Continuing what has become an annual tradition, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus transit system has begun service of its “Holiday Bus,” a specially wrapped bus that operates from Thanksgiving to January 2nd.

This year’s bus theme combines two local favorites — food and music, Big Blue Bus officials said. Designed to mimic a gingerbread bus, the wrap shows musicians “playing” holiday tunes, and is sponsored by K-JAZZ, a jazz music station in the Los Angeles area.

Big Blue Bus themes of holidays past have included the Candy Cane Bus, the Skating Reindeer Bus and the Singing Snow People Bus. Photos of buses from previous years can be viewed at

“The Big Blue Holiday Bus is going to bring riders and neighbors alike a much needed holiday treat this year,” said Dan Dawson, customer relations manager for Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. “It reminds everyone who sees it of the spirit of the holidays, while giving the gift of less traffic and easier parking.”

Among the holiday events that the Big Blue Holiday Bus will provide service to are the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on January 1st.

Tickets are now available for parade transportation with or without a grandstand seat, and for game transportation only, ranging between $35 and $70.

For more information on the New Year’s Day excursions or the Big Blue Holiday Bus, www.Big or customer service at (310) 451-5444.