How to Have a Joyful Holiday on Mission Bay

The holidays are here! And there’s no better place to celebrate than right here in The Dana’s home of Mission Bay. Our little corner of paradise offers not just mild weather and warm sunshine, but a perfect range of can’t-miss activities to bring a little extra cheer to your holiday celebrations. Join us as we guide you through a memorable holiday season on Mission Bay, exploring a host of holly-jolly experiences that are sure to make your days merry and bright.

Holiday Coffee at Superbloom Coffee Shop

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After a morning of beachside relaxation or holiday activities, take a moment to recharge at Superbloom Coffee Shop. This local gem is the crown jewel of the Mission Bay Beach Club, and offers an array of artisanal coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries. Sip on a seasonal latté (including limited-time favorites like peppermint mocha or gingerbread), and warm up with a cozy cup of welcoming warmth. Superbloom Coffee Shop is the perfect spot to unwind, savor a cup of holiday-inspired coffee, and recharge.


SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration (Begins Nov. 17)

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SeaWorld’s holiday festival is a must-visit during your yuletide stay on Mission Bay. The park transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with festive decorations, thousands of twinkling lights, and seasonal entertainment. Watch holiday-themed shows, visit with Santa Claus, and enjoy thrilling rides with a holiday twist. Don’t forget to snap a greeting card-worthy photo in front of the glittering 30 foot tree, and the tunnel of lights that dances in time to the overhead carols!

500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA 92109

Winter Wonder at Belmont Park (begins Nov. 24)

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Belmont Park — Mission Bay’s iconic beachfront amusement boardwalk — will once again be home to “Winter Wonder,” a festive celebration that’s an annual family favorite. Enjoy the park’s vintage charm with holiday decorations, twinkling lights, and a holiday tree. Savor seasonal treats and drinks, including hot cocoa, roasted chestnuts, and a variety of craft beers. Guests can also visit Santa’s Workshop, enjoy live entertainment, and take a spin on the beachfront ice rink.

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Mission Bay Parade of Lights (Dec. 9)

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Kick off your holiday season with a spectacular event that’s been a treasured local tradition for decades. The Mission Bay Parade of Lights is a dazzling boat regatta featuring vessels adorned with festive lights, ornaments, and holiday decorations. The crafts cruise along the tranquil waters of Mission Bay, providing a magical display of holiday spirit. So stake out a spot along the shoreline (we’ll make sure our guests have some of the best seats anywhere), bring your blankets and hot cocoa, and enjoy the twinkling procession of vessels as they light up the bay.

1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109


Beach House SantaCon San Diego (Dec. 16)

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Get into the holiday spirit with a twist at the Beach House SantaCon. This unique event brings together hundreds of Santa-clad “rave”-elers for a beachside celebration that’s a total takeover of Belmont Park. Dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, or your favorite holiday character, and join the jolly crowd to dance the night away — then “go with the flow” as you hop among Mission Bay’s most popular beach bars and restaurants. Don’t skip this festive pub crawl that combines holiday cheer with San Diego’s laid-back beach culture, making for an unforgettable and whimsical experience.

3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109


Sip and Savor Some Holiday Spirit(s) (all season long)

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When the sun sets and the stars come out, explore some of Mission Bay’s best watering holes for festive libations. Miss B’s Coconut Club offers tropical cocktails with a holiday twist, like the “Coquito” made with spiced rum and coconut cream. Cannonball, known for its breathtaking bayfront views, serves seasonal cocktails that are perfect for imbibing while watching the sunset. And don’t forget to visit the aforementioned Beach House, which offers an extensive cocktail menu along with stunning waterfront views. Enjoy a holiday cocktail at one of these fantastic venues while taking in the beauty of Mission Bay at night.

Miss B’s Coconut Club: 3704 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Cannonball: 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

Beach House: 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109


Plan Your Holiday Stay at The Dana

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For a truly unforgettable holiday experience, make The Dana on Mission Bay your home away from home. Our welcoming waterfront retreat offers stunning bay views, comfortable accommodations, spectacular special offers, and a host of on-site activities for the whole family. This holiday season, you can look forward to:

  • Poolside Holiday Movies: Gather by the pool to watch classic holiday films under the stars, creating the perfect atmosphere for a cozy family movie night.
  • Santa Letter-Writing Station: Young guests are encouraged to write their letters to St. Nick, and drop them in our special mailbox. We’ll get them to the North Pole!
  • Cozy Hot Chocolate in the Lobby: Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate in our inviting gathering space; a delightful treat to enjoy after a day of holiday fun.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner: Indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at our on-site restaurantFirefly Eatery & Bar. We’ll be preparing a delectable feast with all the traditional trimmings, just the way you like it.
  • Christmas and New Year’s Specials: We’ll also be launching our holiday specials for December’s end soon, Watch this space…you won’t want to miss out!


Happy holidays from The Dana — we’ll see you soon!