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
Now – January 20, 2020
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.
Pip & Pop Holiday Window Installation at Santa Monica Pier
Now – January 6, 2020
Santa Monica Pier’s historic merry-go-round windows come to life with a one-of-a-kind, Candyland-inspired holiday installation by renowned Australian artists Pip & Pop.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Waterfront Wonderland
Now – January 6, 2020
Experience a whimsical forest of upside-down Christmas tree in the hotel’s atrium and family game nights, holiday screenings, visits from Santa and more.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
December 5, 12 & 19, 2019; shows at 6 pm & 7 pm
The iconic group is back for three nights of puppetry, singalongs and holiday cheer on Santa Monica Pier’s Merry-Go-Round deck. Presented by Santa Monica Hotels
Tree of Life & Holiday Open House
December 5, 2019; 4 pm – 6 pm
Woodlawn invites the community to ring in the winter holiday season and honor departed loved ones. Decorate the 11-foot Tree of Life, enjoy live holiday music performances by the John Adams Middle School Choir, photos with Santa, holiday face painting, light refreshments, and more. The event kicks off Woodlawn’s annual toy donation drive for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Free and open to the public.
City of Santa Monica Official Tree Lighting Party
December 5, 2019; 6 pm – 9 pm
Join City of Santa Monica officials for a special tree lighting ceremony on Third Street Promenade and visit with Santa Claus. Free and open to the public.
Main Street Holiday Party
December 7, 2019; 4 pm – 9 pm
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!
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 7, 2019 ; 4 pm – 8 pm
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!
Homespun Holiday on Pico
December 7, 2019; 9:30 am – 1 pm
Celebrate the holiday season at the Pico Boulevard farmers Market! There will be live music performances, giveaways, activities and more.
Photos with Surfer Santa
December 8, 2019; 11 am & 5 pm
Thanks to Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier is getting a visit from a Surfing Santa in a one-of-a-kind photo opp! Find him on Santa Monica Pier’s Central Plaza next to Pier Burger
Meet Me Under the Fig Tree
December 8, 2019; 2 pm – 5 pm
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 non–perishable food items or gently worn business clothing to contribute to those most in need.
Winterlit Holiday Market
December 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22, 2019; Fridays: 3 pm – 8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays: 11 am – 8 pm
Take the stress out of holiday shopping with the Winterlit Holiday Market on the Third Street Promenade featuring unique creations from local artists. Surprise your loved ones with a one-of-a-kind gift while supporting our amazing community of talented artisans.
Holiday Story & Craft Time
December 13, 2019; 4 pm & 5 pm
Hosted by the Santa Monica Public Library, kids can create their own Pip & Pop creatures as they listen to classic holiday lore. Located on the Merry-Go-Round deck at Santa Monica Pier.
Bergamot Station Arts Center’s Winter Open House + 25th Anniversary Celebration
December 14, 2019; 11 am
Support the local fine art galleries at Bergamot Station Arts Center’s Annual Winter Open House and celebrate 25 years of extraordinary and unparalleled fine arts. Enjoy a wonderful seasonal celebration of arts and culture with a variety of fine art gallery exhibitions, festive food, live music and more.
Holiday Marketplace and Wine Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar
December 15, 2019; 1 pm
Esters is inviting female artisans and pouring wine from Paper Planes (also women-owned) out on their covered, heated patio. For $25, receive a wine flight and 10% off wines in the line-up, cheese for snacking and an Esters canvas wine tote, or just pop by to shop.
Hanukkah in Santa Monikkah Cayton Cultural Festival
December 15, 2019; 10 am
The Cayton Children’s Museum celebrates cultural stories with festivals that affirm our shared sense of humanity—through storytelling, performances, music, theatre, and hands-on artmaking. Join Cayton in community, for their second cultural festival, Hanukkah in Santa Monikkah. Together we will explore the power of identity and knowing one’s roots; standing up for your beliefs; the wonder of the unexpected; and seeking light in the darkness.
Unique LA Holiday Market
December 14 & 15, 2019; 10 am – 5 pm
Get all of your holiday shopping done at Los Angeles’ best artisan market, tickets: $12
Stella Barra Ugly Sweater Party
December 18, 2019; 4 pm
Don your ugliest, festive attire when you dine at dine at Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar and score a Stella Barra gift card equal to the price of your meal (minus tax and gratuity) to use on a future visit.
Ugly Sweater Party & Toy Drive at The Lobster
December 19, 2019; 6 pm
Come with a toy and wear an ugly sweater to win prizes! Enjoy a special bar menu with specialty drinks and appetizers. Every toy donated will go out to a local child in need, including students at five local public schools in Santa Monica.
Holiday Cocktails Class at Margo’s Montana Ave
December 19, 2019; 7 pm
It’s time to get festive! Join Margo’s on Thursday, December 19th for our mixology class featuring holiday cocktails! The interactive, hands-on class, will teach the tips and tricks on how to craft three specialty cocktails. Guests will enjoy their three cocktails alongside three courses of dishes, themed to go along with the evening. Seating is very limited!
Ugly Sweater Party at The Gallery Food Hall | SocialEats
December 20, 2019; 11 am
Wear your ugly sweater to The Gallery | SocialEats and get $4 beers all day.Enjoy live music from 5 – 8 pm, festive specials, Ugly Sweater Contest with $100 gift card prize!
Holiday Concert with The Noelles
December 21 & 22, 2019; 4 pm, 5 pm, & 6 pm
Enjoy holiday carols from the most festive all female doo-wop group, The Noelles on the Merry-Go-Round deck at Santa Monica Pier.
Menorah Lightings on Third Street Promenade
December 22 – 30, 2019; 6 pm
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!
Ugly Sweater Party at The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen
December 24, 2019; 9 pm
Celebrate the holidays with The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen. The event includes cash prizes for the two ugliest sweaters, door prizes, drink specials, holiday movies on the big screen and mulled wine & egg nog specials.
SANTA MONICA CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MENUS
- 1 Pico is serving Christmas Eve Dinner from 4pm-10pm on December 24. Appetizers include your choice of crudo of Japanese snapper, burrata with roasted green beans, kabocha squash soup, and butter lettuce salad. Entrée options are roasted sea scallops, grilled Chilean seabass, roasted Muscovy duck breast, braised wagyu short ribs, or white truffle tagliolini. For dessert, enjoy a ricotta bavarese, chocolate yule log, or brown butter tart. This three-course dinner is $115.
- Christmas Brunch will also be served on Christmas Day from 10am-4pm. Enjoy appetizers like Dungeness crab cakes, kabocha squash soup, or grilled prawns. Entrée options include whole lobster benedict, chicken & waffles, and pan roasted prime filet mignon & eggs. Desserts are pear tarts, chocolate yule log, or citrus tuile. This three-course brunch is $95.
- Christmas Dinner will be served on Christmas Day from 4pm-10pm. Appetizers are Dungeness crab cake, comice pear salad, lobster chowder, or poached asparagus. Entrée options are seared sea scallops, pan roasted halibut, roasted muscovy duck breast, pan roasted prime filet mignon, or white truffle tagliolini. Desserts are a pear tart, chocolate yule log, or a citrus tuile. This three-course dinner is $115.
Catch at Casa del Mar
Catch is serving Christmas Eve Dinner from 5:30 pm – 10 pm. The three-course dinner is $110. Appetizers include classics like crab cakes, halibut crudo, and Iberico ham. For an entrée, your choice of dry aged rib-eye, Mary’s farm slow roasted organic turkey, and grilled Maine lobster. For dessert, try a warm pecan tart, banana cream pie or eggnog panna cotta.
Chandni will be offering a FREE Christmas Eve lunch buffet on December 24, 2019 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.
The Dining Room Restaurant at Hotel Shangri-La
The festive Christmas Day four-course holiday menu is served from 1 pm – 8 pm and includes a White Asparagus Soup starter, a choice of Poached Pear Salad or Wild Mushroom Ravioli, followed by choices of Boneless Ribeye with Cauliflower Puree, Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables and Bordelaise; John Dory served with Heirloom Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Shitake Mushrooms and a Blood-Orange Bearnaise; or Duck paired with Fondant Potato, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and a Cherry Glaze. After-dinner sweets include Gingerbread Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Lava Cake or Plum Cobbler. Following the meal, diners are invited to take a stroll to view the four decorated Christmas trees around the property or join the party upstairs at ONYX rooftop bar. Call 310-394-2791 to make a reservation or click here. Adults ($85) Children aged 6-12 ($49) plus tax and service charge.
It wouldn’t be Hanukkah without Huckleberry’s signature Potato Pancakes with sour cream and housemade apple sauce or Creekstone Farms Braised Brisket. Round out the festivities with Jelly Donuts, Star of David Cookies and a Gluten-Free Chocolate Macaroon Tart. New for Christmas Dinner are Revier Braised Short Ribs with au jus and horseradish cream or Mary’s Organic Herb Roasted Chicken with a dried fruit & bread salad, kale and apple cider vinaigrette. For Christmas Morning, we’ve got Ham & Cheese or Market Vegetable Quiche, Roasted Potatoes and Old Fashioned Coffee Cake. Desserts include Persimmon Spice Cake, Mini Holiday Cookie Platters, Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies and so much more. Click here to view the full menus with pricing and order deadlines.
Ocean and Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ocean & Vine is offering a three course, pre-fixed Christmas Brunch menu from 11 am – 3 pm. Highlights include a brûlée waffle, braised short rib Benedict, Atlantic salmon, stuffed Duroc Pork Chop and a festive dessert display. $98+ per person.
Sonoma Wine Garden
Are you looking for holiday dining options between Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Enjoy Sonoma Wine Garden’s Holiday 3-course prix fixe Dinner December 26 – 30, 2019 with optional wine pairings chosen by our in-house sommelier. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your table.
Stella Barra Wine Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Celebrate Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at the newly-expanded Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Lunch is available from 11 am – 4 pm and Happy Hour is from 4 pm – 6 pm offering Thin Sin Pizzas, Sicilian Focaccia Pizza (by-the-slice) and Garlic Truffle Fries, $3-4 beers, $5 wines by the glass, and $6 drink specials. Or, browse the all-new lineup of antipasti, pizzas and pastas on the dinner menu available from 4 pm – 8 pm. Plus, kids can make their own pizza with our chefs while mom and dad sit back and enjoy the happy hour offerings! Stella Barra will be closed on Christmas Day.
Terrazza at Hotel Casa del Mar
Terrazza lounge will be serving a 3-course meal on Christmas day from 11 am to 8 pm. Appetizer options include roasted beets & kumquats, or crab cake Benedict. Entrée options include grilled Maine lobster or house made pappardelle pasta. Desserts are banana cream pie, or eggnog panna cotta.
The Veranda at The Georgian Hotel
Dine in style this Christmas at The Veranda Restaurant from 3 pm to 8 pm with a 3-course menu featuring Garden Salad, Tomato Bisque Soup, Prime Rib, Roasted Scottish Salmon, Spaghetti Pomodoro, Chocolate Cake and Bread Pudding Souffle. Starting at $60 per person.
Enjoy a Hanukkah dinner for 10 to 12 people ($450), or for 5 to 6 ($250), with optional Oscietra caviar ($25 to $284), available for pickup or delivery ($30 fee) from December 22 – 30. It includes brisket braised in plums and apricots, roasted heirloom carrots, roasted market squash, matzo ball soup, salad, and a whole loaf of gooey chocolate babka (layered bready cake with filling). Click here for more info.
SANTA MONICA HOTEL DEALS
Comfort Inn Santa Monica-West Los Angeles
Celebrate the holiday season with discounted hotel room rates at Comfort Inn! Call 310-828-5517 to book your “Holiday Special” or book online using this link. Rates start at $125 up to $150 plus taxes; free hot breakfast buffet; free guest parking; free premium wifi; 1 night minimum; rates based on availability. 24-hour cancellation policy.
The Georgian Hotel
Treat yourself and your loved ones this holiday season to an exclusive beachfront getaway at The Georgian Hotel with the Annual Winter Beach Sale and receive 25% off your entire stay. Website exclusive offer. Valid for stays now through March 12, 2020 with Promo Code WBS. Subject to availability.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews’ seasonal shopping package is complete with exclusive offers including a $100 Bloomingdale’s gift card, 15% off savings certificate, welcome gift, and a complimentary personal shopping appointment and beauty/grooming consultation. After a day of shopping, what could be better than a relaxing stay at the beach? Offer ends December 31, 2019.
Celebrate the holiday season with specials curated exclusively for Oceana guests to enjoy. Indulge in a complimentary hot chocolate bar, while cozying up with plush throws on the poolside veranda. Afterward, join us in the Dining Room for festive holiday specials including roasted chestnut soup and a decadent rib roast. Special menu is available from December 22 – 28, 2019.
SANTA MONICA SEASONAL SPECIALS
15% off bikes and accessories. Valid until December 31, 2019.
Blue Republic CrossFit
Get 7 days of BodyBURN free. Valid until December 17, 2019.
Currency Exchange International
Traveling this winter? Take 50% off the exchange fee for any foreign currency or foreign traveler’s cheque transaction. One coupon per person per day. Only valid for in-branch transactions. Valid until December 31, 2019.
“Margday Night Football” Happy Hour from 3pm to 10pm on Mondays in our bar and lounge area. Valid until December 23, 2019.
Enterprise Fish Co.
Every Monday & Tuesday 2 lb. Live Maine Lobster + 2 Sides for $42.95. Every Wednesday- $1 Freshly Shucked Oysters (ea). Valid until December 31, 2019.
Eve European Salon
Enjoy a full-on pampering day at Eve’s. Deluxe Italian Gel manicure and pedicure, Aveda blowout & style and makeup all for only $250.
Join us for Monday Night Football! The Independence in Santa Monica is now offering $1 beers for Monday Night Football! From kickoff until the final whistle, The Independence will give one beer per each item of food ordered on Monday night. Limit 5 promotional $1 beers per guest. Fall Goods!
Introducing our latest version of Chicken and Waffles. Our fall inspired dish includes: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Apple Cider Maple Syrup, Bacon Candy, Sweet Onion Butter, Belgium Waffle. Available during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Valid until February 3, 2020.
La Monarca Bakery
Holiday Happy Hour – all drinks are buy-1-get-1 free from 2 – 4pm. Valid until December 31, 2019.
Malin + Goetz
Visit our shop Thursday nights with your four-legged friend and enjoy sips + treats for dogs + humans. Every Thursday 4pm-6pm, now-December 26, 2019.
Holiday Sweater Drive: bring slightly worn sweater between now and December 24th and receive 10% off your purchase of full price Margaret O’Leary sweater.
Meat on Ocean
Holiday Special: When you purchase at $100 gift card, receive a $20 bonus card. For use January-March 2020.
Michael’s Santa Monica
New Fall Happenings! Mondays: Locals Night – $8 Beer + Shot. $5 Daiquiris. Weekly Food Specials. Tuesdays: 40/40 Anniversary Dinner $40 for 4-Course Shared Dinner. Wednesdays: #WineWednesday for $40/Bottle Monthly Regional Wines Selected by our Sommelier. Thursdays: Paella + Pintxo Night for $40 – Shared Paella Dinner with Pintxos on the House. Valid until December 30, 2019.
The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
Holiday Special: Buy a $100 gift card, get $20 extra.
Holiday Special: Buy a $100 gift card and receive a complimentary $20 ecard.
Pilatesmith Pilates Studio
Stay fit and healthy while you travel! We have great deals on Singles and 3-Packs for new clients: Single Private: $50 3-Pack Privates: $267 Single Duo: $80 3-Pack Duos: $321. Valid until December 31, 2019.
Holiday Gift Card Special: 3 groups or 1 private for $50. Buy at the studio or online at pilatesmithstudio.com/gift-cards. Discounted rates also offered on your first workout: $15 group, $50 private or $80 duo. Valid until December 30, 2019.
Planet Blue on Montana Ave
13 Days of Steals – There’s a different in-store promotion everyday until Christmas.
Sand N Surf
$10 off when you spend $75 or more.
Santa Monica Tickets
10% off all purchases of $200 or more. Valid until March 31, 2020.
Spend $100 in gift cards and get $15 off at Azulé Taqueria, STRFSH, Paperboy and SocialEats locations through December 31, 2019.
Monday and Thursday night football: Extended happy hour through the games and 2-for-$7 special on Bud Light Platinum on Thursday games only. Valid dates listed are approximate. Special will run NFL season. Valid until February 29, 2020.
All Night Happy Hour every Monday night. Valid until December 31, 2019.
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