2013 Coronado Christmas Parade, Holiday Events & Secret Scoops (Videos & Photos)

The 'island' is a magical place to spend the holidays.  We've put together a must-do list of holiday activities, events and even a few secret scoops usually known only to Coronado locals.  More events will be added to this page as the holidays get closer.  There is no better place to spend the holidays!

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November 16th, 2013:  Coronado FOCUS Boutique Featuring Fabulous Vendors:  10am-2pm at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club at 30 Caribe Cay Blvd.  Cost is $10 per person - includes champagne cocktails, elegant pastries, special coffees and entertainment.  For more info contact Suzanne:  619-252-8469.

November 17th, 2013:  Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K.  Work off a few pounds before the holidays.  The 5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza at 7:00am. Run the 5K and then enjoy the post race festivities while watching the half marathoners cross the finish line.  
The half marathon course is open to runners, walkers, skaters, hand cycles, and wheelchairs. The Half Marathon course is limited to 4,500 participants. The 5K is limited to 1,000 participants.- More details.

November 23, 2013:  Harp Concert at St. Paul's Methodist Church - get event & ticket details here.

November 27th - January 5th 2014 - Ice Skating at the Hotel del Coronado (see videos below)
Click here to see hours and get ticket information - are you ready to ice-skate on the beach?

November 28th - Free Thanksgiving Day movie at Village Theatre at 10am.  Get the details.

December 2-13th, 2013:  Mail Your Letters to Santa Claus - A mailbox will be set up at the Coronado Community Center lobby where letters address to "Santa Claus / North Pole" will be accepted.  If you include a self-addressed stamped envelope, Santa will write you back!

December 4th, 2013 4-7pm:  Hotel del Coronado Holiday Festival
The Del will feature a special event for the whole family – “Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration.” In addition to the outdoor ice rink, kids of all ages can visit with St. Nick and his elves at Santa’s Village and enjoy holiday booths with games and prizes. There will also be hot cocoa, libations and fireworks. The resort’s thousands of white lights will provide a magical backdrop for the evening’s festivities. No reservations required.  Fireworks go off at 6:15pm.  Event is from 4-7pm.

November 29th - December 29th 2013:  Holiday Shows at Lamb's Players and the Hotel del Coronado:
Festival of Christmas Details (Nov. 29th - Dec. 29th)
An American Christmas (Dec. 16th - Dec. 24th at Hotel del Coronado)

December 5th-22nd, 2013 - Holiday Decoration Contest - Enter Your Coronado Home Today!

December 6th, 2013 - Christmas Parade and Events

- 3:20pm Santa Arrives by Ferry at Coronado Ferry Landing
- 3-7pm Snow Mountain Located at Coronado Ferry Landing
- 5-9pm Open House on Orange Avenue
- 6pm Christmas Parade down Orange Avenue
- 7pm Lighting of the 75-Foot Rotary Park Christmas Tree
- 7:15pm Community Band Concert at Rotary Plaza

December 7th, 2013  Artisans' Alley Craft Fair:  9am-3pm
Located at the Village Elementary playground on 7th St and H Avenue, Artisan's Alley will have over 180 booths with tons of gifts, toys, art, clothing & jewelry, ceramics, holiday crafts, and many unique items! There will also be several food and drink vendors, making it easy to spend the day here if you’d like!  Admission is $2.  Click here for more details.

December 8th, 2013:  Christmas Choral Concert at St. Paul's Methodist Church - Get details here.

December 8th and 15th, 2013 - San Diego Parade of Lights - Great views from Coronado Ferry Landing.  The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade route.  Get the details here.

December 11th, 2013:  Mistletoe Magic Along Orange Avenue:  Get the details here.

December 14th, 2013:  Breakfast with Santa at the Coronado Recreation Department.  Get the details here.
Recreation Services will host its annual "Breakfast with Santa" in the Nautilus Banquet Room at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Join other families for a pancake breakfast, and for crafts, activities and a special visit from Santa. Bring your cameras for that perfect holiday photo. There are two breakfast sittings: at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Coronado Community Center or calling (619) 522-7342. Tickets sell out quickly.  $16 for adults and $9 for kids under 16.

December 15th, 2013:  "Ride the Lights Coronado" - Get the details here.

December 18th, 2013:  The San Diego Mandolin Orchestra Free Concert - Get event details here.

December 30th, 2013: Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

Month of December 2013:  Candy Cane Lane (Shhhhh) - Coronado’s own Candy Cane Lane, located in a quiet cul-de-sac at the end of Country Club Lane (600 block), has been a Christmas tradition since the early 1960s. Each December, residents in the neighborhood adorn their lawns with large painted plywood decorations to create an exquisite Christmas display down the whole block. Though participation is not exactly a requirement of residency in the area, most people go all out with decorations and enjoy being part of this Coronado Christmas tradition.  Read the entire story and see more photos and videos here.

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Comment by lisa on November 5, 2013 at 7:09pm
Love this!
Comment by Anne Covington Morse on November 5, 2013 at 11:18pm

It's great to have all this information in one place. I can't wait for December!

Comment by Suzanne Levison on November 25, 2013 at 10:20am

I agree, love it!

Comment by Tacy Trump on December 2, 2013 at 1:53pm

I wonder where other New Year's Eve events will be listed (besides the Hotel Del).

Thanks very much. Looking forward to visiting Coronado again!

Comment by eCoronado on December 2, 2013 at 2:35pm

Tacy, as we spot them or receive them, we will update this page. :)

Comment by Tacy Trump on December 2, 2013 at 3:02pm

Thank you :)

Comment by Susan Everhart on December 6, 2013 at 10:20am
Love all this information!
Comment by eCoronado on December 6, 2013 at 5:21pm

Looking forward to the parade tonight!

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