SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration is Full of Holiday Cheer!

SeaWorld San Diego is all dressed up for their Christmas Celebration, and the park has never looked merrier!  Recently, Adventures by Daddy was invited to a preview of the event, and I was really quite impressed by just how decked their halls were.  There’s a little bit of Christmas magic around every corner, including beautiful decorations, real snow, yummy treats, lots of characters, and several holiday themed shows – all included with the price of admission!  Continue reading for more information on this festive family holiday event.

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Shamu and friends celebrate with the Shamu’s Christmas nighttime killer whale show; back this year is SnowWorld, a winter wonderland of snowmen and family fun, with a fun snowball target game for kids; SeaWorld’s prankster-loving pinnipeds (California sea lions) have a hilarious holiday time in Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special; Elmo ponders what his Christmas wish should be in Elmo’s Christmas Wish, a live stage show at Sesame Street Bay of Play; Christmas characters— including the Peppermint Princess, a jack-in-the-box, Santa’s Elves, and the Nutcracker—delight guests of all ages; and the nightly lighting of SeaWorld’s 320-foot Christmas Skytower Tree of Lights, is sure to put guests in the spirit of the season. SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration takes place on select dates between November 16, 2013 and January 4, 2014.  Holiday festivities are included with park admission.

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Here’s a detailed look at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration 2013 (from SeaWorld San Diego’s press release):

NEW! — Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special: SeaWorld’s prankster-loving pinnipeds Clyde and Seamore have a hilarious holiday time in this new Christmas-themed sea lion and otter show.

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The stage setting is adorable for this fun Christmas TV Special themed show. Tip: Try to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early for the hilarious pre-show entertainment.

 

NEW! — The Pets Rule Christmas: A new specially-themed show featuring the shelter-adopted stars of the park’s Pets Rule! show.  As the winter season begins, the pets partake in holiday hijinks.

NEW! – Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Elmo, with help from his friends, decides what his Christmas wish should be in Elmo’s Christmas Wish, a live show on the Furry Photos stage at Sesame Street Bay of Play and is followed by a meet and greet with some of the characters.

Shamu’s Christmas: Shamu and friends celebrate Christmas with music and merriment, including live singers, a saxophonist and community Christmas choirs spreading good cheer.  Shamu Stadium transforms into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees, decorations, and beautiful scenes on the 80-foot-wide LED screens.

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SnowWorld: This winter wonderland at Arctic Plaza provides festive fun for the family including lots of snow, a snowball target area, and, for the little ones, hills to sled down.

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Guests hard at work perfecting their snowball making skills.

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Put your throwing arm to the test in the snowball toss.

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You can even go sledding in SnowWorld!

 

Christmas Vacation for the Madagascar Gang: Alex, Gloria, the Penguins, King Julien and Mort celebrate the holidays vacationing in San Diego, in Madagascar Live! Operation: Christmas Vacation, performed at Mission Bay Theater.

Santa’s Cottage: Features real reindeer for guests to meet up-close and, on select dates, the opportunity to get a photo with Santa. Plus, Mrs. Claus invites guests to bring their Christmas cheer to help her light a festive, 24-foot tree (on select dates).

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A real jack-in-the-box!

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Families can pose for photos in Santa’s sleigh.

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Santa hosts meet & greets inside his cottage.

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Special holiday themed treats and cookie decorating outside Santa’s Cottage.

 

Breakfast with Shamu and Santa: A seasonal event during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Advance reservations are recommended as some seatings sell out quickly. Call (800) 257-4268 for details and reservations.

Holiday Atmosphere: SeaWorld will be decked out, with more lights than ever before and a 40-foot tree with an animated light show.  Outside Pets’ Playhouse, guests will find the Cat’s Christmas Parlor, where the feline stars of Pets Rule! hang out in their own Christmas-themed house.  Plus, Southern California’s largest Christmas tree—SeaWorld’s 320-foot Christmas Tree of Lights—shines bright above the whole park from dusk to midnight.

VIDEO: This 40 ft. tree “dances” to holiday music!

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A little bit of Christmas around every corner.

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The 320 ft. Christmas Tree of Lights and a few dressed up palm trees.

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Shivers the polar bear spreading holiday cheer.

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A peek at some of the delicious holiday treats available around the park this holiday season from Executive Chef Axel Dirolf.

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Some of the adorable holiday merchandise for sale. There are ornaments, frames, stockings, nutcrackers, and more available for your Christmas collections.

 

All Christmas Celebration festivities are included with SeaWorld admission.  The best way to enjoy SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is with a Fun Card.  Guests who purchase a 2014 SeaWorld Fun Card can enjoy all of SeaWorld’s Christmas festivities in 2013, plus come back again and again in 2014 and enjoy SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Sea of Surprises, all for the price of single-day admission (blackout dates apply).  For ticket prices, show schedules and more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (800) 25-SHAMU.

Disclosure: Adventures by Daddy received complimentary admission to the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration for the purposes of this recap and review.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Chrysty Summers

Growing up in southern California, Disneyland has always been a staple for my family. Today, my husband and I spend most of our free time at the parks, where you can usually find us soaking up the atmosphere of Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. We also love traveling to Walt Disney World as often as we can, especially during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall! Find me on Twitter @PenelopePeach for live updates from around the parks.