Island Events

Come celebrate the season in paradise with special San Diego holiday hotel packages, events, and activities throughout November and December. Whether you're a local looking to start a new tradition or a hotel guest who has traveled across the country to escape winter's chill, our lineup of 2015 San Diego holiday events and activities capture all the magic of the holiday season while adding a tropical island twist.

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SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration - November 21 - January 3 

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration® returns with a flurry of fun. Bundle up and go sledding, make snowballs and build your own snowman at SnowWorld. ® Stroll among a million gleaming lights and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit during the all-new Shamu® Christmas Miracles show. Hop aboard Paradise Point's SeaWorld water taxi December 26-31 and jingle all the way across the bay to the park, where you'll enter through a VIP back gate. 

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Thanksgiving Dinner - November 26, 2-8 PM 

Come together and celebrate the season where craft and catch converge. Named one of the top 10 hottest restaurants in San Diego, Tidal will serve a prix fixe San Diego Thanksgiving dinner of brown sugar-brined turkey with all the fixings, plus other options like rabbit ragout, slow-braised short rib and pumpkin pie cheesecake with salted caramel. Reservations required. Please call (858) 490-6363 to reserve your table.

Santa's Cookie & Cocoa Break - Saturdays Thanksgiving-Christmas 

Meet up with Santa at the Island Market, where complimentary cookies and hot cocoa await for kids, and adults can toast to St. Nick with free wine and rum tastings.

Mission Bay Parade of Lights - December 12 at 7 PM 

A spectacular holiday light show with Southern California flair. More than 100 boats and yachts decorated with lights sail through Mission Bay along the edge of the Paradise Point island.  Enjoy the view of the parade from the comfort of your San Diego beachfront hotel room or while dining at Tidal or Barefoot Bar & Grill

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Hot Buttered Run & Kids' Kandy Kane Race - December 20

A day of fit, festive fun for all. This San Diego holiday run offers a 10K and kids' 1K course that starts with a Christmas tree-lined race chute, wraps around the resort's tropical grounds, and winds through surrounding Mission Bay beaches and parks. Register now for this race that ends with hot buttered rum, cocoa, live music, and other holiday fun with Santa Claus.

Christmas Dinner - December 25, 2-8 PM 

Come together and celebrate the season where craft and catch converge with a prix fixe San Diego Christmas dinner at Tidal. Please call (858) 490-6363 to reserve your table.

Jingle Shells Bay Sail - December 26 at 3:45 PM 

Santa has traded in his old sleigh for something a bit more practical for our coastal location. Hop aboard our festively-decorated water taxi and cozy up for a distinctly-San Diego holiday event.  Take in the holiday light-lined shores during a 45-minute scenic cruise around Mission Bay complete with warm beverages, snug blankets, holiday music and more.  Ticket price includes hot cocoa for little ones, and beer or wine for those who wish to imbibe.  Reservations required.  $20 for children, $25 for adults. 

Market Night - December 26

Browse a collection of items crafted by San Diego artisans at this gathering in the Island Market courtyard. Meet with purveyors, sample their wares, and purchase unique gifts and souvenirs to take home as mementos of your trip. Offerings can include locally made food, coffee, tea, jewelry, skincare and art.


Sparkle & Shine at The Spa - December 31

Let the Condé Nast-awarded Spa at Paradise Point's make-up artists give you a new look to start the new year.

New Year's Eve at Tidal - December 31


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