Santa Monica Holiday Events, Menus and Other Specials

Santa Monica becomes a really hot venue during the holiday season offering lots of what to do and what to eat. From an outdoor skating rink just blocks from the beach to the city's top restaurants ready to please the guests with some of the best holiday feasts the opportunities for holiday entertainment are nearly endless. Plus such winter fun doesn't require any special winter gear. Just don a scarf and set out to experience the Santa Monica holiday events, menus, seasonal specials and other deals offered throughout the city.

Santa Monica Holiday Events

ICE at Santa Monica
Since November 3, 2016 till January 16, 2017 everyone can enjoy the real winter fun of ice skating. Each holiday season, a little outdoor ice skating rink is open in downtown Santa Monica at the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. The 8,000 square foot ICE at Santa Monica is a premier outdoor ice skating rink where you can hang out with friends, spend an evening with the kids, have a date or throw a party in a private event cabana.

Santa Photos at Santa Monica Place
From November 18 to December 24 everyone will have a chance to take a photo with Santa at his winter home at Santa Monica Place. In addition, during three special nights on December 7, 14 and 21visitors can take their pet photos with Santa as well!

4th Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Del Frisco's Grille
On December 17, 6-10pm visit Del Frisc's Grille for a fun party of ugly sweaters and the holiday season! Come wearing your ugliest, funnies sweater and bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots for entry! The celebration will begin with complimentary passed appetizers, followed by $7 Yellow Snow Cocktails, $5 Santa Monica Brew Works drafts and more. The culmination of the party will be a best and ugliest sweater contest.

Holiday Spirit 2016 at Aero Theatre
On December 17-23 the Aero Theatre will be offering a great selection of movies that are sure to create a holiday spirit, such as "It's a Wonderful Life", "ELF", "White Christmas", and "Die Hard".

Menorah Lightings on the Third Street Promenade
From December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017, at 5pm local synagogues will celebrate the Festival of Lights on the Third Street Promenade. Every evening Menorah Lighting is scheduled to start right after sundown.

8th Annual Fireside at The Miles Performance Series
From January 7 to February 25, 8-10pm the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse will feature a fireside performance series offering lots of modern music, a capella singing, opera, storytelling, dance, poetry, beat boxing,  and more. Performances are held in front of a large fireplace with guests sitting in comfortable couches, savoring organic beverages and snacks.

Santa Monica Restaurant Week
During Santa Monica Restaurant Week (January 9-15), formerly Eat Well Week, participating restaurants will delight the guests with exclusive healthy, custom dishes featuring this year's special restaurant week ingredient – the radish.

For two weeks in January (January 13-27) dineL.A. will treat its guests with a host of new tastes and flavors. Visit this award-winning dining venue to experience a variety of specialties hard to find elsewhere.

Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place
On January 28, 2-6pm everyone is invited to participate in traditional cultural performances, arts and crafts. All guests will be able to take advantage of a number of special offers from participating stores and dining establishments.

Santa Monica Christmas & Hanukkah Menus

Catch Restaurant
Catch Restaurant will treat its guests with holiday Christmas Eve and Day dining menus. The Christmas Eve menu features roasted almond soup with wild mushroom and black truffle, Bay scallops with tarragon oil, Wagyu beef tenderloin with Maitake mushroom and port marinated berries with apple sorbet and vanilla crisp. Those who want to try its Christmas Day meal will be served roasted butternut squash soup with marcona almonds, grilled Maine lobster with shaved black truffle and chocolate-hazelnut ganache tart. The price of the Christmas meal is $95 per person.

On Christmas Day this restaurant offers incredible views coupled with special dinner that includes seasonal foods like herb crusted prime rib with roasted mushrooms and the "Yule Log" with toffee cream, almonds and raspberries.

The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-La
The hotel invites guests to celebrate Christmas Eve and Day at the elegant environment enjoying The Dining Room's signature dishes. For the holiday treat you can order a three-course meal with options including butternut squash bisque, grilled beef prime rib with potato gratin and apple tart with caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. And don't forget to take your kids with you as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day children's menu is free!

FIG Restaurant
FIG Restaurant offers an a la carte menu rich in Mediterranean-influenced dishes, along with some classic holiday specialties.

Ivy at the Shore
Celebrate Christmas at Ivy at the Shore serving a three-course menu with a complimentary glass of French champagne. For starter you might have fresh oysters, fresh wild French calamari, burrata, and tuna tartare. The entrée may include a choice of Ivy fish and chips, fresh wild Maine lobster, New York prime steak, seafood risotto and more. For dessert enjoy an apple blackberry crumble or fresh pecan square. Price: $105 per person (tips and tax not included). 

Locanda del Lago
If you happen to dine at Locanda del Lago on December 24 or 25 make sure to order a special "Christmas Supper" that consists of Maine lobster bisque, wild mushroom ravioli, Pacific swordfish with Valencia orange sauce, and grilled New Zealand lamb chops with sour cherry sauce, to name just a few. A three-course tasting menu will also be available for $55 and four-course for $75.

Christmas Eve at Mélisse includes a five-course dinner for $175 per person, offering such menu options as truffle risotto with mascarpone, cream of lentil soup with whipped black truffle, foie gras terrine with blood orange and spiced crumble, Maine lobster with Hawaiian heart of palm, and coconut meringues with passion fruit.

Obica Mozzarella Bar
For those who prefer fine Italian cuisine we recommend Obicá's special à la carte menu. This holiday season the restaurant will be serving three-meat cappelletti with fresh black truffle, breaded lamb chops with mint cream, Sea bass cooked in wine and traditional Italian holiday cakes offered with custard cream.

One Pico
Special Christmas Eve dining menu at Catch Restaurant features chestnut soup with fennel seed, slow baked pear with champagne and pomegranate, caramelized Hokkaido scallop with micro herbs and panettone tiramisu with marsala wine. Price: $95 per person. Christmas Day menu will please with a selection of curated dishes like Maine lobster chowder, grilled angus rib eye, grilled New Zealand lamb chop and blueberry panna cotta napoleon with spiced wine meringue. Price: $95 per person. 

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
This Christmas Eve at Plan Check Santa Monica guests can enjoy a three-course menu for just $20 per person. Dining options include mini beef cheek tamales with green chile as a starter, a choice of mole rojo with braised pork ribs or chicken enchiladas for the main course, and cinnamon bunuelos with horchata ice cream for dessert.

Wexler's Deli
Throw a party to celebrate Hanukkah at Wexler's Deli that offers a special dinner package featuring braised beef brisket with root vegetables, Dana's Matzo ball soup and homemade potato latke to name a few. Price: $350 (good for 10 persons).

Santa Monica Seasonal Specials

Make sure you check out 1212's Happy Hour special during all NFL games. Valid September 11-January 31, 2017.

Azure Aveda Salon
First time customers of Azure Aveda Salon can get a color retouch and haircut special for just $120 (normally $145), plus Aveda rituals and blow-dry. Valid December 6, 2016-April 30, 2017.

Get a 10% off visitor savings certificate with your valid ID at Forty Carrots, Level 2. Valid June 2-December 31, 2016.

Bowlmor Santa Monica
Celebrate a festive get-together with friends and family in January and enjoy a free dessert platter. Valid January 1, 2016-January 30, 2017.

Brambila Salon
A special Brambila Babes Membership price of four blowouts is $149 a month (regularly $240). At least six month membership is required. Valid September 20-December 31, 2016.

Breeze Bike Share
Have a free ride for an hour with a gift of a non-perishable food item or unopened toy for Breeze Bike Share's food and toy drive. Valid December 15-18, 2016.

Charlie Kabob
Enjoy a free appetizer or a salad with the purchase of any Kabob Entree. Valid December 12, 2016-March 29, 2017.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
Football fans shouldn't miss Monday Night Football with The Craftsman's beer and burger special that consists of the Craftsman Beach Burger and a Pabst Blue Ribbon Draft for just $8. Available only during game time until 10pm. Valid October 5, 2016-January 25, 2017.

The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory is now accepting reservations for holiday parties from Monday until Thursday; 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Valid December 3, 2016-January 31, 2017.

FIG Restaurant
Currently FIG Restaurant is offering its Two To-Go special that includes Mediterranean inspired lunch dishes at great price. Two To-Go consists of your choice of two main courses (salad with protein, sandwich or pizza), two non-alcoholic drinks and two chocolate chip cookies for $30 per person (tax is not included). Two To-Go is served Monday – Friday, from 11:30am to 2pm. Valid November 1, 2016-March 31, 2017.

Live Language LA
Customers can enjoy a 10% discount on all English conversation lesson packages plus get a beautiful holiday candle. Valid December 12, 2016-January 31, 2017.

Lotus Integrative Medicine
Save 20% on your first 90-minute comprehensive acupuncture visit that normally costs $225. There is a custom-made Chinese herbal formula served at an extra fee. Valid October 1-December 31, 2016. Plus, first time patients get 10% off their first visit. Valid December 1, 2016-January 31, 2017.

Take your kids to Paint:Lab's Winter Art Camp for ages 6-12 years to develop their artistic talent. Parents can get 10% off the first child and 15% off for the second when both are signed up at the same time. Valid December 19, 2016-January 6, 2017.

Santa Monica Bike Center
All fans of the University of Southern California/Penn State University are eligible for a 15% discount on full day rentals. Valid December 20, 2017-January 4, 2017

Santa Monica Place
With its Shop & Explore Package you can explore everything that Santa Monica has to offer staying on a budget. Take advantage of The Shop & Wine Down Package to get your body pampered at the Tikkun Holistic Spa and taste wine at Venokado's Wine & Gifts. In addition, you will get a Tory Burch canvas logo tote, a Visitor Rewards Card with more than $750 in savings, concierge services, valet parking and more! Valid October 4-December 31, 2016.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
The special holiday "Aquadoption" offers a chance to Aquadopt the cute giant black sea bass, a critically endangered species. It is just a baby of one year old, but it has already reached 5 inches long and weighs 1/4 pound. All adoptions include a year-long membership and free admission to the marine science center. Valid November 25-December 31, 2016 at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

Someday Boutique
The store is offering an exclusive selection of artisanal goods and natural skincare. Mention Santa Monica tourism to save 25% on all merchandise. Valid December 13-24, 2016.

Starline Tours
Take the Malibu Stars Homes Tour during the week and save $15. Plus, you can save $10 on selected daily tours, including the LA & Hollywood Tours (tour SCT), the Grand Tour of LA (tour SGT) and the Hollywood Movie Stars Homes Tour (tour SHS). All tours are walk-in only, without hotel pick up. Valid September 19-December 20, 2016.

Stout Burgers and Beer
Bring your receipt from ICE Santa Monica and save 20% on your meal. Discount is not valid during Happy Hour or to-go orders. Valid December 2, 2016-January 2, 2017.

Wexler's Deli
This holiday season Wexler's Deli will be offering Latkes. Valid December 25, 2016-January 1, 2017.

Santa Monica Hotel Deals

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
Book in advance to enjoy holiday exclusive room rates starting at $199. Get 10,000 bonus starpoints for every $5,000 spent on food and drinks. Valid December 1-31, 2016.

Palihouse Santa Monica
A complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the lobby on Saturdays and Sundays. Valid June 18-December 31, 2016, 7 to 10:30am.

JiraffeRestaurant - Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

JiraffeRestaurant - Catch Restaurant, Santa Monica

JiraffeRestaurant - ICE at Santa Monica