Ice at Santa MonicaAlthough we don’t have snow, something magical happens when the end of the year hits Santa Monica. The twinkling lights, festive decorations, and out-of-the-norm events make you feel extra special during your vacation to California. By visiting, you can appreciate the holidays without having to do any of the behind-the-scenes work, like bulking up to go outside or cooking all the holiday goodies for yourself. And during your stay at Hotel Carmel, check out popular events like Ice at Santa Monica and other holiday-themed activities to make sure your vacation is effortlessly festive. 

Ice at Santa Monica | Winterlit

As a part of Winterlit, Ice at Santa Monica is your chance to go ice skating without bulking up. No sweaters, hats, mittens, or winter coats required, so you can let the warm seaside air go through your hair instead of matting it down with a hat. Since rentals are available, you don’t even need to bring your own skates. The 8,000 square foot ice rink is just a few blocks from the beach, so you can switch from one state of water to the next without hopping on a plane. 

In addition, Winterlit also includes the lighting of the official Christmas tree of the city right on Third Street Promenade. Out of all the Christmas trees in Santa Monica, it’s the most magical when you pair it with the surrounding lights that illuminate the street. 

Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up 

If you’re trying to get a little holiday shopping done, Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up is the perfect way to spend your Santa Monica Christmas. In addition to browsing 150 independent designer vendors, you get to enjoy the DJ’s tunes, free drinks, and access to a photo booth, all while you walk down Santa Monica Pier. Just a quick walk from Hotel Carmel, you won’t have to worry about transportation there—just how full your arms are on the way back. 

Santa Monica Christmas Run 

Just like Ice at Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Christmas Run is a popular holiday event because people here like to stay fit. This is one of the most active things to do in Santa Monica with kids, as the fun run tires out your kiddos while you get your sweat on. However, this 5K or 10K is much more fun than you’d expect a workout to be: runners deck themselves out in red and green, jingle bells, and more Christmas garb. The best-dressed get rewarded for their efforts at the costume contest after crossing the finish line. Just try not to sweat too much in your Santa outfit. 

Hotel Carmel | City of Santa Monica

No matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays while you’re in town, there are plenty of options for you and the crew. Ice at Santa Monica and the other activities are just a few options for you to choose from that will make your December time in Santa Monica magical. For end-of-year accommodations and more things to do, visit us on our website or give us a call at 800-445-8695.