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Tuesday Deal Day: Building Seaside Memories with Holidays at The Del

It may barely be the end of summer, but it’s getting to late to make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s plans. If you’re looking for a warm weather holiday destination, with a distinct holiday twist, try the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego – it’s offers a beachfront ice rink.

Known for celebrating the holidays in grand tradition, the Hotel del Coronado has gained a reputation for its festive holiday grandeur since 1888. It was here in 1904 that America witnessed the first electrically-lit outdoor Christmas tree, setting the stage for a century of holiday enchantment. In 2003 the resort introduced the first beachfront ice rink, a tradition delighting young and old, which returns for the 11th year this season.

Hotel del Coranado

Hotel del Coronado

Building Seaside Memories

Upon completion of a 2-year, $13 million renovation, the resort will be transformed into holiday seaside glory, the theme for 2014 celebrating the resort’s location on the sand. The infamous lobby tree will decked out in grand colors of a Coronado Beach sunset, in shades of aqua, turquoise, sea green and coral. Even Santa and his reindeer will have a bit of seaside flair.

This year’s 22nd Annual Collector’s Ornament depicts the Del in molded glass, reminiscent of a sandcastle, in warm tones matching the resort décor. The ornament is available for $32.50 in the hotel’s Signature Shop, Est. 1888, and in its online store.

Holiday activities

The Del announces a full line-up of holiday activities including Skating by the Sea, the renowned ice-skating rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean which offers a one-of-a-kind, Southern California holiday experience. Full activities include:

Skating by the Sea – Daily; November 26-January 4. Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 11th year. This spectacular rink is located on the Windsor Lawn, and features stunning views of Coronado beach. Skating sessions will be offered daily from November 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 27. The resort’s holiday programs will kick off Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with brunch in the Ballroom on November 27. The oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room will feature elegant buffet dinners decked with decadent trimmings and live musical entertainment. 1500 OCEAN and Sheerwater restaurants will offer seasonal menus to pair with The Del’s spectacular views.

Holiday Festival – Wednesday, December 3. On Wednesday, December 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Del will host a special event for the entire family, “Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration.” In addition to the outdoor ice rink, there will be hot cocoa and libations, a private fireworks display, performances by Coronado school children, photo opportunities with Santa and his elves, and holiday booths with games and prizes.

Sunday Brunch with Santa – Sundays; November 30, December 7, 14, 21. During The Del’s festive Sunday Brunch, kids of all ages can visit jolly ol’ St. Nick in the Crown Room.

Victorian Tea – Daily; December 13-24, 26-31. For the tea lovers, or those who just want to relax and enjoy the background sounds of our delightful harpist, The Del will serve Victorian Tea from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the holidays. This charming tradition features dozens of traditional tea varieties served with finger sandwiches, classic tea cookies and tarts.

An American Christmas – Daily; December 15-27. The Del is pleased to present the 23rd annual production of An American Christmas performed by the award-winning Lamb’s Players Theatre, for a limited engagement in the Ballroom. The Marshall family welcomes you to an interactive, lavish feast and celebration set in the year 1914. The Marshall’s, a group of 27 multi-talented performers, entertain and regale guests with stories, songs, dance and laughter, all woven around a sumptuous five-course holiday meal prepared by The Del’s master chefs.

Christmas Eve and Day Dining – Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25. Celebrate Christmas Eve with a lavish Victorian buffet dinner paired with live musical entertainment in the magnificent Crown Room. On Christmas Day, the oceanfront Ballroom and the historic Crown Room will feature traditional holiday buffet dinners, while both 1500 OCEAN and Sheerwater will offer special holiday menus.

Holiday Recreation – Throughout holiday season at The Del, guests and visitors of all ages may enjoy a variety of activities including holiday night bike tours through festive Coronado Island, cookie decorating, crafts for kids, and Kidtopia Camp with holiday scavenger hunts and family s’mores roasts. Little ones will love the “Elf Tuck-Ins” where they are visited by real elves at bedtime.

Spa La La La La – Spa at The Del offers the perfect way to unwind during the holiday rush with fabulous ocean-inspired treatments, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and a spectacular outdoor terrace and vanishing edge pool overlooking the Pacific.

Location:  1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, California. If you’re going to do a lot of sightseeing in the area, I’d recommend a rental car. If you’re going to hunker in at The Del, take a cab (about a $30 dollar fare) from the airport.

Dates:  Various, throughout November and December 2014

Rates:  A variety of special holiday rates and packages are available.

Photo credit:  Courtesy of The Del

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