Holidays at Hotel Del Coronado | A Season to Sparkle

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Hotel Del Coronado Holidays

One of our favorite places to visit during the holidays is Hotel Del Coronado. Last year we were able to experience their brand new DELights experience which was beautiful to see. We sipped hot chocolate and watched the ice skaters in their famous outdoor skating rink by the sea. This holiday season they will have all of the favorites for their guests and visitors to experience this holiday season.


This season celebrate the wonder and magic of the holidays as Hotel Del Coronado, America’s famous beachfront legend, ever-evolves into a winter wonderland of ice and lights, sparkles and snowflakes. With the return of the magnificent outdoor ice rink and DELights, this season The Del is celebrating all things shiny and bright. Hues of white, gold and silver metallics will adorn the property from the twinkling white lights on the historic Victorian building to the spectacular two-story lobby tree.

Hotel Del Coronado Holidays

The tremendous DELights holiday experience in the Garden Patio brings merriment and cheer as guests and locals stroll through the magnificent Shops at The Del and end in a winter wonderland of illumination. A light show will project daily from the historic balconies onto a multi-faceted tree, surrounded by flickering icicles and snowy palms. Holiday favorites like house made gingerbread and cookies, mulled cider, hot cocoa and spiked coffee will be available for purchase around property, along with gifts like The Del’s annual ornament, the 24th in the coveted series. Join friends and family for lavish feasts, festive parties and holiday traditions all season long. A portion of proceeds of Holidays at The Del benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.

Hotel Del Coronado Holidays

Skating by the Sea and other holiday activities

The Del announces a full line-up of holiday activities including Skating by the Sea, the renowned ice-skating rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean which offers a one-of-a-kind, Southern California holiday experience. Full activities include:

Hotel Del Coronado Skating by the Sea

Daily; November 24 – January 2
Hotel del Coronado’s sensational beachfront ice skating experience ‘Skating by the Sea’ returns for the 12th season. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn will be transformed into a spectacular ice rink, open for skating magic for all ages from November 24 to January 2. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego. Don’t forget to stop by Coffee by the Sea for spiked drinks, hot chocolate and seasonal sippers. Packages available.


Thursday, November 24
The resort’s holiday programs will kick off Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with brunch in the 12,567 square-foot Ballroom on November 24. The oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room will feature elegant buffet dinners decked with decadent trimmings and live musical entertainment. 1500 OCEAN and Sheerwater restaurants will offer seasonal menus to pair with The Del’s spectacular views.

Sunday Brunch with Santa

Sunday, December 4, 11 and 18
As an added treat this holiday season, kids of all ages can visit with jolly ol’ St. Nick in the Crown Room during The Del’s festive Sunday Brunch on December 4, 11 and 18 at 9:30 am. Parents will want to bring their cameras to capture the magical moments with Santa.

Victorian Tea

Daily; December 17 – December 24
For the tea lovers, or those who just want to relax and enjoy the background sounds of their delightful harpist, The Del will serve Victorian Tea from 11am to 3pm on various days throughout the holidays. This charming tradition features dozens of traditional tea varieties served with finger sandwiches, classic tea cookies and tarts.

Polar Bear Tea

Thursday, December 22
Families are invited to join us for Polar Bear Tea on December 22, where guests are treated to a classic tea experience with a family twist. A special children’s spread will include activities, book readings with Mrs. Claus and more. A plush polar bear keepsake gift from Coca-Cola will be given to guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Elf Tuck-Ins

Children are delighted when Elves stop by for a visit at bedtime! Each child receives a stocking with toys and candy, as their Del Elves read them a bedtime holiday story. This is available as an add-on to guestroom reservations.

Holiday Gingerbread House Workshop

Monday, December 5
A new family tradition! The class by Pastry Chef Daphne will guide teams of families through the intricacies of creating a gingerbread house with the use of royal icing and an array of colorful candies, gumdrops, peppermints, sprinkles and more. The workshop includes a gingerbread house, premium decorating materials, snacks, and a delicious holiday beverage.

Christmas Eve and Day Dining

Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25
Celebrate Christmas Eve with a lavish Victorian buffet dinner paired with live musical entertainment in the magnificent Crown Room at 5:30pm. On Christmas Day at 11:00am, the oceanfront Ballroom and the historic Crown Room will feature traditional holiday buffet dinners, while both 1500 OCEAN and Sheerwater will offer special holiday menus for your family and loved ones.

New Year’s Eve

Saturday, December 31
The Del is the perfect place to ring in the New Year, with multiple offerings for the most celebrated night of the season. The oceanfront ballroom at Hotel del Coronado will be transformed into ‘Far East Fantasy.’ A welcome reception, 5-course dinner, grand open bar and music from The Mighty Untouchables will round out the black tie event priced at $350/person, while the Crown Room turns ‘Club Crown’ with a disco-chic bash from 9pm to 1am for $150/person. Guests will enjoy DJ entertainment and dancing, a dessert reception, midnight champagne toast and cash bar. 1500 OCEAN will offer a multi-course menu with live entertainment, Sheerwater will offer a special menu and B&S Bar will offer live entertainment, party favors and festive cocktails.

Holiday Recreation

Children of all ages will enjoy a variety of holiday activities throughout the season including holiday night bike tours through festive Coronado Island, story time with Mrs. Claus, and Kidtopia Camp with holiday scavenger hunts. Little ones will love the “Elf Tuck-Ins” where they are visited by real elves for a bedtime story, and the whole family will love Jingle S’mores, when their classic s’mores experience on the sand turns festive with Santa Hats and holiday treats.

Spa La La La La

Spa at The Del celebrates a Season to Sparkle with treatments designed with a little flair. A Diamond Microdermabrasion facial will get you photo-ready, while their Shimmer and Shine Manicure and Gemstone Sparkle Massage will leave you relaxed and ready for the holidays. Don’t forget your holiday spray tan, a blow-out from the salon and much more.

Holiday Shopping

This year’s 24th Annual Collector’s Ornament was inspired by the magic of The Del during the holiday season when the hotel becomes a winter wonderland – Southern California style. From the twinkling lights adorning peaks of their famed turrets to the festive atmosphere of the beachfront ice skating rink, The Del is all sparkle! The 2016 ornament captures the sparkle of The Del and comes in a beautiful, padded gift box, ready for both travel and gift-giving.

Hotel del Coronado Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, a 160-page volume filled with vintage photography and printed pieces, including Del menus, invitations and guest activity brochures will again be on sale in The Shops at The Del. Also featured are authentic Victorian greeting cards and other vintage holiday artwork, recipes and more.

Did you know?

Known for celebrating the holidays in grand tradition, Hotel del Coronado has gained a reputation for its festive holiday grandeur since 1888. It was here in 1904 that America witnessed the first electrically-lit outdoor Christmas tree, setting the stage for a century of holiday enchantment.

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