|10th December 2013…The holidays are coming and Santa Monica, California’s premiere beach city, offers an endless array of festive events and activities to make the season bright! Give the gift of sun kissed sand, ocean breeze and a laid-back beach lifestyle with a trip to Santa Monica. There may be a shortage of jack frost, but certainly enough festivities and events to keep you in the holiday spirit!
ICE at Santa Monica
It is that time of year again for visitors to Santa Monica to strap on their skates and carve up some ice! The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue has been transformed into ‘ICE at Santa Monica’ – the beachside community’s premier ice skating rink until 20th January 2014. The 8,000 square foot (743 square metres) rink by the beach offers visitors a little taste of winter without the frostbite. So put the champagne on “ICE” whilst you have some skating lessons, hang out with your friends and family or throw a party in a private event cabana.
For more information visit – www.iceatsantamonica.com
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
The Montana Avenue Holiday Walk is an annual event where Santa Monica locals celebrate their neighbours in the spirit of Christmas. This is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to find festive gifts, have photos taken with Father Christmas, dance to live music and indulge in some of the local food that Santa Monica has to offer!
Main Street Holiday Walk
Candles at the ready! Join in the Main Street Holiday Walk and enjoy festive parties at numerous Main Street businesses. There will be music and much more! Put your money away, this is a free event so all you need to bring is your camera! Following the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Museum, visitors can take part in a Candlelight Walk to the famous Shopping Cart Tree at Edgemar Courtyard.
Meet Me Under the Fig Tree
Meet Me Under the Fig Tree is held every year under the iconic Moreton Bay Fig Tree at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. It is an afternoon for families to gather as a community this holiday season. The event will host a canned food drive and raffle to benefit the Westside Food Bank. The day’s festivities include: live holiday entertainment, the eagerly awaited opportunity for a picture with Father Christmas, whimsical gingerbread houses constructed and decorated by local primary schools, creative holiday crafts, Christmas story readings, a bounce house and much more!
Santa’s Little Savers
There has never been a better place to do your holiday shopping than in Downtown Santa Monica. “Santa’s little helpers” are going to be back again this year, ready to give away some cold hard cash to some lucky individuals. That’s right, holiday shoppers on Third Street from 21st – 24th December may be surprised by a Downtown ambassador at the check-out counter who might offer to pay for any purchases up to USD100 (*GBP61)!
For more information visit – http://www.downtownsm.com/winterlit
For a full list of Santa Monica’s holiday events over the period visit: www.santamonica.com/holiday-events/
|Notes for Editors: About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-member, non-profit organisation designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a premier travel destination. For travel and accommodation information please call +1 310 319 6263; or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or write Santa Monica Visitor Centre, 1920 Main Street Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Official Santa Monica Maps, Visitor Guides, Corporate Guides, Art Trek, Design District, Big Blue Bus and Historical Landmark Maps are available at all Santa Monica visitor service locations and can be mailed upon request. To reduce our environmental footprint, some of these materials can also be downloaded or ordered from our website at www.santamonica.com.
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