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Date posted: 11/04/2013

Holiday Cheer in Downtown Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica has become famous for its annual program of festive events and unique activities which fill the area with seasonal sparkle, and this year is no different. Offering true holiday magic and joy, a series of Christmas specials will attract visitors from all around the world throughout the holiday season. This year, the winter wonderland activities are being held at various points throughout November and December, leading right up to Christmas and New Year.

Taking place in the holiday calendar is the annual ICE event at Santa Monica, the family friendly ice rink which is located on the corner of Arizona Avenue and 5th Street. Opening on November 1st and running right through to the 20th of January, skaters of all ages come to the ice for sessions with family and friends. ICE at Santa Monica is an 8,000 square foot rink, right by the beach and many places to stay near downtown Santa Monica – perhaps one of the most unusual skating venues but one which gives a perfect setting to relax and enjoy the holiday season.

This year there will also be the Santa Monica Place Holiday Kick Off Party. Held on November the 23rd, a gingerbread house that’s two stories high will be built in conjunction with HGTV and will become the centrepiece of the holiday celebrations. Every night of Hanukkah, between November 27th and December the 5th, the Downtown menorah will be lit at sunset by local synagogue members. In a different spirit but also on November 27th, Santa will be letting a few chosen fans of the Downtown Santa Monica Facebook page into his house for the Goodie Grab contest. Santa will also be lighting the City’s tree on December 12th, which is set to be a great night.

Throughout the holiday season there will also be two free kid’s craft sessions, helping youngsters get involved and perhaps make a little something to give to family or friends. On the Third Street Promenade between 12-3pm on November 30th children will be able to participate in decorating their own ornaments, while on December 21st there will be holiday themed puzzle making and decorating.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

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