San Diego in December

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    San Diego in December

    Big Bay Balloon Parade, San Diego in December
    Port of San Diego/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    December's Big Holiday

    Christmas in San DiegoGuide to the best Christmas celebrations, parades, pageants, concerts and holiday activities in San Diego

    Things That Look Like Fun in December

    These events come from my San Diego bucket list. They look like fun, but I haven't had a chance to experience them in person

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlHeld just before Christmas, it matches a team from the Mountain West Conference against an at-large opponent.

    Especially Fun to Do in December

    The day after it rains, skies are sometimes exceptionally clear and great for photography.

    San Diego whale watching season runs from December through March. Use the San Diego whale watching guide to learn more about California whale-watching and San Diego excursions.

    Special Events

    The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Diego in March. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:

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    More About San Diego in December

    Skating by the sea
    Courtesy of Hotel del Coronado

    What to Expect from San Diego Weather in December

    You won't find a white Christmas in San Diego unless you head for the mountains, but December is in the rainy season, and all of the monthly rainfall often comes all on the same day, especially during winter storms. If precipitation happens, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in San Diego

    More About: San Diego in the Winter

    • Average High Temperature: 65°F/18°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 48°F/9°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 1.53 inches (3.9 cm) rain, 73% sunshine

    If you want to compare these weather conditions to what San Diego is like the rest of the year, you can find that all in one place in the Guide to Typical San Diego Weather.

    The weather information we've given above is best used as a general idea of what things may be like. The only rain all summer could fall on your perfect picnic or a winter day could be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts.

    Averages are helpful for planning ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Diego weather forecast before you leave home.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in December

    El Nino Storms Bring Massive Waves to California Coast
    Gabe LHeureux / Getty Images

    Pack an umbrella or rain jacket with hood for rainy days and a warm jacket if no rain is predicted. You won't need a heavy winter coat. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters in layers work best.

    More San Diego by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Diego is like in other months.  You find that in these guides: 

    If you go to San Diego in January or in February, you may have beautiful, sunny weather - or not. One thing you can be sure of there won't be a lot of other tourists getting in your way.

    By spring, the weather starts to clear up and flowers start blooming. March is fine, but you can also check out San Diego in April or San Diego in May.

    Summer in San Diego starts out with foggy, cloudy days near the beach if you go to San Diego in June or sometimes even in July. By August, the fog clears up, but it's also one of the busiest months, with lots of families on vacation and Arizona residents looking to escape the heat. Here's what to expect from San Diego in August.

    Fall is one of the best times if you can plan to go to San Diego in Septemeber or San Diego in October.

    Holidays can be fun if you want to go to San Diego in November or December.