The holidays are happening in Santa Monica! Restaurants, retailers, and businesses are offering an array of festive, physically-distanced attractions and charitable food and clothing drives to give back to the community this season. From free holiday art installations at the iconic Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier, socially-distanced Santa Claus photos at Santa Monica Place and festive shopping along holiday-trimmed streets like Main Street, Montana Avenue, and Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica continues to shine through the holidays while keeping the community safe and healthy.
SANTA MONICA HOLIDAY CHEER
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Self-guided holiday art installations will light up the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier for the season in partnership with the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Art of Recovery initiative. The program is dedicated to funding projects by local artists and highlighting the important role arts and culture play in recovery efforts as they strengthen and connect Santa Monica. Both installations are free and open to the public.
Santa Monica Pier will welcome another LA icon, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and their precocious puppets for a one-of-a-kind retrospective. The “Windows of Wonderment” art installation will bring marionette magic to the historic merry go-round and celebrate the theater’s most memorable moments and charismatic characters in six puppet-packed windows from 11/25 – 1/7. Visit SantaMonicaPier.org for more details.
Winterlit holiday art installations and festivities will light up Downtown Santa Monica all season long 11/27 – 1/3. Third Street Promenade will glow under tens of thousands of lights illuminating festive outdoor retail and dining, as well as eleven different holiday-inspired storefront art installations created by a variety of Los Angeles-based artists. The official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall tree and festive garland will deck the Promenade and a new holiday-inspired augmented reality experience will allow guests to transform physical structures, spaces, and trees along the Promenade into holiday elements and decor. For more information, visit DowntownSM.com.
Santa Monica Place is creating magical holiday memories and family photo moments all season long with the iconic 50-foot tree adorned with thousands of sparkling lights and ornaments, candy cane stilt walkers and the new 14-foot larger-than-life Snow Globe. Guests can visit Santa at his winter home in Center Plaza from 12/4 to 12/24 and enjoy a contactless visit with Santa, share a wish list, and take home a keepsake photo. For information on additional holiday happenings and to make a reservation with Santa, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/Holiday.
Miracle on Main Street returns this December with free festive tidings including two iconic holiday trees, roaming carolers and socially-distant visits from Santa with help from the Santa Monica Fire Department on select weekends in December. The world-famous 40-foot-tall Shopping Cart Tree featuring 84 shopping carts, 1,500 lightbulbs and held together with 4,000 tons of zip-ties will be lit up for the 26th-year in a row inside the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar building and the beloved 13-foot tall Noble fir will stand tall over Main Street on the Heritage Museum lawn to welcome holiday shoppers and diners beginning 12/5. For more details, visit MainStreetSM.com.
Festive photo moments will be in full swing along the holiday-trimmed streets of Pico Boulevard and Montana Avenue. Shop, dine, and make a wish for the season at Pico Boulevard’s nine-foot-tall festively lit Wishing Tree on the corner of Virginia Avenue Park beginning 11/21 and the Pico Pop Up decked out in festive decor and a spectacular window display. On Montana Avenue, children can drop off a letter to the North Pole at one of Santa’s mailboxes along the street. For locations to submit a wishing card and more holiday experiences on Pico like free professional holiday ‘paw-traits’, visit PicoPassport.com. For more details on Santa’s mailboxes, visit MontanaAve.com.
For those looking to send holiday cheer this year within the community, Santa Monica has a number of different ways to give back or get involved with volunteer opportunities including food banks, clothing and blanket drives and more. The City of Santa Monica has joined forces with Santa Monica College and its foundation on a goal to give 1,000 Santa Monica families and college students struggling with food insecurity free Thanksgiving groceries. The City is also working to bring a happy and healthy season to community members in need through its Virginia Avenue Park holiday food pantry and provide holiday meals and food boxes for families this December. For a full round up of how to donate or get involved, visit SantaMonica.gov/coronavirus-volunteer or SantaMonica.com/volunteer-opportunities.
Restaurants and retailers throughout Santa Monica have implemented a number of convenient amenities including curbside, in-store pickup and takeaway dining options to make holiday meals and shopping easier than ever. Santa Monica remains committed to the health and wellness of the community and is taking extra precautions to ensure the community feels welcome and safe this holiday season and beyond. Face masks are required in all businesses and outdoor public places. The public is strongly encouraged to celebrate the holidays with household members and maintain six feet physical distance from non-household members.
SANTA MONICA HOTEL DEALS
Located just steps from the Santa Monica Pier and next to miles of oceanside bike paths, Bayside Hotel is the perfect sunny spot for the upcoming holidays. Holiday shopping will be a breeze on nearby Main Street or at Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd. In addition, the best al fresco restaurants are just next door at Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar. Winter Getaway by the Sea specials start at $159 and include complimentary bike rentals and parking. Click here to book.
Comfort Inn Santa Monica-West Los Angeles
Discounted room rates: 1 queen – $109.65 + tax; 2 queens – $118.15 + tax; 1 king – $126.65 + tax. Free breakfast, wifi and parking. Call 310-828-5517 to book, must mention WINTER PROMO DEAL. Valid until 1/31/21.
Hotel Casa del Mar
Santa Monica’s most luxurious coastal escape awaits to help put some distance between you and… well …everything else. Relax and unwind in your personal seaside escape. Our Coastal Distancing Package includes a $100 food and beverage credit daily, bike rental, welcome gift and complimentary valet or self parking. Offer is subject to availability at the time of reservation. Blackout dates may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or packages. Valid until 12/31.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
A SoCal Holiday – Enjoy a true Southern California Christmas filled with holiday cheer for the whole family. This package includes premium oceanfront accommodations with a festive in-room teepee tent for kids and a gingerbread house kit. Sip on complimentary holiday cocktails and cozy up at one of our fire pits at Blue Streak for seasonal menus and views of the Pacific Ocean. As a part of our holiday program, “Miracle on Ocean Ave,” you’ll also be able to send letters to Santa, make a wish on our Loews Family Tree, enjoy holiday décor and so much more. Package Includes: one (1) gingerbread house kit, two (2) holiday cocktails, a $100 resort credit and a festive teepee tent for kids. Waived resort fee. Details can be found here. Valid for stays through 1/2/2021.
CA, AZ and NV Residents – California residents and neighbors from Nevada and Arizona can plan a road trip or staycation and will receive 25% off their stay for bookings now until December. This offer includes complimentary valet parking and a waived resort fee. Additional details can be found here. Valid for stays through 12/31.
Work, Learn and Lounge – Upgrade your reality and remote in from your own beachside oasis at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Feel at ease when you book the “Work, Learn and Lounge” package, which comes complete with all the resources you and your family need to stay on track including two rooms, with the second at 50% off. Use this to make a space for you and your work with a connecting room that is made for your little ones to learn in. End your days as a family by the pool or dine at one of the signature oceanfront fire pits and enjoy a Southern California sunset. Click here for more details. Valid for stays through 12/31.
Rest Haven Motel
Rooms starting at $99+. Free WiFi, free parking, within walking distance to Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. Valid until 12/30.
Shutters on the Beach
As you discover the joys of traveling on the open road again, set your GPS for Shutters on the Beach for that long overdue getaway. With miles of sandy beaches, bike paths and scenic coastline, there is really no need to drive anywhere else. Yes, it’s finally time to play. Our Park and Play Package includes complimentary valet or self parking and a $50 food and beverage credit daily. Offer is subject to availability at the time of reservation. Blackout dates may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or packages. Click here to book. Valid until 12/31.
Sea Shore Motel
Located just two blocks from the beach, Sea Shore Motel offers guests a comfortable and affordable stay in the heart of Main St. Book now through 12/31 and receive a special rate of $125 for standard rooms or $195 for deluxe suites or junior suites. To book your stay, click here. Under “Guest Comments,” enter SM Promo and the price will be adjusted. A new confirmation will then be sent updating the price. Please call (310) 392-2787 for info or questions.
SureStay Hotel by Best Western – Santa Monica
Returning guests receive 20% off the regular room rate. Must book by 3/31/21; valid for stays through 5/27/21. Click here to book or use promo code StayAgain20 on BestWestern.com.
SANTA MONICA CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MENUS
Check back for additional restaurant holiday offerings December 1st.
Co-Opportunity Market & Deli
New holiday themed fruit and veggie deals start every Wednesday from our 100% organic produce department. Co-op is open to the public. No membership required to shop LA County’s only food cooperative. Valid until 12/29.
Click here to view Thanksgiving Dining options in Santa Monica.
SEASONAL BUSINESS SPECIALS
1212 Santa Monica
Community Night – join us every Monday from 4pm – close as we thank our community for supporting us through these trying times. To show our appreciation, your first round of happy hour cocktails are on us! Valid through 6/30/2021.
$5 for a cup of The Albright’s world famous Clam Chowder. Valid until 2/28/21.
20% off haircut. Valid until 12/31.
Currency Exchange International
50% off the exchange fee for any currency exchange or foreign traveler’s cheque transaction. *Must be presented at time of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Limit one offer per purchase. Not valid on gift certificates, gift cards or prior purchases. No cash value. Offer subject to change without notice. See store for details, as some restrictions may apply. Offer valid until 12/31.
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Valid for dine-in and phone orders only. No expiration date.
Moondance Jewelry Gallery
Enjoy 20% off anything in the Moondance Line and 15% off all other designer collections with a minimum spend of $300. Offer excludes special orders and gift cards. Offer is available in-store and online with code 2020BlackFriday. Valid until 11/30.
5 classes for $89 ($61 in savings). Valid until 12/31.
Sand n Surf
10% off with $50 purchase. Valid until 12/31.
Santa Monica Brew Works
Santa Monica’s first and only craft brewery announces a pair of special releases coming this fall. Mark your calendars for the return of 310 Stomped Shandy. This bright and zesty thirst-quencher is a blend of our crisp 310 California Blonde Ale and Hot Dog on a Stick’s famous hand-stomped lemonade. Animal Style Hazy IPA returns. A longtime favorite on our not-so-secret Tasting Room menu, this hazy IPA is triple stacked with a juicy hop blend providing tasty tropical flavors. Available in cans for the first time ever. Valid until 12/11.
Santa Monica Place
Visitor Savings Pass: visit santamonicaplace.com/savings and enter THANKYOUFORSHOPPING to unlock $500 in Savings. Valid until 4/30/21.
Santa Monica Ticket Service
10% off all purchases over $200. Offer valid until 12/31.
Santa Monica Walk-In Visitor Information Center
Mention Santa Monica Shines to receive 20% off your entire purchase at our Main Street Visitor Information Center. Valid until 1/3/21.
Sonoma Wine Garden
Wine Wednesdays 25% off select bottles of wine. Valid through 12/30.
$6 beer specials Monday & Thursday nights during NFL season. Valid through 1/3/21.
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