santa monica holiday dining & Events

Holiday lights on the Third Street Promenade.Holiday lights on the Third Street Promenade.

The holidays are happening in Santa Monica! Holiday dining and an array of physically-distanced events are set to make for an especially festive holiday season around Santa Monica this year.

From free holiday art installations at the Third Street Promenade and festive shopping along holiday-trimmed streets like Main Street, Montana Avenue & Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica continues to shine through the holidays while keeping the community safe and healthy.

Holiday Dining in Santa Monica

FIG Restaurant The FIG menu will include seasonal dishes and holiday-inspired specials. The locals’ favorite, FIG @ 5 Happy Hour, with half-price drinks and plates, is available. For reservations, call 310-319-3111 or visit figsantamonica.com.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe  Holiday dining options For Christmas Dinner include  whole roasted dungeness crab with curry aioli (Chef/Partner Jennifer Toomey’s holiday tradition), revier braised beef short ribs, hot honey-roasted brussels sprouts, and more. Christmas Morning offerings include  Market Vegetable Quiche, take & bake gingerbread scones, and coffee cake. Pre-order online through Tock, call 310-451-2311 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or e-mail catering@huckleberrycafe.com. Deadline is December 17 at 3 p.m. Pickup and delivery is Friday, December 24.

Milo & Olive

This Christmas Eve, enjoy three different heat & serve holiday dining dinner packages for 4 people, like 3-cheese & kale lasagna with arugula & radicchio salad, house baguette, and brown butter chocolate chip cookies; braised lamb shanks with creamy polenta, baby kale salad and pumpkin-spiced poundcake; or herb-roasted organic chicken breast with thyme jus, served with carrot parsnip purée, wood-fired garlicky baby broccoli and vanilla poundcake. Pre-order online through Tock or call 310-453-6776. Deadline is December 20 at 5 p.m., with pickups available on December 24 from 9 a.m.-Noon.

Socalo Socalo’s festive holiday dining Christmas Kit is now available for pre-order on Tock. Perfect for celebrating Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at home, each kit includes short ribs with mole, herb-roasted root vegetables, sweet corn tamales with crema, cranberry aApple salsita, organic red rice, winter chopped salad, and chocolate chip cookies plus simple warming and serving instructions. Available for pick up in Santa Monica Thursday, December 23 & Friday, December 24. Place your order by Friday, December 17 at 3pm.

Santa Monica Holiday Desserts

Birdie G’s  Get a “World Famous” Rose Petal Pie for that holiday dinner or soiree. Available all-month long as whole pies. Available for pickup by ordering online through Tock or calling 310-310-3616 after 2 pm with 48 hours’ notice.

Breadblok  Holiday pies available for pre order and pickup.  Pies include a vegan apple crumble pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie.

DK’s Donuts & Bakery  Christmas donuts are available all month long. Pre-order your Christmas Box for all your merry festivities with family, friends & co-workers. To order, email dksdonuts@gmail.com.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe  Pastry Chef/Partner Laurel Almerinda is baking up egg nog bread pudding, strawberry cranberry trifle, and boxes of Christmas cookies. Plus, there are holiday cookie decorating and gingerbread house kits available thru December 24. Baking kits require 24 hours’ notice. Pre-order online through Tock, call 310-451-2311, or e-mail catering@huckleberrycafe.com.

Rustic Canyon  Michelin-recognized Pastry Chef Erika Chan is baking up various inventive holiday cookies, like beets & berries oreos, fermented gingerbread cookies, quince manchego shortbread, fig leaf chocolate chip cookies, and more - for a cause. Each $50 tin includes a dozen cookies with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting No Us Without You, one of the team’s favorite local non-profits.

Sweet Lady Jane  Offerings special items for your holiday gatherings, including triple berry cake and some beautifully decorated cookies. Available in-store.

Sweet Rose Creamery  Chef Jen Bolbat and team are leaning into the holidays with festive flavors like peppermint patty, spiced gingerbread, brown sugar butter pecan, and more. There are $8 bags of housemade Iced gingerbread cookies, chocolate-covered honeycomb (both of which are dairy-free) and chocolate chip pecan cookies, and $5 TCHO chocolate bars.

Vanilla Bake Shop  The place to stoop for festive sweets for your holiday celebration. Holiday cookies and small bites include cupcake babies, sugar cookies, chocolate caramel pretzel rods, gingerbread cookies, and bite-size bar bites.

Santa Monica Holiday Cheer

Winterlit holiday art installations and festivities will light up Downtown Santa Monica all season long. The Third Street Promenade will glow under tens of thousands of lights illuminating festive outdoor retail, as well as eleven different holiday-inspired storefront art installations created by a variety of Los Angeles-based artists.

The official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall tree and festive garland will deck the Promenade. A new holiday-inspired augmented reality experience will allow guests to transform physical structures, spaces, and trees along the Promenade into holiday decor elements. For more information, visit DowntownSM.com.

Santa Monica Place is creating magical holiday memories all season long with the iconic 50-foot tree adorned with thousands of sparkling lights and ornaments, a holiday DJ, and the new 14-foot larger-than-life Ballerina in a Snow Globe. For information on additional holiday happenings and extended shopping hours, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/Holiday.

And to all a Good Night: an interactive musical where audience members help Cookie Claus set the Fairytale world back on track. You may not know it, but Santa Claus needs the magic of the Fairytales to help him make his rounds each Christmas–and this year, we need YOUR help to save the stories! Purchase tickets here.

Santa Monica Pub Crawl  December 18.  Dust off those antlers and Santa hats, shine up those menorahs, and get ready for the 13th annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl! Santa Monica’s cherished holiday fundraiser returns on Saturday, December 18, the city’s best bars and restaurants to raise funds for the Westside Food Bank while and helping those in need for the holidays! Choose from 2 routes with 20 locations and enjoy DJs, bands, costume contests & more holiday fun. *Proof of vaccine or negative test required*

Seaside Cinema  Through December 25 at 6 pm. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel announces its third annual holiday program, Seaside Holidays. 'Tis the season for FREE holiday movies…beachside. Seaside Cinema Holidays features timeless classics, seasonal culinary treats, and more. Find a movie here.