Seasonal Savings and Fun in Little Italy, San Diego

The holidays are creeping up on us…December is right around the corner. This season, we’re feeling festive and we want to pass our good cheer onto our guests. Save big when you stay with us in December!

Save 20% off your stay during the month of December with any holiday ticketed event. Including: The Nut Cracker, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooge, and The Holiday Bowl. Show us your stub at the front desk for discount.*
Save 10% off your stay during the month of December when you attend non-ticked events and post a photo on Instagram (tag photo @lapensionehotel and #LPLife) or on our Facebook page. Including: Balboa Park December Nights, Little Italy Tree Lighting, Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade, Parade of Lights, Ice Skating, etc.*

*Not valid after December 29th. Must book directly with hotel ( or phone: (619) 236-8000 or 1-800-232-4683.

Here’s to another festive holiday season in America’s Finest City, and these fun traditions and activities to keep you busy all season-long:

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Balboa Park December Nights

It’s the 40th year of this holiday tradition, happening this year on December 1 and 2. Balboa Park December Nights is the nation’s premier holiday festival and the heart of the holidays for San Diego families and friends. You’ll love the dazzling lights; dancers, choirs, and bands; incredible food; amazing attractions; and free admission, December Nights is a treasured tradition that starts the season for more than 350,000 each year. Parking is tricky, so try for public transportation!

Photo Credit: The Old Globe

Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book; catch it now through December 24, 2017. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. 

Little Italy Tree Lighting

Join us for a neighborhood holiday tradition and family-friendly event, happening this year on Saturday, December 2 from 4pm-8pm, as we kick-off the holiday season. Families, friends and neighbors will experience Little Italy’s Christmas magic and will be able to enjoy the community’s festive décor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and more! Get all of the details at: 

Holiday Bowl and Festivities

Make big time football in San Diego your holiday tradition! Back in it’s 40th year, the Holiday Bowl kick-off is scheduled for 6pm on December 28th, 2017 at SDCCU Stadium.  Before the big game, America’s Largest Balloon Parade is at 10am that morning (December 28th) on San Diego Bay. The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by National Funding! As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience. There’s also a 5k! Everything you need to know here:

Photo Credit: SD Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights

2017 Marks the 46th annual Parade of Lights. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 10 and 17, 2017. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme. This year, for the 2nd time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade. Full details at


Holiday Bonus: Make one of these holiday traditions into a staycation or vacation! Stay with us during the month of December and save big. Book now while there is still availability: