SeaWorld San Diego Reveals Their Holiday Plans

Looks like a great lineup.

SeaWorld San Diego is bringing festive cheer and special traditions to families this holiday season at its annual Christmas Celebration with all-new and reimagined holiday offerings. Nominated for 2024 Best Theme Park Holiday Event by USAToday 10Best, the park will transform into a winter wonderland under the iconic SkyTower Tree of Lights decorated as a Christmas tree in all green with red sprinkles of lights, and event offerings include the All-New O.P Otter’s Holiday Sing-A-Long, Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Parade, live reindeer, a daily tree lighting of a twinkling 30-foot Christmas tree, and more. Holiday celebrations, including Hanukkah festivities, are running on select dates November 17 through January 7, 2023.

“We’re excited to bring new holiday fun to our guests and help create special memories for the families who have made us a part of their holiday traditions year after year” said Jim Lake, Park President at SeaWorld San Diego. “From San Diego’s largest Christmas tree to new entertainment offerings, live reindeer, and photos with Santa Claus, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this beloved family event.”

All-New Entertainment and Festive Holiday Traditions for the Whole Family

Guests of all ages will enjoy the All-New O.P. Otter’s Holiday Sing-A-Long, playing at Mission Bay Theater multiple times per day. Guests won’t be able to resist singing alongside O.P Otter as he celebrates the holiday season by singing and dancing to classic Christmas tunes!

  • A Stocking Full of Soul Theater Show – This reimagined fan-favorite show takes to a bigger stage and invites guests to join “America’s Got Talent” Finalist Bryan Cheatham as he and his friends sing and dance the night away while getting ready for his big Christmas Celebration! Experience a soulful celebration of Holiday classics in this original production. Located at Nautilus Amphitheater on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.
  • Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Parade – See Mrs. Claus and her band of merry elves as they make their way throughout the park on a festive procession with all-new floats and characters for guests to view several times daily.
  • Photos with Santa Claus – Guests can renew holiday traditions by visiting Santa to take a photo and share their Christmas wishes with him. Plus, see live reindeer at Santa’s Village!
  • Holiday Cocktails, Desserts, Hot Chocolate & More – Grown-ups will want to get even more festive with an ice-cold brew, a glass of wine or one of SeaWorld’s specialty holiday cocktails. Or for the whole family, experience SeaWorld’s famous hot chocolate with candy toppings and all-new delicious desserts.
  • Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt – Get started on a merry quest with a Reindeer Round-Up Map! Explore the park to find all of Santa’s beloved reindeer and mark each location on your map to collect a special gift.
  • Holiday Lights & Magic – Explore the magic and wonder of SeaWorld’s beautifully decorated outdoor park grounds and the iconic SkyTower Tree of Lights, San Diego’s biggest Christmas tree. Plus, enjoy a 30 ft. Christmas tree with twinkling lights and Christmas songs programmed to the movement of multiple lighting designs.

There will also be a Hanukkah display to celebrate the Jewish holiday starting 12/1 where guests can enjoy a menorah lighting, holiday décor, and Hanukkah music.


Event times and dates are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please see for the daily schedule.

With new offerings just introduced, SeaWorld San Diego now has the best benefits ever for 2024 Annual Pass Members with all new additions to the program that include more in park discounts, a new dedicated entrance, monthly rewards, exclusive experiences and more. With passes starting at just $10/month, guests can enjoy up to $2,365 worth of benefits with these new additions:

  • Platinum pass holders have new perks such as a dedicated park entrance gate to avoid long lines, concierge-like services and an exclusive email portal for streamlined communication.
  • All new exclusive experiences including pass member exclusive events, animal encounters, and more.
  • Additional monthly discounts on food, drinks, and merchandise.


Guests can choose from a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass – the more you move up, the more value and bigger the benefits the pass member will receive. The new benefits are on top of unlimited year-round admission, free parking, free guest tickets, extra discounts and all-new exclusive events, monthly animal feedings, SeaPass Coupons – currency for in-park spending – and more.


“Our pass members are our most loyal fans of the park and we want them to always know how much we appreciate them and how valued they are to us,” said Jim Lake. “This year, we increased the number of exclusive events and previews for Pass Members, and 2024 we will do even more. One of my favorite Pass Member events is Coffee with the Park President, when they can openly ask questions about the park and provide feedback that we can act upon. As the most loyal fans that visit the most, their opinion and feedback matter and we love to hear it!”


New Benefits Join the Already Amazing Lineup of Monthly Rewards and Seasonal Events


Events throughout the year will include behind-the-scenes opportunities, meet-and-greets with animals, event previews, plus food previews and tastings. Pass Members are first for everything, first to ride any new attraction, first to view new animal exhibits, and first to know about major park announcements. In 2024, Pass Members will be the first to view SeaWorld’s newest exhibit in 2024, Jewels of the Sea, A Jellyfish Experience, the newest immersive and interactive aquarium to open in the park.


With an amazing event and entertainment calendar lineup for 2024, Pass Members are going to have a full calendar with fun, entertainment, and freebies! Depending on the event, Pass Members can redeem exclusive swag aligning with the event such as Mardi Gras necklaces or souvenir cups for Summer Splashtacular. All special events like Seven Seas Food Festival, Summer Spectacular, Halloween Spooktacular, and Christmas Celebration are included with SeaWorld San Diego Annual Passes. To experience everything SeaWorld has to offer with loved ones, Pass Members get the benefit of bringing their friends and family to visit at no-cost throughout the year as SeaWorld offers a limited amount of Friend for Free tickets.


Pass members receive exclusive freebies, rewards and discounts throughout the entire year including discounts on animal experiences, quick queue, food, drinks, and merchandise every day of the year. Even better than a discount is a SeaCoupon, valid for a monetary amount and given at select times throughout the year, Pass Members receive SeaCoupons valid for one-time use on select in-park purchases starting at $5. Platinum Pass Members will receive double their discounts on food and beverages each month, plus additional merchandise discounts at a different SeaWorld retail store each month.


Annual Passes start at just $10/a month and can be paid on a monthly basis or a one-time annual fee. For more information on SeaWorld and to purchase Annual Passes visit