The holidays come but once a year — in three and seven courses. Savor every moment with festive afternoon tea and exquisite seasonal cuisine at our award-winning restaurants: Five-Star/Five Diamond Addison and Amaya. No matter where you celebrate, you're in for an incredible affair.


Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 25, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 9:00 pmFestive three-course dinner menus delight the entire family with seasonal creations, such as Carpaccio of Balik Salmon, Roasted Prime Beef Filet and Deconstructed Chocolate Yule Log. After exchanging gifts, unwrap a mouthwatering three-course brunch as the perfect finish to a memorable holiday.


Three-course dinner menu:
$80 per adult / $120 with wine / $30 per child (ages 6 – 12)
Christmas Day three-course brunch menu:
$52 per adult / $25 per child (ages 6 – 12)

Addison — Five-Star/Five Diamond Dining

Tuesday, December 24, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pmCelebrate at Southern California’s only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant with a symphony of seven holiday-inspired courses, including Sea Scallop with Caviar, Champagne and Celery; Ricotta Gnocchi with Ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Black Truffles; and Buche de Noel.


Seven-course menu:
$205 per person / $325 with wine

Holiday Afternoon Tea

December 4 – 29, Wednesday – Sunday only, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Enjoy the resort's traditional Afternoon Tea infused with holiday cheer and seasonal treats in the elegant Lobby Lounge.

Tea service starts at $45.

Our Halls are Decked with Unforgettable Events.

A storybook season awaits at California's #1 Resort with festive fun for the whole family, from roasted chestnuts to Nutcracker afternoon tea. This year, take your favorite storied traditions off their pages and into your warmest memories at The Grand Del Mar.

Chestnut Roasting

December 15 – 25, Daily, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Guests of all ages can savor the season with this nostalgic treat, located by the festive front entrance. Complimentary for resort guests.

Polar Express Pajama Party

Friday, December 20, 8:00 pmDon your favorite pajamas and bring a pillow for a wintery movie night in Grand style. Popcorn and hot cocoa pair with a holiday classic, "The Polar Express," for an exceptional, family-friendly evening.Complimentary for resort guests.

5th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Tea

Sunday, December 22 – Monday, December 23, 11:00 am and 1:30 pmBring your little sugarplums for a charming abridged performance of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Scripps Performing Arts Youth Academy. Pair every plié with a bite of scrumptious tea sandwiches and delicate French pastries.$58 per adult / $30 per child (ages 4 – 11)

Story Time with Santa

Sunday, December 22, 4:00 pmJoin the jolliest man for a joyful reading of "The Night Before Christmas" near The Grand Del Mar's festive tree in the Aria Pavilion. Complimentary for resort guests.

Winter Wonders Animal Visit

Friday, December 27, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pmBring the whole family for a meet-and-greet with an array of furry friends in their remarkable winter coats, including a fluffy fox, chinchilla, lynx and more.Complimentary for resort guests.

Glow Golf Driving Contest

Friday, December 27, 5:30 pmLight up your season with a new tradition: glow-in-the-dark golf contest at the #3 tee box. Resort guests of all ages can glow for a low score to win cool prizes. Junior (13 and under) and adult divisions are available.Complimentary for resort guests, Members and Villa Owners.