits so well with classical music and the opera, another high-brow event option is Las Olivas.

If you want your event to happen, at least partially, in the pleasant San Diego December weather, then this is the best estate for you.

Its well manicured lawns and gardens and the main building's patios and authentic Tuscan design make for a perfect culture-filled spot for a luncheon party or a pre-show event for either a few friends or a hundred guests.


Whether you are planning to host a small post-symphony cocktail party or a large fine-art themed gala, you can find exactly the kind of event venue that you are looking for on our special California listing page.

Your Turn...

What classical music, theater or ballet performances are you attending this December?  Are you hosting a special event to coincide with the show? Use the comments section to let us know what you are planning...