Ocean Beach Christmas

The beach Christmas tree every year gets a little off balance, must be all of the blow-up guitar ornaments weighing the tree down. On this sunny day in December, the tent stands have shown-up to sell unique crafts and art.

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Beach Christmas is highlighted by the annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade and the uniquely decked out beach Christmas tree with its unusual holiday ornaments. Many of the beach town’s most memorable holiday traditions are fun and original ideas. The local residences add to the merry atmosphere with Christmas lights all around town.



Holiday images that capture a moment of Ocean Beach holiday spirit:

  • Lights up at residences all around town.
  • Newport Avenue decorations.
  • Christmas Tree decorated at corner of Newport and Abbott Street
  • Poodles wearing Parkas.
  • Holiday dishes at some local dining
  • Pictures with Santa Claus under the  beach Christmas tree

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The Ocean Beach Christmas tree is a hallmark of this beach neighborhood in San Diego. Every year the tree is displayed on the beach during December at the cross streets of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street. The tree is uniquely decorated every year with blow up beach balls, colorful lights and a star on top. The tree can be seen all the way down Newport Avenue making it a temporary landmark and a great setting for pictures. Children in the local Ocean Beach school even make some of the decorations that they hang on the lower branches. The Christmas tree each year is donated and is usually one of the tallest holiday trees in San Diego. The tree is one of the few trees that is placed on the beach in any of the Southern California beaches and it attracts visitors to Ocean Beach who want to get a glimpse of the famed tree. Santa Claus visits with children for a couple hours during the weekends in December beneath the tree and allows parents to take pictures of their children with Santa for free. The tree is removed from the beach a few days after the New Year.

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During Christmas time it is even possible to find Santa Claus eating at the Old Townhouse Restaurant.
Ocean Beach Santa at the Old Townhouse Restaurant