Want to get fully immersed in the holiday spirit, without having to shiver in the winter cold? Then 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 some place that delivers 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 boat ride away from mainland California.

Check out some of our highlights this festive season:

  • Check out the Christmas Lights (And pretend you’re in a Hallmark Christmas movie!)

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

  • The gorgeous tree in the center of town? Check.

That cozy small town Christmas feel? Check.

  • Twinkling holiday lights across town providing a picture-perfect backdrop for swoon-worthy declarations of love (Or a brilliant selfie)? Check.

Exploring Avalon on foot is the best way to soak it all in, so leave the driving to the shore boats and get exploring to catch all the prettiest sights in town, including Christmas lights against breathtaking harbor views.

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 a 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.

Have a relaxing and soothing time

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

Take the opportunity when you visit us, 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 that overlook the vast Pacific.

And after worrying about everyone else’s gifts, it’s time to pamper yourself at Island Spa Catalina. Our facials give you softer, younger, healthier looking skin, and you can also unwind with a deeply indulgent custom massage.

This holiday season, why not visit Catalina Island and spend a few nights at the beautiful, newly-renovated Hotel Atwater. This historic property stays true to the Wrigley family legacy while also offering world-class hospitality and all the comforts and conveniences a modern traveler needs. Island Deco flourishes deliver a contemporary twist on Helen Atwater Wrigley’s enduring style, while we also pay tribute to the bubbly she enjoyed every evening before bed by offering our guests two splits of sparkling wine on arrival day.

It’s time for a much deserved getaway to a properly picturesque Christmas and New Year’s by the sea. And from now till March 25, 2022, book our Best of Winter package for unbeatable deals on midweek boat and hotel packages, including stays at Hotel Atwater. Now this is what holiday magic is made of!