Catalina Island's 30th Annual Shop Catalina Holiday Kick Off event is Saturday, December 2, 2023. Shop Catalina is a month long event that kicks off with a fun filled day of holiday cheer. Shoppers can pick up their Catalina Island shopping discount card December 2nd though December 9th from participating island retailers. Discount cards are valid through December 24th.

What's the allure of attending on December 2nd? Retailers typically offer opening day discounts that are greater than the month long discount. 

1. There's Shopping
And a lot of it at more than 30 shops and stores. Island retailers rarely offer discounts. This is your one time to realize a discount on your favorite island souvenirs including art, housewares, gifts, clothes and more. December 2nd discounts range from 10-30% off.

Via Casino Holiday

2. Santa Will Be There
Santa and Mrs. Claus' sleigh looks a little different than most. They arrive in style on an Avalon City Fire Truck! The Claus' will preside over the annual Christmas tree lighting and be available for photo ops.

Santa arrival

3. There Will be Singing and Caroling
Get into the holiday spirit with caroling from the Catalina Kid Ventures performers who are set to perform on the Wrigley Stage just after 4 pm. Following their rendition of holiday favorites, The Jingle Singers will perform, welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to town and then set off on foot through the streets of Avalon spreading holiday cheer.


4 You Can Support Small Businesses
What's more fun than hand picking personalized holiday gifts for loved ones from small independent retailers. Our shops offer an eclectic mix of gifts perfect for anyone on your list. Catalina tile, unique jewelry, high end clothing, local art, Catalina and sports memorabilia and much much more are available throughout town.

Catalina tile

5. You Can Enter to Win Prizes
Go on a treasure hunt! Find treasure code words at participating retailers, enter treasure code words online and be entered to win one of three Catalina Island Gift Certificate Grand Prizes, valued up to $125. Plus each retailer will offer in-store prize drawings, ranging from a $25 gift certificate to a couples massage to candy, clothes and more.

holiday lights

6. You Can Support our Local  Catalina Island Organizations
Purchase See's Candies to benefit the Catalina Island Saddle Club, and hot chocolate and popcorn to benefit the Avalon High School Interact Club. You'll need to refuel for all that shopping!

7. You Can Visit Our Craft Boutique
Local crafters, organized by the Catalina Island Art Association, will be selling their handiwork at the Catalina Craft Corner at Island Tour Plaza. Find all sorts of unique handmade Catalina Island gifts and treasures.

8. Gingerbread Contest
Residents and visitors alike enjoying viewing and judging homespun gingerbread creations brought to life from all imaginations.Everyone can take part in the fun. Submit a gingerbread creation to the concest or simply vote for your favorite confection.

Gingerbread Villas

9. It's Fun For All Ages
From shopping to dining, crafts and caroling, to photo ops with Santa Claus, there's something for everyone of all ages at Shop Catalina! Get a photo with Santa, or take a picturesque island shot.

Christmas Bench

10. It's Catalina Island
Holiday spirit is in the ocean air. Shop outside along the waterfront. Enjoy a festive atmosphere with decorated homes and businesses, dine out, shop, spend the night, make a weekend of it. Kick off your holiday shopping on Catalina Island!

Christmas Tree

More Information

Shop Catalina Holiday Kick Off and Community Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2 from 12pm to 8pm

For a full schedule of Shop Catalina times and happening, please visit our Shop Catalina event page.