The spirit of the holidays will be in full swing on Sunday, Dec. 6 during Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, a free annual community event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital from 2-5 p.m.

Meet Me Under the Fig Tree is a holiday celebration for the entire family. There will be entertainment provided by Grammy-award winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and the Santa Monica High School orchestra, pictures with Santa Claus, whimsical gingerbread houses, seasonal crafts and a complimentary raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and the Miramar Hotel. For the kids, there will be a bounce house, cotton candy and special new events this year, including a petting zoo, mural painting and more. Once again, this event will be emceed by Greg Goldner and Gauri Ramnath.

Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to OPCC, formerly Ocean Park Community Center. Last year, approximately 8,500 pounds of food were donated.

“We are excited to once again be hosting Meet Me Under the Fig Tree for Santa Monica residents” said Ellis O’Connor, representing MSD Capital’s Hospitality Group. “In addition to providing a great kick-off to the holiday season, where people can mingle and have fun under the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, the event is an opportunity for our neighbors to come together and think about those who really need our help this season.  We encourage everyone to come, have a great time and bring nonperishable food items.”

“We are extremely proud to be part of such a great event again,” said John Maceri, OPCC Executive Director.  “In addition to directly helping hundreds of individuals and families during the holiday season, we hope that this event encourages even more Santa Monica residents to help those in need. Thank you to the Miramar Hotel and MSD Capital for creating an annual celebration that not only benefits a good cause, but is such a fun event for the community.”

– Submitted by Jacqueline Kerns, Public Relations Manager