Belmont Park is bringing families and friends together for the holiday season with its fourth annual Winter Wonder holiday extravaganza now through January 1. Come see how Belmont Park has been transformed into the ultimate winter experience with a million strung lights, oversized winter sculptures and holiday-inspired treats, with rides and attractions featuring Christmas carols and characters.
Steve Thomas, general manager of Belmont Park, said the winter festival “encompasses the entire park. We do tons of winter decorating that is really fun with photo opportunities everywhere.”
Thomas noticed that there is a giant mug of hot chocolate in front of Draft Coffee and a snowman in front of Fit Athletic. The park has also turned its Go Karts section into a “candy cane lane.”
The park has also added a million Christmas lights. “I started counting the number of strands and was like, ‘Holy crap, we’ve got over a million here,'” Thomas said, adding, “It’s grown quite a bit since our first year in 2019, when we started with probably only half as many lights. ”
Winter renovations include seasonal culinary delights. Draft Coffee in the park offers a tiramisu latte and a mint mocha. There are also seasonal cake pops. And the Sweet Shop ice cream parlor offers caramel apples and snow-dipped waffle cones.
Belmonty’s Burgers & Pizza has a bacon burger with beer and cheese, to go with a cinnamon bun.
There will also be a food truck on the park grounds offering soft serve ice cream made with Arctic cookie dough. Draft at 3105 Ocean Front Walk has a holiday shepherd’s pie made with Brandt beef purchased from a local ranch for sale. Cannonball sells grilled lamb chops and Beach House serves up some seasonal cocktails, including a pumpkin margarita.
“We have live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night, and trios and bands on our stage and in our food court,” Thomas noted, adding that country, acoustic and Christmas music is played on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. . the park on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.,” he added.
There are also roaming customer characters in the park. Buddy the Elf is available from 1-3pm on weekends making twisty balloon animals for kids. On Saturday and Sunday, from 4 to 7 pm, a “winter princess” will walk through the park available for photography. Free face painting is also offered in Snowflake Alley from 1-6 p.m.
And don’t forget the winter sculptures. There is a giant snowman surfing halfway. In addition to the Jack Frost and giant mug of hot cocoa, there will also be a ’63 Chevy Suburban in the food court. “She’s got four beers and spiked hot chocolate coming out of spigots coming out of her side of the kegs inside,” Thomas noted, noting, “It’s pretty slippery.”
Thomas pointed out that there is a “Mary Kiss Me” poster with the Giant Dipper roller coaster in the background. There is also a giant snow globe ornament that people can choose to take a photo under.
“There is something for everyone here, great photo opportunities, amazing food and beautiful views of the ocean,” Thomas said. “We’re open every day so come and see the lights and get a great funnel cake with cinnamon rolls.”
Since its opening in 1925, Belmont Park, San Diego’s iconic beachfront boardwalk, has provided year-round fun for generations of visitors. There are beachfront shopping, dining and entertainment experiences for guests of all ages. Admission is free. Prices for rides and attractions vary. Rides and attractions open at 11 am daily and close between 8 and 10 pm Visit belmontpark.com for more information.