From Halloween festivities to Thanksgiving feasts, experiencing the fall season in Southern California is like no other place. There is no need for those heavy jackets and mittens, just grab a scarf and a pair of flip flops when heading out to enjoy the many fall events, hotel deals and seasonal specials being offered in and around Santa Monica.
* Please note specials below are from Fall 2016. Check back for 2017 offers and events!
ICE at Santa Monica
November 3, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. A great location to celebrate the holidays, ICE at Santa Monica is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, throw a party in a private event cabana, enjoy a first date or sign up for skate lessons. Join the fun and visit Downtown Santa Monica this season to experience ICE.
Holidays at Santa Monica Place
Families are invited to enjoy the holiday season, meet Santa Claus and take photos at his festive winter seaside home. Children who take photos with Santa will receive a free gift. Learn more about the following events at santamonicaplace.com.
5th Annual Bake & Take Thanksgiving Pies at The Gourmandise School
November 23, 10am to 2pm; 3pm to 7pm
Break out the pie tins and join us to learn how to make (and take) two full-sized pies for your Thanksgiving table. You can bring your own ceramic, glass or metal tin (let us know if you need a disposable tin, we’ll have it for you) to class and leave with your holiday dessert of a classic apple pie and a blueberry lattice pie.
Santa’s Lil’ Savers
November 25, 12pm to 2pm
A handful of lucky Black Friday shoppers in Downtown Santa Monica will be treated to a holiday shopping spree courtesy of Santa Claus and his band of jolly elves. St. Nick will be making the rounds in Downtown Santa Monica all afternoon surprising shoppers by paying for their purchases, up to $100. It’s just a way of saying thanks for doing your holiday shopping in everyone’s favorite district, Downtown Santa Monica.
Small Business Saturday in Santa Monica
Shop Small is a movement encouraging people to shop at small businesses; millions of individuals, businesses, and communities have embraced it nationwide. Small Business Saturday is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to shop small. Small Business Saturday has become a permanent fixture on the holiday shopping calendar. This year, on November 26th, we hope you will join us in shopping small in Santa Monica. For a list of local businesses, visit the Buy Local Santa Monica website.
Shop Small on Montana Avenue
November 26, 10am to 6pm
For Small Business Saturday, Montana Avenue invites you to support your favorite small businesses by shopping small on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. There will be special holiday promotions and sales at participating merchants.
City of Santa Monica Official Holiday Tree Lighting Party
December 1, 6:30pm
Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and City officials as they light the Official City of Santa Monica Holiday Tree on the world-famous Third Street Promenade. Sing classic Christmas carols with some of Santa Monica’s most talented vocalists while the little ones indulge in a kids’ craft station where they can create their own letters to Santa. The Jolly One will be on hand for photos to help you design that all-important holiday card.
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 2, 5pm to 9pm
Find wonderful gifts, have your photos taken with Santa, listen to live music, indulge in great food and drinks! This is a fun night for all!
Cinema on the Street: Happy Holidays Edition
December 2, 8pm
Cinema on the Street, Downtown Santa Monica’s year-long outdoor movie series, is back once again for the holidays with a free screening of the comedy-horror film, Gremlins, in which a teen inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new Christmas pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town on Christmas Eve. Rated PG-13. Hot chocolate to be served to first 100 guests.
Main Street Holiday Party
December 3, 5pm to 9pm
Join Main Street Santa Monica in a festive night! Stroll Main Street and hop from shop to shop for goodies and good times. There will be music, photo ops with Santa, a tree lighting and a candlelight walk, all part of the family festive fun on Main Street in Santa Monica.
Menorah Lightings on the Third Street Promenade
December 24-January 1, 5pm
Join local synagogues as their members celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukkah on the world-famous Third Street Promenade. Lighting the menorah will begin shortly after sundown each evening. Shalom!
Come check out 1212’s Happy Hour special during all NFL games. Valid September 11-January 31, 2017.
Enjoy a 10% off visitor savings certificate when you present your ID at Forty Carrots, Level 2 (see certificate in-store for details and restrictions).Valid June 2-December 31, 2016.
Brambila Salon is offering a special Brambila Babes Membership price of four blow outs for $149 a month (regularly $240). Membership is a minimum of six months. Valid September 20-December 31, 2016.
The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
Enjoy Monday Night Football with The Craftsman’s beer and burger special (includes the Craftsman Beach Burger and a Pabst Blue Ribbon Draft) for $8. Available during game time until 10pm. Valid October 5, 2016-January 25, 2017.
FIG Restaurant introduces a new offer called FIG’s Two To-Go. Two To-Go brings busy locals on the go with FIG’s Mediterranean inspired lunch dishes at a great price! Two To-Go includes your choice of two entrees (salad with protein, sandwich or pizza), two non-alcoholic Drinks and two chocolate chip cookies for $30 per person, plus tax (see full menu). This offer is available Monday – Friday, from 11:30am to 2pm. Valid November 1, 2016-March 31, 2017.
GNC is offering a limited time promotion of buy one, get one for 50% off throughout the store. Valid November 20-27, 2016.
Inner Light Manual Therapy
Inner Light Manual Therapy is offering a 20% off special on massage therapy services and advanced bodywork services, including deep tissue, sports and Swedish massage. Inner Light also offers a unique form of manual therapy called Structural Integration. Valid October 1-November 30, 2016.
Lotus Integrative Medicine
Receive 20% off a 90-minute comprehensive initial acupuncture visit (regular cost is $225). May potentially include a custom-made Chinese herbal formula at an additional fee. Valid October 1-December 31, 2016.
Paint:Lab is holding a special Thanksgiving Art camp for ages 6-12 years old and 13-16 years old. See website for prices. Valid November 21-25, 2016 (except Thursday the 24th).
Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours
Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours is offering $10 off per rider on an electric bicycle guided tour. Valid September 15-November 21, 2016.
Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Places introduces its Shop & Explore Package: explore all that Santa Monica has to offer with a complimentary package check at the concierge. The Shop & Wine Down Package lets you relax with a visit to the Tikkun Holistic Spa and wine at Venokado’s Wine & Gifts. Plus you’ll receive a Tory Burch canvas logo tote, a Visitor Rewards Card with over $750 in savings, concierge services, valet parking and so much more! Visit the website and enter: THANKYOUFORSHOPPING. Valid October 4-December 31,2016.
Enjoy $15 off on the Malibu Stars Homes Tour (tour S4) during the week only (no weekends). Additionally, take $10 off on selected daily tours including the Grand Tour of LA (tour SGT), the Hollywood Movie Stars Homes Tour (tour SHS), and the LA & Hollywood Tours (tour SCT). All tours are walk-in only, no hotel pick up. Discount may not be used with any other discount, offer, prior purchase or exchange or refund. Reservation is strongly recommended. Valid September 19-December 20, 2016.
Wexler’s Deli will be serving Latkes for the holidays. Visit their Santa Monica location to try their new menu item. Valid December 25, 2016-January 1, 2017.
Palihouse Santa Monica
Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast served in the lobby on Saturdays and Sundays. Valid June 18-December 31, 2016, 7 to 10:30am.
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