Catalina for the Holidays : Catalina Express

Catalina for the Holidays

Sunset over Avalon Bay with holiday decorations on the Catalina Island Casino

Trade in the snow for the white sandy beaches this holiday season on Catalina Island. The Island is a truly festive place to enjoy the holidays with many fun activities and events.

25th Annual “Shop Catalina” Night – December 1
Enjoy the strolling Victorian Holiday Carolers, pick up your Shop Catalina Treasure Card & month-long Discount Card, then hit the town and shop ‘til you drop! Meet at Wrigley Stage at 5 pm for the Community Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa and his “Helpers”. 

Special Holiday Performance presented by the Catalina Island Museum – December 8
The Catalina Island Museum will host a special holiday performance and screening of A Christmas Story in the Avalon Casino Theatre. Set in the 1940s, the film follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Viewing this classic film on the big screen is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! 

46th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31  
Dance in the New Year at this black-tie optional event in the world-famous Casino Ballroom. The celebration includes gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, champagne split to toast the New Year and party favors.

El Galleon’s Annual Mardi Gras Karaoke Party – December 31 
Celebrate New Year’s with a Mardi Gras Karaoke Party at El Galleon. The party includes party favors, hats, Mardi Gras beads, glass of champagne, balloon drop at midnight and all the fun of Karaoke with over 20,000 songs to choose from in their song library. 

New Year’s Eve in Two Harbors – December 31 
What better place to ring in the New Year than Two Harbors. Celebrate the New Year at the Harbor Reef Restaurant for dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.


These are just a few of the many festivities to celebrate the season. While planning your trip, visit the Catalina Chamber website for a full list of events.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.