CITYWIDE — Santa Monica will be awash in holiday spirit this weekend.

Starting today, the city will play host to holiday-inspired events that will include Christmas tree and menorah lightings, music performances and visits with Santa.

Here is a rundown of what’s planned:

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk

Friday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kick the holiday season off with Montana Avenue’s annual Holiday Walk. Search for perfect holiday gifts walking down this twinkling street filled with live music and festive fun. Shopkeepers will be giving out special promos and sales but it’s four hours only, so get there early.

Main Street Holiday Festival

Saturday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

Main Street businesses will be hosting this annual holiday event complete with carolers, a tree lighting, sales and a visit by Santa.

A number of stores will also be hosting parties during the street-wide event.

Candy Cane Drive

Saturday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Santa Monica police and fire departments will be spreading the holiday cheer with Santa by giving out candy canes to residents as part of their 18th annual Candy Cane Drive. Police and fire personnel will be traveling across the city beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Here is the day’s schedule:

• 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., Douglas Park – California Avenue & 25th Street

• 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Christine Reed Park – California Avenue & Lincoln Boulevard

• 11:25 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Third Street Promenade & Wilshire Boulevard

• 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Virginia Park – 2200 Virginia Ave.

• 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., Marine Park- Marine Street & 17th Street

• 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Clover Park – Ocean Park Boulevard & 25th Street Parking Lot 

Winterlit Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 5, noon to 9 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Winterlit holiday celebration, held on the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade. Afternoon and evening festivities include face painting and a performance by the Santa Monica High School Orchestra. Evening activities include the official lighting of the menorah and world-record dreidel spin attempt, followed by a performance by recording artist Jared Lee. For more event information, visit

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