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
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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!
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.
SANTA MONICA CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MENUS
1 Pico Restaurant
Celebrate Christmas at 1 Pico Restaurant with a Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch, or a Christmas Day dinner!
Christmas Eve Dinner: Appetizers include, but are not limited to, Butternut Squash Soup, and Seared Day Boat Scallops. For an entrée, choose between Grilled Turbot, Roasted Duck Breast, Pan-Roasted Prime Filet Mignon Diane, and Spaghetti. Dessert items include Medjool Date Rum Cake, Semolina Cranberry Pie, and a Chocolate Brownie. Cost: $110 per person. View Full Menu.
Christmas Day Brunch: Choose from appetizers, such as Lobster Chowder, Comice Pear Salad, Japanese Snapper Crudo, and Caesar Salad. For entrées, choose Whole Lobster Benedict, Roasted Duck Breast, Pan-Roasted Prime Filet Mignon, and Spaghetti. Dessert items include, Chocolate Ganache, Medjool Date Rum Cake, and Grapefruit Panna Cotta. Cost: $110 per person. View Full Menu.
Christmas Day Dinner: Appetizers include Lobster Chowder, Comice Pear Salad, Japanese Snapper Crudo, and Caesar Salad. For an entrée, choose between Grilled Turbot, Roasted Duck Breast, Pan-Roasted Prime Filet Mignon Diane, and Spaghetti. Christmas Day dinner dessert items include, Chocolate Ganache, Medjool Date Rum Cake, and Grapefruit Pnna Cotta. Cost: $110 per person. View Full Menu.
Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Casa Del Mar
Indulge in Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner at Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Casa Del Mar.
Christmas Eve Dinner: Choose between Iberico Ham & Manchego Cheese Foam, Toro Crudo, Citrus & Burrata Salad, and Crab Cake for an appetizer. Entrées include Wagyu Beef Filet Mignon, Roasted Duck Two Ways, Grilled Branzino, Grilled Maine Lobster, and Quinoa Cakes. For dessert, choose between Warm Apple Tart, Bambucha Eclair, and Coco Panna Cotta. Cost: $110 per person. View Full Menu.
Christmas Day Dinner: Appetizers include Seafood Cocktail, Spiced Roasted Pears & Kumquats, Crab Cake Benedict, and Cured Hickory Salmon & Avocado. For your entrée, choose from Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Seared Chilean Bass, Grilled Maine Lobster, and more! For a decadent dessert, try the restaurant’s Warm Pecan Tart, Pumpkin Pie, or Coco Panna Cotta! Cost: $110 per person. View Full Menu.
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.
Locanda Del Lago
Have Christmas supper at Locanda Del Lago on Dec. 24th or 25th. Menu items include Carpaccio Di Manzo Al Tartufo, Cappelletti in Brodo, Branzino Alla Piastra Con Salsa All’arancia, and Cosciotto D’agnello. 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.
From December 22 to January 1, OBICÁ will be serving holiday and New Year’s specials. Appetizers include di Tonno, Calamari Fritti, and Crostini di Polenta. For the main course, choose from Cavatelli al Ragú di Cinghiale, Risotto all’Amarone, and Ravioli di Astice. Complete your meal with Pandoro, a traditional Italian holiday cake with Mascarpone cream, for dessert.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar’s prix fixe menu. Appetizer choices include Pipian Rojo Tamale or Pozole. Entrée options include Mole Rojo or Chicken Enchiladas. For dessert, enjoy cinnamon Buñuelos. Cost: $25 + tax and gratuity. View Full Menu.
The Dining Room Restaurant at Hotel Shangri-La
Ring in the holidays with a festive dining experience at The Dining Room restaurant, overlooking the iconic Santa Monica Beach! The menu features a four-course dinner, including a Foie Gras starter and a first course choice of Pomegranate Salad or White Roasted Cauliflower Soup. For the main course, guests choose among Boneless Ribeye, Sea Bass and Muscovy Duck. Desserts prepared by the executive chef are either Gingerbread Crème Brûlée, Pumpkin Espresso Tiramisu or Cinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Holes. With so much to savor, cherished memories are sure to be made. View full menu. Cost: $85 per adult, $49 per child ages 6-12, excluding tax and gratuities. Reservations can be made online: http://bit.ly/hotelshangrila_christmas or by calling (310) 394-2791.
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
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.
Shore Hotel Santa Monica
Exclusive extra bedroom promotion for Santa Monica locals only. Enjoy rates starting at $249.00 per night plus tax for the holiday season. Rate Includes room accommodations only. Valid proof of Santa Monica Residency required at check in. Valid December 11, 2018 – January 31, 2019.
SANTA MONICA SEASONAL SPECIALS
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.
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.
LA’s short rainy season is here! The Independence in Santa Monica is implementing a rainy day deal starting Monday, January 14th for Los Angelenos brave enough to face the the rain. Their special, “When it Rains, We Pour”, offers patrons happy hour prices on drinks all day long.
The Independence will honor this deal if rain has fallen since the time of opening (11:30 a.m. Tues.-Fri. and 10:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun. during the week of Jan. 14) Happy hour drinks include house cocktails, draft beers, and house wines all for $6.
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.
Take 10% off when you spend $25 or more. Valid December 7, 2018-January 21, 2019.
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.
Starline Tours of Hollywood
$10 off for 12:30 p.m. departure for Los Angeles City and Celebrity Homes Tour — no hotel pick up included. Experience the Movie Stars Homes Tour with extra time spent touring Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City, ending with a stop at the world-famous Original Farmers’ Market and The Grove. Valid December 15, 2018 through January 15, 2019.
Take $10 off an entire purchase. Valid December 7, 2018-January 21, 2019.
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