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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.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Open House

Join us on November 29th 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 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.

The event is complimentary and open to all ages. However this year we’ve partnered with Give Kids the World, so if you would like to start your gift giving early join in the silent auction! 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.

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
  • Winter Cocktails & Fireside Treats - See Menu
    Available until January 30th. Try them all and pick your favorites. 

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.

  • 12/17 Mon – Holiday Arts & Crafts
  • 12/18 Tues – Cookie Decorating & Hot Cocoa
  • 12/19 Wed – Holiday Arts & Crafts
  • 12/20 Thu – Cookie Decorating & Hot Cocoa
  • 12/21 Fri – Holiday Arts & Crafts
  • 12/22 Sat – Holiday Movie Night featuring "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 December 1st thru December 31st. 

  • California Chardonnay Scrub & Massage ∙ 80 Min $190.00
  • Undaria Algae Scrub & Massage - 50 Min $130.00 | 80 Min $190.00 
  • White Grapefruit Scrub & Massage - 50 Min $130.00 | 80 Min $190.00 
  • Skin Firming and Toning Body Wrap & Massage - 80 Min $190.00

For details, see our seasonal spa menu or contact the spa directly at 760.683.5555.

For Reservations

Festive Events in and around Town

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink  | November 2 - January 19

It’s the fun thing to do for all ages, with lively music playing as you whirl around, while a mist cooling system keeps the heat at bay! Located within the Viejas Outlets—bring the whole family. With loads of entertainment to keep everyone occupied, such as bowling, arcades, slots, and bingo.  Plus, enjoy stellar savings at high-end retail stores – it’s all here in one place. 

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! | November 5 - 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!

Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station | November 17 - January 6

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating. Tickets are good for in-and-out access throughout the day they are purchased for and include a pair of skates and an optional helmet.

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.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration | 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.

Encinitas Holiday Parade | Saturday December 1

Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.The parade begins at 5:30 PM. It is preceded by a 5:00 PM tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard.

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival | Sunday December 2

A wonderful Christmas parade lures people from all around to the sidewalks of La Jolla. You'll see floats, marching bands, community groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, horses, and yes ~ a camel. Church bells peal with a fly-over. There is also a Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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.

Holiday Sip & Shop | Friday December 7

Join us for this much anticipated event where our Village will come alive with holiday spirit and cheer!  Merchant hospitality, live music, caroling, festive window decorations, and more.  Ring in the holidays with family and friends in Carlsbad Village.

Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade | Sunday December 16

Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and Holiday Pet Market.

Big Bay Balloon Parade | Monday December 31

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! This exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade!

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