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 festivities, hotel deals and seasonal specials.

FALL & HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

ICE at Santa Monica
November 3, 2018 – January 21, 2019
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.

Wonderland by the Water
November 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019
For the first time in over a decade, the Pier is getting in the holiday spirit! View the “Seadragons Village” in the windows of the pier’s historic merry-Go-Round building. With the help of some of LA’s best event producers to, the pier will host holiday events all season long, including Story Time in Wonderland, Photo Ops with Holiday Mermaids, giveaways and more. This series of events is perfect for locals and tourists alike! See all of the Wonderland by the Water events here!

The Nutcracker by Westside Ballet
November 24 – December 2
Westside Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a Los Angeles tradition dating all the way back to 1973 – the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles. As featured in the Los Angeles Times, the artistic direction captures the spirit of the legendary George Balanchine, passed on by Yvonne Mounsey, who created the Nutcracker role of Center Spanish during the peak of her career as principal dancer with New York City Ballet.

City of Santa Monica Official Tree Lighting Party
November 30
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.

Main Street Holiday Party
December 1
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 candle light walk, all part of the family festive fun on Main Street in Santa Monica. This annual tradition that starts with a tree lighting at the Heritage Lawn followed by a walk led by Santa, to the famous Shopping Cart tree at Edgemar. You’re invited to a festive night of carolers and holiday parties hosted by your favorite Main Street businesses!

Menorah Lightings on Third Street Promenade
December 2 – 9
Join local synagogues and community groups as their members celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukkah season. Lighting the menorah will begin shortly after sundown each evening. Shalom!

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 8
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!

Pico Holiday Celebration
December 8
Celebrate the holiday season at the Pico Boulevard farmers Market! There will be live music performances by McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Morgan-Wixson Theater, and Sound Roads Music.

Santa Monica Pub Crawl
December 8 – 9
Santa Monica’s most festive day of the year returns for the 10th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. This holiday fundraising crawl offers four routes to choose from with more than 30 bars and restaurants across the city offering food and drink specials to those with the official pub crawl wristband. Over the past 9 years, this popular event has raised enough money to provide a half million pounds of food for those in need through a partnership with the Westside Food Bank. Join thousands of crawlers as they fill the streets dressed as jolly Santas and naughty elves, and help raise money for the less fortunate!

The Fairmont’s Meet me Under the FIG Tree
December 9
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! Please bring nonperishable food items to contribute to the largest canned food drive on the Westside.

Santa Monica – Venice Christmas Run
December 15
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.

UNIQUE Market’s Holiday Pop-up
December 15 – 16
This holiday season, shop local on the pier! In celebration of its 10th birthday this year, UNIQUE LA is bringing you a holiday shopping experience SoCal style! Come shop from more than 150 curated, independent designers and emerging brands to get all your last-minute holiday shopping done. Grab the crew, bring the whole family and find one-of-a-kind gifts, enjoy beautiful ocean views, relaxing shaded lounges, free drinks and more!

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HOTEL DEALS

Cal Mar Hotel Suites
10% off when booking directly at 310-395-5555. Ask for the Fall/Winter Special. Valid September 24-December 27, 2018.

Comfort Inn Santa Monica-West Los Angeles
Book two (2) consecutive nights, get 10% off each night. Book three (3) consecutive nights, get 15% off each night. Must call (310) 828-5517 and mention code “2522.” Must book at least seven (7) days in advance to qualify for discounts. Valid November 1-30, 2018.

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SEASONAL SPECIALS

Daily Grill
Mondays 3pm – Close Monday Night Football Specials Enjoy $5 well drinks and $10 You Call It cocktails El Conquistador Burger & Beer $15 Smothered Tots $8
Valid September 17, 2018 through January 27, 2019.

El Cholo
El Cholo has two specialty margaritas made with Karma Tequila and a Barrel Select Margarita made with Patron Reposada that was aged exclusively for El Cholo Santa Monica. Available September 21 through November 30, 2018.

HaleARTS
Take 10% off entire purchase at this local art & gift gallery in Santa Monica Place. Featuring one-of-a-kind, unique Santa Monica, Los Angeles & California souvenirs, mementos and original works of art from local artists. Valid October 1 through December 31, 2018.

Le Méridien Delfina
Le Méridien Delfina is hosting Happy Hour with football at the bar every Sunday, Monday and Thursday! Happy hour is 4pm to 6pm everyday (including weekends), featuring small bites, seasonal beers on tap, wine and craft cocktails. Valid year-round.

Lemonade Santa Monica
Lemonade has launched special picnic boxes! Each box costs $13 and comes with a choice of sandwich, seasoned kettle chips and a freshly baked cookie. Order today by contacting catering@lemonadela.com or calling (310) 463-9998. Valid year-round.

Melisse Restaurant
Mélisse will begin offering a pre-theatre menu. The three course menu will change frequently based on the produce offered at the farmers market each week, and supplemental items like our Egg Caviar will also be available. Seatings will be Tuesday-Friday’s from 5:30-6:30pm. Valid March 6-December 31, 2018.

Paws & Whiskers Pet Spa
Get a photo with your pet, or take a photo with one of our rescue cats! Proceeds benefit the Meow Salvage Kitten Rescue. Get a high-quality digital photo with your pet, just your pet, or with one of our rescue kittens (we have several black ones just for Halloween!). Package costs $40 and you get all the photos from the shoot. 100% goes to the non-profit kitten rescue. Valid September 21 through December 31, 2018.

Puzzle Zoo
Weta Statues are now $9.99 each while supplies last. Marked down from $49.95. Valid February 23-December 31, 2018.

Salon Tru
50% off your first facial! Offer valid for first-time skincare clients. Free travel size Oi Milk or Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner with Davines purchase of $60 or more. Offer valid while supplies last. Valid September 19, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

Santa Monica Tickets
Receive 5% off all in-store purchases of $100 or more. New customers only. Valid September 19, 2018-January 1, 2019.

Thai Dishes
Thai Dishes on Broadway is offering $5 cocktails during happy hour from 4pm-9pm. Valid February 22-December 24, 2018.

The Hydration Room Santa Monica
Free B12 Shot for new patients. Valid September 1 through December 31, 2018.

The Independence
New Fall menu highlights include: Squash & Apple Soup with brown butter croutons and pumpkin seeds Duroc Pork Rib Chop with delicata squash, tuscan kale, pepitas, sage and port wine Delicata Squash with sage butter and brown sugar. Available September 24 through November 30, 2018.

Upper West
Enjoy all night Happy Hour every Monday night! Valid September 20 through November 30, 2018.

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