Hilton San Diego Bayfront Kicks Off the Holidays

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Gorgeous view of the bay right next to Petco Park from the San Diego Hilton Bayfront.

With its beautiful weather, sandy beaches, and major attractions (Comic-Con, Sea World, Legoland, etc), San Diego is known for being a must-stop destination. This weekend happened to be the opening ceremony for the ice skating rink at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront so I figured it was a perfect time to take a trip to SD. I love the holidays and getting into the spirit of things so I wanted to take advantage of all the special activities the Hilton Bayfront had in store to kick off the holiday season!

Life size Gingerbread House.The lobby had this awesome life size Gingerbread House. It was made with over 1,596 pounds of ingredients and 276 hours to complete! There’s more than 250 pieces of candy cane on this house!

img_1549My favorite part was the up to scale Nutrition Facts for the Gingerbread House. Could you imagine ingesting all those calories?img_1603Onto the alcohol! The San Diego Hilton Bayfront created six unique cocktails as part of their Naughty or Nice specials. These cocktails are served in the hotel at the bar, lounge, as well as outside in the Beer Garden that serves the skating rink! img_1616I’m usually don’t drink, but I basically licked my cup clean of the Vixen cocktail, which has coffee, Baileys, Patron XO Intiendo, Frangelico, and whipped cream with a touch of butterscotch.img_1722I also quite enjoyed the Peppermint Cookie Martini, which was divine! It wasn’t even fair to call it alcohol. It was like drinking candy! I was licking the peppermint ring around the rim.img_1662There were lots of creative details all around the hotel. I loved this huge chocolate Santa and the sign that told you not to touch!img_1632

To celebrate the holidays, the San Diego Hilton Bayfront debuted their Holiday By The Bay ice rink. Not only do you get to skate and watch the sun set by the bay, but they play some pretty great jams! img_1668They’re also playing Christmas movies at night like Elf. What a perfect holiday movie to sit out on the lounge and enjoy under some blankets!

Ice Rink Pricing:
Monday – Thursday – $16 | Friday – Sunday – $20
Military Mondays (December 12, 19, 26, January 2) $10 with Military ID

Pricing includes 90 minutes of ice skating plus ice skate rental.
img_1650In addition to the ice rink, there’s also a Beer Garden and Make-Your-Own-Hot Chocolate Stand that uses Ghiradelli’s chocolate! My sweet tooth couldn’t be happier!

The ice skating rink will be open until January 2nd for those interested in stopping by and seeing all the festivities. You can even book a Bayview room at the Hilton to overlook the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights that will take place on December 11 & 18. 1662bf30-ed5f-4214-91cb-e3bfa94caf41Don’t forget to grab a picture with Santa as well!

The San Diego Hilton Bayfront is located at 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, http://www.hiltonsandiegobayfront.com

Happy Holidays!

Kristie Hang is a jet setting freelance food and travel journalist featured in LA Weekly, LAist, Gothamist, MSNBC etc. She has a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and a B.A. from UCLA. Find her online on Instagram @kristiehang

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