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Surfin' Santa Arrival

Saturday, Nov 28th - 1pm to 5pm
Seaport Village

Named one of the ten best Santa sightings by USA Today, Santa will break out his boardshorts and favorite Hawaiian shirt on November 28 and cruise in from San Diego Bay via Seaplane for the tenth annual Surfin' Santa celebration at Seaport Village.

From 1:00 to 5:00 PM, visitors can pose for pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, kids crafting activities, live street performers and a wide variety of unique, local shops will keep visitors busy throughout the event.

In addition to enjoying the holiday cheer and getting a head start on shopping, visitors can participate in Small Business Saturday at Seaport Village. This event celebrates the Shop Small movement to get shoppers to 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 tenth annual Surfin' Santa celebration includes:
  • Surfin' Santa at Seaport Village: Kids and adults will greet San Diego's boardshort-wearing Santa for a festive parade down the boardwalk after his adventurous waterfront arrival at 1:00 PM. Santa will be available for photos on his surfboard all afternoon, leaving time to enjoy the kids craft tables, live entertainment and dining into the evening.
  • 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.
Parking

Validated parking is available in the Seaport Village lots, where guests pay $4 for the three hours with validation and $3 every 30 minutes thereafter. Parking is also available at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront located on Park Boulevard for a $10 flat rate all day. Free shuttles will take guests to and from the lot, and will run every 15 minutes from 12:30 to 6:00 PM Additionally, Seaport Village is easily accessible on Metropolitan Transit System Trolley, via the Seaport Village stop on the Green Line.