The Bahia and Catamaran Resorts for the Holidays

December 2, 2022

San Diego, CA – ‘Tis the season for a winter getaway to San Diego! This December, warm up on the sands of the Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay, featuring a merry mix of activities for guests of all ages. From scrumptious Christmas feasts and jolly gingerbread houses to family cruises on the bay with Santa and a dazzling boat parade of lights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season.

The following are some of the top ways to spread some holiday cheer at the Bahia and Catamaran resorts.

Christmas Cruises

Gather with friends and family – and Santa Claus! – aboard the Bahia Belle sternwheeler for Jingle Belle Family Cruises, a memorable way to celebrate the season on the sparkling waters of Mission Bay. Guests can enjoy festive caroling and holiday treats like hot cocoa, homemade cookies, and a cash bar. Limited food will be available for purchase as well. Cruises depart from the Bahia (December 23 and 25) and Catamaran (December 24 and 25) resorts. Reservations are required. Cost: $35 for hotel guests, $45 general admission.

Holiday Feasts and Treats

A sweet welcome awaits guests checking in to the Bahia and Catamaran resorts. Throughout December (Fridays and Saturdays at Catamaran; Friday through Sunday at Bahia) guests can sip and savor complimentary hot cocoa, apple cider, holiday cookies, and other tasty treats.

Fun for the whole family, with sprinkles on top, the Catamaran Resort offers complimentary Christmas Cookie Decorating on Saturdays (3-4 p.m.). Reservations are required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gather with family and friends for mouthwatering Christmas meals at Oceana Coastal Kitchen at the Catamaran Resort. Executive Chef Steven Riemer presents a Christmas Day Champagne Brunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), featuring holiday buffet favorites and a selection of à la carte entrees (Cost: $120 for adults, $50 for children; children under 5 are complimentary), as well as a Christmas Dinner (5:30-10 p.m.), featuring a three-course menu (Cost: $85).

The Bahia Resort also offers a Christmas Day Champagne Brunch (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), featuring holiday buffet favorites (Cost: $110 for adults, $50 for children; children under 5 are complimentary) and a Christmas Dinner (5:30-10 p.m.) with three courses (Cost: $80 for adults, $40 for children; children under 5 are complimentary).

Home Sweet (Gingerbread) Home

All season long, Bahia and Catamaran resort guests can marvel at whimsical Gingerbread Houses on display in the lobby, created by the resorts’ team members. The Catamaran puts its own spin on classic gingerbread houses with decorated Hula Huts, reflecting the resort’s tropical island vibe. Guests are invited to vote for their favorites!

Joyful Tunes

Bringing the holly jolly spirit of aloha to the shores of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort presents Polynesian Carolers singing holiday favorites on Fridays and Saturdays (5-7 p.m.).

Mingle with Kris Kringle

Santa Claus journeys from the North Pole to the Catamaran Resort on December 1-24 (3-5 p.m.), to meet younger guests and hear their holiday wishes – a perfect photo op! Children can also write Letters to Santa at letter writing stations set up in the lobby of both the Bahia and Catamaran resorts, complete with a festive oversized mailbox.

Festive Flicks

The Bahia Resort hosts complimentary outdoor Family Movie Nights for guests on Saturdays (7 p.m.) throughout the month of December. Featuring popular holiday movies, families can snuggle up on the Residents’ Lounge Patio and enjoy complimentary popcorn as well.

New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve (and day) at the Bahia Resort, featuring two spectacular celebrations. Ring in 2023 with a special prix fixe dinner at Dockside 1953, complete with a complimentary champagne toast. Continue the celebration with a festive After Party in the adjacent Ventana Room featuring live entertainment, a dessert and coffee station, cash bar, and party favors. Cost: $90 (+tax) for the dinner. $120 (+tax) for the dinner and After Party (adults 21+ only). $50 (+tax) for the After Party. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Call (858) 539-7635.

Revelers can also take advantage of a New Year’s Eve Cruise package at the Bahia, featuring a two-night stay for two people and a luxe party cruise aboard the Bahia Belle on Mission Bay (9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.), complete with a champagne toast at midnight, chef's choice of appetizers, multiple floors of live DJs, a cash bar, and festive party favors. Rates start from $350.

Create new memories and start a holiday tradition the whole family can enjoy at the Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. Guests can make reservations online and take advantage of special offers and promotions at and

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