Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Santa Monica

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Santa Monica with various events and festivities from November through January!


Ice at Santa Monica presented by Netflix

Open Now through January 15 | 1324 5th St.

Santa Monica's favorite ice rink is back! Lace up your skates and join us at the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue for the ultimate holiday experience. To buy tickets and for more information, visit ICEATSANTAMONICA.COM.


Official City of Santa Monica Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 16 | 6-8 p.m. 

1300 block of Third Street Promenade (between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave.)

Santa will make a special appearance for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, where he will illuminate the official City of Santa Monica holiday tree. Enjoy live performances from Westside Ballet, Samohi Choir, Lincoln Middle School's Madrigals, and SMC Emeritus Concert Band. After the lighting, Santa will take FREE photos with the public and make it snow! RSVP Here.

Holiday Conscious Market + Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 2 | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Third Street Promenade

Shop gifts from 40+ local vendors and artisans at this pop-up holiday market. Bring your well-behaved pets for FREE photos with Santa from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. All pets must be on a leash. Holiday outfits are encouraged for pets and their humans. Learn More.

Hanukkah in Santa Monica

December 7 - 14 | Sundown

Celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season with nightly menorah lightings on the 1200 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd. and Broadway). Each night is sponsored by a different group and features a different program. The final lighting ceremony will take place at Ice at Santa Monica


Movie Fridays: Die Hard

Friday, December 8 | 6:30 - 9:30p
1200 Block Third Street Promenade (Between Arizona Ave. and Wilshire Blvd.)

For the final installment of Movie Fridays, Downtown Santa Monica revives the age-old debate: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Come find out! Special surprises and treats for all in attendance. FREE RSVP.

Ring in the New Year: East Coast Countdown Celebration

Sunday, December 31 | 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly East Coast Countdown Celebration. Ice at Santa Monica, presented by Netflix, invites guests to a heartwarming and unforgettable New Year's Eve celebration tailored for families and kids of all ages. Experience ice skating under the stars, indulge in delicious food and drinks, and join in the excitement of a countdown to midnight (East Coast time). Learn More.