It’s holiday time! That means more eating, more drinking and much more shopping! San Diego’s got festive cocktails, meals, parties, and even unique shopping options available to you this season. Mixologists have incorporated classic holiday flavors to their drinks, a foundation is throwing an event for you to show support, and Santa is showing up to the city that never snows. If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the season, a place to take the kiddies, or just want to shop local, look no further.
On Friday, December 6th from 5-8pm, visit SILO in Maker’s Quarter, where their inaugural Holiday Cheer + Lights event will take place. Enjoy a musical performance by Mainly Mozart’s Youth Orchestra, craft beer, Alchemy cocktails, games like bocce ball and ping-pong, craft-making, a tree lighting, and more! Leashed dogs are also welcome to the event and children are free. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online here.
All six of Slater’s locations will feature three new holiday-inspired indulgent milkshakes as well as two boozy shakes. Experience the Pupmkin Piece on Earth, made with blended pumpkin and pumpkin syrup, mixed with soft serve vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. The Holly Jolly Gingerbread is made with gingersnaps, and syrup then blended with soft serve vanilla ice cream, and the New Year's Eggnog blends classic eggnog with soft serve vanilla ice cream and is topped with whipped cream and nutmeg. For the 21 and over the Irish Mint Cream is made with Baileys Irish cream, vanilla soft serve ice cream, Andes mints and mint leaves. The Sultry Caramel Crunch blends vanilla soft serve ice cream with a salted caramel mixture of caramel, bourbon, kosher salt and caramel hard candy. The shakes are priced at $5.95 each, and the boozy shakes are $8.95 each. Visit slaters5050.com for more info.
This December 7 and 8, the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar will host a Weekend with Santa. This family-friendly event will begin with breakfast at the newly opened Sea & Smoke from 8-10am where Santa himself will greet, take photos and hear Christmas wishes. Children’s tickets will be $13 (inclusive with tax and gratuity) and will include a pancake with a side of fruit and milk or OJ while adult tickets will be $17, for a choice of one entree and beverage. Entree choices include an orange-scented crusted french toast, vegetable frittata or a L’American with pendelton ham, aged white cheddar and oven-dried tomato. Tickets can be purchased at seaandsmoke.com
After breakfast, families are encouraged to enjoy arts and crafts near Geppetto’s Toys store while Santa walks around the outdoor shopping center greeting children and taking photos.
From December 7 - 13, The US GRANT’s Grant Grill invites guests to enjoy an evening of holiday food and drink pairings. For $80, guests will enjoy a four-course menu, with pairings such as roasted chestnuts with duck confit and sage brown butter, paired with their famous Smashing Pumpkin cocktail, the loved “Thanksgiving Leftovers” with turkey and country ham pate, cranberry preserves, savory stuffing bread pudding, pumpkin butter and candied walnuts, paired with a fresh Cranberry Sour. Additionally, guests will be the first to taste Julian Cider’s spirits, as The Grant Grill is the first to carry the speciality line. Guests are free to make their own time for the dinner and reservations can be made by calling 619-744-2039.
Believe Day - December 6 at all participating Macy's locations: Partnering with the Foundation's largest corporate sponsor, Macy's, for the sixth year in a row, the Believe Day campaign invites believers of all ages from now until December 24th to drop off letters to Santa at any Macy's store nation-wide by depositing them in special designated Santa Mail Letterboxes. For each letter received, Macy's donates $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million dollars. On National Believe Day, December 6th, Macy's offers a surprise incentive for those who drop their letters off.
So You WISH You Could Skate at the Hotel Del - December 10 at 6:30pm at The Hotel Del Coronado: This is a festive ice skating competition between various media personalities held at the Hotel Del Coronado's outdoor, beachside ice-skating rink. This year's skating competition will honor 'hometown heroes' including local fire departments, military personnel, teachers and more. Cheer on your favorite media personalities and hometown heroes as they skate to their own creative performances complete with festive costumes, light, music and dance!
For a holiday refreshment, try these festive coktails at Cusp Dining & Drinks, atop the Hotel La Jolla. The Leftover Sour, Bartender Nate Howell’s riff on a classic sour, is made with Wild Turkey 81, house made cranberry-lemon cordial and Angostura bitters. If any cocktail was going to steal away the Christmas spotlight, it’s The Grinch. This drink is made with the most ornery of spirits, tequila, softened by Green Chartreuse, fresh lime and mint. The Midnight in Paris is a romantic mix of Grey Goose vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Crème de Peche, cucumber and Champagne. For more information, visit www.cusprestaurant.com.
Head downtown where JSix will also offer some holiday-inspired sips to get you in the mood.
Assistant Manager and “Beverage Engineer” Lauren Lathrop Williams created the Snuggie, a mix of vanilla-infused Bourbon, honey, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and star anise. Jsix’s Noggin’ is a salute to the quintessential Christmas cocktail with a spicy kick. This version is made with brandy, dark rum, whole egg, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and house made winter spice syrup.. Williams’ Emily Post was created with fond memories of her grandmother in mind. It’s a white-gloved glass of nostalgia. Visit www.jsixrestaurant.com for more info.
Visit RA Sushi downtown for an untraditional holiday cocktail that will keep you warm and toasty. Order a carafe of Hot Sake, or a Fire Bomb, which is a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky served with a bottle of Crisp Apple Angry Orchard Hard Cider. It might not be apple pie, but this drink combination takes the cake. RA’s Winter Red Sangria, a blend of merlot, sake, Fruja Raspberry, triple sec, blackberry brandy, simple syrup and lemon-lime soda, bursts with citrus and berry notes.
RA Sushi will be open on Christmas Eve from 11am-7 pm, and on Christmas Day from 4-11pm with the bar open until midnight or later. Happy Hour will be from open to close visit www.rasushi.com/sandiego for more.
Looking to throw a party? Visit the Aventine in La Jolla, where its four elegant restaurants provide ample space and delicious meals for your family or work event.
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House’s luxurious rooms include the Hemingway Room, seating up to 50 guests, and the Capri and Naples rooms, seating up to 24. Each room mirrors the style of Truluck’s award-winning dining room, named in recent years to San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyles list of restaurants with the most impressive décor.
The Melting Pot’s inviting private room seats up to 28 and is perfect for guests seeking a fun, interactive dining experience. The Melting Pot’s group dining menu offers four exclusive fondue menus, to highlight the restaurant’s famous cheese and chocolate fondues, as well as salad options.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar boasts four sophisticated spaces sure to deliver incredible steak dinners. Options include the aptly named Fireplace Room, seating up to 50 people; The Wine Room, seating 40; and the Library Room, seating 20 guests. Smaller parties may also split the Fireplace Room in half for gatherings of up to 20 people.
Cafe Japengo allows guests to book its entire sushi bar, where intimately sized parties take place directly in front of the restaurant’s award-winning sushi kitchen. Larger groups can benefit from the more expansive spaces—including a separate bar, patio, and back dining area—found throughout the eclectically-decorated Pacific Rim restaurant.
Shop local with a variety of unique, artisanal offerings from the Urban Kitchen Shop curated by the talented Tracy Borkum, best known for her popular CUCINA urbana and CUCINA enoteca restaurants. Find unique items for the foodies in your life, like a four piece set of Moscow mule mugs, made of solid copper, for $80, felted wine sleeves for $12 each, adorable salt and pepper shakers in the shape of pigs for $20 or hand-crafted wooden pizza boards for $15-$21. To view more of their specialty products, visit www.urbankitchengroup.com
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