Capturing the Rhythm of
Downtown Santa Monica
Santa Monica Centric
Light up the holidays in Downtown Santa Monica
By Kevin Herrera


Downtown Santa Monica is your home for the holidays with a full slate of winter festivities, including the return of everyone’s favorite outdoor ice-skating rink Ice at Santa Monica, the official City of Santa Monica tree lighting ceremony and the unveiling of new, totally immersive holiday-themed art installations from Australian duo DABSMYLA that will transform the Third Street Promenade into a scene straight out of a Dr. Seuss fable.  


Produced by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., these community events cover the full range of holiday cheer. Many of the events are free, and all are family friendly.


Ice at Santa Monica 

Nov. 1, 2017 — Jan. 15, 2018 @ Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue


Every holiday season Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to our beachside community, transforming the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. #IceatSM








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Ice Grand Opening & Community Celebration

Nov. 8, 2017, at 6:30pm – 10pm, @ Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue


The community is invited to help kick off the 11th season of ICE at Santa Monica at this free bash complete with a performance by some of California’s elite skaters, DJ dance jams, food from local restaurants and swirling snowfall. The event is completely open and free to the public, and guests are invited to bring a new unwrapped gift or gift card to support the PAL Best Gift Ever Toy Drive, which provides presents to children in Santa Monica who are less fortunate than most. 



Santa's Lil' Savers 

Nov. 24, 12pm – 3pm @ Third Street Promenade


A handful of lucky Black Friday shoppers in Downtown Santa Monica will be treated to a holiday shopping spree courtesy of Santa Claus and his band of jolly elves. St. Nick will be making the rounds in Downtown Santa Monica all afternoon surprising shoppers by paying for their purchases (up to $100), just for shopping in the neighborhood! To learn more about the benefits of shopping local, please visit #BuyLocalSM


Holiday Tree Lighting 

Nov. 30, 6pm @ Third Street Promenade


Join Santa 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 can get creative at our coloring station featuring designs by DABSMYLA. Santa will be available for photos. 


Santa’s Breakfast

Dec. 2, 9am -11am @ Santa Monica Place


Santa Monica Place will host the annual Santa Breakfast event in the Food Court.  Families and children of all ages will enjoy crafts, games, music, light breakfast bites and an appearance by Santa. Admission is $5 per child. Adults and children ages 2 and under are free to attend.



Holiday Kids Club

Dec. 6, 11am-12pm @ Santa Monica Place


Join Mrs. Claus at the Holiday Kid’s Club at Santa Monica Place Food Court. Kids will enjoy storytelling, music, games and other fun surprises.


Menorah Lightings 

Dec. 12 – Dec. 19, Sundown @ Third Street Promenade


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!

Immersive holiday-themed art installations from Australian duo DABSMYLA that will transform the Third Street Promenade into a scene straight out of a Dr. Seuss fable.

Kevin Herrera is a former journalist turned marketing and communication expert, beer enthusiast, cyclist, cultural observer/commentator and expert on all things Downtown Santa Monica. He is currently the sr. marketing & communication manager for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.