SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration offers much to ‘sea’ and do

From sea life to Santa Claus, there’s something for everyone at SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration.

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Guests can see all sorts of holiday entertainment during the Christmas Celebration, like Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special.

From Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019, guests can enjoy a variety of holiday experiences at SeaWorld San Diego, plus all the year-round shows and attractions they know and love.

New holiday offerings for this year include:

  • Rudolph’s Movie Experience – Presented daily in the Mission Bay Theater, guests can experience the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with special effects.
  • Three Kings Procession – SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration will continue after Dec. 25 with special performances of the Three Kings Procession on Jan. 1-6 only.
  • Elmo’s Christmas – Elmo and his friends gather to celebrate the season with a special dance party every day at 3 p.m. on the Furry Photos stage at Sesame Street Bay of Play.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

This year’s event will bring the story of the Nativity to life through the holiday musical, “O Wondrous Night, The Greatest Story Never Told.”

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Performed under the stars nightly at the parks’ Nautilus Amphitheater, this stage show tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals that were there. The musical includes over 30 carols, puppets, and live animals.

In “Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special,” SeaWorld’s California sea lions and their co-host OP Otter are together again for a family show filled with plenty of laughs and holiday cheer.

SeaWorld’s dolphins will celebrate the holidays with a tropical twist as they perform athletic feats to island music in “Dolphin Island Christmas.”

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Over at Santa’s Christmas Village, families can enjoy holiday offerings like meeting Santa Claus, having “Merry Moments” with Santa’s elves, story time with Mrs. Claus and delicious holiday treats.

This year’s Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld San Diego will feature hundreds of Christmas trees, 5,000 feet of garland and over a million holiday lights – including the park’s 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights, the largest Christmas tree in Southern California.

SeaWorld’s family roller coaster, Manta, will receive a holiday overlay and transform into “Merry Manta” with dynamic lighting and Christmas music. Riders will tunnel through a sea of glowing trees as the cool air rushes by. Animal habitats will receive a splash of holiday décor inside. Outside the Nautilus Amphitheater, guests can find the Cat’s Christmas Parlor, where the feline stars of “Pets Rule!” will hang out in their own holiday-themed house.

To learn more about the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld San Diego, visit


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