THE HOLIDAYS ARE IN FULL SWING, and whether this is your first holiday spent in Huntington Beach or your 10 + year, you'll discover there's so much to experience in Surf City USA during this time of year. From the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade to the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort Miracle Bar, here are some of Huntington Beach locals favorite things to do during the holidays. Grab your sunglasses, hats, and iced venti peppermint latte, because it's time to experience the holidays, Surf City USA style.
Take Some Sips at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort Miracle Cocktail Bar
If you like to spike the eggnog while being in a North Pole bar environment, perhaps the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort Miracle Cocktail Bar is to your liking. This cocktail bar does not mess around when it comes to holiday spirt, cheer, and fancy holiday cocktail drinks. With kitschy holiday decor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you've ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.
Opened November 23rd - December 26th
5 PM - 11 PM (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Attend the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
The classical Huntington Harbour Boat Parade is lit and boat loads of fun. With dazzling boats, each having a specific theme, this is the perfect event to ring in the holidays with friends and family. Grab a drink and enjoy the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade. The show kicks off at 5:15 PM December 8 & 9 in the Huntington Beach Harbour. Click here for event details.
Attend the pawesome Santa Paws & Grand Opening of the Paw-Sea
Pawsibility the best holiday event yet. Leave your holiday stress at the doors, because it's time to play with puppies. Be a part of the ribbon cutting for Paséa Hotel & Spa's new interactive pup play park, The PAW-SÉA. Expect a 1,100 square foot outdoor pup play area outfitted with a lifeguard station dog house, local artist commissioned wall mural featuring dog angel wings for coveted Insta travel pics, and all the space a four-legged friend could want. It will be nothing but a pawesome time!
- 2 PM - 6 PM
- Buy tickets here.
Hit up the Holiday Cookie Crawl at Pacific City
Wear your holiday attire, come hungry, and get ready for sugar because the Holiday Cookie Crawl is pretty sweet. Wait...the fun doesn't end there. Enjoy your sweet treats while watching the Polar Express movie, showing on the big screen on level 2 of Pacific City.
- 4:30 PM: Meet at the big screen on level 2 to grab a cookie bag
- 5:00 PM: Explore Pacific City and collect cookies from each participating merchants
- 6:00 PM: Meet back at the big screen on level 2 for the showing of The Polar Express
Ring in the New Year with ILLENIUM on Huntington State Beach
Dance your way into the New Year with the American Musician, DJ and producer ILLENIUM. He is known for his hit remix "Say It." And we're going to say it...this will be one epic beach party bash.
- 7 PM - 2 AM
- Huntington State Beach- Magnolia and Pacific Coast Highway
- Buy tickets here.
Attend the Cruise of Lights
The Cruise of Lights in the Huntington Harbour is nothing but lit and here are the three ways you can experience it.
- Traditional Cruise of Lights: 45 minute traditional Cruise of Lights
- Extended Cruise of Lights: 70 minute cruise down additional waterways in the Huntington Harbour
- Land & Sea (Dinner Cruise) Event: Off-water tour, stop to see special decorations, dinner and a traditional Cruise of Lights tour of the Huntington Harbour
- Buy tickets here
However you do it, you'll be treated to beautiful holiday lights and decorations that will get you in the holiday spirit. More event information click here.
Plunge into the Pacific Ocean
Grab some friends and freeze your jingle bells off to Surf City USA's annual New Years event, Surf City Splash. If you're thinking wetsuits already...stop right there because that's cheating! Expect the Pacific Ocean to be 50 (ish) degrees on January 1st with people screaming into the New Year. The big splash into the ocean takes place at noon after the pancake breakfast. Registration is $25.00. All proceeds benefit the International Surfing Museum. Click here to register.
Cozy up while watching a holiday movie at Pacific City
Well if you didn't watch a classical holiday movie, did the holidays even happen? Bring your blanket, friends and family to watch classic holiday movies at Pacific City. Join Pacific City at the big screen on the Second Level each Wednesday this holiday season! These movie nights are FREE and fun for the whole family! But before watching the movie, make sure you take an Elfie with your group and tag @SurfCityUSA.
- December 5- Home Alone
- December 12 - Elf
- December 19- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
All movies start at 6 PM
Get Down On It with the Kool & the Gang
- Doors Open at 7:00 PM
- Music begins at 8:45 PM and continues through midnight with Kool & the Gang, DW3, and DJ Jonathan Philips
- VIP Dinner: $295 per person
- Premium: $205 per person
- Standard: $155 per person
- Buy tickets here
Attend Santa Paws at 5th & PCH
To top off your holidays, your dog and your family are invited to a holiday pawty. The Santa Paws event pawty is happening Saturday Dec 8th 12 - 3 PM on 5th & PCH. Don’t miss out on the food samplings, dog adoptions and vendor booths, and a chance to say hi to Santa and Mrs. Clause. 5th & PCH are proudly partnering with Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation, so come join the fun!