November 14, 2018

Winterlit Programming Provides Family-Friendly Holiday Happenings for the Festive Season


SANTA MONICA, November 14, 2018 – Good tidings for what's certain to be the merriest – and brightest – holiday season in Downtown Santa Monica yet. Winterlit, a series of seasonal events and experiences hosted by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., will kick off next week, providing ample opportunities for residents and visitors alike to get out and enjoy this time of year with loved ones.


One of the most notable elements of this year's Winterlit programming is a new holiday light installation and daily show that will brighten up the Third Street Promenade like never before. Featuring thousands of colorful, twinkling lights and a dancing neon light show synchronized to festive tunes and falling "snow," the Merry and Bright Light Show is sure to have everyone feeling jolly. Each block of the Third Street Promenade features a unique light show element and complements the beautifully-lit ficus trees and dazzling holiday décor on 2nd Street and 4th Street.


"With activities ranging from nightly menorah lightings during Hanukkah to our annual tree lighting to the opening of the Westside's favorite outdoor ice skating rink, we are thrilled to be able to provide diverse and dynamic programming for the holiday season," said Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Director of Marketing & Communications Mackenzie Carter. "We hope everyone will take an enjoyable stroll through the neighborhood to experience all of the Winterlit programming – and while you're here, grab a bite to eat and check some items off your holiday shopping list!"


Winterlit holiday events and experiences include:


Third Street Promenade Merry & Bright Light Show

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 – Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Daily, every half-hour from 5-10:00 p.m.

Third Street Promenade


The Plaza at Santa Monica Film Nights

Wednesday nights, Nov. 21, 2018 – Jan. 16, 2019

Family-friendly films will play at 6  p.m.; Los Angeles-themed films will play at 8  p.m.

1324 Fifth Street, Santa Monica, California 90401


Official City of Santa Monica Tree Lighting, with an appearance by Santa Claus

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

6-9 p.m.

1200 Block of the Third Street Promenade


Breakfast and Kids Crafts with Santa Claus

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

9-10:30 a.m.

Santa Monica Place, Level 3 Food Court


Menorah Lightings

Sunday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Daily, 6 p.m.

1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade



Holiday Kids Club with Mrs. Claus

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Santa Monica Place, Level 3 Food Court


Pet Nights with Santa Claus

Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

5-8 p.m.

Santa Monica Place, Level 3 Food Court


Dancing with the Beach Belles

Thursday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 and Thursday, Dec. 20 – Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

4-8 p.m.

Santa Monica Place, Level 1


Live Holiday Music

Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., Weekends 3-6 p.m.

Santa Monica Place, Level 1


Don't forget to lace up your skates for a spin around the iconic and beloved outdoor ice skating rink, Ice at Santa Monica, Presented by The Plaza at Santa Monica. Skate and locker rentals are available for purchase, and catering is provided by The Gallery Food Hall, including Azulé Taqueria, Everytable, Sloan's Ice Cream, STRFSH, Sumo Dog, and the recently opened Paperboy Pizza. Open daily, now through Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. For more information, visit


For even more festive fun, plan a visit the world-famous Santa Monica Pier for Wonderland by the Water, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.  To view their holiday calendar, visit 


For more information on Winterlit, visit


About Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is a private non-profit 501c(3) that works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in Downtown Santa Monica that promote economic stability, growth and community life within Downtown Santa Monica. DTSM, Inc. manages the Property-based Business Assessment District (PBAD) that encompasses the area bounded by Ocean Avenue (W), Wilshire Boulevard (N), Lincoln Boulevard (E) and the Santa Monica Freeway (S).


About The Plaza at Santa Monica

The Plaza at Santa Monica is the future site of what will be a dynamic mixed-use project that residents and visitors alike can enjoy, with public open space and cultural and civic venues in the heart of downtown Santa Monica.