December 14 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Parade route starts on Garnet Ave and Haines street and goes down to Bayard.

If you are a Holiday enthusiast and you are escaping the cold weather to spend the season in San Diego, you are in for a treat! Although we do not have the snow and the cold, locals do have the holiday spirit, and we celebrate big! On December 14th at 1:00 PM Pacific Beach will host a 90-minute holiday parade.

But first, the Santa Run! Before the parade in Pacific Beach, San Diego Running Co. will host a 5k and 1-mile series of runs for all ages, all running levels and all family members (including dogs) The races are broken down into categories, and here they are:

The One & Only Sunny Santa Suit!

This fun 5k is terrific! All participants will receive a sunny Santa suit, hat, and sunglasses. This means a happy crowd of Santas will be running a 5k down Garnet Avenue. The sight you can see and be a part of only in San Diego! You can register for the run and celebrate like a local. (


Speedy Santa Mile is a competitive run that includes prizes!
Santa’s Elves Mile (Kids Run for 12 & Under). This is the time for kids to get loose and take over the Garnet Avenue. And parents are welcome to join them!
Santa’s Little Helper Mile (Dog Run) Dress up with your furry best friend and parade down Garnet Avenue. This one has limited occupancy, so if you are planning on joining, you should register asap!

Detailed Schedule:

  • 7:30 AM | Registration Opens (if not sold out)
  • 9:00 AM | Santa Run 5K
  • 11:20 AM | Speedy Santa Wave 1 Mile – Men’s (Competitive)
  • 11:30 AM | Speedy Santa Wave 1 Mile – Women’s (Competitive)
  • 11:45 AM | Santa’s Elves Wave 1 Mile (Kids)
  • 12:00 PM | Santa’s Little Helper Wave 1 Mile (Dog/Owner)
  • 1:00 PM | 40th Annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

40th Annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

Following the Santa Races comes the main event, The 40th Annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade! An event like no other and one of the oldest traditions here in San Diego. This is a must. You can join the parade or better yet be a happy spectator and enjoy all the fun! Either way, join us all and experience the true Pacific Beach holiday spirit. There will be marching bands, local community groups, floats, businesses, and dancing groups.

So, if you are a holiday enthusiast escaping the cold this year, celebrate with the Pacific Beach community by the beach!

The Pacific View Inn features a unique beachfront location, the vintage charm of Pacific Beach, friendly staff, and the newly renovated rooms. The Pacific View Inn is conveniently located on Emerald St, right on the beach in the heart of the Pacific Beach surfing, and 5 minutes walk from the HOLIDAY PARADE!

The parade is happening this year on December 14th! Book your room now before they are all gone 858-483-6117.