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.
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!
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.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
We will be offering a special New Year’s menu as well as opening several celebratory bottles of wine and champagne to be served throughout the evening. Don’t forget that Esters is the perfect place to stock up on wine and snacks for your New Year’s celebration, with a variety of affordable sparkling wines to high-end magnums champagne! Details on the signature New Year’s menu will be available soon.
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.
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.
Lotus East-West Medical Center
10% off initial acupuncture (not including herbal medicine) with Dr. Brendan Armm. Valid October 1 to December 31, 2015.
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.
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.