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SeaWorld Premiers New Holiday Shows

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

It’s important to cherish familiar traditions around the holidays, but it’s also the time to create new ones as well. This year, SeaWorld is introducing a host of all-new shows and happenings that families are going to want to add to their “must-do” holiday list.


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Topping that list in 2019 is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Winter Wonderland on Ice. Classic songs, exciting holiday numbers and beautiful choreography bring Christmas to life in this ice skating spectacular starring 15 high-caliber skaters assembled from around the country, including USA National, International and World Team Member Brandon Mroz. Mroz will skate in several solo and full-company numbers. More than a dozen segments will be featured total, including a graceful couples’ waltz to “It’s That Time of Year” and an upbeat toy solider performance to “Jingle Bells.” And, fans of the “The Polar Express” movie will no doubt recognize the fast-paced, high-energy “Hot Chocolate” song. Winter Wonderland on Ice shows will be performed in the evenings under the stars at SeaWorld San Diego’s outdoor Nautilus Amphitheater.


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Something a little edgier and more contemporary is taking place over at SeaWorld’s Mission Bay Theater: Cirque Christmas will feature eye-popping acrobats, aerialists and dancers wowing audience members with a fresh new take on an old holiday favorite. In partnership with Cirque du Soleil NextGen and San Diego Circus Center, Cirque Christmas takes some of the ballet and musical traditions from “The Nutcracker” and mashes them up with cirque-style acts, hip-hop dance and modern music. A lyra artist, for example, will spin and dangle from an aerial hoop while a violin remix of “Sugar Plum Fairy” fills the air. Cirque Christmas will also feature graceful ballet juxtaposed with “Rhythm Nation”-style soldiers performing hip-hop, and a comedic teeter board act performed by elves getting ready for Christmas, resulting in a bit of hot potato game with the wrapped presents. Cirque Christmas concludes with a surprise that may send shivers through the audience.


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Thanks to some new furry faces, a SeaWorld favorite will transform into the Sesame Street Christmas Village! This holiday hub will be brimming with cheer, including opportunities to meet Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and more. Kids will enjoy character dance parties, loads of Sesame Street-themed décor and the chance to get photos with Sesame Street characters, including Cookie Santa—that’s Cookie Monster dressed as Santa!


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Park guests making their way between the Ocean Explorer and Explorer’s Reef realms can take a dazzling detour through an all-new, 140-foot walkthrough Tunnel of Lights, with more than 5,000 animated lights.


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SeaWorld’s new Christmas Marketplace presented by Coca-Cola will be the perfect place to shop, play games and get a bite to eat. The Marketplace will feature a bounty of special gifts for family and friends, including special SeaWorld ornaments that can be personalized for free, and a large selection of nutcracker decór. Guests can take a break from shopping and enjoy a special holiday Coke-infused treat and a slice of SeaWorld’s house-made savory or sweet pies.


The Christmas spirit will live on after well after Dec. 25, with shows and festivities continuing through Jan. 5. Plus, the park’s 5,500-seat, outdoor amphitheater becomes one giant sing-along, as park guests join together in singing holiday favorites, led by a vocalist and brass band and guided by lyrics on the 140-foot-wide infinity screen. New this year, the Christmas Prelude Sing-alongs will take place prior to evening Orca Encounter presentations Dec. 26–29 only.


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