There’s so much to experience in Santa Monica during the holiday season – from ice skating just blocks from the beach to enjoying some of the best holiday feasts. Moreover, no need for snow gear here! Just grab a scarf and explore the Santa Monica holiday events, Christmas & Hanukkah menus, seasonal specials and hotel deals all being offered throughout the city.
Please note specials below are from 2016. Check back for offers and events for the 2017 holiday season!
SANTA MONICA HOLIDAY EVENTS
For New Year’s Eve events, visit our “Celebrating the New Year in Santa Monica” page.
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.
8th Annual Fireside at The Miles Performance Series
January 7 to February 25, 8-10pm
Warm up this winter with a fireside performance series at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse! Every Fireside Concert features a different mix of contemporary music, opera, jazz, storytelling, dance, poetry, beat boxing, a capella singing and more. Performances take place before the large period fireplace with an eco-log fire. Comfy couches, cozy candles, organic beverages and snacks all await you inside Santa Monica’s own historic playhouse.
Santa Monica Restaurant Week
Introducing Santa Monica Restaurant Week, formerly Eat Well Week, taking place January 9-15, 2017! To celebrate California Restaurant Month and highlight Santa Monica as an award-winning, health-conscious culinary destination, participating Santa Monica restaurants will each craft healthy, custom dishes centered around this year’s special restaurant week ingredient – the radish. For more information on participating restaurants and their radish dishes, visit the Santa Monica Restaurant Week page.
Explore a whole new world of good taste on January 13-27, 2017 with dineL.A.! For two weeks of adventuresome dining experiences, local foodies and visitors to Los Angeles have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-. For a list of participating Santa Monica restaurants and their dishes, visit the Santa Monica dineL.A. page.
Marion Davies Birthday Celebration
January 15, 11am-2pm
Join the Santa Monica Conservancy in celebrating Marion Davies – silent film actress, famed party hostess and the original Beach House resident. Music, dancing, stories… it’s a slice of Gold Coast era history come to life! Guests are welcome to come in their favorite Gold Coast era attire or in costume as if attending one of Davies’s famed costume parties.
Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place
January 28, 2-6pm
Join us on Saturday, January 28 for traditional cultural performances, arts and crafts, and enjoy special offers from participating stores and restaurants.
SANTA MONICA CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MENUS
1 Pico will be offering special Christmas Eve and Day dining menus. Its Christmas Eve menu includes chestnut soup with fennel seed, slow baked pear with champagne and pomegranate, caramelized Hokkaido scallop with micro herbs and panettone tiramisu with marsala wine. Cost: $95 per person; See Full Menu. For its Christmas Day menu, enjoy curated dishes such as Maine lobster chowder, grilled angus rib eye, grilled New Zealand lamb chop and blueberry panna cotta napoleon with spiced wine meringue. Cost: $95 per person; See Full Menu
Catch Restaurant will be offering special Christmas Eve and Day dining menus. The Christmas Eve menu includes roasted almond soup with wild mushroom and black truffle, Bay scallops with tarragon oil, Wagyu beef tenderloin with Maitake mushroom and port marinated berries with apple sorbet and vanilla crisp. Cost: $95 per person; See Full Menu. For its Christmas Day menu, enjoy curated dishes such as roasted butternut squash soup with marcona almonds, grilled Maine lobster with shaved black truffle and chocolate-hazelnut ganache tart. Cost: $95 per person; See Full Menu
Dine with a view at Shutters on the Beach’s restaurant, Coast, on Christmas Day and enjoy seasonal menu items such as herb crusted prime rib with roasted mushrooms for $32 and the “Yule Log’ with toffee cream, almonds and raspberries for $11. See Full Menu
The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-La
Celebrate Christmas Eve and Day with The Dining Room’s signature menu at your home away from home. Enjoy a three-course menu with options including butternut squash bisque, grilled beef prime rib with potato gratin and apple tart with caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. CHILDREN’S MENU is FREE for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! For reservations and prices, please contact (310) 394-2791. See Full Menu
Come with your family and friends at FIG Restaurant for an a la carte menu featuring Mediterranean-influenced, wood-fired fare, along with some classic holiday additions. For more details and reservations, please call (310) 319-3111.
Ivy at the Shore
Ivy at the Shore will be offering a special three-course menu with a complimentary glass of French champagne on Christmas Eve for $105 per person (gratuity and tax not included). The dish choices for starts include fresh wild French calamari, burrata, fresh oysters and tuna tartare, to name a few. For the main course, enjoy a selection of fresh wild Maine lobster, 8oz. New York prime steak, Ivy fish and chips, seafood risotto and more. Treat yourself to an apple blackberry crumble or fresh pecan square for dessert. Cost: $105 per person; See Full Menu
Locanda del Lago
Locanda del Lago is offering a special “Christmas Supper” on December 24 and 25 with a prix fixe menu (also available in à la carte) of Maine lobster bisque, wild mushroom ravioli, Pacific swordfish with Valencia orange sauce, and grilled New Zealand lamb chops with sour cherry sauce, to name a few. A tasting menu will also be available for $55 and $75 (three-course, four-course). See Full Menu
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Mélisse over a five-course dinner for $175 per person, and includes menu options such as cream of lentil soup with whipped black truffle, Maine lobster with Hawaiian heart of palm, foie gras terrine with blood orange and spiced crumble, truffle risotto with mascarpone, and coconut meringues with passion fruit. Cost: $175 per person; See Full Menu
Obicà Mozzarella Bar
Enjoy a taste of fine Italian cuisine this holiday season with Obicá’s special à la carte menu of three-meat cappelletti with fresh black truffle, breaded lamb chops with mint cream, Sea bass cooked in wine and traditional Italian holiday cakes served with custard cream. See Full Menu
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
It’s Christmas Eve at Plan Check Santa Monica! Enjoy a three-course menu for $20 per person (reservations required – please call ahead). Dishes included are mini beef cheek tamales with green chile for the appetizer, a choice of mole rojo with braised pork ribs or chicken enchiladas for the entrée, and cinnamon buneulos with horchata ice cream for dessert. Cost: $20 per person; See Full Menu
Celebrate Hanukkah at Wexler’s Deli with a special dinner package which will include menu items such as braised beef brisket with root vegetables, Dana’s Matzo ball soup and homemade potato latke to name a few. Cost: $350 (good for 10 people); See Full Menu
SANTA MONICA SEASONAL SPECIALS
Come check out 1212’s Happy Hour special during all NFL games. Valid September 11, 2016-January 31, 2017.
Azure Aveda Salon
First time customers of Azure Aveda Salon can receive a color retouch and haircut special for $120 (regularly $145), with Aveda rituals and blow-dry included. Valid December 6, 2016-April 30, 2017.
Bowlmor Santa Monica
Host your holiday party in January and receive a free dessert platter for your guests. Valid January 1, 2016-January 30, 2017.
Free Appetizers or Salads With purchase of any Kabob Entrees. Can not be combined with any other offer. Offer has no cash value. Valid December 12, 2016-March 29, 2017.
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.
The Cheesecake Factory
Book you holiday party at The Cheesecake Factory! Now accepting reservations from Monday until Thursday; 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Valid December 3, 2016-January 31, 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.
Live Language LA
Receive a 10% discount on all English conversation lesson packages and a beautiful holiday candle. Valid December 12, 2016-January 31, 2017.
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. Additionally, first time patients receive 10% off initial visit. Valid December 1, 2016-January 31, 2017.
Participate in Paint:Lab’s Winter Art Camp for ages 6-12 years. Take 10% off the first child and 15% off for the second (when both are signed up at the same time). Valid December 19, 2016-January 6, 2017.
SANTA MONICA HOTEL DEALS
Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica
Book ahead for festive holiday exclusive room rates starting at $199. Receive 10,000 bonus starpoints for every $5,000 spent on food and beverage. There will also be a complimentary sparkling hour which includes specialty beverages, and a complimentary room night for the planner (please look for Rebecca for more information on this promotion). Valid December 1-31, 2016.
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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