Screen Shot 2019-11-15 at 2 41 20 PM

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION returns this year November 23, 2019 through January 5, 2020 with a must-“sea” selection of seasonal offerings. New experiences including Cirque Christmas bring exciting additions while a host of favorite offerings return, as well.

New for 2019

Winter Wonderland on Ice


  • An ice skating spectacular featuring 15 of the nation’s top skaters including USA National and International team member, Brandon Mroz.
  • Performed nightly under the stars at SeaWorld San Diego’s outdoor Nautilus Amphitheater
  • More than a dozen ice routines skated to classic holiday songs, including a couples’ waltz to “It’s That Time of Year” and an upbeat toy soldier performance to “Jingle Bells”

Cirque Christmas


  • A fusion of traditional and contemporary entertainment, with breathtaking acts performed by acrobats, aerialists and dancers in the park’s Mission Bay Theater
  • Collaboration with Cirque du Soleil NextGen, Cirque Christmas
  • Ballet performances from “The Nutcracker” are juxtaposed with Russian bar, lyra and teeter board acts and high-energy hip-hop dance

Sesame Street Christmas Village

  • Friends from Sesame Street join Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves at the Sesame Street Christmas Village this year with opportunities for hugs, photo ops and well, more hugs!
  • Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby are just a few of the Sesame Street characters that guests of all ages will be delighted to meet.
  • Even “Cookie Santa” (that’s Cookie Monster dressed as Santa) will be there! 

Tunnel of Lights

  • Between the Explorer’s Reef and Ocean Explorer realms, take a special detour through the all-new stunning, 140-foot Tunnel of Lights
  • More than 5,000 dazzling lights!

More to Explore

Rudolph’s Christmastown

  • Something for everyone, including photo opportunities with Rudolph and his friends Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius
  • Only opportunity on the West Coast where people can meet the most famous reindeer of all!

Santa’s Cottage


  • After making a reservation, the entire family can enjoy “Merry Moments” with friendly elves, story time with Mrs. Claus, and delectable sweet treats such as kettle corn, hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls.
  • A special texting service will then alert families when it’s time for their child or children to meet Santa.
  • There is also a “Priority Santa” package (which can be reserved online or at the park) which guarantees a specified time with Santa and includes photos. 

Decor and more

  • More than a million Christmas lights including the iconic 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights and the park’s 40-foot animated Happiest Christmas Tree bring the festive holiday spirit to life.
  • Merry Manta overlay returns as dynamic lighting and energetic Christmas music create two different experiences in the ride’s launch tunnel.
  • Spot blue trees dotting the hill behind Dolphin Amphitheater, palm trees lit like candy canes near Sea Lion and Otter Amphitheater and multi-colored lights that turn the Shark Encounter more merry. 

See it for Yourself

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION takes place at SeaWorld San Diego November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

But Wait, There’s More

The best way to enjoy SeaWorld is with a SeaWorld Fun Card, which allows guests to enjoy all of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration in 2019, and the exciting lineup of seasonal events in 2020.  Every visit to a SeaWorld park helps support its animal rescue program, with more than 36,000 and counting.

MORE INFO: Find admission ticket offers here

Screen Shot 2019-11-15 at 2 41 20 PM