Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

Magical. That, in a word, is how to describe the holidays at the world-famous Hotel del Coronado.

The iconic red roof is decked out in white holiday lights and the lobby is filled with a stunning Christmas tree that’s trimmed in a different theme each year. One year, the ornaments were all from the Victorian era and, another year, the tree paid homage to L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz series of books, by having all of the characters from the movie nestled within the branches. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion—even some flying monkeys—were all represented on the tree.

Of course, one of the highlights is the ice skating rink installed on the Windsor Lawn between the hotel and the beach. You can skate under the palm trees with the surf crashing in the distance! Skating by the Sea runs Thanksgiving Day through 2 January 2017.

There are plenty of shops to explore throughout the hotel, and each joins in the holiday spirit. Prices may be out of range for many of us, but it’s fun to stroll through and explore.

Visiting the Del at the holidays is a must, even if you just take an hour to walk through, so make the trip across the bridge and explore the Hotel del Coronado this holiday season.

What You Need To Know

Location: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118


Vary by activity

Skating by the Sea runs Thanksgiving Day through 2 January 2017

Cost: Free to walk through hotel; other activities may have fees.

Phone: (619) 435-6611


Skating by the Sea

Tips: Parking is available at the hotel for a substantial fee. It’s best to park along Ocean Blvd. or one of the nearby side streets and walk.


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Visited: December 2013

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