The holidays have taken over. Five of our eight great weekend tips are holiday-oriented events; in other words, the spirit of the season is about to beat you into submission. A welcome reprieve: Thunder From Down Under. Yes. Nearly-naked Aussies gyrating in barely-there skivvies. If that doesn’t cure the humbugs, I don’t know what will. On to the eight greats!
December Nights: San Diego’s December Nights is the local kickoff to the holiday season. The two-night event, San Diego’s largest community festival in Balboa Park, features global food, gift shopping, international choirs, music and dance presentations, and free admission to participating museums. The cheerful, fun-filled, family holiday event runs Friday from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
Thunder From Down Under: Confession: During a Vegas bachelorette weekend (yes, I was a bridesmaid), I pulled myself out of a vodka-induced coma long enough to accompany the girls to Thunder From Down Under. The Aussie strippers (umm, adult entertainers?) don’t go Full Monty (and if they did, I must have missed it!), but they’re charming, and the interactive show is a riot.
Our bride-to-be was asked to fake a, er, climax onstage, competing with two other soon-to-be-hitched gals. You don’t want to miss these buffed-out, greased-up men at Viejas Casino Friday and Saturday. Doors open both days at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. shows. Tickets are still available. Viejas Casino is located at 5000 Willows Rd. in Alpine.
Jerry Seinfeld at the San Diego Civic Theatre: Didn’t get enough of funnyman Jerry Seinfeld on the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” season finale? Well check him out onstage at the San Diego Civic Theatre Friday or Saturday. The stand-up comedian — called the “best comedian of our time” by the Washington Post – is back on the road, with special guest Larry Miller. Seats are limited and tickets will go quickly, so get them now. Tickets range from $48-$78. The San Diego Civic Theatre is located at 1100 Third Ave.
THREAD: More than 100 independent fashion designers and artists will show their work Saturday and Sunday at THREAD, a quarterly fashion trunk show downtown. The event will feature live art, music, runway shows, and local “Project Runway” alum Gordana Gehlhausen. Incorporating eco-design elements, and opportunities to learn about nonprofit work, THREAD will storm the Wonderhaus building (14th and L streets) from 11-5 p.m. both days. RSVP online for $8 admission or pay $10 at the door. Gehlhausen dished on “Runway” with us this week. Check out our Q&A here.
30th Annual OB Christmas Parade: The fun, quirky annual OB Christmas Parade is back for its 30th year. Newport Avenue, the main drag in Ocean Beach, will be transformed into a beachy winter wonderland Saturday from 5-7:30 p.m. The event will kick off with a tree lighting at 5:05 p.m., and Santa Claus, marching bands, antique cars, holiday-decorated floats, and surfers will be on hand to celebrate. The grand marshal of the parade will be a contingent of walkers from OB Elementary, which is celebrating its centennial this year. There will also be a craft fair and live entertainment.
International Holiday Bazaar: Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift? The City Heights Farmers Market International Holiday Bazaar will feature local refugee-owned businesses with an array of art and crafts from all over the world. The bazaar will take place at Fairmont Avenue and Wightman Street in City Heights from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Among the unique gift ideas: handmade jewelry by Burmese and Iraqi refugees, and handcrafted goods by Kenyan and Ethiopian artists. The annual event will also have a craft station, live performances, and free gift wrapping by vendors.
47th Annual Chula Vista Starlight Parade: A tribute to the county’s diversity, the 47th annual Chula Vista Starlight Parade is themed, “Holidays Around the World.” Carolers, floats, marching bands, and, of course Santa Claus (who is going to have to rush to get from the OB Christmas Parade to Chula Vista’s celebration Saturday) will highlight the parade. The day-long holiday celebration will start with a Children’s Holiday Festival in Memorial Park from 1-5 p.m., and the mayor’s tree-lighting ceremony will kick off the parade at 5 p.m. The parade will start at 6 p.m. on Third Avenue between H and E streets.
The North Park Craft Mafia’s Holiday Hit List: You can do all of your holiday shopping with local vendors and artisans. Check out the International Holiday Bazaar (details above) Saturday, then head to The North Park Craft Mafia’s Holiday Hit List shopping event on Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. at the NTC Promenade in Liberty Station. The holiday social shopping event will feature a fashion show, live music, and original art and gifts by local crafters. The NTC Promenade is located at 2875 Dewey Rd.