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. More details about this year’s holiday events will be added in the months to come. 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.
On Wednesday, December 3, The Del will feature a special event for the whole family – “Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration.” In addition to the outdoor ice rink, there will be Santa’s Village with games and prizes, photos with St. Nick and his elves, performances by Coronado school children, complimentary s’mores roasts, and carols from Coronado School of the Arts students. It’s also a great time to get wonderful and unique gifts at Shops at The Del, and bring your purchases to the Carousel Room for gift-wrapping by Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Coronado Unit (donations welcome). Click for full schedule.
Sunday Brunch with Santa
As an added treat this holiday season, kids of all ages can visit with jolly ol’ St. Nick in the Crown Room during The Del’s festive Sunday brunch on December 7, 14 and 21. Parents will want to bring their cameras to capture the magical moments with Santa. Reserve online or call 619-522-8490.
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.
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.
As a special treat for tea lovers, or those who just want to relax and enjoy the background sounds of our delightful harpist, The Del serves Victorian Tea throughout the holidays. 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.
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, crafts for kids, 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.
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.com. Del Gift Cards are aksi 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.