photos by Shelley Stepanek    

Visiting San Diego? Then you must stop by the newest Holiday by the Bay, a wonderful winter event. Situated at the Hilton Bayfront, they are featuring the Reindeer Run (a two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide) and holiday treats in the Yule Lodge Patio along with festive cocktails for the adults among the group. See the dynamic light show. In the middle is a 30-foot Christmas tree; gingerbread cookies inside of the Claus Kitchen; and Santa’s Workshop where you can decorate large size stockings with glitter, fabric and anything fancy. There are Iceberg Bumpers, on an “ice rink” loaded with motorized tubes operated by a driver. In Elvin Eatery you can grab dinner with many options, such as chicken n waffles, grilled sausages or mac n cheese. At the Nutcrackers, you can have desserts and coffee. The Hilton is always warm and welcoming, and I always head to San Diego in December. Don’t miss out. Remember that this is a fundraiser for the USO. So be sure to plan on attending. 

The festivities occur on select days through January 5. Residents can buy discounted tickets at hiltonholidaybythebay.com. Tickets range from $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-11, $5 for active-service military members and free for children 3 years old and under.