When it comes to throwing a holiday party that will be talked about for years to come, the key is to keep your guests entertained and engaged. If you’re hosting your event at the Harbor View Loft in San Diego, you’re off to a great start. Our venue offers a stunning 360-degree view of San Diego’s Harbor, Coronado Bridge, Marina, and City Lights. But the location is just the beginning. Let’s dive into some fun holiday party activities that will keep your guests entertained and make your event the talk of the town.

1. Sunset Cocktail Hour

One of the main attractions of Harbor View Loft is its breathtaking views. Why not incorporate this into your party activities? Organize a sunset cocktail hour on the patio, where guests can enjoy their drinks while taking in the beautiful scenery. This can be a great ice breaker and conversation starter. We can help you arrange for a professional photographer to capture these special moments, providing your guests with a keepsake to remember the event.

2. Photo Booth with a View

Set up a “live” photo booth (run by a photographer) in a spot that takes advantage of the venue’s stunning views. Provide props that match the holiday theme, such as Santa hats, reindeer antlers, or holiday-themed picture frames. This not only keeps your guests entertained but also gives them a keepsake to remember the party.

3. Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt can be a fun and engaging activity for your guests. The Harbor View Loft team can help you design a hunt that takes advantage of the venue’s unique features. Perhaps guests need to find clues hidden in different locations around the venue, or take photos of certain views or features. This could be a fun way to get your guests to explore the locale and appreciate its beauty.

4. DIY Ornament Station

Set up a DIY ornament station where your guests can create their own holiday ornaments. This could be set up indoors or on the patio, allowing guests to enjoy the view while getting creative. Provide a variety of materials like glitter, paint, and ribbon. This not only keeps your guests entertained but also gives them a keepsake to remember the party.

5. Holiday Trivia

A holiday-themed trivia game is a great way to get your guests involved and test their knowledge about the holiday season. You could even include questions about your family, friend group, or corporation to personalize the game. This could be a fun way to have your guests participate at all different skill levels.

6. Dessert Contests

Harbor View Loft offers full-service catering, with a variety of menu options to suit any taste. Consider incorporating this into your activities – perhaps a cookie decorating, ice cream ‘snowman’ or Instagram-worthy hot chocolate contest. This lets your guests jump straight into a playful mood, while creating a tasty treat they are sure to enjoy

7. Dance-Off

Nothing gets a party started like a good old-fashioned dance-off. Clear some space, blast some holiday tunes, and let your guests show off their moves. This could be a fun way to get everyone on their feet and having a good time.

8. Gift Exchange Game

A gift exchange game like White Elephant or Secret Santa is a holiday party staple. It’s a fun way to exchange gifts and it adds an element of surprise to the party. Make sure to set a reasonable price limit for the gifts and provide your guests with the rules ahead of time.

9. Karaoke Contest

Set up a karaoke machine and encourage your guests to belt out their favorite holiday standards. This is a fun and interactive activity that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. You could even award prizes for the most uninhibited performances.

10. Movie Screening

If your holiday party is a more casual or intimate affair, a holiday movie screening could be a great activity. Choose a classic holiday movie, provide some popcorn and cozy blankets, and let your guests enjoy a relaxing evening. A holiday fixture like “Home Alone” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” is sure to put festivity into the air.


There are many ideas for fun holiday party activities for your guests at Harbor View Loft, and these are just a few of them. The key is to know your audience and choose activities that you think they will enjoy. With the venue’s unique features and stunning views, your holiday party is sure to be a memorable occasion.

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