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Christmas in Coronado

Christmas trees line Orange Avenue, Candy Cane Lane is aglow, and homes are adorned yet again with twinkling lights and inflatable friends from the North Pole – the most wonderful time of the year has returned to Coronado! And you don’t need to look far for holiday festivities.

a group of people standing next to a body of water

Bundle up! Ice skating by the sea at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado is back from November 17th 2022 through January 1st 2023. Tickets can be purchased and reserved online, with military and first responder discounts available on certain days. Feeling hungry? Reserve your spot at the Frostbite Lounge! The Frostbite Lounge offers comfortable seating at the skating rink next to warm fire pits, complete with festive drinks and bites to eat.

a large body of water with a city in the background

Ice skating not your thing? No worries, Hotel Del Coronado is filled with holiday fun for everyone. Take a stroll to the pine trees in the Founder’s Lawn for an unforgettable light show; you won’t want to miss this and best of all, it’s completely free and open to the public! From 5-9pm nightly, thousands of individually controlled lights stringed onto the 140 foot pine trees are synched to music specially composed for the light show. Lay under the trees for an amazing view! Great activity for all ages.

a christmas tree in a room

If you’re feeling a little chilly after the light show, head inside for some more holiday cheer and check out the spectacular 23 foot tall Christmas tree in the lobby. Beautifully lighted and decorated with hundreds of ornaments, this makes the perfect backdrop for some holiday themed photos. But the decorations don’t stop there- Christmas trees of all sizes are displayed throughout the property so take your time to spot them all! One of my personal favorites is an outdoor christmas “tree” made entirely of poinsettias which you can find right next to the fountain.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is back for its 52nd year, bringing the holiday festivities to the water! Approximately 80 boats decorated to the theme FantaSEA on the Bay will coast past Shelter Island, Harbor Island, The Embarcadero, Seaport Village, The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and The Coronado Ferry Landing between 5:30-7:30pm on both December 11th and December 18th. Grab some blankets, hot cocoa, and your loved ones to enjoy the show at the Coronado Ferry Landing. This is a free event that the whole family can enjoy!

Coronado has something for everyone- those seeking an indoor festive performance will love Kerry Mead’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which you can see at Coronado’s historic Lamb’s Players Theatre right on Orange Avenue. Running from December 1st 2022, through December 24th, 2022, the 90 minute performance is the perfect addition to your Christmas celebrations and is recommended by the Lamb’s Players Theatre for ages seven and up. Buy your tickets online through the Lamb’s Players Theatre website or in person at the box office.

And of course, the holidays aren’t complete without admiring some Christmas decorations! Lights of all colors, animatronics, and inflatables help set the festive tone throughout Coronado. One of the best ways to see all of the lights on the island is in your own golf cart! Ride the Lights lets you zip around town, take pictures, and enjoy the Christmas spirit after our usual business hours from 5:00pm-7:30pm; don’t forget to make a playlist of everybody’s favorite Christmas songs to play while riding around town! Candy Cane Lane, Orange Avenue, and residential areas all around the island are great places to view Christmas decorations. Swing by our office at 1017 Isabella avenue or call us to reserve your cart. Available dates are December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th ,16th, 18th, 19th ,20th ,21st, 22nd, and 23rd- spaces are filling up quick, so don’t miss out!

Celebrate the holidays in Coronado at your own pace- Coronado Golf Cars is here for all of your holiday celebrations! Renting a golf cart to cruise around from one festive activity to the next will help tie all of your plans together. Contact us to reserve a 4, 6, or 8 passenger cart starting at $59 for your first hour. Our friendly staff is always happy to help you out!


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