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 2014 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 15 - January 4

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 25-31 and jingle all the way across the bay to the park, where you'll enter through a VIP back gate. 

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Mission Bay Parade of Lights - December 13 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 the Tidal deck, where a special prix fixe menu by celebrated Chef Amy DiBiase will be served. To ensure the perfect dinner view, please call (858) 490-6363 for reservations.

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Hot Buttered Run & Kids' Kandy Kane Race - December 21

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. Special discounted room rate available for race participants.

Afternoon Cookie & Cocoa Break - December 24-31, 3-5 PM 

Take a break from exploring San Diego and curl up in Tidal's bayfront lounge with warm winter cocktails and wine, plus complimentary cookies and hot cocoa for the kids.

Artisans & Crafts - December 24, 11 AM-2 PM 

Christmas Eve morning at the Island Market, children can partake in free holiday craft projects while the whole family enjoys samples from local food artisans like the Southern California Olive Oil Company.  

Christmas Dinner - December 25, 2-8 PM 

Come together and celebrate the season where craft and catch converge. Tidal will serve a prix fixe San Diego Christmas dinner of oysters with champagne granite, braised veal, kale and mascarpone risotto, crispy duck, and eggnog cheesecake with pecan brittle. Reservations required. Please call (858) 490-6363 to reserve your table.

Jingle Shells Bay Sail - December 27 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.  $15 for children, $25 for adults. 

Wine & Design - December 30, 2-6 PM 

Children are invited to the Island Market to design their own San Diego holiday souvenir while adults can enjoy wine tastings from four California vineyards. Tastings and children's craft projects are both complimentary.  


Sparkle & Shine - December 30, 2-6 PM 

Get ready for a new you in the New Year by joining the Condé Nast-awarded Spa at Paradise Point and La Bella Donna mineral cosmetics for complimentary makeovers and make-up consultations. Plus, receive a free gift with a La Bella Donna purchase of $75 or more. Advanced reservations recommended. Please call The Spa at (858) 490-6350 to reserve your spot.

New Year's Eve at Tidal - December 31

Ring in the new year at one of this year's best new restaurants, listed on both San Diego Magazine's and Zagat's top 10 of 2014 list. Celebrate 2015 in Tidal's historic beach house one of two ways: great food without all the New Year's fuss during an early 3-course dinner, or a later 4-course meal that leads into a stylish bayside bash including live music, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests also receive discounted room rates at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Reservations required. To make a dinner reservation, please call (858) 490-6363.


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