SeaWorld Christmas San Diego | 2023 In Depth Guide

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.

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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. You can also grab holiday packages, including the Very Merry VIP Tour and Santa’s Holly Jolly Brunch for an upgraded experience at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld San Diego Discount Tickets

Play with the sea lions and ride all the thrill rides without busting your wallet after San Diego s Christmas celebration. Book these discount tickets from Tripster first:

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:

Christmas SeaWorld San Diego Attractions

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

Festive Shows

Nothing can put a smile on your face and brighten your holiday faster than the magic of a family-friendly show. This joyous celebration is complete with Christmas carols, lively dancing, sparkling lights, and a Broadway-style stage set! Catch the entertainment that will dazzle the imagination and impress viewers of all ages.

Expect not just one but two or more groups waiting to serenade and entertain you at this most wonderful time of the year. Listen to the fun, modern arrangements of all your favorite classics throughout the show. Plus, be impressed by this holiday laser light show synchronized to the festive soundtrack. Take in all the colors and sparkles twice every night at SeaWorld.

Christmas trees in the water at SeaWorld Orlando with the theme park in the background
photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando via Facebook

The Holiday Brass

Experience the magic of music with a stocking full of soul, waiting to be discovered. 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

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

Seaworld San Diego Christmas celebrating festivity is back, and it’s bigger, merrier, and brighter than ever before! This ever-popular tunnel makes a sparkly return with over 5,000 lights and festive 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. Drop by the Rudolph Christmastown this season.

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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 to find 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

These treasured favorites are poised for a triumphant return, promising to elevate the festive celebration to new heights!

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

If the mouthwatering memories of the delectable treats from SeaWorld San Diego Christmas 2022 are still dancing in your mind, fret not, because this year, you can indulge in those delightful flavors once again.

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Treat yourself to festive desserts, entrees, and pastries! 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 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 at SeaWorld s Christmas celebration and some special guests who visit all the way from the North Pole in this annual tree lighting ceremony.

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 Date and Details

This festive event runs from November 13, 2023 to January 7, 2024. “Is SeaWorld San Diego open on Christmas day?” you might ask. Yes, the park is open from 10 AM to 8 PM.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Venue

Located at 500 Sea World Dr. San Diego, CA 92109.

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 Christmas at 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 cheerful songs, and more.

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


Start Date:

November 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am CST

End Date:

January 7, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST



SeaWorld Events San Diego

500 Sea World Dr
San Diego, CA 92109 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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