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, hotel deals and seasonal specials all being offered throughout the city.
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, 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
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.
Style Firm Los Angeles Activewear Pop-Up With Juice Lounge by Pressed Juicery
November 30, 2018 – January 15, 2019
Taking place at Santa Monica Place, this pop-up shop will be filled with women owned brands, weekly wellness activations, art installations and a Juice Lounge by Pressed Juicery. Other retail brands in store will include BarreSocks by DUO, House of Tens, Nayali, Youth to the People, Bijou Indochine Jewelry, and Sloan Projects. The pop-up shop is free to get in, you do not need to purchase a ticket or anything but there are items for sale inside.
Breakfast with Santa at Santa Monica Place
Children of all ages are invited to a celebrate the holidays. Light breakfast treats will be served while children enjoy music, crafts, and a special visit from Santa! The event is located in the Food Court and at SaMo’s Playhouse on Level 3. Personal candid photos are welcome. Formal Santa visits and photo packages are available for purchase in Center Plaza following the event. Space is limited, and this event will sell out.
Main Street Holiday Party
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!
Holiday Kids Club with Mrs. Claus
Celebrate the holidays on Wednesday, December 5th, at the play space in the Level 3 food court. Mrs. Claus has made appearances nationwide on the holiday bumpers for CBS network. Mrs. Claus brings holiday joy to families throughout Southern California with her interactive musical holiday show where all the children are the stars and become Mrs. Claus Holiday Helpers!
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The celebrated Bob Baker Marionette Theater has found a new home at the Pier for the holidays. This iconic puppet show will feature classic songs of the season and Bob Baker favorites.
Holiday Mermaid Photo Opportunities
December 7-21 (Every Friday)
The sea scenes come to life with Holiday Mermaids. We’ll be offering photos with real life Merfolk and story time thanks to our friends at the Santa Monica Public Library and Dark Tide Productions. FRIDAYS at the Pier Photos: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Story Time: 4:00 p.m.
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
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
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.
Smorgasburg LA Holiday Pop-Up on the Pier
Westside fans will get to taste the best of Smorgasburg LA on their own turf. Considered “favorites” from more than 70 festivals, these most popular vendors will take over the Pier.
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
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.
A 1940’s Christmas at Club Sweet Lorraine’s
Join City Garage Theatre at a Christmas Eve after-hours 1940s nightclub where celebrity guests Billy Eckstine, Eartha Kitt, Marlene Dietrich, Peggy Lee, Dorothy Dandridge, the Mills Brithers, and many more are coming to celebrate Christmas Eve and Sweetie’s second year as owner of Club Sweet Lorraine’s. Come sing Christmas songs with the stars in Sharon L. Graine’s nostalgic 1940s cabaret musical at City Garage Theatre. One day only! December 9th at 3:0pm and 7:00pm.
Dancing with the Beach Belles
Visitors and shoppers can catch special performances by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles.
Dagwoods Pizza Ugly Sweater Party with Sparkle Bar
Come meet and mingle with friends new and old and get glitter-ized by the Sustainable Sparkle Bar! Dagwoods Pizza is hosting a super glittery evening of Ugly Sweaters, Biodegradable Glitter Body Bling, and of course the #MagicalAF Rainbow Glitter Pizza! So, bring your friends and family in your ugliest sweaters to this super unique and fun gathering for all ages! 20% off our #MagicalAF and #MerryAF pizzas when you get glitter-ized!
Santa Monica – Venice Christmas Run
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.
Bergamot Station’s Winter Open House
Save the date for Bergamot Station’s annual Winter Open House! Join Bergamot for a day of ART + FOOD + ENTERTAINMENT! Come join the festivities and support your local galleries!
Lois Lambert Gallery’s Holiday Open House at Bergamot Station
Enjoy Lois Lambert Gallery’s Holiday Open House featuring live entertainment, music, dancers, art talks, choirs and carolers.
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!
Stella Barra’s Ugly Sweater Party
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a Stella Barra Ugly Sweater Party? Tickets for the Ugly Sweater Party are $50 per person (plus tax, gratuity not included) and include the all-you-can-eat buffet along with select beers and wines by the glass. The event will be hosted next door at 2000 Main Events. Reservations are recommended – to reserve, call us at 310-396-9250.
Christmas Eve Ugly Sweater Party at the Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
Celebrate the holidays with The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen. The event includes $100 cash prize for the winner of the BEST ugly sweater, drink specials, Christmas movies on the big screen, and mulled Wine & Egg Nog.
SANTA MONICA CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MENUS
Huckleberry Bakery & Café
Huckleberry Bakery & Café’s Holiday Catering Menus are now available for pre-order, which can be viewed here. Hanukkah highlights include Huck’s famous Creekstone Farms Braised Brisket, Potato Pancakes with sour cream & housemade apple sauce, Star of David Shortbread Cookies and a Sprinkle Donut Cake. Menu is available from December 2-10 only and orders must be placed 72 hours in advance. For Christmas Eve, there’s Wagyu-Style Shaved Roast Beef with au jus & horseradish cream, Herb-Roasted Winter Veggies and Persimmon Spice Cake. On Christmas morning, tuck into Ham & Cheese or Market Vegetable Quiche, Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes and a Gluten-Free Gingerbread Teacake. All Christmas catering orders must be placed 48 hours in advance and picked up before December 25. View full menu.
Join Lunetta during one of their dinner seatings on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Valid November 30, 2018-February 1, 2019. Call restaurant for reservations.
Celebrate the holidays at Mélisse. Christmas Eve dinner takes place Monday, December 24, 2018. Cost: $175/person
Join Wexler’s Deli for a Hanukkah dinner. Menu items include Wexler’s Deli Famous Braised Holiday Brisket, Roasted Farmer’s Market Squash with Honey and Pepitas, and Whole Loaf of Chocolate Babka. For reservations email email@example.com. See Full Menu.
SANTA MONICA 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.
Days Inn By Wyndham Santa Monica
Stay with Days Inn By Wyndham Santa Monica for two nights and receive 15% discount. Plus become a Wyndham Rewards Member for FREE. (Offer not applicable to groups, not to be combined with other offers or promotions, and blackout dates may apply.) Valid November 28, 2018-January 31, 2019.
SANTA MONICA SEASONAL SPECIALS
Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica
Dance Through the Holidays at Arthur Murray! This gift certificate is for 2 personal sessions, 1 group class and 1 practice party. You get all 4 classes for just $45.00 (an 86% discount!). Lessons are for new students only. Good for you and a partner or just for you! Call us at (310) 260-8886 to purchase, and visit our website at www.DancingSantaMonica.com. Valid December 5-31, 2018.
Beach Yoga SoCal
It’s the Season of Giving, and Beach Yoga SoCal is giving the gift of Fitness on the Beach! Workout by the Waves! From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., stop by Lifeguard Tower 28 to check out our Floating Beach Gym & iBend at the Waves Fitness Classes every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the end of 2018! Donations are Appreciated! Go to beachyogasocal.com for more info! Valid November 30-December 30, 2018.
Big and Tiny
Take 10% off Winter Camp and Open Play. Valid December 17, 2018-January 4, 2019.
Bodega Wine Bar
Get ready for New Year’s Eve at Bodega Wine Bar! Purchase a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne for $40! Doors open at 8pm. Valid December 31, 2018-January 1, 2019.
Take $10 off any hair service or 10% off any retail until the New Year! Valid December 1 – December 22, 2018.
Breath of Life Studios
Need help belting out those holiday songs with friends and family this season?? Come see what your voice can really do with intuitive voice coach Bonnie LaVallo! Valid November 30, 2018-January 9, 2019.
Caffé Bella & Locanda del Lago
HOLIDAY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: From 8-10 a.m. take 20% off all menu items. Come and savor the holiday season with house-made panettone gelato, eggnog latte, spiced hot chocolate, pandoro with gelato and more!Caffé Bella is open Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Years Eve and New Years day. Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Valid December 12, 2018 through January 12, 2019.
Carlo’s Bakery is celebrating pumpkin season with Buy One, Get One 50% Off its seasonal spiced cake slices! Valid December 5-31, 2018.
City Garage Theatre
Receive 25% off tickets on December 9, 2018.
Dagwoods will be offering a #MerryAF Holiday-themed glitter pizza until 12/31! The pizza comes with extra cheese and Santa’s Magical Pixie Dust (edible glitter). Valid through December 31, 2018.
ALSO: On Thursday, December 13, mention Roosevelt Elementary and 20% of your order will go to the students at Roosevelt Elementary (For online orders use coupon code ROOSEVELT20). Only valid on December 13, 2018.
ALSO: Take 20% off Dagwoods’s #MagicalAF and #MerryAF pizzas when you get “glitter-ized” at its Ugly Sweater Party on December 14th using the sparkle bar!
Mondays 3pm – Close
Monday Night Football Specials: Enjoy $5 well drinks and $10 You Call It cocktails. Also, enjoy the El Conquistador Burger & Beer for $15 and Smothered Tots $8.
Valid September 17, 2018 through January 27, 2019.
El Cholo Santa Monica
For every $100 in gift card purchased, get a $20 BONUS card FREE! Valid December 5-31, 2018.
Also: Ring in the holidays with El Cholo’s holiday tamales with mole turkey, verde chicken, and Guajillo pork. The tamales are fully-cooked + easy to reheat with steam, a microwave, a stove top, or oven! Costs: Half Dozen, $20; 1 Dozen, $38. Valid November 29-December 31, 2018.
Enterprise Fish Company
The Enterprise Fish, Co. will offer a 2 lb. Live Maine Lobster + 2 sides for $37.95 — a discount of over 40% off from its regular price! Valid December 31, 2018-January 1, 2019.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters Wine Shop & Bar has a variety of beautifully curated Holiday Gift Baskets available now. Pick a bottle of house white, red or bubbly (or upgrade to any of the 250+ bottles in the shop), choose a size, and the team will stock it with their favorite artisanal treats like chocolate bars, candies, savory spreads, jams, spiced nuts, Caffe Luxxe coffee and more. Custom options are available, along with dried or fresh bouquets from local florist Krystal Chang. Boxes can be purchased at Esters or online, with shipping available to select states around the country.
Fedora Primo is having a “roll the dice sale” from November 1 through December 13, 2019.
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.
Hotel Shangri La‘s Steak Dinner Wednesday
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Enjoy a Wednesday evening with a three-course meal featuring Caesar salad, boneless rib eye, and New York cheesecake. A glass of De Loach house wine will also be included for each person. Cost: $39 per person. See full menu.
During Jack’s Jewelers’s holiday sale, take 35-60% off items. Valid November 27-December 31, 2018.
Jewish Women’s Theatre
Purchase two tickets for the price of one for Jewish Women’s Theatre’s NOT THAT JEWISH performance. Just enter the code “2for1” at checkout. Click here for more details. NOT THAT JEWISH runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (with an added performance at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12) through December 16, 2018. Tickets are $35. Reservations: (310) 315-1400 or www.jewishwomenstheatre.org. Valid December 8-15, 2018.
Free gift-wrapping at Jigsaw. Valid November 28-December 24, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (310) 463-9998. Valid year-round.
Join us at Lunetta this holiday season! Whether you are looking for brunch, dinner, or a cocktail hour, we are the perfect local venue for holiday parties. We will also have two dinner seatings on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve at 6pm and 8:30pm. Valid November 30, 2018-February 1, 2019.
Take 10% off when you spend $25 or more. Valid December 7, 2018-January 21, 2019.
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.
Take 25% off your purchase with certain exclusions. Certain exclusions apply. Valid December 5-12, 2018.
Ocean Oasis Medical Day Spa
Ocean Oasis is offering holiday beauty specials, including fat reduction with body contouring, skin tightening on the face and body, and cellulite reduction in addition to IV Beauty therapy specials to treat you from the inside out! Valid December 1, 2018-January 31, 2019.
PAINT:LAB will be hosting a Kids Winter Art Camp for children ages 6-12 years. 1/2 & full days are available. Take advantage of this fun & creative way to spend the holidays! PAINT:LAB is closed Christmas Day & New Years Day. Valid December 17, 2018 through January 4, 2019.
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.
Weta Statues are now $9.99 each while supplies last. Marked down from $49.95. Valid February 23-December 31, 2018.
Radiance Wellness Spa
Free Oxygen Infusion Boost with any facial $165+. Radiance Wellness Spa also has holiday skincare sets on sale for 20% off! Valid December 5-31, 2018.
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.
Sand n’ Surf
Take $10 off every $75 purchase. Valid December 7, 2018-January 10, 2019.
Santa Monica Close-Up
Enjoy 20% off Santa Monica Close-Up photography. Photos are available on paper, canvas, metal, and acrylic materials. Valid December 1-23, 2018.
Santa Monica Ticket Service
5% off all orders of $200 or more in store only. Valid November 27, 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 through January 1, 2019.
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Enjoy 30% all merchandise at Santa Monica’s official store. Offer Excludes Tap Cards and domestic and international stamps. Valid December 1-31, 2018.
Sweet Rose Creamery
Starting December 1, get in the holiday spirit with a variety of frozen novelties and cookies at Sweet Rose Creamery. Treat yourself to a Peppermint Sundae with peppermint patty ice cream, hot fudge, fresh whipped cream and garnished with peppermint crunch & fresh mint. Give a sweet, nostalgic gift with Peppermint Bon Bons featuring peppermint ice cream dipped in dark chocolate & sprinkled with peppermint crunch ($8 for 3). Fill a holiday tin or stock up on bags ($7 each) of Gingerbread Person Cookies with icing & rainbow sprinkles, Chocolate Chip Cookies with pecans & sea salt, Double Chocolate Shortbread Cookies and Sea Salt Caramels.
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 any new patients. Valid December 1, 2018-January 5, 2019.
Take $10 off an entire purchase. Valid December 7, 2018-January 21, 2019.
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