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Take a Photo with Santa Or See Performances by Santa Monica Beach Belles, at Santa Monica Place

Pet photos with Santa means cats and dogs only! Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier.

Santa Monica Place will transform into a winter wonderland and offer an array of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season. Visitors will have the chance to take photos with Santa and shoppers can bring their four-legged friends to meet Santa during Pet Nights. Throughout December, visitors and shoppers will catch special holiday entertainment by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, a cappella performances by the Oceanaires, as well as DJ holiday sets, all set around the 50-foot iconic Christmas tree and festive décor in Center Plaza.

Other special holiday events include Breakfast with Santa On Dec. 3 from 9-10 am where families will enjoy crafts, snacks, and kid-friendly musical performances along with an appearance by Santa. Nightly menorah lightings will also take place Dec. 18 - 26.

In addition, The Gourmandise School is hosting festive cooking and baking classes and offering affordable curated gift sets which will feature locally sourced products like finely crafted chocolate and other beloved home items. Gift set options include the "Locally Sweet" with local honey and display pot, "A Toast to Hollywood" with the tools and guidebook for classic movie cocktails, the "Chef in Training" to prepare young, aspiring chefs and more.

SANTA HOURS: November 19 - December 24. Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 7 pm. Sunday: 12 - 6 pm

Special Hours: Thanksgiving Day, November 24: CLOSED: Christmas Eve, December 24: 10am-4pm

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Bring your four-legged friend to a special pet night and “sit” for a photo with Santa.* December 14 & December 15: 4-7 pm *Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier.

DJ HOLIDAY SETS, Black Friday: 11am – 3pm; 3-7 pm, Black Friday Weekend: 3-7pm, Every Friday-Sunday in December: 3-7 pm

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, December 3: 9-10 am. Visit to reserve a spot and make a $5 minimum donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


December 16 -18: 3-7:30 pm

December 21- 24: 3-7:30 pm


December 18 & 21: 2-3 pm


December 18-26: around 5:45 pm, nightly

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