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Santa Monica Holiday Dining, Events & Specials

Explore the Santa Monica holiday events, Christmas menus, Hanukkah menus, holiday dessertsseasonal specials and hotel deals being offered throughout the city.

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Shine Through the Holidays

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. Take in the sights and festive cheer with free parking in downtown public parking structures for up to three hours from December 22-24, 2023!

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Santa Monica Holiday Events

ICE Santa Monica

Now – January 15, 2024

Experience fun for the family at Ice at Santa Monica. Visit the biggest rink in Santa Monica this holiday season for ice skating, special events and more. Get your tickets today.

Photos with Santa at Santa Monica Place

Throughout December

Santa is back starting on November 17, and he’s ready to take photos and make memories to last a lifetime. See Santa’s schedule and book your time.

Holiday Performances at Santa Monica Place

Throughout December

Join all season long for special holiday performances in Center Plaza, featuring the Santa Monica Beach Belles, the Santa Monica Oceanaires A Cappella Barbershop Chorus, and live DJ performances.

Santa Monica Playhouse

Receive $2.50 off all December Family Theatre events from December 2-10, and receive $5.00 off each ticket with code TT for the 54th Annual All-New One-Time-Only Santa Monica Playhouse New Year’s Eve Musical Revue, Sunday, December 31, 7 pm and 10:30 pm. Admission includes champagne, sparkling juice, dessert buffet, hats, leis, noisemakers, tiaras, the works! To get your discounts, contact the Playhouse Box Office at 310-394-9779, ext 1 or

Pico Holiday Celebration

December 2, 2023, 9:00 am

Join Pico friends, family and merchants at the Virginia Avenue Farmers Market for complimentary food, drink and holiday activities!

Civil Society Vintage: Antique, Vintage, & Fine Jewelry Holiday Edition

December 2, 2023, 10:30 am

Civil Society Vintage is excited to host a one-day holiday pop-up event on Saturday, December 2 at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. See more information!

Santa Monica Conservancy Holiday Celebration

December 2, 2023, 3:00 pm

Connect with fellow members and community partners and toast the close of a successful 20th Anniversary Campaign. Attendees will gather at the Church in Ocean Park, whose doors have reopened after a successful restoration and repair project.

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk

December 2, 2023, 4:00 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the festive spirit has arrived to Montana Avenue! Gather on December 2 for live music, face painting courtesy of Tumbleweed Day Camp, carolers strolling up and down the street and meet Santa and the gang at Montana Avenue’s biggest event of the year!

Holiday Boutique and Used Book Sale

December 3, 2023, 10:00 am

Looking for unusual, hand-crafted, and delicious gift ideas? Want to support local, small and women-owned businesses? Come to the boutique & used book sale on Sunday, December 3 from 10am – 3pm, rain or shine.

Art At The Airport Holiday Art Sale & Open Studios

December 3, 2023, 11:00 am

The artists-in-residence at the 18th Street Arts Center will be on hand to help you navigate your holiday shopping list, ensuring that you find the perfect gifts for everyone, including yourself. This event stands out as Santa Monica’s premier shopping extravaganza for fine art at studio prices, allowing patrons to buy directly from the talented emerging and established makers behind the creations.

Raclette Fest

December 3, 2023, 3:00 pm

Esters Wine Shop & Bar’s patio will be tented and cozy, so they’re bringing a little après-ski to Santa Monica! Wear your favorite ski shirt and enjoy all the raclette you can dream.

Fairview Branch Library Open House and Children’s Holiday Book Fair

December 5, 2023, 12:00 pm

Join the Fairview Branch Library for an Open House celebration that will welcome back neighbors and the wider Santa Monica community. Library patrons are invited to bring their cards and learn how to sign up for the branch’s unique self-service system, find out a little bit of history of the branch and its place in the Sunset Park Community, browse and check out books and other media, enjoy crafts with the kids, as well as light refreshments.

Ha Ha Hanukkah Comedy Show

December 7, 2023, 8:30 pm

Join Crow Comedy for a special fundraiser night for JFS SOVA with the best Jewish comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, and Netflix. 50% of the proceeds from the comedy show will benefit SOVA (part of JFSLA). Learn more.

Menorah Lightings at Third Street Promenade

December 7 – 14, Sundown

Celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season with nightly menorah lightings on the 1400 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway). The lighting ceremonies will begin at sundown. The final lighting ceremony will take place at the ice rink.

Movie Friday: Die Hard 

December 8, 2023, 6:30 pm

Settle the debate once and for all: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Witness the verdict as you watch Bruce Willis save Los Angeles’ Nakatomi Plaza.

Join for the final outdoor movie of the year and enjoy quality time with friends and family on the fully decked out promenade. Enjoy holiday snacks and activities when doors open. Reserve a spot.

Montana Ave Winter Shopping Festival

December 9, 2023, 10:00 am

At the Montana Ave. Winter Shopping Festival the street will be closed to cars from 9th to 17th Street to make way for this brand-new event. Enjoy an outdoor marketplace featuring local businesses, with a treasure trove of unique gifts, handcrafted goods, treats, and entertainment.

Still Life Ceramics Studio Holiday Shopping Event

December 9, 2023, 10:00 am

Shop handmade ceramics, gifts, home goods, unique decor, and more at the gorgeous pottery studio— all made locally in Los Angeles by over 50 of the studio’s member artists!

Ever After Take 2

December 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm and December 10, 2023 at 12:30 pm

The fairytale world is spiraling out of control, and Santa needs fairytale magic to power the sleigh. Only Cinderella, Snow White, Gretel and Hansel, Alice, the Queens of Hearts (three of them), Mrs. Claus and YOU can help save the day in this joyous interactive holiday musical. Great costumes, lilting songs (even one where you get to sing-a-long), great humor and fun word play make this Family Theatre Musical a special holiday treat for ages 2 to 102.

Holiday Market at Shutters on the Beach

December 9 & 16, 2023, 12:00 pm

Sip mulled wine, hot apple cider and tasty toddies as you sample savory hors d’oeurves and peruse a selection of gifts from select Santa Monica boutiques.

Santa Monica SantaCon 2023

December 9, 2023, 1:00 pm

Grab your Santa hat, polish your boots, and prepare to embark on a jolly adventure like no other. Spread the holiday cheer, create unforgettable memories, and celebrate the joy of Santa Monica SantaCon together with thousands of like-minded revelers.

Holiday Artisan Market

December 9, 2023, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays at Merrihew’s! Come check out their amazing artists and artisans, and grab a unique gift for your loved ones, all while enjoying live jazz music throughout the garden.

Miracle on Main Street

December 9, 2023, 3:30 pm

Celebrate the holidays on Main Street with a festive afternoon of holiday cheer, starting at 3:30 PM at the California Heritage Museum. Enjoy activities for kids, live music, and Santa’s grand entrance at 4:00 PM. See the full schedule below and RSVP for updates.

Santa Cruise: A Rolling Holiday Skate Party

December 9, 2023, 4:20 pm to December 10, 1:00 am

Get ready for one of this season’s best holiday party, Santa Cruise! This will be an unforgettable evening of fun and festivities. Dawn your fur-rimmed red jacket and Santa Hat and get ready to parade through the streets with hundreds of people spreading Christmas cheer.

DIY Holiday Self-Care Gift Workshop

December 9, 2023, 7:00 pm

Gift the gift of self-care this holiday season and join for a DIY Holiday Gift Workshop! Make body polish, salt soaks, bath bombs, and shower bombs under the guidance of master artisan Sabrina Ortolano.

Snowy Plover Beach Walk

December 10, 2023, 9:00 am

Revel in this guided walk exploring the restored dune habitat and life cycle of the small, white snowy plovers that make this stretch of Santa Monica beach their winter home.

Holiday Cabin – Paint and Sip

December 10, 2023, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Get into the holiday spirit at Viceroy Santa Monica! Their brunch Holiday Paint and Sip workshop is the perfect way to unwind.

Wreathmaking Class

December 10, 2023, 1:00 pm

It’s an Esters holiday tradition to have local florist Krystal Chang lead a wreathmaking class on their patio…with wine. Work with a variety of fresh, seasonal greenery, wintery branches and textural accents, with Krystal’s guidance, to create your own lush and wild, holiday wreath. Purchase your tickets now.

Meet Me Under the Fig Tree

December 10, 2023, 2:00 pm

Every year, The Miramar guests and friends from the local Santa Monica community gather under our historic Moreton Bay Fig to celebrate the holiday season! Get ready to frolic with us and enjoy live entertainment, photos with Santa, arts & crafts and snow!

Santa Pet Nights

December 13 & 14, 2023, 4:00 pm

Visit Santa Monica Place this holiday season and bring your furry friends on December 13 & 14 from 4 – 7 pm for Pet Night Photos with Santa.

Santa Monica Trapeze School Annual Student Holiday Showcase

December 16, 2023, 2:00 pm

Join this free event as Santa Monica Trapeze School celebrates a year of flipping, flying, and performing.

Holiday Party at The Bungalow

December 21, 2023, 5:00 pm

Join The Bungalow for their Annual Holiday Party. They’ve decked the halls and now welcome you to come grab a cocktail and dance the night away!

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Santa Monica Hanukkah Menus

It’s time for traditional meals that will speak to body and soul and bring the celebration. Before prepping the feast, see what Santa Monica’s best restaurants have to offer this holiday season.

Birdie G’s

Birdie G’s partners with The Crow comedy club for “Ha, Ha, Hanukkah,” a 2-day charitable fundraiser for Jewish Family Service LA’s SOVA, which helps locals experiencing food insecurity. Enjoy 8 Nights at Birdie G’s (a Hanukkah-ish dinner series) on December 5 or December 7, add a comedy show at 8:30 p.m. with an all-Jewish lineup at The Crow right next door! Make a reservation and write in the “Any Special Requests” section that “I’m going to The Crow after” so Birdie G’s can donate 10% of your dinner bill to SOVA, while The Crow will donate 50% of your show ticket. Comedy show tickets can be purchased through The Crow’s website.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Enjoy all the traditional favorites, alongside beautiful, farmers market vegetables and seasonal sweets. Pre-order online until December 1 at 3 pm for pickup & delivery from December 7 – 9, 10 am – 2 pm.

Jyan Isaac Bread

Order your holiday bagels now for pickup. Advance notice of 72 hours is required and orders will be ready within 24 hours.

The Lobster

Have a happier holiday and make your reservations now and enjoy dining with the best views in Santa Monica. Book a reservation now.

Wexler’s Deli

Hanukkah is here! Get your holiday dinner from Wexler’s Deli and enjoy legendary homemade latkes, holiday brisket and more. Dinners serve 4-6 people. Click here to order your dinner.

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Santa Monica Holiday Desserts

Birdie G’s

Get a “World Famous” rose petal pie for that holiday dinner or soiree! Pre-order online.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Enjoy festive desserts, like an egg nog cheesecake, Christmas cookies and more. Pre-order by December 17 at 3pm for pickup & delivery on December 24. For Huckleberry’s Hanukkah and Christmas takeout, pre-order online or e-mail

Broadway Baker

Find the best small-batch baked goods made from local and organic ingredients. Recently voted Best Bakery Westside in LA Times’ “Best of Southland” 2022, there’s plenty of amazing treats that’s worth the calories. Gift a box of surprises to friends and family or indulge in the must-try Salted Caramel Brownies. See what’s baking for the holidays.

Tartine Santa Monica

Holiday specials and many and bright at Tartine! Enjoy sweet treats from Pecan Kumquat Tart to Banana Cream Pie to the Petite Lemon Cranberry Pistachio Tea Cake. There’s plenty more! See the full holiday menu.

Santa Monica Hotel Deals

Don’t miss out on fabulous hotel deals this holiday season when you book your trip to enjoy the festivities and holiday events in Santa Monica. Plenty of hotels are offering savings on room rates to help you get into the holiday spirit for less. Plus, if you’re local or know someone who is, check out the Santa Monica Extra Bedroom program for unbeatable prices; available for Santa Monica residents looking for a staycation or accommodations for visiting guests!

Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica

Book now and save up to 10% on your next holiday getaway. Offer available for valid stays over November 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The holidays are for giving back. Receive 15% off & a $25 hotel credit when you book the Tree of Hope offer. Every night, $10 from your stay will be automatically donated to the charity. Learn more about the offer and book before rooms fill up!

The Georgian Hotel

Enjoy 15% off your stay and a $50 daily dining credit when you book by December 30, 2023.

Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites

Book the Experience the Stay package and indulge with an on-property credit, plus perks like premium WiFi, free early departure, early check-in, and late check-out where available.

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 25% off. 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.

Oceana Santa Monica

Indulge in the exquisite ambiance of Santa Monica’s enchanting fall season with our special offer! Enjoy a luxurious stay and save 25% on your booking for a limited time.

Palihouse Santa Monica

Stay longer and live like a local: Save up to 20% when booking longer stays of 4+ nights. Click here to book.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Holiday in Santa Monica: In the spirit of coming together this season and next: book a 4 night stay and enjoy a $250 dining credit per stay. Offer valid on eligible stays of 4 nights or more before 12/31. Book now or find additional hotel offers here.

Sea Blue Hotel

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; blackout dates may apply.  Learn more details and book now.

The Ambrose

Stay More, Save More: Extend your stay for extra savings. Advance Purchase: Save up to 10% with advance bookings. Click here for additional offers and to book.

Retail Specials

Bombshell Hair Salon

Get 10% off when this offer is mentioned on all services excluding extensions.

Divine Vintage

For the perfect holiday gift personalize one of Divine Vintage’s new gift baskets. Choose from a curated basket, build their own, and allow their dedicated team to help create a basket for any budget.


Good Body Pilates Studio

New members receive three Private Pilates Sessions at $295 and 1st Group Reformer Class at $35.

Sun Moon Rain

Commit to celebrating the holidays sustainably by bringing the perfect blend of eco-conscious gifting & style with items like The Crystal Starter Kit, featuring up-cycled brass + crystal beaded bracelet. View the store and see what eco-friendly gifts are available for all friends and family!

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