Holiday Happenings for Military Families

Posted on: November 18, 2014  |  Posted in: Community Blog

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Here’s our list of Holiday Resources & Events in San Diego for military families (in order of date):

211 – Multiple Listings for Holiday Resources (Updated daily)

Operation Ride Home – Armed Services YMCA

Sponsors travel for eligible service members and their dependents to travel home for the holidays or other special occasions:

Home for the Holidays

Sponsored travel home for the holidays:

Heaven’s Windows – Seasons of Love Community Block Party

November 22, 2014

Tree Lighting Celebration on Camp Pendleton

November 22, 2014, 5-9 PM at Pacific Views MCX

Golden Share Food Program

Low Cost Monthly Food Boxes, $45 for the Thanksgiving Meal Package,

Mother Goose Parade

November 23, 2014  (9am-3pm)

USO Thanksgiving Turkey Feast:

Thanksgiving Buffets on Base: 

Navy Bases: Thursday, November 27. Make your reservation today at Admiral Baker Clubhouse or the Island Catering & Conference Center:

Camp Pendleton: Thursday, November 27th, 11am – 2pm at Pacific Views Event Center.

Surfin’ Santa Arrival at Seaport Village

November 29, 2014 (1-5pm)

Free Christmas Trees for Military Families

On November 29  Faith Community Church (2285 Murray Ridge Rd) will become a Christmas tree lot complete with hot drinks, cookies and trees! They have 750 trees to give away this year starting at 8:30am. Trees are on a first-come-first-served basis, while supply lasts. Please one (1) tree per family only. Military ID required. For more information, please call 858-565-4808

Toys for Tots

San Diego Recreation Centers host Toys for Tots; Registration ends in mid-November

Hotel Del Coronado Holiday Festival

December 3, 2014 (4-9pm),

Trees for Troops – FREE Christmas Trees

December 5, 2014 (6am & 7am), Fresh, free Christmas trees for military families on Camp Pendleton – 2 locations – Paige Fieldhouse and San Onofre:

Balboa Park December Nights

December 5, 2014 (3-11pm) and December 6, 2014 (12-11pm)

Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village

December 6, 2014 (4-8pm)

Operation Homefront Holiday Toy Drive: 

December 6, 2014 (10am -4pm). You must register your children in order to receive toys and it’s limited on first come, first serve registration process so register early!

North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

December 6, 2014 (10am-4:30pm)

Rock Church – Toys for Joy Holiday Celebration

December 13, 2014 – Three locations throughout the county, no registration required

Parade of Lights

December 14, 2014 and December 21, 2014 (5:30-7:30pm)

San Diego Coalition For the Homeless – Holiday Magic for Kids

December 20, 2014 (Must register by November 11, 2014)

City of San Diego Recreation Centers – Various Events

Jackie Robinson YMCA – Community Holiday with Hope Party

December 20, 2014 www.jackierobinson

2014 Map of Christmas Lights

Big Bay Balloon Parade

December 26, 2014 (3pm)

So Cal Military Discount

Great page that shares discounts for military families:

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