Santa Monica

With pristine sands sweeping along the Pacific, Santa Monica Beach doesn’t need snow to bring you a white Christmas. Take on your winter festivities California-style with these local holiday events. 

Glide into the season during Ice at Santa Monica downtown. With cabanas surrounding an ice-skating rink on the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, this annual event offers the best of both worlds to beach-goers and winter lovers alike.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift or scanning the souvenir market, consider your expectations exceeded with Santa Monica’s nearby shopping options—including Third Street Promenade and plenty of local boutiques. And if you want to turn your retail therapy up a notch this year, why not take advantage of Loews Santa Monica’s Bloomingdale’s Shopping Package?


Embrace the magic of the holidays on the coast as you admire Santa Monica’s Official Holiday Tree downtown, followed by a stroll through the charming light display at the Venice Canals.

The energy of Santa Monica Place is unbeatable during the holidays — starting with Pet Nights with Santa on December 12 and 19, the perfect time to revamp your family’s Christmas card with a pet-friendly photo-op. Afterwards, catch Winterlits live holiday music with performances taking place every weekend. 

With this many must-try activities, you’ll be trading in your winter wonderland for a seaside view in no time…