Photo by Anna Sophia Moltke.

Winterlit: Santa Monicans gathered on the Promenade for the city’s official tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1. The event included a visit from Santa, performances from local musicians and a sprinkling of artificial “snow.” Visit for a list of Downtown holiday events and locals who missed the Downtown tree lighting can still participate in Main Street’s holiday event next weekend. 

Community members stand under the foam ‘snow’ at the official City of Santa Monica Holiday Tree Lighting at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. (Anna Sophia Moltke | Santa Monica Daily Press)