It’s that time of year again at SeaWorld San Diego. The Southern California aquatic-themed animal park and aquarium’s annual SeaWorld Christmas Celebration has begun, and with it come Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends, including Santa Claus himself!
This past weekend I was invited to experience the SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Preview Party, and during the event attendees were treated to the fun and colorful “Rudolph’s Tree Lighting Ceremony,” which features live music, dancing elves, and of course the most famous reindeer of all.
Watch “Rudolph’s Tree Lighting Ceremony” at SeaWorld San Diego 2018:
“Join Rudolph and friends for a sing-along and lighting of the 40-foot tree!”
Guests were then shepherded into SeaWorld’s Nautilus Amphitheater for “O Wondrous Night,” a reverent and toe-tapping retelling of the nativity starring a jubilant choir, plus a wide variety of puppets and live animals.
Watch “O Wondrous Night” nativity show at SeaWorld San Diego 2018:
“A spectacular musical show about the birth of Jesus, with a live nativity, festive carols, colorful puppets, and live animals.”
Finally, we were offered the opportunity to explore the Rudolph’s Christmastown and Santa’s Christmas Village seasonal themed areas of the park, which are both decked with festive holiday decorations, cheerful merchandise shopping, and food and dessert options tied in with the most wonderful time of the year. And don’t forget to stick around for the snow!
Watch Rudolph’s Christmastown and Santa’s Christmas Village at SeaWorld San Diego 2018:
Rudolph’s Christmastown – “Come meet and get your picture taken with Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble or Yukon! Play some games, enjoy culinary treats and selfies with movie vignettes. Shop for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer gifts, apparel and keepsakes at Holly Jolly Marketplace. Enjoy the daily festivities with Rudolph’s friends at the Christmastown stage.”
Santa’s Christmas Village – “Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves while you enjoy seasonal goodies and treats at our festive village, Snow flurries expected. Customized holiday photo packages.”
SeaWorld Christmas Celebration runs from now through Sunday, January 6 at SeaWorld San Diego. Be sure to visit the park’s official website for more information and advance ticketing resources.
Mike has been fascinated by theme parks and Disney all his life. He has worked in the entertainment journalism field since 2015, after spending a decade as a film projectionist at one of Hollywood’s most prestigious movie theaters. He resides in Burbank, California with his wife and cat.