Jumpstart Your Holiday Spirit with 100,000 Lights and Ice Skating

There's absolutely no getting around it at this point – the holidays are upon us again. But even if you haven't quite yet gained your seasonal spirit, December holds plenty of opportunities for you to get in a little bit more festive of a mood.

Here are a couple of the great activities open to North County residents as the last few weeks of the year wind down:

San Diego Botanic Garden Decorated with 100,000 Lights

If you're ready to be amazed to the point of holiday joy, you should swing by the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas for their annual Garden of Lights – a spectacular presentation of more than 100,000 holiday lights strung up throughout the 37-acre property.

Visitors have the option of going for a self-guided walk around the Garden grounds, or relax and take in the sights from the convenience of a horse-drawn wagon ride. A variety of Greek foods will be sold at the lawn house patio, and there will be a nightly marshmallow roasting held out on the lawn. Hot cocoa and spiced cider will both be available as well.

The San Diego Botanic Garden's Garden of Light will run from December 6th – 23rd and December 26th – 30th. It will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. daily.

Admission prices to the Garden of Light are as follows:

  • Adults: $14
  • Seniors, Active Military, and Students: $10
  • Children 3-12: $6
  • Garden Members: $8

For more information about the San Diego Botanic Garden's holiday event, visit their website at SDBGarden.org or call them at (760) 436-3036.

IceTown Set to Open December 19th

Perhaps it takes a drop in temperature to put you in the mood? Just because you live in Southern California doesn't mean that you can't enjoy chilly winter pastimes. You may not be able to go outside and make snow angels, but you can definitely strap on some skates and hit the new ice rink in Carlsbad.

Finally set to open on December 19th, IceTown plans to offer twenty-five hours of open skating each week. The rink will also be used for both figure skating and hockey, and offer instructional courses and training. If you're in the mood for a skating-themed event or party, don't worry – IceTown can help you with that as well.

Although they don't plan to be open until the middle of the month, there will still be plenty of time to take in the cold air and get in the holiday mood by doing a few laps on the ice.

To find out more about IceTown, visit their official website at IceTownCarlsbad.com.