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2017 Surfin Santa Arrival

Surfin’ Santa Rides the Waves into Seaport Village for Twelfth Annual Waterfront Celebration

November 25, 2017

1 pm - 5 pm

Southern California’s favorite Santa returns for free photos, parade and holiday shopping on November 25

Ditching the reindeer and traditional cold-weather garb, Saint Nick will don his favorite Hawaiian tee and boardshorts for Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival at Seaport Village. Arriving to the San Diego Harbor by watercraft, the festive celebration kicks off the holidays SoCal style on November 25.

After his special waterfront arrival at 1 p.m., visitors can hang-ten with Santa for free photos on his giant surfboard and six-foot wave until 5 p.m. Following his arrival, Santa will cruise down the boardwalk in a sleek red convertible for a festive parade featuring live music, stilt walkers and holiday cheer. Kids crafting, live street performances and a variety of unique local shops and eateries will keep visitors entertained throughout the warm-weathered holiday event. 

“Surfin’ Santa has become a beloved way for locals and visitors to kick off the holiday season,” said Seaport Village General Manager Terry Hall. “We’re incredibly proud to be home to one of the most unique Santa sightings in the country, and look forward to celebrating his big arrival with beautiful weather, fantastic shopping and free family fun on the waterfront.”

In addition to the festivities above, visitors can participate in Small Business Saturday at Seaport Village. This event celebrates the Shop Small movement to get shoppers to patronize local merchants across the U.S. Seaport Village is home to more than 50 locally-owned businesses, including several that opened with Seaport Village in 1980.

The twelth annual Surfin’ Santa celebration includes:

  • Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village

    After Santa make his waterfront arrival at 1 p.m., kids and adults can greet the boardshorts-wearing Santa for a festive parade down the boardwalk. Santa will be available for photos on his surfboard all afternoon, leaving time to enjoy kids crafting tables, live entertainment and dining. (Please note, due to the high demand to see Santa the line is cut off at 4 pm.  Santa will be able to see everyone who is in line by 4 pm.)

  • Eco-Friendly Ornament Making with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    Kids of all ages can create customized eco-friendly ornaments to take home and hang on the tree.

  • Holiday Shopping At More Than 50 Unique Shops and Eateries

    Shoppers are guaranteed to find something for everyone on their holiday shopping lists, including local wine selections from San Pasqual Winery & Tasting Room, customized tumblers from Tervis, spectacular paintings from Wyland Galleries, sustainable jewelry from Urban Girl Accessories and much more. Mistletoe is dedicated to Christmas décor all year round.

Surfin' Santa Parking

Enjoy 2 hours of validated parking for $5 in the Seaport Village lot with a minimum purchase of $10. $3 every 30 minutes thereafter or part thereof.

Free Event Shuttle between Seaport Village and Hilton Bayfront parking lot: 

  • Event Shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 11:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • All day parking rate at Hilton Bayfront - $10.00
  • Directions (click for Google map)
    • ​Head North on Pacific Highway
    • Turn right on Harbor Drive
    • Turn right at Hilton Bayfront at Park Blvd
    • Park in their parking structure - $10.00 all day rate
    • Take FREE shuttle to Seaport Village