Each year, the beautiful Del Mar becomes an enchanting winter wonderland where the Del Mar Fairgrounds is completely transformed for Coastal Christmas Del Mar. The winter-themed event right by the beach has a walkway with over 1 million dazzling Christmas lights, a lounge with Santa and an ice skating rink. Let’s discover more below:
Their official website has a cute and detailed Fairgrounds map that shows everything that’s going on so you can make the most of your time there. A few signature areas: The Holiday Light Spectacle is a gorgeous walk-through with twinkling lights perfect for photo-ops. It sits across from Frosty’s Fun Zone with rides and entertaiment for the kiddos. Also on the side of that is Mrs. Claus kitchen where fun treats await you for purchase.
Heading across to the other side of the grounds, are the Fireside Lounges alongside the Ice Skating Rink and the other side is lined with Christmas Igloos for rent. The Mistletoe Lounge offers boozy drinks and in the corner, you can enjoy a visit with Santa.
The festival ends on December 30th and general admisson costs $24.95 for 13+, with igloos reservations coming out at $299 which includes a 90 minute reservation, access to the park, a private firepit for roasting s’mores, and a server for drinks. Whatever you decide, there’s an activity and price point for everyone. Just note, Coastal Christmas is open on Chrismas Eve and Christmas Day so have fun and be especially nice to the workers there doing their best to bring the holiday cheer.
Happy holidays, and we’ll see you there.
Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA