SeaWorld Christmas San Diego | 2022 In Depth Guide

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November 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PST

Close up of a boy and girl hugging Santa with two elves behind them at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, USA

Deep dive into a sea of holiday festivities and aquatic fun when you head to SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration, this happiest time of the year!

A visit to SeaWorld San Diego this season means an unforgettable experience full of eye-catching lights, bright ornaments, joyful activities, and marine mania. From returning fan favorites like a joyous scavenger hunt to all-new attractions such as the Yuletide theater performance, the park is brimming with exhilarating treats.

Follow along to uncover all the saltwater-infused adventures and cheer at SeaWorld Christmas San Diego.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Tickets

This event is included with park admission.

SeaWorld San Diego Discount Tickets

Playing with the sea lions and riding all the thrill rides without busting your wallet by booking these discount tickets from Tripster first:

SeaWorld Christmas San Diego Attractions

All-New Attractions

New! A Stocking Full of Soul

When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays beginning November 18, 2022.

Sing along with “America’s Got Talent” Beloved Bryan Cheatham and his friends as they belt out holiday classics at Mission Bay Theater.

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While humming or dancing to festive songs, keep your peepers open for the appearances of some SeaWorld characters in this original new performance. It’s an event that will keep you humming throughout the season.

Close up of Elmo dresses at a Nutcracker with a tree covered in lights behind him as part of the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas, USA

photo credit: SeaWorld San Antonio via Facebook

New! A Joyous Celebration

When: Every night starting November 18, 2022

Nothing can put a smile on your face and brighten your holiday faster than the magic of a family-friendly show. A Joyous Celebration is complete with Christmas carols, lively dancing, sparkling lights, and a Broadway-style stage set! Head to Nautilus Amphitheater for this all-new entertainment that will dazzle the imagination and impress viewers of all ages.

New! Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Cavalcade

When: Daily

Mrs. Claus and her cheerful elves drop by the marine haven to greet and wish everyone a holly, jolly holiday season. Be sure to catch them as they wander throughout the park in a lively procession at various times every day.

New! The Holly Pops and Holiday Hipsters

When: From November 14, 2022, through January 08, 2023.

Expect not just one but two acapella Christmas Caroling groups to serenade and entertain you this most wonderful time of the year. Listen to the fun, modern arrangements of all your favorite classics throughout the show.

New! Donner and Blitzen’s Laser Light Show

When: From November 16, 2022, through January 8, 2023.

It’s impossible not to be impressed by this holiday laser light show synchronized to the festive soundtrack. Take in all the colors and sparkles twice every night at the front of SeaWorld.

Christmas trees in the water at SeaWorld Orlando with the theme park in the background

photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando via Facebook

New! Santa's Live Reindeer

When: From November 16, 2022, through January 8, 2023.

Donner and Blitzen, Santa’s loyal reindeer, will touch down at the aquatic park this year. Catch them during the awaited Christmas at San Diego. Don’t forget to bring your Santa letter with all your wishes with you.

New! A Christmas Wish Fireworks Show

When: November 11, 2022, December 10, 2022, December 24, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

Few things are quite better than an extravagant firework display to cap off the day! This SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration attraction is as magical as before.

Returning Favorites

The Holiday Brass

When: Starting on November 18, 2022.

SeaWorld Christmas Brass Band is back to keep the holiday spirit alive. Hear their iconic and spirited voice at the Wild Arctic Stage or throughout the event area.

Snowfall Throughout the Park

When: From November 14, 2022, through January 8, 2023

Pack that sweater and get ready to admire the snowflakes in your hands. Every holiday, SeaWorld transforms into a winter wonderland, making the place dreamier and more enchanting.

Santa's Village

Of course, the big man in the red will be there to listen to all your wishes and snap a selfie with you. Book the Priority Photo Packages if you want to avoid the long lines.

Tunnel of Lights

This ever-popular tunnel makes a sparkly return with over 5,000 lights and holiday tunes. Take a walk through this majestic attraction and take those post-worthy photos while at it.

Rudolph's Christmas Town

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ is back to create memories with you and snap a photo that makes the cutest holiday card.

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Holly Jolly™ Marketplace

From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® apparel to keepsakes, Holly Jolly ™ Marketplace is the best place to shop this season. Are you a pass member? Get everything you want as you’ll be getting lots of discounts!

Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt

Who’s ready to use their detective in finding Santa’s gifts? Then, purchase a Scavenger Hunt Map and wander throughout the park to spot all the missing presents. Once you’ve completed the quest, bring your map to The SeaWorld Store to redeem your special prize!

Close up photo of two women cheering their coffees together under an arch of blue lights at SeaWorld in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: SeaWorld San Diego via Facebook

Animal Presentations with a Holiday Twist

Share the joy of the season with your favorite animals at animal presentations, including Dolphin Adventures and Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special.

The Christmas Shoppe

Complete your gift list at The Christmas Shoppe and other stores. Pick from the wide selection of keepsakes, apparel, ornaments, décor, and more!

Festive Entreés, Desserts & Hot Chocolate

Treat yourself to festive desserts, entrees, and pastries at SeaWorld San Diego Christmas 2022! Don’t forget to get SeaWorld s famous hot chocolate with candy toppings. For all the pass members, don’t be afraid to order all your cravings, as you’ll get to enjoy discounts!

Holiday Cocktails, Craft Beer & More

Adults are treated to special holiday drinks such as holiday cocktails, ice-cold brew, and wine this season.

30 ft. Tree Lighting

What’s better than a 30 ft Christmas tree? A 30ft Christmas tree twinkling in festive lights! Join thousands of spectators and some special guests who visit all the way from the North Pole in this annual tree lighting ceremony.

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Close up of a boy and girl hugging Santa with two elves behind them at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando via Facebook

Holiday Lights & Magic

Sometimes all you want is to see as many lights and ornaments as possible to keep you in the spirit. This holiday, feel free to delve into the enchanting and beautiful decorations of the park, including, featuring palm trees adorned like candy canes, the popular 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights, and more displays at the outdoor park grounds.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Details

"Is SeaWorld open on Christmas day?" you might ask. Yes, the park is open from 10 AM to 8 PM.

SeaWorld San Diego Vacation Package

San Diego is a treasure trove of incredible attractions and activities. Let the fun times roll without the hefty price tag with these vacation packages:

Family standing in front of an Aquarium at SeaWorld - San Diego, California, USAExperience the SeaWorld Christmas celebration in San Diego

Add a splash of aquatic fun to your holidays at Christmas SeaWorld San Diego! The much-loved park brings all the festivities right to you, from wintry, watery decorations to spirited activities. Interact with Santa and his reindeer, get up close and personal with the cutest marine animals while sipping a candy-topped drink, watch live theatrical performances featuring holiday songs, and more.

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‘Tis the season to enjoy a perfect underwater-inspired adventure and Yuletide getaway rolled into one celebration.


November 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am PST
January 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PST
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Gather the whole family together at SeaWorld San Diego and upgrade your Christmas experience with festive decor and breathtaking shows.