I love when I get to check things off my bucket list. Well, any list really. Since I live so close to Balboa Park, seeing a show at The Old Globe had been on my list for a while. One of their most popular productions is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which is in its 18th year at the The Old Globe. Although it’s technically a show for children, I thought it would be fun to see a classic, and knew it would get me in the holiday spirit. The theater had been transformed into Whoville, and the show had such thoughtful set design. It’s a smaller, more intimate theater than I had imagined, but that means that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. There were two young children sitting directly behind us, and I loved hearing their reactions and comments. And when the show was over, I did feel a bit softhearted and ready for Christmas with my mom.
Walking over to the theater in a winter coat was exciting in and of itself (finally cold enough to wear my trench coat!). Since there’s really not any parking close to the theater, I recommend parking along Balboa Drive just off of 6th Avenue inside the park, then walking over the bridge. That will also put you within walking distance of Bertrand at Mister A’s, which has the best view in San Diego (in my humble opinion). Mister A’s is a San Diego dining institution, located on the 12th floor of the Fifth Avenue Financial Center. It offers a great vantage point of the flight path to watch descending planes preparing to land at Lindbergh Field. Mister A’s is upscale fine dining, but the price tag is worth it. I like to go at happy hour and sit out on the patio overlooking the city’s beautiful skyline. If you go at happy hour, get the truffle fries, tempura vegetables, and kobe beer or ahi tuna sliders. I usually opt for a glass of wine, but for their 50th anniversary this year, they’re offering a Hemingway daiquiri that sounds good, too. Every Thanksgiving night since 1965, Mister A’s holiday light display is illuminated and can seen from miles away.
It’ll take a real-life grinch to not feel festive after experiencing these two San Diego holiday traditions!