How to Spend the Perfect Christmas at Hotel Del Coronado San Diego

Christmas at Hotel Del Coronado

If there’s one word to describe the Holidays in San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado, it would be “Magical”!

The Hotel Del Coronado is already breathtaking as is.

Can you imagine how much more magical it can be to spend Christmas at Hotel Del Coronado? Let me tell you how this place transforms into a winter wonderland overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Ice Skating during Christmas at Hotel Del Coronado

Christmas In Coronado Hotel San Diego
Ice Skating During Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

Yes, you heard right! Ice skating overlooking the beautiful ocean is what you’ll get here at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego! Who would have thought you could bring the best of both worlds to one place?

This is a magical experience because you feel the Christmas joy in your heart as you ice skate and listen to some holiday classics.

Skating near the ocean is unique and very hard to come by; that makes the Coronado Hotel so amazing. They make sure you feel the Christmas happiness from Southern California.

Ice Skating at the hotel is an experience filled with holiday joy that families will relish. How many Christmas movies have you watched where families are ice skating on Christmas day and having the time of their lives?

Well, the Coronado Hotel can make that dream come true. Create the perfect holiday memories while skating near the ocean. Just talking about it excites my heart, and I can already feel the holiday joy pouring into my heart.

The fun doesn’t end with ice skating; you will find many delicious Christmas lounges around the hotel to add more spark to your holiday heart!

  • You must pay and make reservations ahead of time. Click here to make your reservation.
  • Skating by the sea begins November 17 – January 7.

Make sure you make plans ahead of time because this event fills up quickly.

Ticket pricing

General admission: $40
Hotel Guests & Club Members: $35
*Tickets are non-refundable & include ice skate rental and up to 90 minutes of skating.

Military: $5 off Mondays & Wednesdays (with ID)
First Responders: $5 off Tuesdays (with ID)

Skating by the Sea Schedule 2023

November 17 – 19November 20 – 26 (Thanksgiving Week)
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – 10pm
Daily: 10am – 10pm
November 27 – Dec 17December 18 – Jan 7
Mon-Thui: 4pm – 10pm
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – 10pm
*Dec 6: 2pm – 10pm

Daily: 10am – 10pm
Dec 24 & Dec25: 10am – 8pm

Frostbite Lounge

Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado
Frost Bite Lounge. Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

If you thought your day couldn’t get any better, you were wrong! Make sure to head over to Frostbite Lounge, located rink-side here at the hotel.

Frostbite is serving up some fantastic, delicious holiday drinks that will leave you in awe.

Being here makes it feel like you are in Dr. Seuss’s Whoville! Everything is just so perfect. Enjoy some fantastic cocktails and food around a toasty, warm fire, and continue to make beautiful memories. This is definitely the place to be, especially after a long hour of fun ice skating.

There’s nothing better than enjoying a fantastic holiday-crafted drink with family and friends and watching people ice skate with the beautiful ocean in the distant view.

Frostbite Lounge opens on November 17 and runs until January 1, so be sure to make your reservations ahead of time and experience this once-a-year experience.

Click here to make your reservation at Frostbite and begin the holiday fun in San Diego!

Frostbite hours

November 17 – 20November 21 – 27
Thurs: 4pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11 am – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 8pm
Mon-Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 8pm
*Christmas Eve: 11am – 8pm
*New Year’s Eve: 11am – 10pm
*New Year’s: 11am – 8pm
November 28 – Dec 18December 19 – Jan 1
Mon-Fri: 4pm – 10pm
Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 8pm
Mon-Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 8pm
*Christmas Eve: 11am – 8pm
*New Year’s Eve: 11am – 10pm
*New Year’s: 11am – 8pm

Beachside Igloos

Christmas In Coronado Hotel San Diego
Reserve Your Igloo And Enjoy The Magical Experience.

How many people can say they’ve been inside an igloo in San Diego, let alone sat inside an igloo with great holiday craft cocktails and a fire pit for smores?

Well, it can definitely be you!

The hotel has these unique beachside igloos available for rent. These babies are $400 to rent with a minimum of 2 hours. This igloo comes with your private server and a smores kit to make the perfect smores.

Inside the igloo, you’ll experience the warm, cozy feeling you’ll get at home with complimentary blankets. Imagine sitting in an igloo on the beach, sipping the most amazing drinks and filling your belly with delicious food, and making your heart happy.

  • $400
  • 2-hour reservation
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Features a cozy living room
  • Firepit
  • Smore’s kit
  • Seating

“All That Jazz” Lightshow Spectacular

Christmas In Coronado Hotel San Diego
All That Jazz Lightshow. Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

The all-new redesigned ”All That Jazz” light show here at the Coronado Hotel features a 1920s jazz soundtrack! This beautiful light show lights up the entire hotel!

Over 50,000 lights give a stunning 11-minute show of dancing lights.

The lights hang from the most breathtaking Norfolk Pine trees that stand 140 feet tall, making you feel like you are in a winter wonderland.

History Lesson: The Norfolk Pine was initially made famous in 1904 for being the world’s first electrically lit outdoor Christmas Tree.

This fantastic Lightshow starts on November 17- January 7, from 5-9 pm nightly. The shows are 11 minutes long and run every 30 minutes. So check out this incredible light show and enjoy the magic!

Jingle Roast

Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado
Roast Marshmallows During Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

Enjoy a warm bomb fire on the beach with the most delicious smores kit with a view of the spectacular Christmas lights. The Jingle Roast can become your new family tradition, sitting by the campfire enjoying the wonderful Christmas time.

  • Open on Weekends Nov 17-Dec 10
  • Open Daily Dec 15-24
  • Fire Pit reservations for 1 hour
  • Reservations include all S’mores items
  • Fire pit accommodates 10 guests
  • Additional Food Items can be purchased
  • Outside Food is Not Permitted

Photos with Santa

Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado
Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado. Photo Credit. Hotel Del Coronado.

The Coronado Hotel offers Pictures with Santa, which makes everything much better.

Sometimes, getting to a mall or shopping center to snap those fantastic pictures can be tricky, but here it’ll be a one-stop shop!

The beautiful Christmas environment surrounding you makes the pictures with Santa more pleasing.

Available: December 6,8,9,15-17,21-24

Gingerbread Houses

Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado
Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

Building gingerbread houses is a fantastic Christmas tradition and even better when building them near the beautiful ocean in San Diego.

We aren’t talking about your ordinary gingerbread house; it’s better! You’ll get an entire candy bar with various candies needed to create your masterpiece!

The chefs here at the Coronado Hotel will assemble the house for you and leave the decoration part for your family!

It’s just marvelous!

Imagine the candy bar filled with all your favorite holiday candy; it’s everyone’s dream! If you’re looking for a Christmas activity with your family, this one is a must.

Building a gingerbread house is one of our family’s favorite Holiday traditions; we look forward to it every year.

Information: Prices for this experience are $65 per gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are only available on selected dates, and reservations are required.

Dates: Dec 14-17, 21-24

Elf Deliveries

Christmas In Coronado Hotel San Diego
Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

Christmas at Hotel Del Coronado is always magical for all of us; you can make it even more unforgettable with the Coronado Hotel’s fantastic Elf Delivery service.

This fantastic experience comes with a custom bag full of personalized goodies for your children, such as toys, books, coloring books, and more.

The goody bags are delivered right to your room by the elves themselves. Along with the bag of goodies, you’ll receive some delicious holiday treats and a book signed by Santa himself!

Information: This event costs $75 per child and is only on selected dates. Make sure to click here to reserve your spot.

Dates: Dec 8, 9, 15-17, 21, 24

Victorian Tea

Victorian Tea - How To Spend The Perfect Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado San Diego
Victorian Tea At Hotel Del Coronado.

Come and enjoy a holiday Victorian tea here at the Coronado Hotel.

You will indulge in the most amazing sandwiches, pastries, and delicious teas here. This event is hosted in the crown room and is unique and special.

While you enjoy your tea, you will be serenaded by excellent music. I enjoy going to different places and experiencing high tea.

It’s such a beautiful thing to enjoy old traditions, and my kids always love the delicious desserts served at high tea.

If you are in the mood for high tea, I highly recommend you experience it here while enjoying your wonderful Christmas at Hotel del Coronado. It will be a grand time.

Information: Reservations are required, so make sure you make them early to be ahead of the game. This event is available on selected dates, so click here to make those reservations today. Prices start at $62 for Adults and $35 for children ages (4-10)

Christmas Eve at The Del

Christmas In Coronado Hotel San Diego
Dining On Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado

Are you looking for a different experience for the Holidays but are on the fence about doing so?

Don’t hesitate any longer.

One year, my husband planned a Christmas trip to San Francisco. I was skeptical about it because Christmas is such a magical time, and I couldn’t imagine not waking up Christmas morning in our home!

Wow, was I wrong? It was one of the most fantastic Christmas days we’ve ever experienced, and our kids still talk about it.

Spending Christmas at Hotel Del Coronado will not be different from spending it at home.

Hotel Del Coronado does a great job spreading the Christmas magic throughout the hotel; this will be a trip your family will never forget.

I would like to add that the Hotel Del Coronado has a Christmas Eve buffet dinner with all your holiday favorites.

Christmas Eve dinner (Dec 24) starts serving from 12pm – 6pm so make sure you reserve your spot and get the full Christmas experience the Coronado Hotel has to offer. Reserve Now.

For more fun activities and experiences, don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog.


  1. Omg, I absolutely love all of these fun ideas, Ice Skating by the Ocean is definitley an eye-catcher! Now I want to plan a Christmas getway at Hotel Del Coronado, thank you for sharing all these great tips and useful information!


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