SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration – Snow, Santa, and Shamu

SeaWorld San Diego kicked off their Christmas Celebration this past weekend, and the park’s halls are decked for the season.  We attended last year’s festivities and found real snow, yummy treats, lots of characters, and several holiday themed shows.  Continue reading for details of what’s new for the 2014 SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration, and click here to check out our full recap and review of the 2013 event.

SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration

Reindeer training academy at SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration, image courtesy SeaWorld San Diego

From SeaWorld San Diego’s Press Release

Where can you find Shamu, Santa and snow this holiday season?  SeaWorld, of course! It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, kicking off Nov. 15 and continuing through Jan. 4, 2015.  Festivities are included with park admission.

Returning are all the favorites…. SnowWorld, special holiday-themed animal shows, real snow, live reindeer and more than one million holiday lights. New this year are Dolphin Island Christmas, Shamu Christmas Miracles, and Santa’s Christmas Village, a place where waffles-on-a-stick, Peppermint Princesses and Mrs. Claus bring a little holiday magic to everyone.  With all that and more, SeaWorld is the place to be this Christmas season.

SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration

Shamu Christmas Miracle show at SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration, image courtesy SeaWorld San Diego


Here’s a detailed look at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration 2014:

NEW! — Shamu Christmas Miracles: Shamu and friends celebrate the holidays with music and merriment, a female vocalist and, on select dates, a community choir.  Shamu Stadium transforms into a winter wonderland with new lighting, music, fountains and Christmas scenes on the 80-foot-wide LED screens.

NEW! — Dolphin Island Christmas: This brand new Christmas-themed dolphin show will celebrate the holidays with a tropical twist.  Dolphins, pilot whales and macaws perform amazing athletic feats.  Divers and dancers get into the spirit as well during this daytime show at Blue Horizons Stadium.

NEW! — Santa’s Christmas Village: This magical, holiday area is brimming with Christmas fun!  Guests can mingle with Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a sweet treat such as a waffle-on-a-stick, and, every day before Christmas get a photo with Santa.  Plus, Mrs. Claus invites everyone to join her in a spirited sing-along to help her and the elves light a festive 40-foot animated tree.

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

The Pets Rule Christmas: A 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.

Reindeer Training Academy: On the lawn in front of Animal Connections, the Reindeer Training Academy features real reindeer for guests to meet up-close!

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

Holiday Atmosphere: SeaWorld will be decked out more than ever before, with more than one million holiday lights 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.

SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration

Sled riding at SnowWord during SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration, image courtesy SeaWorld San Diego


All Christmas Celebration festivities (except for arcade-style games and reserved experiences such as Breakfast With Shamu and Santa) are included with SeaWorld admission.  Admission is $84 for ages 10 and older; $78 for ages 3-9.  The best way to enjoy SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is with a Fun Card.  Guests who purchase a 2015 SeaWorld Fun Card can enjoy all of SeaWorld’s Christmas festivities in 2014, plus come back again and again in 2015 and enjoy all that SeaWorld has to offer, including the 50th Celebration Sea of Surprises (through Sept. 7, 2015).

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.