Holiday Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Make the most of the holiday season with a beachside escape to the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. From Polynesian holiday carolers to mini gingerbread house decorating, the Catamaran has a range of holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy during the merriest time of year.

Holiday Activities November 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023

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Jingle Belle Cruise December 21-25 | $45 General Admission

Celebrate the holiday season with a memorable one-hour sightseeing cruise on Mission Bay! Sing along with carolers, snap photos with Santa and elves, and decorate holiday cookies during the voyage. Kids can get their faces painted, make requests for creations from the balloon artist, and participate in a festive craft. Featuring treats like hot cocoa, espresso drinks, and a cash bar, this family-friendly experience is the perfect way to spend quality time with loved ones this holiday season.


*Reservations required and all guests must have ticket, regardless of age. Outside food or beverages not permitted. No refunds, cancellations, rebooking, or retroactive discounts. Cruise subject to inclement weather. If canceled, you may reschedule. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Must be 21+ with valid photo ID to consume alcohol. Hotel reserves the right to refuse service based on applicable laws. Other restrictions may apply.

A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Mama's Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit that provides medically tailored meals to individuals and families vulnerable to malnutrition due to critical illness.

Gingerbread Village made by the staff at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Gingerbread Hula Hut Display

Get into the holiday spirit and check out the gingerbread house display made by Catamaran team members. Cast your vote for your favorite! Located in the Lobby.

Daily | December 1 – 25

Enjoy eggnog and Christmas cookies at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Hot Cocoa, Cider + Cookies

Satisfy your sweet tooth with holiday cookies, hot cocoa, and warm cider this holiday season in the Catamaran's lobby.

Fridays + Saturdays | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Santa’s Letter Station

Santa's Letter Station

Our Believe Meter is high this year! Visit the letter station in the lobby to write your holiday letter that will be delivered to Santa!

Daily | December 1 - 24

Christmas Champagne Brunch  table setting overlooking Mission Bay at the Catamaran Resort

Holiday Dining

Start a new holiday tradition and savor a delicious meal at Oceana for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve with an elaborate brunch overlooking scenic Mission Bay. 

Santa Claus visits the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Santa Claus

Snap holiday family photos and find out if you're on the naughty or nice list with visits from Santa during the month of December.

Saturdays | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Music sheets with holiday decorations

Polynesian Carolers

Sing along and jingle all the way to your favorite holiday tunes with live performances from Polynesian-style carolers during the month of December.

Fridays + Saturdays | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Christmas Sweater Happy Hour

Holiday Sweater Happy Hour

Head to Moray's for $2 off Craft Cocktails, Flatbreads, Wine by the Glass, and Draft Beer. Dress in your favorite holiday sweater from November 29 - December 25 and receive extended happy hour prices.

Monday - Thursday | 5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Hands making and decorating a ginger bread house

Gingerbread House Decorating

Join us for a festive family activity at Oceana Coastal Kitchen and decorate your own holiday gingerbread house. The activity has a $10 fee and reservations are required through Oceana Coastal Kitchen. 

Select Saturdays | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Sip and Paint

Holiday Sip and Paint

Explore your artistic side with this interactive guided paint session complete with a glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. The class is open to hotel guest 21+ and has a $65 fee. Reservations are required through Oceana Coastal Kitchen.

December 13 | 5:00 p.m.


Sip and Savor on the Bay

Raise a glass on Mission Bay! Oceana Coastal Kitchen hosts an exciting new dining series — an intimate, once-monthly multi-course dinner paired with a featured distillery, brewery, or winery.

Parade of Lights Cruise

Parade of Lights

Cozy up on the north lawn for the perfect vantage point to view the illuminating boat parade displaying dozens of decorated vessels. This family-friendly event also features hot cocoa, warm cocktails, and festive snacks for sale.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 5:30

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