Things to Do at the Hotel Del Coronado During the Holidays

Where else can you ice skate steps from the ocean?

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One of the best places in San Diego to celebrate the holidays is at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. The luxury hotel will offer a full line-up of holiday activities including Skating by the Sea, the renowned ice-skating rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and so much more festive fun for 2017.

See also: 15 Things to Do at the Hotel Del Coronado

Skating by the Sea

Daily from November 23 – January 1

Skating by the Sea is truly a Southern California experience and a great thing to do in San Diego with kids during the holiday season. This spectacular rink is located on the Windsor Lawn, and features stunning views of the ocean and Coronado beach. Skating sessions will be offered daily from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego. Guests can also stop by Coffee by the Sea for spiked drinks, hot chocolate and seasonal sippers. Skating is $30 per person and includes skate rentals. You can buy tickets in advance though reservations are not required.

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23

The resort’s holiday programs will kick off Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with brunch in the 12,567 square-foot Ballroom on November 23. The oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room will feature elegant buffet dinners decked with decadent trimmings and live musical entertainment. Special Thanksgiving menus will also available in 1500 OCEAN, Sheerwater and ENO to pair with The Del’s spectacular views.

Holiday Festival

Wednesday, December 6 

On Wednesday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m., The Del will host a Holiday Festival for the entire family. In addition to the outdoor ice rink, there will be hot cocoa and libations, a private fireworks display, performances by Coronado school children, photo opportunities with Santa and his elves, and holiday booths with games and prizes.

Sunday Brunch with Santa

Sundays; December 3, 10, 17 & 24

During The Del’s festive Sunday Brunch, kids of all ages can visit jolly ol’ St. Nick in the Crown Room. Reservations are available between 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (and, yes, there will be bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s).

Victorian Tea

December 18–20 & 22–23

For the tea lovers, or those who just want to relax and enjoy the background sounds of our delightful harpist, The Del will serve Victorian Tea from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Coronet Room. This charming tradition features dozens of traditional tea varieties served with finger sandwiches, classic tea cookies and tarts.

Polar Bear Tea

Thursday, December 21

Families are invited to Polar Bear Tea on December 22, for a classic tea experience with a family twist. A special children’s spread will include activities, book readings with Mrs. Claus and more. A plush polar bear keepsake gift from Coca-Cola will be given to guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Jingle Roasts

December 15-26

Gather friends and family around the fire on the beach at sunset for a Jingle Roast at the Hotel Del Coronado. Colorful Santa hats and holiday s’mores are included but you can also opt for a full menu of fireside franks, charcuterie boards and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Christmas Eve and Day Dining

Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a lavish Victorian buffet dinner paired with live musical entertainment in the magnificent Crown Room. On Christmas Day, the oceanfront Ballroom and the historic Crown Room will feature traditional holiday buffet dinners, while both 1500 OCEAN and Sheerwater will offer special holiday menus for your family and loved ones.

New Years Eve

Sunday, December 31

The Del is the perfect place to ring in the New Year, with multiple offerings for the most celebrated night of the season. The oceanfront ballroom at Hotel del Coronado will be transformed into A Passage to India at The Del’s New Year’s Eve Gala. A 5-course dinner, grand open bar and music from The Mighty Untouchables will round out the black tie event priced at $375-425/person, while the Crown Room turns into ‘Club Crown’ with a disco-chic bash from 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. for $125/person. Guests will enjoy DJ entertainment and dancing, a dessert reception, midnight champagne toast and cash bar.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Monday, January 1

Recover from a fun night out at the The Del’s annual New Year’s Day champagne brunch. Served in the Ballroom guests will enjoy a chilled seafood bar, carving stations, gourmet Bloody Mary bar, made-to-order mimosas, and a spectacular donut bar.

Holiday Shopping and The Annual Christmas Ornament

This year’s 25th Annual Collector’s Ornament is a little diorama of the hotel’s famous red roof with dangling ornaments to reflect a Winter of Whimsy, Wishes and Wonder. The 2017 ornament captures the sparkle of The Del and comes in a beautiful, padded gift box, ready for both travel and gift-giving. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Coronado Schools Foundation. You can order it online.

And, let’s not forget the other stores onsite like Babcock & Story Emporium and Spreckels Sweets & Treats.

A Special Holiday Room Package

Would you like to stay overnight during the holidays? The Skating by the Sea package includes overnight accommodations, 4 Skating by the Sea passes and a $50 holiday dining credit. Book this directly on the Hotel Del Coronado website.

If you won’t be skating or are considering a longer stay, it might be more beneficial to book with Virtuoso benefits that can include complimentary breakfast for two, a spa credit, room upgrade (subject to availability. Send me your travel dates and I’ll let you know what is on offer.

See also: The Most Luxurious San Diego Beach Vacation: Beach Village at the Del

Be Sure to Make Reservations in Advance

The Hotel Del Coronado is a popular place to spend the holiday season. Reservations for dining and special events are highly encouraged and can be made online via the Hotel Del Coronado’s holiday event page.

What is your favorite thing to do at the Hotel Del Coronado during the holidays?

*Photo used courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado offers some of the best holiday events in San Diego from Skating by the Sea to Victorian tea.
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2 Comments

  1. December 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Great post! Though we’ve live in Coronado, The Del has continues to be a Christmas destination for us for over 24 years. I also collect the ornaments (but don’t have 24 because I don’t always like the design), and part of the proceeds benefit the Coronado Schools Foundation. Fab place all around!

  2. December 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    I love this hotel they’re so fun

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