Surfin' Santa Makes Waves in San Diego for Spectacular Seaside Holiday Tradition

Surfin' Santa Makes Waves in San Diego for Spectacular Seaside Holiday TraditionSource: Instagram /Seaport Village
Roma Chang
Published on November 26, 2023

Hang ten, Santa! This past Saturday, Seaport Village was transformed into a sun-soaked Yuletide paradise as the Jolly Ol' Surfer himself, Santa Claus, made a monumental splash for his 17th consecutive year. Riding on a wave of holiday cheers, Santa rolled into the San Diego Bay on a giant surfboard, led by the Harbor Police's "watercade," to the thrill of San Diegans young and old lining the parade route at Tuna Harbor Pier, FOX 5 San Diego reported.

But capturing a photo with Kris Kringle on his surfboard—yes, literally riding a six-foot wave—was only a slice of the coastal Christmas cake. As Surfin' Santa hung up his boardshorts, attendees followed the holiday procession to Malibu Farm to catch the season's first snowfall. This flurry of fun was made with eco-friendly artificial snow, promising a white Christmas San Diego-style every evening until December's end, said the Seaport Village official event page.

The festivity also featured San Diego lifeguards, Mrs. Claus, and an entourage of elves and stilt walking toy soldiers, all bringing a slice of whimsy to this SoCal holiday bash. Folks who made it down to the boardwalk were greeted not only with Santa's six-foot wave but also with pop carolers and festive merrymaking that could warm even the Grinch's heart.