Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. In fact, we’ve managed to engineer some true holiday magic, turning a busy urban corner into a magical winter wonderland with the annual ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, open November 1 through January 20.
Events this year include the Santa Monica Place Holiday Kick Off Party with HGTV® on November 23, which will be home to a two‐story gingerbread house created in partnership with HGTV. Santa will make a special appearance to help light the City of Santa Monica's tree on December 12 on Third Street Promenade. And Downtown’s menorah will also be lit each night of Chanukah at sundown.
Visitors and residents are invited to join in the holiday fun in Downtown Santa Monica:
ICE at Santa Monica
November 1 through January 20 | Corner of Fifth and Arizona Ave
Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite.
ICE at Santa Monica Grand Opening
November 7 | Corner of Fifth and Arizona Ave
Come celebrate our Grand Opening of ICE at Santa Monica, Downtown Santa Monica's premier outdoor skating rink! Be one of the first to take a spin on our rink, mix and mingle with music by DJ Kelly Dlux and performances by synchronized skating team California Gold and some of California's most elite skaters hosted by World and Olympic Figure Skater, Randy Gardner.
Chanukah Menorah Lighting
November 27 - December 5 | Times Vary | Third Street Promenade near Arizona Ave
Local synagogue will light the menorah each night of Chanukah.
Wednesday, November 27 | 7:00pm | Beth Chayim Chadashim
Saturday, November 28 | 4:30pm | Beth Shir Sholom
Sunday, December 1 | 6:00pm | Kehillat Ma'arav Congregation
Monday, December 2 | 6:00pm | Mishkon Tefilo
Tuesday, December 3 | 5:00pm | Kehillat Israel
Wednesday, December 4 | 4:00pm | Pacific Jewish Center
Free Kid's Crafts: Chanukah Crafts
November 30 | Noon-3:00pm | Third Street Promenade, Center Court
City of Santa Monica's Official Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 12 | 7:00pm | Third Street Promenade, South of Wilshre Blvd
Santa's Goodie Booth
December 12 | 2:00pm-5:00pm | Third Street Promenade, Center Court
On Black Friday select fans of DTSM’s Facebook page will have a chance to grab as many goodies as possible in Santa’s Goodie Booth. It’s not as easy as it looks!
Free Kid's Crafts: Holiday Puzzle Decorating
December 21 | Noon-3:00pm | Third Street Promenade, Center Court
Best Toy Drive Ever for Police Activities League (PAL)
November 1 - December 11 | Drop off location at ICE at Santa Monica
Donate a new unwrapped gift!
Santa’s Little Savers
December 21-24 | Throughout Downtown Santa Monica
Shoppers visiting Downtown Santa Monica may be pleasantly surprised at the register by one of Santa’s elves offering to pay for their purchase up to $100.