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The holiday season starts in Santa Monica on Sunday, December 9 at Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, a free annual event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital, L.P. underneath the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree at the Miramar Hotel.

Meet Me Under the Fig Tree is a long-standing tradition that brings Santa Monicans together to celebrate the season and give back to the community. Started over a decade ago, Meet Me Under the Fig Tree is a day for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees can play in the snow, take their picture with Santa and enjoy great food and drinks from the highly-regarded FIG Restaurant while also helping those most in need during this holiday season. Historically, festivities have included award winning musicians, seasonal crafts, animal adoptions, bounce houses and games for the entire family. This year’s event will contain everything Santa Monica residents have come to expect, along with some new surprises to share the holiday joy.

Meet Me Under the Fig Tree not only provides an afternoon of fun and holiday spirit for the community, it has also become the largest annual food drive in Santa Monica. Over the last six years, over 60,000 pounds of food was donated and distributed to deserving individuals and families. Attendees are once again encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to this food drive benefiting the Westside Food Bank.

In addition, Meet Me Under the Fig Tree is proud to be partnering for the first time with Santa MoniCARES for a business clothing donation drive that will benefit Chrysalis. Attendees are also encouraged to bring new or gently worn business clothing to the event to help provide ready-to-wear interview clothing and accessories to Chrysalis.

“Meet Me Under the Fig Tree has become an annual gathering for the community to start the holiday season in Santa Monica,” said Ellis O’Connor of MSD Capital’s Hospitality Group. “We all look forward to enjoying a magical afternoon underneath the Moreton Bay Fig Tree to celebrate the season together and, most importantly, help those in our community who are most in need.”

“I look forward every winter to Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, which has become a wonderful Santa Monica tradition,” said Matthew Lehman, General Manager of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. “We are excited to be partnering again this year with the Westside Food Bank and, for the first time, with Santa MoniCARES and Chrysalis on a clothing drive to provide interview and work-appropriate clothing for those re-entering the work force in Santa Monica.”

About Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Experience the very best of Santa Monica at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. With bungalows designed by Michael Berman, seasonal cuisine at FIG Restaurant, The Bungalow by Brent Bolthouse and fitness by Exhale mind body spa, it all happens here.

For more information visit: www.fairmont.com/santamonica

Submitted by Jennifer Bennett – PR Manager Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

 

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