HOTEL DEL CORONADO HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING
Travel to the legendary Hotel del Coronado this holiday season and experience the magic of a snowy White Christmas. Set on one of America’s most iconic beaches, this California gem transforms into a beachfront winter wonderland with (ice) Skating by the Sea, jingle s’ mores under the stars, family favorite Polar Bear Tea and holiday parties.
Here, the magic and nostalgia of the iconic property’s storied past blend seamlessly with luxury accommodations and unique winter experiences. From soaring red turrets decked in thousands of white lights and a Victorian lobby turned whimsical with a bright, festive Christmas tree and playful decor, visitors of all ages will delight in the best West Coast winter.
Skating by the Sea: The Del invites locals and visitors to ring in the holiday season with a spectacular seaside ice rink featuring stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Step into ice skates or simply enjoy the views with seasonal libations as the sun sets, music fills the air, and The Del’s iconic Victorian Building brightens the night with thousands of white lights. Guests can reserve a rink side lounge at Frostbite – A Place to Chill, and enjoy plush four- or six-person seating around a roaring fire pit, complete with full food and beverage service. Choose from favorite holiday-themed libations or snacks and enjoy unlimited hot cocoa and coffee.
Dates: Thursday, November 22 – Tuesday, January 5 (see schedule here)
Price: $30 per person (online); $35 per person at the rink; $25 with military ID (ice skate rentals included); a portion of the proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego.
Make even more memories with a Skating by the Sea room package at Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del. Both packages include overnight accommodations and four passes to Skating by the Sea.
Sunday Brunch with Santa: Children, both naughty and nice, can dine with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick during Sunday Brunch with Santa. Parents will create magical moments while indulging in The Del’s lavish Crown Room Brunch, complete with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Dates: Reservations are available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on December 1, 8, 15, and 22.
Price: $105 for adults; $40 for children (ages 6 -12); complimentary for children under five years old.
Victorian Tea: Take a step back in time with classic Victorian Tea for the holidays. Enjoy a variety of teas, finger sandwiches, and sweets while beautiful music sets the atmosphere for this charming tradition. We also have a special kids’ plate so little ones can join the grown-ups for afternoon tea.
Dates: December 16, 18, 19, 21 and 23. (Please see schedule here.)
Price: $65 for adults, $35 for children (Ages 6-12), complimentary for children under five years old.
Jingle Roast: Cozy up on the beach with Santa hats, blankets, beach chairs, and sweet treats during a private holiday bonfire. Dine on roasted favorites from Jingle s’mores to fireside franks and more.
Dates: Monday, December 16 – Thursday, December 26 (Please see schedule here.)
Price: $125 per hour for the fire pit, beach chairs, blankets, and Santa hats, with the option to add on roast menu items.
Polar Bear Tea: Families and children are invited to a special tea party experience plus hot chocolate, cookie, and cupcake decorating, a craft table, live entertainment, and storytime with Mrs. Claus and North Pole elves. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear for donation. A portion of the proceeds from this special Teddy Bear Tea will also be donated to the charity.
Date: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 20.
Price: $65 for adults; $35 for children (ages 4-10); complimentary for children under three years old.
Holiday Movies on The Beach: Snuggle up on Del Beach for our favorite holiday movies in a theater under the stars. Guests may cuddle up around a private bonfire with s’ mores and relax in a beach daybed or enjoy seating in Del Beach sand chairs. Guests are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance for guaranteed seating. The movies begin promptly at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. (Please see movies and dates here.)
On December 31, make sure to stick around for the live New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop at 9pm PST, followed by beach fireworks lighting up the sky.
Dates: December 14, 21 and December 31*
Price: General Admission $20/chair; VIP Family Movie Package: $300
*The movie on December 31 will begin at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Krystal the Ice Princess: Krystal reigns over the magical, wintery land of Nimbus, up in the clouds where snowflakes are formed. Her kingdom is always frosty and white, and she’s here this holiday season to bring a kiss of winter and snowflakes to the warm shores of Coronado, where it is not cold enough for snow.
Dates: Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 20 – 31 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Holiday Festival: Join The Del for a merry start to the season on Wednesday, December 11. Spend time in Santa’s Village and enjoy a professional ice-skating show, carnival games, s’ mores on the beach, fireworks, live music and much more. The festival schedule is as follows:
- Photos with Santa: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Carnival games on Del Beach: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Snow Globe Bouncy House 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Coronado school performances in The Ballroom: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Krystal, the Ice Princess – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Skating by the Sea on Windsor Lawn: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Jeff Granito ornament and artwork signing: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- S’mores on Del Beach: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Skating performance on Windsor Lawn: 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
- Fireworks on Del Beach: 6:45 p.m.
White Christmas Social: Think outside the box for this year’s corporate holiday party and reserve a table at The Del’s Legendary Winter Social. The social is complete with dinner, cocktails, dancing, and a live DJ in the festively decorated Crown Room.
Date: 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 12
Price: Tickets are available to the Legendary Winter Social at three different levels: dinner only (with cash bar) – $75 per person, dinner + two drink tickets – $105 per person, dinner + open bar – $150 per person
Veuve Clicquot Lawn Lounge: Locals and guests are invited to this fun, limited-time, lawn-lounge event in partnership with Veuve Clicquot. This bar on wheels rolls up to Windsor Lawn in a 21-and-up adults-only zone, serving bubbles and a full menu of spirits and cocktails. Take in the ocean view and relax in the sun, or join in the fun with lawn games provided by Veuve Clicquot. (Please see schedule here.)
Dates: December 23- 31* from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. *Special hours on December 31 for New Year’s Eve Toast*
Christmas Eve Dinner – Celebrate with friends and family A White Christmas this Christmas Eve! Enjoy a lavish four-course holiday dinner in the magnificent Crown Room with classic holiday decorations and live music.
Date: Tuesday, December 24, first service starts at 4:00 a.m.
Price: $120 for adults; $55 for children (ages 4-10); and complimentary for children three and under.
Christmas Day Dinner – Create inDELible memories during The Del’s holiday feast in the oceanfront Ballroom or iconic Crown Room. Guests will enjoy an elegant buffet decked with classic favorites and a few gourmet surprises while surrounded by colorful decorations, live music, and great company.
Date: Wednesday, December 25, first service starts at 11:00 a.m.
Price: Christmas dinner is $140 for adults, $50 for children (ages 6-10), and complimentary for children five and under.
Chanukah on Ice – Presented by the Chabad of Coronado on December 26 starting at 4:30 p.m., this fun-filled evening features a Menorah lighting ceremony, ice-skating show, and Chanukah treats.
New Year’s Eve Gala – Ring in the New Year at a fabulous Bal Masque, a chic evening in black and white. Guests will be mesmerized as the oceanfront Ballroom transforms into a seductive gala dripping with mystery and decadence. The night features a delectable five-course feast, open bar featuring Veuve Clicquot and dancing to the sounds of the Mighty Untouchables. All attendees must be 21+; this event ends at 1 a.m.
Date: Monday, December 31 at 7 p.m.
Price: General admission is $375 per person, and exclusive ringside seating is $425 per person
Children’s New Year’s Eve Wonderland Masquerade – While parents are off dancing the night away at their party, kids get their very own! This New Year’s Eve bash provides great entertainment for kids and teens, as it includes skating, exclusive shows, games, dinner, s’ mores, a movie lounge, sparkling cider toasts and a fireworks display above the Pacific Ocean.
Date: Monday, December 31 at 7 p.m.
Price: $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional. Please follow this link to view schedules based on ages. Ages 4-17 are welcome.