Santa Monica Place shopping center will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Nov. 17, with a parade with Santa Claus down the Third Street Promenade, followed by a tree lighting ceremony.
During the parade, Santa and several local dignitaries will travel down the promenade aboard a vintage fire engine driven by Santa Monica Fire Department officials and escorted by mounted horse patrol from the Santa Monica Police Department, along with acrobats, trumpeters and holiday carolers.
Santa is scheduled to arrive at Center Plaza at 6 p.m., when a 54-foot tree adorned with more than 42,000 sparkling lights will be lit up during a special ceremony featuring actress Cat Conner as Mrs. Claus, the Cimorelli group, acrobats, Ace of Hearts Dickens Carolers and Herald Trumpets.
Other holiday-themed events at Santa Monica Place will include a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the food court from 9:30-11 a.m. A Chanukah celebration will take place Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. – noon in The Market, featuring games and activities, music and storytelling, arts and crafts, and holiday fare.
Photos with Santa will be available daily starting Saturday, Nov. 17, through Dec. 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.