In between the excessive cooking, the feasting, the gift shopping and then some, we can easily lose track of what really keeps our spirits bright – the holiday partying. Our favorite downtown spots are hosting themed celebrations with Santa’s sexiest guests.
Discover the top holiday nightlife events
Christmas Party at 207 – Thursday, December 13
Santa’s naughty helpers host a hot Christmas Party at 207 in the Hard Rock Hotel. DJ Dynamiq will head up the beats for the night, with an opening set by Shred B. Thirsty for something other than grandma’s eggnog? All on the naughty or nice list can score $5 Skyy drinks until 11pm. Head to Hard Rock Hotel San Diego for an edgy blend of local DJs paired with VIP bottle service indulgence.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Howliday Party at Level 9 – Thursday, December 13
Take your tail-wagging friends to the newly renovated Level 9 at Hotel Indigo for a very merry doggie mixer. From 5:30pm to 9pm, pets and their people can partake in a competition for the ugliest Christmas sweater, pose for holiday photos and get down to hot DJ tunes. Proceeds from the Howliday Party will benefit the San Diego Humane Society. Be the first to experience the newly revamped Level 9 with a grassy area for pets to romp and play, a new bar, fire pits and an exceptional view of the San Diego skyline.
2nd Annual Holiday Pub Crawl – Friday, December 14
Spread your holiday cheer throughout downtown San Diego with this 2nd annual Pub Crawl presented by San Diego Pub Crawler. Merry-goers will start the party at Taste & Thirst for check in from 7:30pm to 8:15pm. Tickets to the crawl include preferred entry to five downtown bars with no cover, no lines, a free welcome shot and $2-$5 drink specials all night. Holiday attire is strongly recommended...bust out that Santa hat, festive sweater and those bedazzled reindeer antlers!
Ugly Sweater Party at Side Bar – Friday, December 14
Take that ugly sweater over to Side Bar on Friday night and you might just win some big bucks for sporting your embarrassing threads. The ugliest sweater at the party will score a $100 department store gift certificate, so you can replace that hideous thing with something new and pretty. While you’re at Side Bar, get down to beats by Lavelle and throw back drink specials all night.
FLUXXmas Factory at FLUXX – Friday, December 14
Step into the FLUXXmas Factory this Friday to experience Santa’s sexy workshop. DJ E Rock will be joined by Ricky Rocks on the drums. Inside the FLUXXmas Factory, prepare to indulge in holiday pleasures as the toy factory and doll workshops come to life. A few steps in, you’ll be greeted by Barbie mannequins and Santa’s helpers among the hustle of conveyor belts whizzing by and toy stampers leaving their mark. Don’t miss out on the always-hypnotizing FLUXX dancers, performing for Factory-goers in sexy doll dresses.
SantaCon North Park – Saturday, December 15
Nothing says holiday cheer quite like hundreds of party people dressed like Santa Claus, parading around the city. SantaCon is an international mass gathering of holiday-crazed people decked out in traditional Santa gear. Last week, the Santas took over Gaslamp venues. Next, they’re invading North Park. No wristbands or bar schedule for this hipster SantaCon. Just follow the red masses down University Avenue all afternoon. Stop into a few of our favorite N.P. spots for liquid courage, from Seven Grand Whiskey Den, to U-31, URBN, True North Tavern and Bar Pink. This SantaCon is supporting Mama’s Kitchen of San Diego, so make sure to bring a few canned items.
View pictures from the Gaslamp SantaCon here
Discover more holiday events in our 2012 San Diego Holiday Guide