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San Diego’s Surfin’ Santa Arrives to Seaport Village

See San Diego’s Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village on Saturday, November 28. He’ll embrace our SoCal spirit by donning boardshorts and arriving by Harbor Police Fire Storm boat. Surfin’ Santa was also recently named one of the best Santa sightings by USA TODAY.

From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., visitors can pose for pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, kids crafting activities, live street performers and a wide variety of unique, local shops will keep visitors busy throughout the event.

“We’re thrilled about the tenth Surfin’ Santa celebration at Seaport Village,” said General Manager of Seaport Village, Terry Hall. “This one-of-a-kind event kicks off the holidays San Diego style with gorgeous weather and waterfront shopping at locally-owned businesses.”

In addition to enjoying the holiday cheer and getting a head start on shopping, visitors can participate in Small Business Saturday at Seaport Village. This event celebrates the Shop Small movement to get shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. Seaport Village is home to more than 50 locally-owned businesses, including several that opened with Seaport Village in 1980.

The tenth annual Surfin’ Santa celebration includes:

  • Surfin’ Santaat Seaport Village: Kids and adults will greet San Diego’s boardshort-wearing Santa for a festive parade down the boardwalk after his adventurous waterfront arrival at 1:00 p.m. Santa will be available for photos on his surfboard all afternoon, leaving time to enjoy the kids craft tables, live entertainment and dining into the evening.
  • Eco-Friendly Ornament Making with Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Kids of all ages can create customized eco-friendly ornaments to take home and hang on the tree.
  • Holiday Shopping At More Than 50 Unique Shops and Eateries: Shoppers are guaranteed to find something for everyone on their holiday shopping lists, including local wine selections from San Pasqual Winery & Tasting Room, customized tumblers from Tervis, spectacular paintings from Wyland Galleries, sustainable jewelry from Urban Girl Accessories and much more. Mistletoe is dedicated to Christmas décor all year round.

Validated parking is available in the Seaport Village lots, where guests pay $4 for the three hours with validation and $3 every 30 minutes thereafter. Parking is also available at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront located on Park Boulevard for a $10 flat rate all day. Free shuttles will take guests to and from the lot, and will run every 15 minutes from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m. Additionally, Seaport Village is easily accessible on Metropolitan Transit System Trolley, via the Seaport Village stop on the Green Line.

Seaport Village is a favorite local shopping destination throughout the holidays: from November 15 to December 24, the East Plaza Gazebo area will be transformed into a beautiful backdrop for traditional photos with Santa, and Seaport Village will host a Breakfast with Santa at the Harbor House Restaurant on December 12 and 13. Reservations can be made by calling 619-235-4014, Ext. 8.

Seaport Village is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Stores will observe special holiday hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Will you go see Surfin’ Santa?

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