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, 2015 through January 18, 2016.  

Downtown Santa Monica Holiday Events 2015-2016

ICE at Santa Monica

Nov. 1, 2015 — Jan. 18, 2016

Corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.

ICE Grand Opening

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 | 6pm — 10pm

Corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.

Santa's Lil Savers

Friday, Nov. 27 | 1pm — 4pm

PAL Best Gift Ever Toy Drive

Nov.5 — Dec. 11, 2015

Donate a new unwrapped gift or gift card.

Drop-off Locations:

• Santa Monica Police Activities League | 1401 Olympic Blvd.

• ICE PAL | Corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.

• Public Safety Facility | First Floor, 333 Olympic Dr.  

Downtown Santa Monica Community Tree Lighting & Santa Parade

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 | 5:30pm — 8:30pm

1300 Block Third Street Promenade (just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)

Menorah Lightings

Dec. 6 — Dec. 13, 2015 | Sundown 

Special Performance by Klezmer Juice | Dec. 10

Third Street Promenade between Arizona Ave. & Santa Monica Blvd. 

Holiday Movie Night: "Home Alone" (PG) with Hot Chocolate & Kids Crafts

Dec. 18, 2015 | Crafts Begin at 6pm, Screening begins at 7pm

Third Street Promenade between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd.