Beloved for its amazing weather and numerous world-class attractions, San Diego is all about having fun in the sun. That means if you celebrate Thanksgiving there, it’s bound to be a good time. While Thanksgiving Day typically has the foucs of the main meal and spending time with your family, the rest of the time you spend in “America’s Finest City” can include visiting the San Diego Zoo and its accompanying Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California. Of course, the area also offers some fun seasonal activities and events, including Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado, Oceanside’s 18th Annual Turkey Trot 5-mile, and the Laguna Beach Sawdust Winter Fantasy, a local holiday art festival and unique shopping experience. But the best way to begin is with a City Cruises experience because the spectacular views combined with delectable food is ideal for those who want to try something new, and would relish the opportunity to take a break from the normal holiday stress associated with hosting.


Take to the High Seas(ons) This Thanksgiving in San Diego

Tacchino del RingraziamentoElevating the holidays isn’t always easy — people just get used to doing the same thing year after year, even if it entails a lot of work and not so much reward. One way to put the gratitude attitude back into Thanksgiving is to make the experience unique and stress-free. That’s where City Cruises comes in! First, there’s the two-hour Crociera con brunch del Giorno del Ringraziamento. This celebratory chef-prepared brunch buffet includes all the trimmings that you can enjoy, while you bask in scenic San Diego Bay views of the skyline and waterfront — which includes sights such as the Coronado Bay Bridge, the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, the Star of India, and Naval Air Station North Island — from climate-controlled interior decks. Guests also appreciate the exceptional hospitality, fully stocked bar service that includes beer, wine, and creative cocktails available for purchase, and inviting festive décor. Meanwhile, background music entertainment sets the scene for this semi-formal attire affair that can also be customized with additional upgrades. Infants under two cruise for free, and we’ll always do our best to accommodate any guest’s dietary restrictions.


Thanksgiving Day Dinner on the Water in San Diego with City Cruises

Next, there’s the San Diego Thanksgiving Day Premier Dinner Cruise. This 2.5-hour gourmet experience includes a festive, freshly prepared holiday buffet created by our chef with all the trimmings. Savored among incredible views of the city’s iconic skyline and waterfront from climate-controlled interiors, the meal is also accompanied by excellent hospitality, beer, wine, and creative cocktails available for purchase from the fully stocked bar. You’ll get into the holiday spirit with seasonal décor and live DJ entertainment. To elevate the evening, semi-formal attire is required. You can also customize the experience with additional upgrades, and tables are guaranteed for your party size. Last but not least, any infant under two cruises for free, and we’ll always do our best to accommodate any guest’s dietary restrictions.


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Where To Go On Land over the Holiday Weekend in San Diego

Either before or after you enjoy your trip with City Cruises, you can choose from a number of seasonal things to do in San Diego. If wintry vibes are what you’re looking for, head to the Hotel del Coronado for Skating by the Sea at the property’s renowned beachfront ice rink that offers spectacular views of the Pacific and beyond. The best part? Your time here benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. After your session, you can also pop by the ocean-side Frostbite Lounge complete with holiday-themed drinks and delicious light bites among plush seating and roaring fire pits.

san diego turkey trotFor those who seek a different kind of exercise outdoors, Oceanside’s Annual Turkey Trot 5-mile is the activity for you. Celebrating its 18th year, the scenic event takes place on a beachside course that begins on the Coast Highway and concludes behind the amphitheater on the strand in Oceanside. In addition to the run/walk, the outing also includes a costume contest, biggest teams competition, and live entertainment.

And for the shoppers? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered as well with the Laguna Beach Sawdust Winter Fantasy. This local gathering is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival that’s been taking place for more than three decades and features a special shopping experience in an enchanting winter wonderland decorated with a multitude of decorations and lights. Handcrafted gifts abound, plus live music, carolers, Santa Claus, and more.


Ready to Plan Something Fun for After Thanksgiving?

Planning to be in San Diego after Thanksgiving? Then you should be adding the Holiday Lights & Sips Cocktail Cruise to your itinerary. This cruise is an exclusive San Diego holiday happy hour experience! As you step on board, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and offered a festive cocktail to set the mood for the evening. Our well-stocked cash bar features an array of drink specials on everything from beer and wine to signature cocktails. To complement your libations, we provide a selection of light appetizers. This magical cruise on San Diego Bay offers a unique excursion or an excellent way to kick off a memorable night in the heart of the city, and is a great way to transition into the Christmas season as you gaze upon the decorations and lights that downtown has to offer.

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Plan Your 2023 Thanksgiving with City Cruises in San Diego

With stunning views and so much to do, San Diego is the perfect destination to head to for Thanksgiving. In addition to the area’s famous attractions, there are also numerous seasonal happenings catering to all ages that are taking place to help usher in the holiday season. Because you’ll find something for every member of your family — and everyone in your group of friends — America’s Finest City will make you feel grateful for spending quality time there. So let City Cruises San Diego take care of the planning, prepping, cooking, and cleaning, so you can focus on what’s important this Thanksgiving.