5 Ways to Light Up the Holidays in Downtown Santa Monica
November 18, 2016
5 Ways to Light Up the Holidays in Downtown Santa Monica

Official City of Santa Monica Tree Lighting • Santa's Lil' Savers  

Gremlins Screening • Menorah Lightings • ICE Grooves


SANTA MONICA, CA – (November 15, 2016) – With the 10th anniversary skate season of ICE at Santa Monica off and gliding, Downtown Santa Monica is ready to unwrap a full slate of winter festivities. Produced by DTSM, Inc., these community events cover the full range of holiday cheer, with a mischevious movie screening, an official holiday tree lighting, generous Santa encounters on Third Street Promenade and more!



Nov. 25, 12pm – 2pm @ 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 district! To learn more about the benefits of shopping local, please visit the Buy Local Santa Monica website: #BuyLocalSM


HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING | Official City of Santa Monica

Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30pm @ Third Street Promenade


Join Santa, Mrs. Claus 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 indulge in a kids’ craft station where they can create their own letters to Santa, who will also be on hand for photos.


Cinema on the Street presents GREMLINS

Friday, Dec. 2, 8:00pm @ Third Street Promenade


Cinema on the Street, Downtown Santa Monica’s year-long outdoor movie series, is back once again for the holidays with a FREE screening of the comedy-horror film Gremlins in which a teen inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new Christmas pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town on Christmas Eve. Rated PG-13. 


Hot chocolate to be served to first 100 guests!



Sundown, Dec. 24 –  Sundown, Jan. 1 @ Third Street Promenade


Join local synagogues as their members celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukkah on the world-famous Third Street Promenade. Lighting the menorah will begin shortly after sundown each evening. Shalom!



Thursday Skate Parties @ ICE at Santa Monica


To celebrate the 10th Anniversary season of ICE at Santa Monica, the rink is spinning a series of music-themed skate parties called ICE Grooves each Thursday from 7pm – 10pm. The funk freezes over with a fun and eclectic DJ-powered soundscape each week. Rally friends, dress up for the set and get down!


11/17 • Disco Fever

– Thanksgiving –

12/1 • Motown Funk

12/8 • Tropical House

12/15 • 80’s Vice

12/22 • Latin World

12/29 • 90’s Crush

1/5 • Beatles vs Bowie

1/12 • Indie Rock Festival


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About Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, 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). For more info, please visit or visit us on Facebook at