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Holidays at the Cape

Sandy beaches, smile-inducing sunsets, fire pits and fa-la la-la la’s hummed in the background. 

A Cape Rey Christmas and Holiday Cheer

Re-define your merry and let your heart be light—with  warmth and cozy comfort at the Cape. Need a place to stash your board while you sip hot cocoa? We think wetsuits and sandy feet are appropriate holiday attire, too. Our holiday season is full of fun, all the festivities you crave with more local adventure than you can imagine.

Holiday Dining at Chandler’s

You’ll think Santa’s elves live at Cape Rey with the feast we have prepared. There’s no better reason, and no finer moment, to enjoy your holiday and leave the cooking to us. We have feasts prepared for all your family, friends, and more.

  • Thanksgiving Dinner – See Menu
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dining – See Menu
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner – See Menu

Kids Countdown to Christmas

It’s way more fun for kids with traditional holiday films paired with decorating cookies, crafting ornaments, sipping hot cocoa, and visiting with Mrs. Claus! Your little starfish get wrapped in ribbons of holiday joy with the Cape Rey Holiday Countdown Activities.

  • 12/18 Mon – Movie Night (Elf) & Cookie Decorating
  • 12/19 Tues – Ornament Making & Hot Cocoa
  • 12/20 Wed – Movie Night (Polar Express) & Cookie Decorating
  • 12/21 Thu – Ornament Making & Hot Cocoa
  • 12/22 Fri – Arts & Craft Project with Mrs. Claus
  • 12/23 Sat – Christmas Eve Eve Movie (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)

All activities start at 6pm. Please RSVP to the concierge by clicking the link below if you would like to join in the fun!

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Joyful Spalidays

This holiday season, melt away the fuss and stress with a holiday trip to the spa. The best shoppers know it’s important to build in a little renewal for the self while generously shopping for everyone on your list! 
Available from November 24th thru February 28th. 

For details, select a treatment or contact the spa directly at 760.683.5555.

For Reservations


Festive Events in and around Town

Holidays at LEGOLAND | November 18 - January 1

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! | Saturday, November 5 - Saturday, December 26

America’s favorite holiday fable, back for its 19th incredible year, is a wonderful, whimsical production that will once again jump right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the Old Globe’s stage. Come take part in the fun as the Old Globe Theatre is transformed into the snow-covered Whoville right down to the last can of Who-hash!

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration | Sunday November 18 - January 6

Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Rudolph leads the way to Christmas joy and holiday fun with all-new ways of making spirits bright. Bring your family and share classic Rudolph traditions while creating your own through exciting holiday events and activities. Meet Santa in his festive cottage and get your photo taken with him and your family. Also, share some laughs with Santa’s friendly elves. One of the highlights of the Christmas Celebration is having two reindeer vacationing in the park for the holidays.

Garden of lights at San Diego Botanic Garden | December 3-23 & 26-30

After the sun goes down in December, the Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience! Join in the fun that includes horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, refreshments and hot mulled wine (on select evenings). Snow also ‘falls’ on select nights.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Open House

Join us on November 30th from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm as we light our tree and get in the mood for giving. Live music, hot cocoa, and festive bites abound. And don’t forget Santa! He’s visiting the Cape to hear your Christmas wish and pose for your photo opp.    

  • 5:30pm - Doors open
  • 6:00pm - Photos with Santa begin! 
  • 6:00pm - Kids Activity Room Opens for Coloring and Cookie Decorating  
  • 7:30pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony begins!
  • Throughout the evening enjoy live entertainment by Carlsbad High School’s Jazz Band and Orchestra Quartet

Local retailers join us with booths full of SoCal gifts—the perfect time to knock out your holiday shopping with unique pieces from our skillful, artistic, and stylish community. Retailers include Breathe Love Jewelry, Couture By The Sea, TeaDonna, Kurtasaurus, AnaSus Accessories, Sugar Mamma Caramels, The Giving Crate, SurfRide Adventure Lounge, and Ocean Crest Spa. Plus enjoy complimentary tastings from Health-Ade Kombucha.

The event is complimentary and open to all ages. However this year we’ve partnered with Toys for Tots, so if you would like to start your gift giving early bring an unwrapped toy to donate! Also, as a kick off to the giving season, 10% of all Chandler’s restaurant dinner sales that night will be donated to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation.

Bring a friend. Bring the kids. Decorate a cookie (or two, we won’t tell) and enjoy an evening both merry and bright.

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