Best Winter Activities in San Diego, CA

Get away from the blizzards and subzero windchills and soak up some Southern California winter bliss here at Hotel Republic in Downtown San Diego!

The just-about-perfect climate of America’s Finest City makes a wintertime getaway exactly what the doctor ordered, no matter what stretch of the season you’re able to escape to our boutique Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. Here’s a look at some of the things to do during your stay to experience full-on the magic of the season!

Festivals & Events

It goes without saying there’s a whole slew of holiday happenings in San Diego this time of year, and your Downtown home base at Hotel Republic gives you a convenient launchpad for taking them in.

From the Los Posadas: An Old Town Celebration (marking its 65th annual edition on December 8th) and the San Diego Santa Run 5K & 1 Mile Race (December 9th) to the Port of San Diego Bay Parade of Lights (December 10th and 17th) and the Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights & Festive Nights (through December 30th), the festive calendar is an utterly stacked one.

That includes well into 2024, given the plethora of Lunar New Year celebrations the greater San Diego area hosts.

But there are plenty of other non-holiday festivals and events spicing up the whole season, such as the San Diego International Auto Show (December 29th through January 1st) and the San Diego Brew Fest (January 6th).

San Diego Museum Month

February’s one of the best times to get away with us here at Hotel Republic. Why? Well, San Diego Museum Month, of course!

This annual promotion treats visitors to half-off admission at more than 30 museums and other cultural institutions, including many of the fixtures of world-famous Balboa Park not far from our hotel: the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and others.

Winter Whale-Watching in San Diego

The two-way migration of 20,000-plus North Pacific gray whales along the West Coast between Baja California and Alaska makes a reliable winter highlight in our neck of the woods, with some of the best whale-watching anywhere available along San Diego County’s 70-odd miles of ocean coast.

From onshore vantages such as Torrey Pines State Reserve and Cabrillo National Monument to the many high-quality whale-watching cruises on offer out of San Diego Bay and other ports, you’ve got all sorts of options for enjoying the show.

Winter Happenings at Hotel Republic

Holiday Magic Package

Unwrap joy with our Holiday Magic Package! Enjoy a sweet Chocolate Bar, festive in-room movies, and savor a fireside dining experience at Topside.

Joyful Feast: A Festive Culinary Celebration at Topside Terrace

Join us at your leisure for Topside Terrace’s Joyful Feast from Dec 23-25, 4pm-10pm! Indulge in festive delights like Creamy Potato Leek and Stuffed Porchetta. Seats are filling up quickly, so book your table now to ensure you don’t miss out on savoring exquisite flavors and enjoying breathtaking views during this joyous celebration.

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Book your Autograph Collection guest room or suite here at Hotel Republic, and take advantage of the San Diego winter’s fabulous events, activities, and weather with us!

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