San Diego New Year’s Day 2015 Activities

The first day of 2015 is a great one to explore what San Diego has to offer.

This is a perfect time to enjoy Winterfest 2014 in Old Town Temecula as its ice rink and 20,000 lights help create the holiday season’s festive spirit.

Rose Bowl Jan 01 2014One of America’s most famous New Year’s traditions is Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Parade, and Rose Bowl Parade Tours offers those in San Diego convenient transportation to the event and reserved seating and snacks.

“Jack and the Beanstalk,” a puppet show in Balboa Park, is a great event for the entire family as attendees see if Jack can retrieve treasures that the giant stole.

Noel-Baza Fine Art presents “Render,” a pop up show that features three San Diego-based artists: Marianela del la Hoz, Bhavna Mehta and Lynn Susholtz. It will be held at Art Produce Gallery.

Sports fans can head to the beautiful University of San Diego campus and cheer on USD’s women’s basketball team as the Toreros take on the University of San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Anuhea, a Hawaiian singer and songwriter, performs her beautiful music at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach this evening. Her two studio albums are “Anuhea” and “For Love.”

Sailor Tattoos”Tattoos and Scrimshaw – The Art of the Sailor” is an exhibit that focuses on the history of the modern western tattoo. It takes place at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The University of San Diego also plays host to ”Horses in American Indian Culture” on this day. This student-produced exhibit describes this aspect of history that dates to the 1700s.

”Neil Shigley: Invisible People” is a fascinating documentation of San Diego’s homeless population. This exhibit takes place at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

The San Diego History Center hosts ”Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss” on this day. The works of Dr. Seuss, who lived in San Diego, will be celebrated here.

Ann Weber has an interesting collection of biomorphic sculptures that have been made out of cardboard at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. She has been creating cardboard sculptures for the past 20 years.

The Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League Gallery in Carlsbad plays host to ”Small Treasures” on this day. Sculptures, paintings, photographs and computer art will be featured.

San Diego Zoo January 1 2014The San Diego Zoo is a world-famous attraction that hosts a variety of Jingle Bells events through Jan. 4. Included is the Polar Express 4-D Experience, Twinkle Light Trolley and Northern Frontier’s Holiday Forest.

SeaWorld is a great place to enjoy shows featuring sea animals and fun amusement rides. One popular attraction is the Dolphin Interaction Program, which provides visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals.

Balboa Park is home to several interesting museums. These include the Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Museum of Man and the San Diego Museum of Art.

With high temperatures expected in the 60s, this is a perfect day to hike, bike, run or stroll on the city’s many trails. Some of the more picturesque ones are located at Balboa Park, Lake Miramar, Mission Trails Regional Park, El Capitan Preserve, Lake Poway and Iron Mountain.

Perhaps you would rather hit the waves and go surfing. Although beaches all around San Diego County are great for surfing, Swami’s Beach in Encinitas is arguably the best spot. Head for the waves just below Seacliff Roadside Park.

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to become move active, Jan. 1 is a great day to get started on that. Pick one or more of these activities and get your new year off to a great start.

Surfer at Swamys



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