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, a ballerina snow-globe performance at Santa Monica Place and festive shopping along holiday-trimmed streets like Main Street, Montana Avenue & Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica continues to shine through the holidays while keeping the community safe and healthy.
SANTA MONICA HANUKKAH & CHRISTMAS MENUS
The FIG menu will be expanded to include seasonal dishes and holiday-inspired specials. The locals’ favorite, FIG @ 5 Happy Hour, with half-price drinks and plates, is available. Please note: credit card is required for all bookings. For reservations, call 310-319-3111 or visit figsantamonica.com.
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
For Christmas Dinner, enjoy Whole Roasted Dungeness Crab with curry aioli (Chef/Partner Jennifer Toomey’s holiday tradition), Revier Braised Beef Short Ribs, Hot Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and more. Christmas Morning includes Market Vegetable Quiche, Take & Bake Gingerbread Scones and Coffee Coffee Cake. Pre-order online through Tock, call 310-451-2311 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or e-mail email@example.com. Deadline is December 17 at 3 p.m. Pickup and delivery is Friday, December 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Milo & Olive
This Christmas Eve, enjoy three different heat & serve dinner packages for 4 people, like 3-Cheese & Kale Lasagna with Arugula & Radicchio Salad, House Baguette and Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies; Braised Lamb Shanks with Creamy Polenta, Baby Kale Salad and Pumpkin-Spiced Poundcake; or Herb-Roasted Organic Chicken Breast with thyme jus, served with Carrot Parsnip Purée, Wood-Fired Garlicky Baby Broccoli and Vanilla Poundcake. Pre-order online through Tock or call 310-453-6776. Deadline is December 20 at 5 p.m., with pickups available on December 24 from 9 a.m.-Noon.
Socalo’s festive Christmas Kit is now available for pre-order on Tock. Perfect for celebrating Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at home, each kit includes Short Ribs with Mole, Herb Roasted Root Vegetables, Sweet Corn Tamales with Crema, Cranberry Apple Salsita, Organic Red Rice, Winter Chopped Salad, and Chocolate Chip Cookies plus simple warming and serving instructions. Available for pickup in Santa Monica Thursday, December 23 & Friday, December 24. Place your order by Friday, December 17 at 3pm.
SANTA MONICA HOLIDAY DESSERTS
Get a “World Famous” Rose Petal Pie for that holiday dinner or soiree! Available all-month long as 6” and 9” whole pies. Available for pickup by ordering online through Tock or calling 310-310-3616 after 2 p.m. with 48 hours’ notice.
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
Pastry Chef/Partner Laurel Almerinda is baking up Egg Nog Bread Pudding, Strawberry Cranberry Trifle and boxes of Christmas Cookies. Plus, there are Holiday Cookie Decorating and Gingerbread House Kits available December 1 to 24. Baking kits require 24 hours’ notice. Pre-order online through Tock, call 310-451-2311 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelin-recognized Pastry Chef Erika Chan is baking up a variety of inventive, holiday cookies, like Beets & Berries Oreos, Fermented Gingerbread Cookies, Quince Manchego Shortbread, Fig Leaf Chocolate Chip Cookies and more for a special cause. Each $50 tin includes a dozen cookies with 100% of proceeds benefitting No Us Without You, one of the team’s favorite, local non-profits. Pre-order online through Tock until end of December 10. Tins will be available for pickup December 15 to 17.
Sweet Lady Jane
We’ve created a few special items for Hanukkah including a festive version of our Triple Berry Cake and some beautifully decorated cookies. Available in-store or on ChowNow. Quantities are limited.
Sweet Rose Creamery
Chef Jen Bolbat and team are really leaning into the holidays with festive flavors like Peppermint Patty, Spiced Gingerbread, Brown Sugar Butter Pecan and more. Plus, we have lil’ bags of Holiday Cookies & Candies that make for the perfect stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift and more. There are $8 bags of housemade Iced Gingerbread Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Honeycomb (both of which are dairy-free) and Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies and $5 TCHO Chocolate Bars.
Vanilla Bake Shop
Holiday Sweets for your winter celebration. Deliciously festive treats! Holiday cookies and small bites include Cupcake Babies, Sugar cookies, chocolate caramel pretzel rods, gingerbread cookies and bite size bar bites. Available the whole month of December.
SANTA MONICA HOLIDAY CHEER
Winterlit holiday art installations and festivities will light up Downtown Santa Monica all season long starting on 11/19. Third Street Promenade will glow under tens of thousands of lights illuminating festive outdoor retail, 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 all season long with the iconic 50-foot tree adorned with thousands of sparkling lights and ornaments, a holiday DJ and the new 14-foot larger-than-life Ballerina in a Snow Globe. For information on additional holiday happenings and extended shopping hours, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/Holiday.
Breakfast with Santa
December 4, 11, 18
Santa is heading to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Gather the family for our holiday breakfast with Santa. Photos, delectable breakfast favorites, reindeer antler making, cookie decorating with elves, holiday hip hop dance instructors, and more are calling. Make reservations from 8:30 to 11:00am for December 4, 11, and 18. Reserve your spot now.
Miracle on Main Street
Miracle on Main Street returns this December with free festive tidings including two iconic holiday trees. 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. Click here for more information.
Cocktails and All That Jazz
Thursdays, starting December 2
Listen to live jazz by the beach this holiday season at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, every Thursday from 5 to 9pm beginning December 2nd in our lobby lounge. Sip and savor cocktails designed for two from our music menu. Reserve a table.
Cocktails, Live Music, and Holiday Magic
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18
Listen to live jazz by the beach this holiday season, every Thursday night beginning December 2nd in our lobby lounge. Reserve a table.
Santa Monica Pub Crawl
Dust off those antlers and Santa hats, shine up those menorahs and get ready for the 13th annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl! Santa Monica’s cherished holiday fundraiser returns on Saturday, December 18 the city’s best bars and restaurants to raise funds for the Westside Food Bank while and helping those in need for the holidays! Choose from 2 routes with 20 locations and enjoy DJs, bands, costume contests & more holiday fun. *Proof of vaccine or negative test required*
Various days from November 25 to December 25 at 6pm
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel announces its third annual holiday program, Seaside Holidays. Tis the season for FREE holiday movies…beachside. Seaside Cinema Holidays features timeless classics, seasonal culinary treats, and more. Find a movie here.
Tea with a Twist
This holiday season at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, enjoy tea-infused cocktails and a variety of sweet and savory bites along with a special performance from the young musicians of Elemental Music, a local education nonprofit, who will play selections from their winter concert repertoire, accompanied by casual fashions from Jane, a local clothing boutique. Performances include: December 4th: Elemental Strings Chamber Orchestra, December 11th: Small Ensembles from the Chamber Music Institute, December 18th: Elemental Guitar Ensemble
SEASONAL BUSINESS SPECIALS
Just in time for the holidays, Sommelier Chloe Miranda has partnered with Table 22 for a monthly wine club. It features 2 or 4 bottles of old and new world wines (all planet-friendly), along with suggested music and food pairings, a recipe or tasty treat, plus more. Makes a great holiday gift or to keep you regularly supplied with awesome wines throughout the season!
SantaMonica.com website visitors receive 12% off coffee drinks. Valid through 1/3.
Ester’s Wine Shop & Bar
The wine shop & bar has more curated options for Holiday Gift Boxes than they’ve ever had before! There are gifts that cater to the savvy sipper or fancy collector, savory snacker or sweet tooth, accessory aficionado, or you can build-your-own-box. Plus, there are Holiday Wine Packs (bubbles, happy hour, classics) and lots of fabulous add-ons, like pretty cards, Champagne stoppers, artisanal candies, housemade nuts and more. Available in the shop or order online with select, national shipping too.
Exhale Mind Body Spa
We have exciting holiday specials happening at exhale— call your location or walk-in today! Holiday Gift Baskets: Small Basket $149 and Large Basket $229. Gift Cards are 15% OFF and can be purchased online. Try our seasonal Candy Cane Foot Scrub for only $25 OR get it FREE with a purchase of any full priced massage or facial! *Sales valid thru 12/31.
Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico
Enjoy a $60 discount on monthly dance class fee or $5 discount on single dance class fee. Valid through 12/31.
Still Life Studio
Still Life Studio Holiday Sale showcasing over 30 local ceramic artists. Visit the studio, purchase gorgeous handmade work and get information on pottery classes. Sale on 12/10 from 5 to 8pm and 12/11 from 10am to 6pm.
Introductory offer of $59 for 50 minutes. Improve posture, reduce stress, increase flexibility and range of motion, reduce muscle and joint pain. Call (310) 260-2200.
Donate $10 to the Westside Food Bank, get 10% off your entire purchase at Texture for the month of November. It really is that simple. Shop sweaters, reversible wraps, and staples perfect for layering, and you will be set for all your outdoor gatherings this season.
The Ballet Spot
Enjoy two virtual or outdoor Ballet Fitness Classes for the price of one. Join interactive Live Stream classes taught by pro dancers from across the country or join a class at Dorothy Green Park in Santa Monica. For the kids: Online Ballet for Toddlers Thursdays at 7am on Zoom, taught by a pro dancer. $5 per class.
The Gourmandise School
Register for online cooking classes and let Gourmandise help with food prep from home. There are classes for beginners or professionals and focus on teaching classic techniques and use locally-sourced ingredients. Get 10% off your class when you sign up for the weekly newsletter which offers valuable resources such as recipes, class updates and more.
We’re so excited to be able to participate in our first annual “Tacos for Toys” event! In partnership with @theeverestfoundation and @hildasolis. Beginning this week 12/1 at all participating Trejo’ Tacos and Trejo’s Donuts locations, bring in a new, unwrapped toy or book (valued at $10 or more) and receive a free taco in exchange for your donation. We will be accepting donations through Tuesday 12/14.
A pop-up shopping experience where all of your gift buying dreams can come true. Located at 2443 Main Street and open throughout the week, check weekly hours here.
SANTA MONICA HOTEL DEALS
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
3rd Night: Book 2 nights in a Suite or Bungalow and enjoy the 3rd night on the Fairmont. California Resident Offer: California residents enjoy 20% off, parking, $30 daily F&B credit, and a waived resort fee. Click here for more offers and to book.
Hotel Casa Del Mar
Room with a View: Discover endless summer in Santa Monica and enjoy a room with a view and save up to 20% of. Stay More, Save More: Save up to 30% and receive a one time $100 hotel credit per stay. Offer is subject to availability at the time of reservation; blackout dates may apply. Valid through 12/31. Click here for additional offers and to book. Click here to check dates.
Long term business and leisure: Some of the suites feature a separate living room, gourmet kitchens and ocean views making it your home away from home for extended stays; special rates available for guests staying 14 or more days. Click here to book.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Beach Bed and Breakfast: Enjoy complimentary breakfast at Blue Steak restaurant or For Five Coffee Roasters, overnight valet parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, access to complimentary guest amenities and perks totaling $80+ daily value in savings! Valid through 1/31/22. Click here to book. Seaside Holidays Family Escape: Enjoy two-holiday cocktails, $50 resort credit, complimentary valet parking, DIY sand dollar sugar cookie kit, and more. Valid through 1/1/22. Find additional offers here.
Santa Monica Proper Hotel
Gift of Proper: Stay three nights and receive the fourth night for free! Click here to book directly. Stay must take place before 12/31. Holiday Escape: Stay 2+ days and receive a $75 dining or valet credit. Valid through 2/9/22, check dates here. Find additional hotel offers here.
Sea Blue Hotel
Book direct and save 10% off your entire stay, booking must be made 10 days in advance. Pets Stay Free: Book directly and we’ll waive the pet fee for up to 2 dogs. Click here for additional offers and to book.
Shutters on the Beach
Stay More, Save More: Save up to 25% and a one time $100 hotel credit per stay. Offer is subject to availability; black out dates may apply. Valid through 12/31. Click here for more details and to book.
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