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New shows, fireworks, and more are coming to SeaWorld San Diego this holiday season

by Susan and Simon Veness

Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld San Diego will bring a festive lineup of new entertainment, holiday cocktails, and a Christmas cavalcade with Mrs. Claus, from Nov. 14, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023.

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Photos courtesy of SeaWorld San Diego

Christmas Celebration new entertainment for 2022 includes:

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“A Stocking Full of Soul” – “America’s Got Talent” finalist Bryan Cheatham takes to the Mission Bay Theater stage with his friends in this song-and-dance fest filled with holiday classics, each Friday-Sunday starting November 18.

“A Joyous Celebration!” – Favorite holiday tunes are the focus during this family-friendly show set against a Broadway-style set and glittering lights. Find it at Nautilus Amphitheater each night, starting November 18.

“Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Cavalcade” – Joined by a band of merry elves, Mrs. Claus makes a grand procession through the park several times daily.

“Donner and Blitzen’s Lazer Light Show” – Set to a yuletide soundtrack, this canopy of laser lights brightens up the front of the park twice nightly.

The Holly Pops and Holiday Hipsters – A capaella caroling groups bring an extra bit of magic to the park with fresh seasonal musical arrangements.

“A Christmas Wish” fireworks show – End a memorable day with festive fireworks and dazzling pyrotechnics as the sky above SeaWorld San Diego lights up on select nights in December.

Additional Christmas magic:

The park will be adorned in wintery décor while “snowfalls” create a wonderland of Christmas cheer and reindeer hoofprints lead the way to the Jolly Old Elf himself. Enjoy with holiday-themed specialty cocktails, beer, and wine (ages 21 and up) or hot chocolate with a candy topping.

Rudolph’s Christmastown returns, as does the Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt, allowing guests to explore the park and discover Santa’s reindeer. Find them all and receive a special gift.

The SkyTower Tree of Lights turns the SkyTower into a brilliant Christmas tree, while an additional 30-foot Christmas tree twinkles and dances to popular Christmas tunes.

SeaWorld San Diego’s own Christmas Brass Band returns this year, starting November 18, bringing the sounds of the season to locations around the park, including the Wild Arctic stage.

“We’re excited to once again bring holiday magic to our guests during SeaWorld Christmas Celebration and help create special memories for the families who have made us a part of their holiday traditions,” said Tim Hamilton, vice president of entertainment at SeaWorld San Diego. “We hope guests will love the new offerings we have this year, as we made sure there was something for everyone – from our new shows featuring beloved holiday songs to our new holiday fireworks show, snowfall throughout the park, our dazzling Christmas lights, and, of course, Santa Claus.”

SeaWorld will also be celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa on select dates.

For more information visit SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

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