Catalina Island for everyone on your Holiday list!

As the season of giving reaches a crescendo, Catalina Island beckons, promising a relaxing retreat from the mainland holiday madness. It also promises a solution for last-minute gift giving. No matter what the season, here are our favorite ways to give the gift of Catalina Island.

At the First Fridays at the Museum Holiday event, shop the Catalina Museum Store sale for unique Catalina Island gifts representing Catalina Island's history. The evening also features carolers, a custom ice sculpture, ornament decorating, a visit from the Mr. & Mrs. Clause and more.

Shop Catalina on December 7, during our one day Catalina Island shopping extravaganza. An afternoon and evening of holiday cheer, entertainment, shopping and fabulous savings! Our island shops open their doors and offer rarely offered discounts on your favorite island jewelry, art, clothing, books, unique gifts, housewares and more. 39 participating stores, offering discounts of 10-25%. Check holiday gifts off your list.

Our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on December 7 kicks off the holiday season. Listen to strolling holiday carolers, take part in the holiday tree lighting at the waterfront Wrigley Stage, beachside holiday photo ops and photos with Santa at Antonio's Cabaret & Pizzeria. 

Shop local artisans all month during the Catalina Art Association Christmas Craft Boutique, open 11 am to 4 pm at the Glenmore Plaza on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 22.

Give Catalina Island The easiest way to give the gift of Catalina Island is with Catalina Island gift certificates from the Catalina Island Chamber & Visitors Bureau. Valid at member businesses ranging from restaurants to shops and accommodations to activities, gift certificates are only limited by your recipients’ imaginations. Available in denominations starting at $25, you can easily make these flexible gifts fit any budget.

A future getaway Whether you are giving a gift for that special someone or the entire family, a Catalina Island getaway is a sure-fire way to make an impression. While getting away to the island immediately is always an option, there’s no reason you can’t delay your Catalina Island vacation until it’s convenient for everyone. Share the surprise by wrapping a box filled with Island postcards or by tucking a Catalina Island luggage tag into everyone’s Christmas stocking. Tip: Check out our Best of Winter Boat & Hotel Packages, which combine Catalina Express ferry tickets with Catalina Island hotels at special winter rates.

Welcome the New Year on Catalina Island From dive bars to black-tie galas, Catalina Island on New Year’s Eve is a series of unforgettable parties. Ring in the new year with an elegant evening of dining and dancing at the 47th Annual Catalina Island New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration in the world-famous Casino Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now!

In charge of your company’s holiday party? Plant the seed today for a Catalina Island celebration in 2020. Dozens of mainland companies treat their employees to a Catalina Island getaway in lieu of a staid event in an anonymous hotel ballroom. Let your staff know how much they mean to the company’s success by saying Happy Catalina Holidays. Several event planners are available on the island to help you work out the details.

Want your gift to give back? Catalina Island’s many non-profits offer a wealth of opportunities to give back to the island while commemorating the holidays. A few of the many non-profits include the Catalina Island Conservancy, which preserves and protects nearly 90 percent of the island; the Catalina Island Museum, which showcases island history and spotlights a range of unique cultural offerings and the Catalina Island Chimes Tower Foundation, responsible for rehabilitating the iconic tower overlooking Avalon Harbor. If you purchase a Catalina Island Chimes Tower ornament, sold at a number of local shops, a percentage of the proceeds goes to the Chimes Tower Foundation.

Make plans to spend the holidays on Catalina Island next year. With convenient travel, delicious dining and something to do for everyone, Catalina Island offers a perfect destination for a holiday family reunion or a getaway with just the two of you. Plan to reunite on the island in 2020 for a holiday celebration everyone will cherish.