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  • Melody K

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Review and recommendations

Updated: Mar 30, 2021

I love the holiday season. It's my favorite time of year.  

To start the season off, we visited SeaWorld San Diego.

We are so thrilled we did. My youngest loves sea life, my oldest loves rides, and I love the holidays - a win-win for all of us.

As we approached the entrance to SeaWorld there was a beautiful Christmas tree. That alone just set the tone for the holiday experience we were about to have.

It had been years since our last visit, and now I wonder why we waited so long to go back. We had a great time.

It's not easy to pack up two autistic boys and head out for a 2-hour drive. Thank goodness for movies and electronic devices. We made it without any meltdowns. A Christmas miracle.

Once at SeaWorld and upon entering the gates, getting a map is a must. It has all the showtimes and holiday events listed so one can plan the day accordingly.

I highly recommend this!

We went in excitedly and passed right over getting one. After about an hour or so wandering around, we realized we needed their map. You can't do SeaWorld without it!

Thank goodness we did because that's when we realized we must check-in for Santa over in Rudolph's Christmastown.

My oldest was happy he went on several rides. The wait time for the ride lines wasn't that long, and he was able to endure the wait. (Another Christmas miracle)

Though per SeaWorld's Website:

"The park does offer an accessibility Guide which provides an overview of services and facilities available for guests with disabilities who are visiting SeaWorld® San Diego. 

The printer-friendly guide contains information pertaining to rides, shows and exhibits"

For additional information about SeaWorld San Diego's accessibility, please contact Guest Services at 619-222-4SEA."

One of the first things to do when you go through the entrance  (after picking up a map)  head on over to Sesame Street Christmas Village and check-in for a time with Santa.

They will give you time and will text you when your time is approaching.  

When we received our text, we headed on back over to Sesame Street Village. The line was not long. I am assuming due to this great SeaWorld Santa system that is in place. 

Santa was inside a little cottage and it was decorated perfectly. It was warm and cozy. For a moment, you felt lost in the holiday magic. Santa was awesome with the boys,

he was kind and patient. What more can a mom ask for?

The Holiday helpers were just as kind and friendly. 

It was such a pleasant experience.

SeaWorld during the day is great but in the evening after dark, it turns into a magical holiday experience. 

We stayed for the lighting of the tree over at Rudolph’s Christmas Town. We also walked around and admired all the lights and beautiful colors.

Go have yourself a magical holiday time as we did.

SeaWorld Has so much to offer, with their shows, rides, sea life exhibits and more.

Right now during SeaWorld Christmas celebration, they have the cutest holiday shows and activities.

We did watch a few of the holiday shows and they were fantastic.

If I had to only pick one it would be Clyde & Seamore's Christmas Special (It kept the boy's attention and it wasn't that long.)

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration includes the following:


Dolphin Island Christmas

Cirque Christmas

Clyde & Seamore's Christmas Special

Winter Wonderland on Ice

Sesame Street Christmas Village:

Santa’s cottage 

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

Christmas sing a long

Elves dance Party

Rudolph's Christmas town:


Misfit Brass Band

Tree Lighting 

My recommendations

 Be sure to:

1) Pack headphones (for sensitive little ears)

2) Take jackets (It gets chilly in the evening)

3) If needed check in with customer service to accommodate special needs

4) Download the sea world app reserve seating for shows

5) check-in with Santa and get time for pictures and a visit.

6) Visit the rides during the day - you will get wet and does get chilly in the evening.

7) Check the times for storytime, tree lighting and such

8) Stop and enjoy the holiday goodies they offer

There is so much to do and see at SeaWorld Plan you visit today Address:  500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109


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