No matter what holiday you observe in December, you can find a celebration in Santa Monica. Join the community in candle and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, and even a holiday-themed drag show for a cause. It’s tough being away from home for the holidays—create new memories, and find community and joy in Santa Monica’s diverse celebrations of the season.

ICE at Santa Monica

Check out Santa Monica’s ICE, an 8,000 square foot outdoor skating rink that brings holiday spirit to everybody’s favorite city by the beach. If you’re a little wobbly and anxious on the ice, have no fear, you can take a group class for just $30. The school’s pros will have you doing triple salchows in no time. Learn more at ICE Santa Monica’s website.

Menorah Lightings

If you’re celebrating Hanukkah while visiting Santa Monica, surround yourself with community, and join local synagogues for menorah lightings on the third street promenade. Lightings begin shortly after sundown each night. Learn more here.

Main Street Holiday Party

Enjoy music, photo ops with Santa, a tree lighting, and a candlelight walk on Main Street. Bring the whole family, and celebrate the season Santa Monica style. Learn more here.

Pico Trio Holiday Celebration

Held on Pico Boulevard, the Pico Trio Holiday Celebration honors Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa traditions. Stop by for food, music, library readings and crafts. It’s the perfect way to celebrate, and learn more about the special holiday customs of others. Learn more here.

Nightmare Before Christmas Fashion Drag Show

Held at Hollywood’s popular, long-standing gay nightclub Rage, this drag show promises to bring all of your favorite Nightmare Before Christmas characters to life. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds benefit AIDS/LifeCycle. Learn more at the show’s EventBrite page here.


However you celebrate, Ambrose Hotel is ready to welcome you with festive cheer this holiday season. We hope to see you soon!