Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Santa Monica Place

Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Place. 

 This holiday season, Santa Monica Place will once again transform into a winter wonderland and offer festive activities for the whole family to enjoy.  

Santa Claus comes to town on November 17 and will take residence at Santa’s House in Center Plaza through December 24. Visitors will have the chance to take holiday photos with Santa and can bring their four-legged friends to meet Santa during Pet Nights on December 13 and 14. Pre-booking reservations are now open. 

Visitors and shoppers can enjoy a variety of special holiday entertainment throughout December, including performances by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, as well as DJ holiday sets, all set around the 50-foot iconic Christmas tree and festive décor in Center Plaza.

Additional holiday events include Breakfast with Santa, where families will enjoy crafts, snacks, and kid-friendly musical performances along with an appearance by Santa. The event will take place December 2 from 9-10 am in the Food Court.

The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place will be offering specially curated holiday baking kits and will also host an array of festive cooking courses including Cooking for Hanukkah, Cookie Decorating: Hanukkah, Cookie Decorating: Christmas and Holiday Gingerbread Houses, to name a few.  For more information and to register, visit thegourmandiseschool.com

The Festival of Lights can also be celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting around 5:45 p.m. December 7 – 15 during the Hanukkah season. 


November 17-24

Visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/SantaPhotos for Santa’s visiting hours and break times

Special Hours

Thanksgiving Day, November 24: CLOSED

Christmas Eve, December 24: 10am-4pm


Bring your four-legged friend to a special pet night and “sit” for a photo with Santa.*

December 13 & 14: 4-7 pm 

*Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier.


November 24: 11 am – 7 pm

November 25 & 26: 3 – 7 pm

December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24: 3-7 pm


December 2: 9-10 am 


December 15 – 17, 21 – 24:  3 – 7:30 pm


December 7 – 15: around 5:45 pm, nightly

Please note that all events, dates and times listed above are subject to change. For more information on holiday happenings at Santa Monica Place visit santamonicaplace.com/holiday.

Credit: Santa Monica Place.

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