Turkey is of course the star of the weekend. Start your vacation weekend in San Diego with your choice of Turkey Trots and eat your way through the main event. You’ll also need the strength, because after Thursday we officially start the holiday season, folks. Be ready. And if you’re not, throw it all away and just go to the Con.
Early birds can hit one of these proud Turks across the county on Thursday:
- the 2021 O’Side Turkey Trot departs at 6:45 AM from the Oceanside Civic Center, 330 N. Coast Highway. Dress up for the five-mile or three-mile trail and enjoy live entertainment as well. Costs range from $28-50.
- Father Joe’s Villages Hosts the 20th Annual Thanksgiving 5K at 7:30 AM at Balboa Park Arrive early, at 6:30 AM, for the pre-trot mass. Enjoy cake and photos with Santa and Disney-inspired characters at the post-race party. Adult entrance fees start at $45.
- The local Rotary Club hosts Fallbrook’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, a 5km run, walk or walk through the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way. The cost starts at $45.
You might be thinking about shopping on Friday — and fitness, too. Walk it off by shopping or save some money and go to San Diego County Parks in front of Green Friday and special walks, classes, cleanups and more. Events – at locations such as Old Town, Bonita, Cardiff and Poway – are free, as is parking.
Comic-Con – also good for walking. And people watching. And stay up to date with the latest comic book and genre news.
To remember the past, go to the Comic-Con Museum, which kicks off its soft opening Friday at noon. The Balboa Park Museum, with six permanent exhibits, will have special programming and screenings leading up to its grand opening in 2022. Tickets — general admission will cost $20 — are available online and is sold in the museum.
Then there’s the Con itself. It’s back! Comic-Con Special Edition opens Friday at noon at the San Diego Convention Center after going virtual during the regular July 2020 and 2021 slots due to COVID-19. Use your coveted badge at the scaled-down event, through Sunday, or for the badgeless, take to the streets around downtown to spot the many, many cosplayers.
After Thanksgiving, we make the big pivot towards Christmas. From a special Santa Claus to a trip north, here are the latest options to open:
- The North Pole Limited opens for the season at 5 p.m. Friday, runs from the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo through the hinterland. Join Santa’s elves on board as they sing carols, read Christmas stories and hand out cookies and hot chocolate. Will the big man show up himself? We think he just might. Evening trips take place on Friday and Saturday through December 18. The adult fare starts at $35 and children from $25.
- Surfing Santa, solemnly escorted by the Harbor Police, breaks out the boardshorts at Seaport Village on Saturday at 1 p.m. He will sail in from San Diego Bay to kick off a procession of carolers, waders, elves and toy soldiers along the boardwalk. Also enjoy live music and DIY photos on Santa’s life-size surfboard.
- Go to North County for the Julian Country Christmas Tree Lights at 5:30 PM Saturday at Pioneer Park, 2811 Washington St. The fun kicks off at 2:00 PM for live entertainment, as well as the apple pie that Julian is so rightly known for.
And don’t forget Small Business Saturday, a tradition that is sure to help you shop for the holiday season, but also supports local retailers working in your community.