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O’riginal Oceanside Holiday Parties

Whether planning an employee party, a client event, or a customer mixer, planners are tasked with creating holiday events that draw people in during this busy time and show the company’s appreciation. With budgets getting smaller as well as people’s attention spans, we wanted to put together some unique and o’riginal ideas for your Oceanside holiday party.

Enjoy the sample itineraries that we’ve put together for you below or use them to inspire your own creativity.

Coastal and Harbor Cruises

Oceanside Adventures Boat Ride with Santa
Oceanside Adventures Wine Cruise

Come out for an AWE inspiring adventure of Dolphin and Whale Watching in Oceanside. Oceanside Adventures operates a catamaran for sea life tours out of Oceanside Harbor and each trip is narrated by an expert Captain, a certified naturalist who loves Whales and Dolphin just like you do. While you can book individual tickets on their regularly scheduled trips, they’ll also book private charters for up to 45 people, and can either do 90 minute coastal cruises during daylight hours (weather permitting) or harbor only cruises (day or evening). Starting at the beginning of December, the boat is decked out in its holiday best with festive lights. Wine tasting can be added to any charter and catering options are available. Once off the boat, walk up the ramp and finish the evening at the Lighthouse Oyster Bar and Grill (private event space available) where you can sample seafood fresh from local fishermen.

Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina Suites

iFly Indoor Skydiving

iFly Visit Oceanside Holiday Party
iFly Visit Oceanside Holiday Party

Trust us when we say if we did it, so can you. iFly Indoor Skydiving is truly all-ages fun and thrills and our team is proof. When our CEO first mentioned this for our holiday party many of us were hesitant to give it a try. Those of us with a debilitating fear of heights pushed through and persevered as is evident from the big smiles above. Our personal tip is to pay the extra fee for the “high fly”. The exhilaration that you’ll experience as you float back down is the stuff of dreams. We cannot recommend this activity enough and your team will thank you for the memories. Plan on this activity prior to your meal and either bring in catering and hang out in their conference room, or explore one of the many fun restaurants nearby, including Texas Roadhouse.


California Surf Museum

California Surf Museum Oceanside
California Surf Museum

Surfing reached the height of popularity in the 1960s and Oceanside was right in the mix of this fervent culture. The city’s southwest facing shoreline makes it world renowned for consistent surf and world-class surf conditions. Over the years, there have been many legendary surfers along with current professionals that have roots in Oceanside.

The California Surf Museum was founded in 1986 and has been in operation for three decades serving tens of thousands of annual visitors from over 40 nations around the globe. With a permanent collection which chronicles the history of surfboards and wave-riding, the museum also offers many revolving exhibits each year. In its current museum-quality space, it has acquired a rare set of archives and collections gathered over more than 30 years, comprising one of the world’s richest troves of surfing history. By having your holiday party at the California Surf Museum, you not only get a unique venue surrounded by surfing history, but you’re also supporting ongoing education efforts for future generations. The main exhibit hall is 2100 sq.ft. and holds 120 guests for a cocktail reception.

Where to Stay: SpringHill Suites Oceanside Downtown

Oceanside Walking Food Tour

Carla and Linda Walking Food Tour Oceanside
Carla and Linda Walking Food Tour Oceanside

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to eat, drink, and be merry? Sure, you can rent out a restaurant and have a typical holiday celebration dinner, or you can do a walking food tour throughout Oceanside. Your food and drink connoisseurs will appreciate being able to experience a variety of Oceanside’s chef inspired cuisine and cocktails while simultaneously learning a bit more about Oceanside’s history and what’s in store for its future. Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tours host scheduled tours, but you can also arrange for a private one just for your friends. The tours guide you to four specially chosen restaurants in coastal Oceanside. You will spend approximately 45 minutes per restaurant sampling chef recommended specialties. Bring your comfy shoes and your appetite.

“We will introduce you to the chef and tell you what is going on in the area. A lot of the chefs and owners are O’side O’riginals and take pride in serving you. We get VIP service at all of the restaurants as well as off menu dishes. Come give us a chance to show you how awesome the food is here in O’side.” – Linda Pina, Owner

Where to Stay: The Fin Boutique Hotel

Traditional Holiday Party Inspiration

Ballroom Banquets

For traditional ballroom holiday banquets Oceanside has several ballrooms that offer full-service banquet and menu planning to help your event run smooth. Several of our ballrooms are within our hotel properties which will entice your guests to have an overnight stay so they can maximize their fun.

Grand Gardens and Views

Heritage Park Oceanside GazeboConsider giving your employees the afternoon off to enjoy a reception at one of our beautiful outdoor venues. Some of these venues will even allow you to bring in outside catering so you can customize your menu. We are so lucky to have beautiful weather in Oceanside; sunny and 70 is not uncommon, even in December.

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QLN Conference Center Oceanside Holiday PartyAre you the event planner that likes to add your own special touch? Oceanside is home to many banquet halls and community centers that offer room rentals only. They may be a little more work to put together, but you can save money and create a custom event to fit your group’s personality.

Distinctive Dining

333 PacificNot interested in a full-blown holiday party, but prefer a quiet dinner with your colleagues? Oceanside’s restaurants and bars are sure to please! There are several locations that offer private dining rooms for groups up to 75. 

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Oceanside Craft Breweries

Oceanside is home to numerous craft breweries, and growing, all with their own personality and style.

Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside Holiday Dinner

Holiday Dining Guide

With so much to do, sometimes having to make a Christmas or New Years meal can fall to the bottom of your list. If you are considering eating out this holiday weekend here are some of the fantastic Oceanside, CA restaurants that will be open and ready for you to dine with them.

Harbor Parade of Lights

Holiday Events

Oceanside makes for the perfect beach city destination to escape to, with warm inviting beaches, a fun and unique atmosphere and plenty of seasonal family friendly activities and events to enjoy.

Ultimate Selfie Waverider Helicopter Tours

Unique and Unexpected Things to Do

Known for its iconic wooden pier, wide sandy beaches, picturesque harbor, bustling downtown and a growing reputation as the leading destination for foodies in San Diego County, Oceanside certainly has a lot to offer! But what about those that are interested in doing something a little more off the beaten path, a little quirky, and most certainly unique?


Planning Assistance

Visit Oceanside’s Gathering and Special Events Guide is a complete list of area event venues, vendor referrals, and local accommodations and is a one stop shop for your event planning. This guide includes Oceanside’s venues categorized by type and includes capacity details, contact information, and catering options. The guide also includes group dining locations along with activities and excursions for your entire group to enjoy together! Prefer to chat? Call Michelle Martini-Brown for personal planning and destination consultation at 760-458-6016.

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