SeaWorld San Diego is starting to look a lot more like Christmas as the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration get underway. It was only a few days ago that the park was all decked out for the Halloween season as the park once again celebrated its popular Halloween Spooktackular. The park is starting to really step up these special event celebrations and it is no different when it comes to Christmas. This year the park will be adding a very popular show to the Christmas lineup as it brings O’ Wondrous Night to the west coast park. It will also bring back Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer characters for you and your families to meet.
The park will once again have an area set aside for Santa’s Christmas Village. This area will be near the entrance of the park in what I believe is a much better location, providing more room for those wanting to visit this very festive location of the park.
Santa’s Christmas Village allows families to enjoy all the sights, sounds, and smells of the season while kids have the opportunity to cozy up to Mrs. Claus during her story time. Kids will also have the chance to share their wish list and take pictures with Santa at Santa’s Cottage.
Parents can avoid the lines by checking in for Santa and receiving a pager. That opens up families to explore all that there is to offer in the village, including educational encounters with real reindeer from Santa’s workshop, “Merry Moments” with Santa’s friendly elves and delectable culinary creations.
The Christmas atmosphere continues throughout the park but nothing stands out more on the San Diego Mission Bay skyline than the iconic Sea World Skytower. The 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights is back again this year. The largest Christmas tree in Southern California will once again dazzle guest as the lights dance in sync to classic holiday songs.
Various tents and trucks are set-up throughout the park and are ready to beginning hosting other Christmas goodies like hot chocolate and tasty treats.
The Shipwreck Reef area of the park is all decked out for the season with lights and garland ready to greet you. It looks absolutely beautiful around sunset when the lights first come on and are mixed with a beautiful San Diego sunset. The Shipwreck Rapids ride is currently not in operation as it is under refurbishment and as you can see it seems to just be some minor maintenance.
SeaWorld goes all out, with more than a million holiday lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and 5,000 feet of garland. You even have the chance to take your picture in front of an over sized postcard. Perfect to send to famiy showing off all the sunny San Diego fun you are having.
“We’re overjoyed to bring this wonderfully touching story to park visitors this holiday season. We have always taken tremendous pride in connecting our guests with animals, and through O Wondrous Night, they are the focus of this special holiday moment.”
– SeaWorld San Diego entertainment vice president, Rick Schuiteman