Christmas Lights at Newport Landing 2014

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Get in the holiday spirit this season with a visit to Newport Beach. Filled with special holiday activities and events, this sunny California locale is the ideal destination for your winter vacation. These top San Diego attractions are sure to make the whole family smile! The major event this time of year is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. A tradition over 100 years in the making, this annual event is renowned for its gorgeous light displays and nautical theme. It’s a unique experience that combines various holiday festivities with a beautiful and iconic parade – all on the picturesque waters of the Pacific! Hundreds of ships compete for awards in several categories, making this “one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country.” The parade will … [Read more...]

San Diego Holiday Travel Deals


The holiday season has officially arrived, and with it comes a flurry of holiday travel deals for all your dream destinations. If sunny San Diego seems like an ideal place to escape the snow and cold, you’re in luck! According to, some of the best travel deals are popping up in San Diego this year. Whether you’re on the prowl for discounted San Diego attractions, cheap hotel rooms, or air fare deals, we’ve got you covered! San Diego Hotels A quick look at will prove that discounted San Diego hotels during the holiday weeks are not so hard to find! For example, the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley (today’s “Daily Deal”) is currently offering rooms with two double beds from as little as $101.15/night. This luxury hotel with a beautiful outdoor pool, spa … [Read more...]

Top San Diego Holiday Attractions


Heading to San Diego for the holiday season? The city is teeming with holiday cheer, bustling with a wintery charm unique to this warm weather haven. The city and its many attractions are getting into the holiday spirit – stringing lights on their palm trees and inviting the familiar sounds of timeless carols. With your Go San Diego Card, you can visit all the top attractions this holiday season for one low price – saving you up to 55% off combined admission prices! Or check out our special San Diego Holiday Attractions pass to save 29% on the San Diego Zoo, Fleet Science Center, Air and Space Museum and Natural History Museum! So where should you go to bask in the ultimate display of merriment and cheer? Knott’s Berry Merry Farm Knott’s Berry Farm converts into a wintery … [Read more...]

Top U.S. Cities for Holiday Attractions

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What type of getaway suits you and your family? With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are excitedly planning our winter adventures. Smart Destinations offers all-inclusive attraction passes in 9 of America’s most beloved cities, with exclusive packages offering you discounts of up to 55% off! But where should you spend this special time of year? ‘White Christmas’: If you’re envisioning sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate, the steam of breath escaping you as you marvel at Christmas lights reflecting on patches of snow – it’s time to suit up in your peacoat and take to the North! New York City is a wonderland during the holiday season – proudly adorned with classic holiday light displays, bustling with activity as locals and visitors buzz past illuminated … [Read more...]

San Diego December Nights

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As one of the most anticipated seasonal attractions, December Nights is the largest free community festival in San Diego  – attracting more than 350,000 visitors over two days! This year’s December Nights land on December 6th & 7th in beautiful Balboa Park, which is transformed into a festive, joyful wonderland! You’ll be surrounded by dazzling light displays as you enjoy the many activities and entertainment options. Some highlights include: Museums -To celebrate the spirit of the holiday season, participating Balboa Park museums open to the public free of charge from 5-9 on the December Nights! Museums include the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Fleet Science Center, and so much more! House of … [Read more...]