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Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 10th year from Thanksgiving day, November 27, through January 4. This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach.

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 10th year from Thanksgiving day, November 27, through January 4. This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations.

Click here to reserve your stay with our “Sea & Skate” package that includes ice skating for four.

Skating by the Sea Hours

You may come any time during rink hours to skate – we no longer have specific skating sessions

November 27 – December 18
Saturdays 10am – 10pm
Sundays 11am – 8pm
Weekdays 3:30pm – 10pm
*In the event of inclement weather, rink closures or changes will be posted on our Twitter account.

December 19 – January 4
Monday-Saturday – 10am – 10pm
Sundays 11am-8pm
Holidays 11am-9pm (December 24-25, 31, January 1)

Skating is $25 per person and ice skate rentals are free. Skate times may be limited to 90 minutes based on capacity. Tickets are sold online and via phone at 619-522-8490, and at the rink starting 15 minutes prior to opening. There are group discounts, professional skating instruction, and season passes available. All skaters must sign a waiver prior to entering the rink (click to print and sign in advance). Group skating inquiries and special requests should be directed to the rink manager, Donald Squires at hoteldel@icerinkevents.com. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.

SPECIAL OFFERS: Show your ice skating wristband and kids ages 12 and under eat free in Sheerwater (one free child’s menu meal per paid adult meal). Also receive 10% off in participating shops. Plus, when you purchase five truffles in B&S Emporium or Spreckels Sweets & Treats, receive the 6th free.

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Holidays at The Del

Hotel del Coronado has been celebrating the holidays in grand tradition since 1888. It was here in 1904 that America experienced the first electrically-lit outdoor Christmas tree. Today, The Del transforms into a holiday wonderland with beachfront ice skating, fun activities, lavish feasts, festive decor, and thousands of white lights adorning the historic Victorian building.

This year’s holiday theme is “Building Seaside Memories”, and the resort’s beautiful lobby Christmas tree will be decorated in an elegant ocean theme. Click here to reserve your stay with our “Sea & Skate” package.

Skating by the Sea

Hotel del Coronado is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Skating by the Sea, a unique Southern California experience – outdoor ice skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn will be transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily from November 27 through January 4. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego. Reserve online.

Christmas Dining

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a lavish Victorian buffet dinner in the magnificent Crown Room. The celebration will include live musical entertainment. On Christmas Day, the oceanfront Ballroom and the magnificent Crown Room will feature traditional holiday buffet dinners decked with all the trimmings. Click here to reserve your table or call 619-522-8490. Click to view the Christmas Eve Menu and Christmas Day Menu. For a more intimate celebration, both 1500 OCEAN and Sheerwater offer special holiday menus for your family and loved ones.

Victorian Tea

Pinkies up! Take a step back in time with classic Victorian tea for the holidays. Enjoy a variety of teas, finger sandwiches and sweets with beautiful violin music. Victorian tea is available December 13-24 and 26-31. Ladies and gentlemen, mothers and daughters and good friends will love this charming tradition. (December 13-24 and 26-31). Click here to reserve your table or call 619-522-8490. View the Victorian Tea menu.

An American Christmas

The Del is pleased to present the annual production An American Christmas, performed by the award-winning Lamb’s Players Theatre, for a limited engagement in the Ballroom. The Marshall family – played by 30 versatile performers who never miss a beat – welcome you to an interactive lavish feast and celebration set in the year 1914. Beginning with hors d’oeuvres, the Marshall’s entertain their guests with stories, songs, dance and laughter, all woven around a sumptuous four-course yuletide dinner prepared by The Del’s master chefs. San Diego Magazine calls An American Christmas “a perfect melding of food, ambiance and showmanship.” Purchase tickets through the Lamb’s Players Theatre box office or call (619) 437-6000.

Holiday Recreation

During the holiday season at The Del, guests of all ages enjoy a variety of activities including holiday night bike tours through festive Coronado Island, story time with Mrs. Claus and Kidtopia Camp with holiday scavenger hunts. Little ones will love the “Elf Tuck-Ins” where they are visited by real elves at bedtime. And from December 13-28, snuggle in Santa hats by a beach bonfire and roast “Jingle S’mores”, which includes cinnamon graham crackers, Ghirardelli mint chocolate, and marshmallows. Call your Experience Planner at 619-522-8100.

Spa La La La La

Spa at The Del offers the perfect way to unwind during the holiday rush. With fabulous ocean-inspired treatments, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and a spectacular outdoor terrace and vanishing edge pool overlooking the Pacific, there’s truly something for everyone. Learn more.

Holiday Shopping

Offering everything from fine jewelry, fun toys, apparel and accessories for all ages to home décor, bath and body, sweets and treats, and holiday keepsakes, Shops at The Del make it easy to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. A variety of shops and boutiques are open daily from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Or, shop from home at store.hoteldel.comDel Gift Cards are available in any increment and may be redeemed for dining, shopping, spa treatments or accommodations.

The 2014 Annual Collector’s Ornament, our 22nd, depicts The Del in molded glass in the warm colors of Coronado at sunset and sculpted to be reminiscent of a sandcastle. Our ornament typically sells out, so click here to order yours online.

#DelMemories Instagram Contest

While you’re visiting Hotel del Coronado, take and share your holiday memories on Instagram with hashtag #DelMemories to be entered to win a beautiful Del-themed gift courtesy of Classic Legacy. Winners will be chosen after entry deadlines on December 5, December 19 and January 2. Official rules.

Happy New Year

Ring in 2015 at The Del’s New Year’s Eve Gala! The evening will begin with a champagne reception in the magnificent Crown Room, followed by a lavish dinner and dancing in the oceanfront Ballroom, plus a champagne toast at midnight. The reception begins at 7pm in the Crown Room followed by dinner in the Ballroom. For a more intimate celebration, 1500 OCEAN is the perfect energetic nightspot to ring in 2015. Reserve online or call 619-522-8490.

Keep the party going on January 1 with the annual New Year’s Day champagne brunch in the historic Crown Room. Reserve online or call 619-522-8490.

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Holiday Dining & Victorian Tea

The Del has an elegant Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch with live musical entertainment, so you and your family can have yourself a very merry Christmas. Also take a step back in time with classic Victorian tea for the holidays.

Christmas Eve

Celebrate Christmas Eve with an elegant Victorian buffet dinner in the magnificent Crown Room, which will be decorated for the season. The celebration will include live musical entertainment. Call 619-522-8490 to reserve your table or click “Book Now” below. View Christmas Eve menu.

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, the oceanfront Ballroom and the magnificent Crown Room will feature traditional holiday buffet dinners decked with all the trimmings. Enjoy violin music in the Crown Room, and acoustic guitar in the Ballroom. Both rooms will be beautifully decorated for the season. Call 619-522-8490 to reserve your table or click “Book Now” below. View Christmas Day menu.

Victorian Tea

Take a step back in time with classic Victorian tea for the holidays. Enjoy a variety of teas, finger sandwiches and sweets with beautiful violin music. Victorian tea is available December 13-24 and 26-31 from 12pm-4pm. Ladies and gentlemen, mothers and daughters and good friends will love this charming tradition. (December 13-24 and 26-31). Click here to reserve your table or call 619-522-8490. View the Victorian Tea menu. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we are happy to accommodate, such as gluten-free, nut-free, seafood-free, or vegetarian/vegan. We also have a special kids’ plate so little ones can join the grown-ups for afternoon tea.

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Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Join us in the lobby as we light the menorah each evening and celebrate the eight nights of Chanukah. Plus on Wednesday, December 17, join the Chabad of Coronado at the skating rink for “Chanukah on Ice” with a large menorah lighting plus donuts, latkes and more.

Tuesday, December 16 4:30pm
Wednesday, December 17 4:30pm - LARGE MENORAH LIGHTING & CHANUKAH-ON-ICE
Thursday, December 18 4:30pm
Friday, December 19 4:30pm
Saturday, December 20 5:30pm
Sunday, December 21 4:30pm
Monday, December 22 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 23 4:30pm

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New Year’s Celebrations

Welcome the New Year in style at our “Dancing Through the Decades” New Year’s Eve Gala. Or for a more intimate celebration, join us at 1500 OCEAN for an exquisite dinner accompanied by live jazz music.

New Year’s Eve Gala – “Dancing Through the Decades”
Ring in 2015 at The Del’s “Dancing Through the Decades” New Year’s Eve Gala. The evening will begin with a champagne reception on the Vista Walk at 7pm. Then head into the ocean-view Ballroom for an exquisite dinner that progresses through the decades along with dancing to local favorites The Mar Dels. Toast to the New Year with a glass of bubbly at midnight. Black tie. Call 619-522-8490 or click “Book Now” below to reserve. View New Year’s Eve menu.

New Year’s Eve at 1500 OCEAN
For a more intimate celebration, join us at 1500 OCEAN for two seating options. The First Seating is available between 5pm to 7pm and features a spectacular four-course holiday menu from Chef Meredith Manee. At the Second Seating is available for reservations between 7:30pm-10pm and features a decadent five-course menu, plus enjoy live jazz by The Ryan Hiller Band from 8:30pm to 12:30am and a Champagne toast at midnight. Click to learn more, view the menu and reserve your table, or call 619-522-8490.

Kids & Teens New Year’s Eve Party
Kids and teens ages 4 to 17 will have a blast ringing in the new year at their own celebration! The Tent City carnival-themed party will include dinner, ice skating (ages 8+), special shows, carnival games, s’mores, and a midnight toast with sparkling cider. Teens ages 13-17 can also hang out in their own lounge and watch movies. The event is from 7pm to 12:30am and cost is $125 first child/$100 each additional child. Call 619-522-8100.

New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch
Keep the party going on January 1 with the annual New Year’s Day champagne brunch in the historic Crown Room. Click here to reserve your table or call 619-522-8490.

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