Celebrate the Holiday Season in Downtown Santa Monica

Winterlit, Santa Monica's holiday celebration, transforms Third Street Promenade and Downtown Santa Monica into an immersive experience for the whole family. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and festive outdoor dining experiences.

Ice at Santa Monica 
November 17, 2022 - January 16, 2023
Open Daily, 12 noon - 10pm

Corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue
Skate under the stars at the only 8,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink on the Westside. No timed sessions, no limits. Our all-day skate pass includes re-entry. Learn more.


Winterlit Thursdays: Live Music & Snow!

Every Thursday in December through Christmas. (12/8/, 12/15, 12/22)

1300 Block of Third Street Promenade, in front of the holiday tree.


Photos with Santa
November 19 - December 24
Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Pl.
Visit Santa at his beachside residence for the holiday season, just steps from Third Street Promenade. Learn more.


Official City of Santa Monica Holiday Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 1, 6-8 pm
Third Street Promenade @ Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa comes to the Promenade for the annual lighting of the official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall holiday tree. Join us for performances by local school groups, FREE photos with Santa, and a snowy surprise.  


Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 3
Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Pl.
The whole family is invited to breakfast with Santa! Bring the kids for crafts and activities. RSVP Here.


Conscious Holiday Market
Saturday, December 10
Third Street Promenade
Shop 40+ local vendors with a focus on elevated and sustainable brands at Downtown Santa Monica's favorite artisanal pop-up market. Learn more.


Pet Night with Santa
December 14 & 15

Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Pl.
Bring your furry friends to take special photos with Santa. Learn more.


Menorah Lightings
December 18-25
Third Street Promenade
Nightly menorah lightings will take place on the 1400 block of Third Street Promenade as we celebrate Hanukkah.





Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library, or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.