Winter Wonderland on the Sand
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 2013 San Diego holiday events and activities capture all the magic of the holiday season while adding a tropical island twist.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Baleen - November 28, 3-8 PM
No boring ballroom buffets here. Start the holiday season with a traditional Thanksgiving feast in Baleen's unique, stunning setting with plentiful sunshine and bay views. The prix fixe San Diego Thanksgiving dinner menu offers brown sugar-brined turkey with all the fixings, plus other options like lobster cannelloni, honey mustard-glazed short rib and persimmon upside-down cake. Reservations required.
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration
Weekends November 16 - December 15; Daily December 21 - January 4
In SeaWorld's wintery, watery wonderland, you can play in the snow at SnowWorld, enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, share a smile with a sea lion and get immersed in the wonders of the season. And don't miss the pet-stravaganza The Pets Rule Christmas show! Hop aboard our SeaWorld water taxi during select December dates and jingle all the way across the bay to the park, where you'll enter through a VIP back gate.
Jingle Shells Bay Sail - December 7, 14, 21 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. Space limited, reservations recommended. $15 for children, $25 for adults. Email email@example.com for reservations.
Breakfast with Santa - December 7, 14, 21 9-10:30 AM
Catch Santa at the tail end of his summer vacation on the island and join him for a fun breakfast at the Barefoot Bar & Grill. Little ones will have the chance to visit with Santa about their wish list and receive a special gift while the whole family enjoys a warm, delightful meal overlooking Mission Bay. Head to the Island Market afterwards for festive, free holiday crafts and activities 10 AM-12 PM. Standard breakfast prices apply.
Mission Bay Parade of Lights - December 14 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 and firework finale from the comfort of your San Diego beachfront hotel room or one of our waterfront restaurants.
Mission Bay Parade of Lights Dinner at Baleen - December 14
Pull up a chair (and table) and enjoy the best seat on the bay for San Diego's most unique holiday light display. Experience an intimate and artfully prepared prix fixe menu on the Baleen deck as hundreds of sailboats adorned with cheerful seasonal décor and Christmas lights glide by in the Mission Bay Parade of Lights. Mission Bay Parade of Lights also visible from Barefoot Bar & Grill patio, where regular menu will be served. Reservations recommended to ensure the perfect view.
Hot Buttered Run & Kids' Kandy Kane Race - December 22
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 at the legendary waterfront Barefoot Bar & Grill. 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 next to the lobby's copper-hooded fireplaces. The Paradise Coffee Bar will be offering warm winter cocktails and wine, plus complimentary cookies and hot cocoa for the kids.
Christmas Dinner - December 25, 3-8 PM
Gather the family for a San Diego Christmas dinner that brings the best of land and sea together in true Southern California style. The innovative prix fixe menu by celebrated Chef Amy DiBiase includes chilled lobster salad, bourbon-brined pheasant, cod crostini, braised lamb and more. Reservations required.
New Year's Eve Fireworks - December 31 at 8:50 PM
Enjoy SeaWorld's spectacular San Diego holiday fireworks display, visible from anywhere on the Paradise Point island or inside the park itself.