Looking for a way to get fully immersed in the holiday spirit, without having to shiver in the winter cold? Add an escape to Catalina Island to your holiday bucket list this year! We’re serving up some Christmas magic with a dash of island vibes all December long.

Whether you’re a group of friends planning something out of the ordinary, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, or a family searching for somewhere that provides fun for all ages, this hidden gem is well worth a visit for a unique and enjoyable holiday experience. Plus, you don’t have to go very far to feel like you’re in a different place entirely. Catalina is just a short ferry ride away from mainland California.

There might not be snow on Catalina Island, but we have all the other elements you need to get in the holiday spirit:

  • Check out the Christmas Lights (And pretend you’re in a Hallmark Christmas movie!)
  • The gorgeous tree in the center of town? Check.
  • That cozy small town Christmas feel? Check.
  • An intimate and upscale holiday dinner? Check.
  • Watching a holiday classic at beautiful Avalon Theatre inside the iconic Casino? Check.
  • Gingerbread houses? Check.
  • Beachside holiday photo ops? Check.
  • Holiday shopping through Avalon's quaint boutiques and shops? Check.

And don't miss Catalina's Holiday Kick Off on December 2. The all day event includes a community tree lighting, a visit from Santa, strolling carolers, and other festive holiday activities. It's also the start of the 30th Annual Shop Catalina, a month long holiday shopping event. 

Ring in the New Year in style

For a truly memorable celebration, there’s no better place to usher in the New Year than Catalina Island.

In tranquil Two Harbors, enjoy an intimate dinner at Harbor Reef Restaurant, in the heart of the village center and just a short stroll from the beach. Toast the new year with a glass of champagne or delicious cocktail, while surrounded by the restaurant’s classically Catalina rustic charm.

The Catalina Casino in Avalon also hosts a New Year’s Event Celebration, where you can get all dressed up and dance the night away.

Avalon Grille hosts a fun night of upscale dining and dancing to usher in the New Year.

Have a relaxing and soothing time

Catalina Island is the perfect escape from the holiday season rush.

Take the opportunity to reconnect with nature and get recharged for the upcoming year. It’s easy to release the worries of the past with a meditative hike or bike ride through the stunning trails of Catalina overlooking the vast Pacific.

This holiday season, why not visit Catalina Island and spend a few nights at the beautiful, newly-renovated Hotel Atwater, the historic Mt Ada or Banning House Lodge in Two Harbors.

It’s time for a much-deserved getaway to a properly picturesque Christmas and New Year by the sea. And from now until March 15, 2024, book our Best of Winter package for unbeatable deals on midweek boat and hotel packages. Now this is what holiday magic is made of!