Christmas arrives Monday, December 25th, leaving a final chance to enjoy the local area’s public holiday displays and activities before attentions shift to welcoming in the new year.

NATIVITY SCENES — An annual display of nativity scenes, funded and constructed by the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, is currently on view at Palisades Park (at Ocean and Arizona Avenues) in Santa Monica.

The display includes 14 scenes with life-size figures depicting the story of Christ’s birth. The nativity scenes remain on view in the park until the end of the year.

Information, (310) 577-2586

SHOPPING CART TREE — Artist Anthony Schmitt was commissioned this year to form a 33-foot-tall Christmas tree built from 83 shopping carts stacked on top of one another. The sculpture stands sheltered in the outdoor courtyard of the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar Center, 2435 Main St., Santa Monica, and is lit each night at 5 p.m. until Friday, January 5th.

Edgemar owner Abby Sher commissioned Schmitt to create the tree, which has been decorated this year with a combination of icicle-white and cobalt-blue lights with large silver and clear balls reflecting against the bright steel shopping carts.

A smaller display of lighted shopping carts on the street just in front of Edgemar serves as a guide for those interested in viewing the larger sculpture.

Information, (310) 399-3666.

ALL ABOUT SANTA — All About Santa, a romantic holiday musical comedy for children and families, where audience members boo the villain, cheer the hero and root for the heroine, has its final performance scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, December 21st, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

The show, written and directed by Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo, follows a newly appointed Santa as he tries to prove his worth to retired Father Claus, save the spirit of the holidays from the diabolical machinations of his evil twin, and find the nerve to win the heart of the future Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for children 12 and under.

Information, (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.

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