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Holidays at The Grand

Make spirits bright this holiday season in sunny San Diego amid twinkling palms and a dazzling 25-foot tree! Celebrate the holidays in true San Diego style – gather with loved ones enjoying various activities throughout our coastal canyon, enjoy holiday dining, visits from Santa, Glice skating and toast to a merry season for all.

mother daughter Glice skating

Glice Skating at Grand Social

Embrace the joy of the season with friends and family at Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s exceptional Glice skating rink, designed for eco-friendly recreation. Ensure an unforgettable experience by reserving our exclusive cabana chalets complete with firepits. 

Indulge in the festive spirit with our holiday-themed beverages, delightful seasonal treats, and the timeless pleasure of s’mores by the fire.  Rental skates are available, or you can bring your own, but recreational shoes are not permitted.

$35 per adult, $17 per children (plus tax)

Price includes skate rental and skating for one hour. Purchase of food and beverage required with a cabana or firepit booking. Walk-ins available to enjoy the bar and activities.
Grand Social is open for an additional hour.


November 24 – 26
December 1 – 4
December 8 – 10
December 15 – 19
December 22 – January 1
January 5 – 7

Monday through Saturdays | 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sundays | 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Santa during the holidays at Grand Social

Meet Santa

Santa will be at Grand Social every weekend to meet with kids and learn their Christmas wishes.

On Christmas Eve, Santa will read “The Night Before Christmas” at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm by the holiday tree at Grand Social.

November 24 – 26
December 1 – 4
December 8 – 10
December 15 – 17
December 22 – 24

Friday and Saturdays | 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sundays | 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Experience the enchantment of the holiday season as Fairmont Grand Del Mar illuminates our holiday tree at Grand Social on Monday, December 4th. Join us at 6:30 pm to celebrate the magic of this season as we light up our stunning 25-foot holiday tree. Delight in culinary treasures, Glice skating, and festive libations to make this evening truly special.

Monday, December 4 | 6:30 pm
General Admission – $20 per person, children 3 and younger are complimentary
Grand Social Open 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Nutcracker Tea

Indulge in a delightful Holiday Tea experience with us on Saturday, December 23rd and Sunday, December 24th. Following this enchanting tea, immerse yourself in the magic of the season as the talented dancers from Scripps Performing Arts Academy present the timeless holiday ballet: The Nutcracker

Tea will be followed by a narrated, abridged version of the show.

Saturday, December 23
Tea 2:00 pm | Show 3:30 pm

Sunday, December 24
Tea 11:00 am | Show 12:15 pm

$170 per adult, $88 per child (ages 2-10)


wreath decorating

Wreath Decorating

Let your imagination run wild as you adorn your very own holiday wreath. Join us on Sundays, December 10 and 17 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Grand Social. No need to book ahead – simply drop by and dive into the creative fun.

Sundays, December 10 & 17 | 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
$35 for 12″ wreath | $45 for 16″ wreath
at Grand Social

Christmas cookies

Holiday Cookie Decorating

Bring a personal touch to the season with our Holiday Cookie Decorating workshop. Every Saturday in December, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you can decorate delicious cookies at the Grand Social. No reservations required.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 & 23 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
$30 for a set of three cookies
at Grand Social

Holidays at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Holiday Dining

Fairmont Grand Del Mar is keeping the magic of holiday dreams alive this season with a spectacular festive dinner at the Manchester Salon with a buffet featuring an array of culinary delights including traditional favorites for all the family to the sound of live entertainment. Or, in Amaya, enjoy a fantastic prix fixe dinner that will ignite your senses, guaranteeing that you have an enjoyable celebration. 

Holiday Afternoon Tea

Holiday Tea in the Lobby Lounge

Experience the joy of the holiday season with our Holiday Afternoon Tea, brimming with festive cheer. Indulge in a delectable menu that includes your cherished holiday scones, sandwiches, and sweet treats. There’s no finer setting to savor the essence of the season, from the delightful sights to the delectable flavors. 

Every Saturday and Sunday in December 
Weekdays from December 18 through December 22  

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$125 per adult, $65 per child (ages 2-10)
Exclusive of tax and gratuity

Celebrate the Season with December Festive Brunch

Indulge in the magic of December with a truly luxurious experience at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Join us in December for a Festive Weekend Brunch that captures the essence of the season in style and sophistication. Our Festive Brunch menu features an enticing selection of holiday-inspired creations, from savory classics to sweet indulgences.  

Every Saturday and Sunday in December | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving at The Grand

Join us at Fairmont Grand Del Mar and savor the season with a festive yet traditional Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy a delightful three-course menu at Amaya or opt for a family buffet in the Manchester Salon, featuring all the beloved flavors of autumn. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather with loved ones and give thanks during this special season. 

Amaya | 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Three-course tasting menu

Manchester Salon | 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thanksgiving Family Buffet

Holidays at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Christmas Eve at Amaya

Experience a Grand Feast on Christmas Eve at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Elevate your evening with an opulent four-course Christmas Eve dinner at Amaya, featuring a memorable festive touch that will leave a lasting impression. 

Amaya | 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Four-Course Tasting Menu

Christmas Day

This fantastic all-day Christmas four-course dining at Amaya will ignite your senses, guaranteeing that you have an enjoyable celebration. With world class service and festive, elegant surroundings, this Christmas at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a great way to round off the most festive of days. 

Amaya | 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Four-Course Tasting Menu


Fairmont Grand Del Mar is keeping the magic of Christmas dreams alive with spectacular festive dining event at the Manchester Salon with a buffet featuring an array of culinary delights including traditional holiday favorites for all the family to the sound of live entertainment.  

Manchester Salon | 10:30 am to 3:00 pm 
Family Buffet complete with appetizer and desserts


Oysters caviar and champagne

New Year's Eve

Step into a world of sophistication as you bid farewell to the old and welcome the new at Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Amaya or the Lobby Lounge. Join us for an unforgettable evening of opulence and style.

woman in spa

Relaxation to Rejuvenate Your Holiday Spirit

Two holiday themed treatments to discover this holiday season.

Peppermint and Pine Massage (60 mins)
Monday – Thursday $255 | Friday – Sunday $265
This festive relaxation massage features peppermint and pine essential oils. Designed to clear the mind of stress and energize the body to help eliminate fatigue.

Gingerbread Scrub (60 mins)
Monday – Thursday $275 | Friday – Sunday $285
Boost your holiday spirit with this festive full body scrub featuring quintessential holiday aromas of cinnamon and clove.

Available November 1 through December 31, 2023.

Holiday Gifts and Gatherings

Shop Local and Find the Perfect Gift

From Gift Cards to luxury gifts at The Preserve or Spa Boutique, rest assured you will find a perfect gift for your loved ones. Gift cards can be used for retail, Fairmont Spa & Wellness, dining and experiences. Our Holiday Gift Guide may provide the inspiration you are looking for.

Table with floral center piece in a wine cellar

Holiday Parties and Family Gatherings

This holiday season, create unforgettable memories with your loved ones in a truly magical setting at Grand Del Mar. Our luxurious venue spaces can accommodate parties of all sizes, from intimate gatherings of 12 to grand celebrations of up to 250 guests. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and enjoy our stunning decor, exciting events, and delicious feasts. Whether you’re looking to host a company holiday party or a family get-together, Grand Del Mar has everything you need to make this year’s celebrations truly unforgettable. Book your holiday party and give the gift of treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

Room Offers for The Season

Resort Pool at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Third Night On Us

Escape to a San Diego enclave and enjoy a complimentary third night at the luxury Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort.
Spacious Grounds

Adventure Awaits

Book a 2-night stay and you’ll receive 20% off you reservation, plus enjoy a $50 food & beverage credit.
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Stay the Night and Save 15%

Enjoy up to 15% off your stay.

Make this holiday season extra special by adding a touch of magic to your stay with our five-foot Christmas trees. Fully lit and decorated to perfection, these trees come in two stunning themes – a coastal blue décor or a classic red and gold. We take care of everything, from setting up the tree to ensuring it is fire retardant and safe.
Make your stay a memorable one with our fully decorated Christmas trees! Contact our concierge to reserve yours.
(72-hour notice required.)