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 explore the many fall events and seasonal specials being offered around Santa Monica.
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ICE at Santa Monica
November 1, 2015 to January 18, 2016
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.
SHREK, The Musical
November 7 through December 12
SHREK, The Musical is based on the DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. SHREK, The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
It’s a Wonderful Life
November 15 through December 20
Spend your holidays in Bedford Falls with George Bailey and his loved ones as they take you through the heartwarming tale of his life. Start by enjoying some holiday cheer with Mr. and Mrs. Martini as they host you at their place, and then get swept away as you watch over George on his journey to understand how much he impacted the world around him. This tale of love and dreams is the perfect way to celebrate the season with your family, and acts as a reminder to us all that no one is a failure who has friends! This show is a special CAC Studios-Creating Arts Company Family Show. It’s perfect for ages 5 and up.
Santa Photos at Santa Monica Place
November 19 through December 25
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home at Santa Monica Place now through December 25, 2015!
Small Business Saturday
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 28th, we hope you will join us in shopping small in Santa Monica.
Movember Sunday Funday
November 29, 1pm to 5pm
Come celebrate the wild nights and hairy days of Movember at this year’s Sunday Funday, as we take over the Santa Monica Pier! True to Movember fashion, we will have unique and fun activities to keep you entertained. Bar provided by Jameson Black Barrel. Food will be available for purchase at the venue. Must be at least 21 to attend.
Downtown Santa Monica Community Tree Lighting and Santa Parade
December 3, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. In fact, we’ve managed to engineer some true holiday magic, turning a busy urban corner into a magical winter wonderland with the annual ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, open November 1, 2015 through January 18, 2016. Join us on December 3rd for the Community Tree Lighting & Santa Parade, part of Downtown Santa Monica’s Winterlit.
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 4, 4pm 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!
Main Street Holiday Party
December 5, 6pm 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, Santa, a tree lighting and a candle light walk, all part of the family festive fun on Main Street in Santa Monica.
Pico Holiday Hop
December 5, 12pm to 4pm
Spread some holiday cheer at Holiday Hop Along Pico held on Saturday, December 6th. Join us for refreshments, entertainment, shopping specials, and much more! Look for the red bows at businesses for holiday specials. We will also be accepting donations of canned goods for Westside Food Bank.
Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run
December 5, 8am to 12pm
The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run is Los Angeles’ largest holiday running event and a great fundraiser. In fact, the race is one of the most popular running events in Los Angeles, regardless the time of year. The event was started in 1977 with 10,000 runners participating in the race. For over 3 decades, it has not only remained a highly popular local run but the event has become an integral part of the Los Angeles community during the holiday season. For many, the Christmas Run is the true start of the holidays. The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run has a 5k and a 10k run that winds through the beautiful streets of Santa Monica and Venice, California, including a long stretch along the famous Venice Beach boardwalk.
Meet Me Under the FIG Tree
December 6, 2pm to 5pm
Meet Me Under the FIG Tree is an afternoon for the entire family and a reason to gather together for the holiday season! The day’s festivities include: live entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus, whimsical gingerbread houses, seasonal crafts, a bounce house and snow!
December 6-14, 6pm
Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. In fact, we’ve managed to engineer some true holiday magic, turning a busy urban corner into a magical winter wonderland with the annual ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, open November 1, 2015 through January 18, 2016. Join us on December 6-14 for Menorah lightings, part of Winterlit. They will be taking place every day at sundown. On December 10, there will be a special performance by Klezmer Juice.
Bergamot Holiday Open House
December 12, 12pm to 4pm
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season! What to expect: over 30 galleries, live music, free portrait paintings, festive food and holiday drinks.
Holiday Movie Night: “Home Alone”
December 18, 6pm
Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. In fact, we’ve managed to engineer some true holiday magic, turning a busy urban corner into a magical winter wonderland with the annual ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, open November 1, 2015 through January 18, 2016. Join us on December 18 an outdoor screening of Home Alone (PG), part of Winterlit. Crafts Begin at 6pm, Screening begins at 7pm.
Heartfelt Holiday Open House
December 19, 11am
Celebrate the holidays at the Santa Monica Pier’s annual “Heartfelt Holiday” Open House.
Cast at Viceroy Santa Monica
Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11am to 4pm. The buffet is $65 per person and $35 per child 10 and younger and complimentary for kids younger than 5. Dishes include turkey breast and honey-glazed ham, roasted vegetables, chestnut and sausage stuffing, pumpkin pie and apple pie. Reservations are recommended.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
The marketplace section will be open on Thanksgiving from 10am to 2pm and on Christmas Eve from 10am to 4pm. Folks can pick up that perfect wine, champagne, or craft beer to pair with the turkey. Just in time for the countless holiday parties on the horizon, Holiday Gift Baskets will be sold in two special varieties, Weekend Brunch ($250)- which includes a bottle of sparkling rosé, a copy of the Huckleberry cookbook by Zoe Nathan, fresh bread from Milo & Olive, coffee from local roaster Caffe Luxxe, locally-made organic almond butter by Solstice Canyon, and more; and Sweet Indulgence ($150) – a more dessert-inspired basket with a bottle of red wine, Compartes chocolates, and other delicious sweets. Lastly, the shop is now hosting Wine Tasting Events! The first will take place on November 16 from 6pm to 8pm and features a fantastic selection of six Thanksgiving wines and small bites ($25 per person), while the second tasting will take place on December 7 from 6pm to 8pm where guests will enjoy a selection of sparkling wines and upscale hors d’oeuvres ($50 per person).
FIG Restaurant in Santa Monica invites you in to enjoy a four course, family style Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Chef Yousef Ghalaini, highlighting his fresh, seasonal take on traditional holiday fare. Guests can expect dishes such as Brown Butter Cauliflower Soup, Herb and Citrus Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy and Cranberry Compote, Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Fluff, Brussel Sprouts with Baker’s Bacon and Maui Onions, and more. Finish off the evening with Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Crème Anglaise and Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Chantilly. The four course prix fixe is $84, and an optional wine pairing may be included for $40. Available 1pm to 7:30pm. For reservations, please contact 310-319-3111.
Enjoy a special Thanksgiving carry-out menu, which includes comforting dishes like Braised Organic Turkey Thighs with white wine, mushrooms, and thyme; Bartell Ranch Beef Brisket; and Savory Cornbread Pudding with butternut squash, kale, caramelized onions, and sage. Of course, one has to save room for one of Co-Owner and Baker Zoe Nathan’s famed desserts, like Maple Walnut Pie, Gluten-Free Orange Cranberry Cake, and Take & Bake items which come in a Pyrex baking dish like Caramel Apple Cranberry Pie and Coffee Cake.
Locanda del Lago
Locanda del Lago wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and will prepare a special prix-fixe menu highlighting holiday creations as well as seasonal produce from the restaurant’s local purveyors. Michelin-starred Chef Gianfranco Minuz is meticoulous in sourcing the best, healthiest and tastiest! He selected all natural free range Mary’sTurkey, Mediterranean Seabass, organic vegetables and fruits from the Farmer’s Market. Three-course is $49 (Choice of Red Cod or Turkey). Four-course is $59. Wine-Tasting Program is $18. Costs not including tax or gratuity.
Melisse offers an elevated take on the holiday for $95 per adult and $42 for children. The three course meal begins with an amuse and includes pumpkin soup, whole roasted dry-aged prime rib, a choice of three traditional sides, and concludes with pecan pie. The prix-fixe menu is available from 3pm to 7:30pm.
Milo & Olive
Signature fresh-baked breads, such as Cranberry Walnut Bread and Brioche Dinner Rolls can be added to any Huckleberry Thanksgiving catering order. Huckleberry is taking orders now through Friday, November 20 at 7pm by calling 310-451-2311 after 2pm. Pre-ordered catering pick-up will be available on Thursday, November 26 from 9am to 12pm.
Ocean & Vine
Allow Chef Dallessandro and his team to take the stress out of your holiday: indulge in our exquisite Thanksgiving brunch while admiring spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy made-to-order omelets and waffles, braised turkey, brown sugar-glazed ham, Thanksgiving favorites and more. $78 for adults, $39 children 12 and under. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations available 11am to 3pm.
The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-la
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a signature prix fixe menu at your home away from home…The Dining Room. Happening 3pm to 10pm. Adults $70; Kids $25 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required.
Thanksgiving catering menu with herb-brined turkey, sticky rice stuffing, cranberry-orange chutney and chef Helene An’s famous garlic noodles. Small portions feed four to six people and large portions are enough for 10 to 12. Orders can be made online and picked up at a designated time between 9am and noon on Thanksgiving.
Animal Kingdom of Santa Monica
Enjoy 5% off your retail purchase with any service (grooming, day care, stroller rental). Same day purchase only. Valid November 16 to December 31, 2015.
Arthur Murray Santa Monica
Arthur Murray Dancing Date Night: A Night of Dancing for $79. This includes one 40-minute personal session for you and a partner, or just for you! Valid October 8 to December 31, 2015.
Art One Gallery
Fall into Framing sale! Take 25% off your custom framing order! Also: take 20% off any gift item in the store, from Britto gifts to Thomas Kinkade Disney Art! Valid September 23 to December 1, 2015.
Join us for daily Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 4-6:30PM! Our Tapas Bar offers six tapas from our Happy Hour menu for only $6 along with 6 Pintxos for $6. $4 Pint of Draft Beer; $4 Vino Tinto or Blanco; $4 Sangria. Valid September 18, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
10% VIP discount at Benny’s Tacos. Print or show this to the cashier to redeem. Cannot be combined with any other promotions. Valid on dine-in, take-out and catering August 10 to December 31, 2015.
Charlie Kabob of Santa Monica
Free appetizer or salad with purchase of any Kabob Entrees. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer has no cash value. Valid June 15 to December 31, 2015.
20% off on all fine jewelry. Does not include sale items. Valid October 1 to November 29, 2015.
Lotus East-West Medical Center
10% off initial acupuncture (not including herbal medicine) with Dr. Brendan Armm. Valid October 1 to December 31, 2015.
Enjoy a fall-inspired mezcal and dinner pairing at Mercado! If your Thanksgiving cravings got the best of you, try the Callos de Hacha, which are our jumbo deep sea scallops encrusted with pumpkin seeds, chipotle-pepperorn sauce, and chayote with calabacitas, paired with a stiff Vafo Elote Mezcal shot.
O’Neill Santa Monica
25% off fleece, flannels and jackets using promo code: WEBCVB. Valid October 12, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
Pedego Santa Monica
$195 OFF MSRP on any new Pedego Electric Bike. Valid September 28 to December 24, 2015.
Chef Makani’s new creations showcase fall comfort food at its finest. A nod to Italy, the Mahana burger (pictured above) is the ultimate savory creation – oak wood grilled organic globe eggplant, buffalo mozzarella, fried basil, housemade marinara sauce, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top of an organic, grass-fed beef patty. The new Pahupahu burger’s roasted organic tomatillo salsa is cooled with creamy queso fresco, crispy organic tortilla chips, and a Lily’s Farm sunny-side-up egg. On the sweeter side, don’t miss the Salted Caramel Apple Milkshake with salted caramel and rum-infused organic Granny Smith apple flambé. The new menu also marks the return of a few favorites: the Candy Cane Milkshake, the ‘Oli ‘Oli pastrami burger, and the Seasonal Farmer’s Market Salad with baby arugula, organic Manchego cheese, and pistachios.
Single Process Color for $85 or haircut for $ 75. Valid October 1 to December 19, 2015.
The eco-chic Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, CA announces its “Fall into Fitness” travel package for travelers looking to enjoy Southern California’s temperate weather and tranquil Pacific breezes, while indulging in Los Angeles’ hottest workouts. E!’s reality show newcomer Hollywood Cycle, features Cycle House’s intense cardio workouts complete with motivational instructors and high-energy music, classes burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in just under an hour. Located next to the hotel, guests can spin in its 4,000-square-foot indoor cycling studio with some of the city’s top spin instructors. Los Angeles Hotlist 2014 winner Hot 8 Yoga brings a new level of yoga, with classes designed to heal, detoxify, and exhilarate the mind. Valid on bookings from October 1 to December 31, 2015. Guests must book the Fall Into Fitness at least seven (7) days in advance and rates are based on availability.
Shutters on the Beach
No longer the “auto-dystopia” of old, Santa Monica and the City of Angels now offer countless adventures for those with a more sustainable form of transportation: a pair of walking shoes for the ladies. To prove it, Shutters on the Beach is extending a one-of-a-kind J’adore SaMo package for your next getaway. Available now through December 2015, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover coastal LA without ever turning an ignition. In addition to your private pied-a-terre, package includes: $100 Gift Card to Tieks – the world’s most versatile ballet flats; $50 VISA Gift Card to Santa Monica Place – luxury brand shopping center and one (1) Low Tide Pedicure from ONE Spa. Offer is subject to availability. Two-night minimum stay required.
Celebrate our anniversary with a gift for you! Enjoy 25% off full-priced merchandise. Certain restrictions and product exclusions apply. See store associate for details. Valid November 11-18, 2015.
Sweet Rose Creamery
We’re offering phenomenal seasonal ice cream pies (must be ordered five days in advance) such as Pumpkin Pie with a ginger cookie crust filled with spiced pumpkin ice cream and topped with whipped milk, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon sugar; Apple Pie with a graham cracker crust filled with apple pie ice cream and topped with walnut crumble, caramel swirl, and cinnamon sugar; and Pecan Pie with a chocolate cookie crust filled with brown sugar and butter pecan ice cream, and topped with butter pecans (all $40 each). Fans can also look forward to November ice cream flavors like Brown Sugar with Butter Pecan, Apple Pie and Dairy-Free Sorbets like Cranberry Orange and Mulled Apple Cider to enjoy in to pints to-go or in-store.
$3 draft beers and weekly seafood special. Valid October 1 to November 30, 2015.
The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
Join us for 80s REWIND every Tuesday at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen with 80s music by DJ Miss Ninja, drink specials, 80s movies on the big screen and free plays all night on our vintage Ms PacMan machine. Valid October 12, 2015 to March 14, 2016.