Naughty or Nice? Holiday Events in Santa Monica & Venice Plus Holiday Recents

Naughty or Nice? Holiday Events in Santa Monica & Venice Plus Holiday Recents

Shopping Cart Tree 02-MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING 2017-AKFF So many Holiday Events, so little time! In case you haven’t seen these yet:
Santa Monica Montana Holiday Stroll, Main Street Holiday tree Lighting, Mar Vista holiday Art Walk!

Got some snaps of your own? Post on AKFF Facebook or reply below!holographic Purses Jane-MONTANA HOLIDAY STROLL 2017-AKFF


The Main Street Shopping Cart Christmas Tree (above on left) is always an amazing sight to see at the Edgemar Center on Main Street in Santa Monica! Holographic purses at Jane on Montana Ave. will brighten any holiday!


Believe in the magic of the Christmas Holiday Season!  Seen on Montana Ave during their annual holiday stroll where shops are open late, Santa is there for the kiddies and adults, plus lots of goodies and cheer amidst carolers and musicians!

Bollinger Hats-MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING 2017-AKFF.Christmas Carolers on Main Street provided holiday cheer to all who came to this festive annual event, a tradition in Santa Monica! The event started at theCalifornia Heritage Museum with sounds of the Holiday, then on to the Edgemar Center for more celebrating and strolling along Main Street for shopping and fun.

Status Queen-MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING 2017-AKFF.Our Editor likes this one- a great gift! Step up to your role this holiday season! All hail to the Queen in your life. There are some great shops on Main Street  in both Santa Monica and Venice. Mindful Nest  has locally sourced gifts, jewelry and fun coasters, signs with a twist.



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Upcoming Holiday Events

AKFF Holiday Party: Friday December 15, 4 – 7pm

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Venice Art Crawl Mixer: Thursday, December 21, 6 – 9pm

Join in and find out about the VAC while socializing and networking at Canal Club.
2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Santa Monica Menorah Lighting: December 12 – 19

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hannukah season on the Third St Promenad ein Santa Monica. Lighting the menorah will begin shortly after sundown each evening. Shalom!

Bergamot Station Holiday Open House Saturday, December 16, 12 – 6pm

Join in this annual event at the art galleries in this beloved Santa Monica art hub while it’s still intact, as the future is uncertain  as to whether this will go the way of  big box development.  2525 Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404 Metrorail stop here.

Santa Monica Art Exhibit by APC Fine Arts: Saturday, December 16, 2 – 5pm & Sunday, December 17, 8:30 – 10am

An exhibition of plein air and studio drawings and paintings featuring recent pastel paintings by local artists in the community at Palisades Park. 1450 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401

Last @AbbotKinney1st of the Year! Christmas Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Culver City

Last @AbbotKinney1st of the Year! Christmas Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Culver City

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Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

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California – Venice

Street Kitchen LA
The Pudding Truck
Pickles & Peas
Mapuche Native Argentinian Food
Boba Tea & Me
Pink Taco Truck
Cravin’ Crab Cakes


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The-Whole-9-Gallery-vipclub-partner-retail-giftsThe Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City

Jewelry, Art & Gift Boutique!

The Whole 9 Gallery is a gallery and retails store in downtown Culver City and an online community dedicated to empowering creatives.  The shop on 3830 Main Street features handcrafted gift items including ceramics and jewelry plus fine art.

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mad-pambazos-food-truckFood Truck List continued

Santa Clara – San Juan

 Rice Balls of Fire
Blue Nova
Marcel Waffle
Roni Macaroni
The Tapas & The Papas

foodtruck-huge-crowd-AKFF-6016Santa Clara – California

Belly Bombz
Rolln Lobster
Ragin Cajun on Wheels
Crispy Cuban
Mess Hall Canteen
Okamoto Kitchen
Spyros Gyros
The Fix on Wheels
I Love Funnel Cakes!!!
Yummy Pie Babies

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Ridges Churro





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Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more




Holiday Events:

Montana-Ave-Holiday-Walk-2017Montana Avenue Holiday Walk 

Get a head start on your Christmas list at Montana Avenue Holiday Walk this Friday, December 1! Shops on Montana Ave are opening their doors with sales, goodies, and live music this Friday. While doing your holiday shopping snap a quick selfie with the king of the North Pole, Santa! Event starts at 5pm! 
Montana Avenue from 6th to 17th St, Santa Monica 





Venice Christmas Sign Venice Holiday Sign Lighting Ceremony

The annual lighting ceremony will be Saturday, December 2! As always, expect fun activities for everyone to enjoy and a special secret guest to light up the night. Snap pics with Santa on his sleigh and more! Festivities begin at 6pm!
At the VENICE Sign, Windward Avenue & Pacific Ave



akff christmas Holiday Stroll and Snow Day on Abbot Kinney

Let it snow in Venice! Sunday, December 3 have fun sledding down slopes with real ice and greet Santa on your way down! Crafts, coloring booths, carolers, and store events will also be available to make the best out of your Sunday funday! Event begins 11am-4pm.
The Brig Parking Lot at Palms Ave down Abbot Kinney


Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting 2017Culver City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Light up your night on Thursday, December 7 at 6pm with Culver City! The annual tree lighting ceremony will have lots of treats for you and the family to enjoy! Get warm with a delicious cup of hot chocolate, fill your tummy with festive treats, and kick back with performances by Culver City High School’s very own AVPA Chamber singers!
Town Plaza in Downtown Culver City – between the Culver Hotel and the Arclight near the Lion’s Fountain.
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New Years Eve Parties!

New Years Eve Parties!

Celebrating New Years Eve at a fun and festive spot is key! These are the AKFF NYE Party picks for the Santa Monica, Venice and West LA areas on Thursday, December 31, 2015!

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-41ocean 41 Ocean: Ocean Sixteen
Guests can bring out their inner Rat Pack and ring in the New Year, Vegas Style.

This all inclusive ticket includes open premium bar, music by DJ Myster-E, live entertainment, party favors, countdown, champagne toast, photo booth, complementary appetizers from 8-10 p.m. & more. Starts at 8pm.

General admission tickets are $50 in advance & $75 Regular Price for Members, and $75 in advance & 120 Regular Price for Non-Members. Includes: Open Premium Bar, party favors, champagne toast.
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41 Ocean: 1541 Ocean Ave. Ste 150 Santa Monica, CA 90401

New-Years-Eve-TacoTeca-Santa-MonicaTacoTeca: Turn Back Time
Get ready to party with Open Format DJs with Top 40s, Throwbacks, and Light House! Featuring DJ Casey Beats, from Drai’s Las Vegas! Promo Code from AKFF!

Starts at 8pm until 2am.
 Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $15
Open Bar: 
Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, OPEN BAR (Bottomless Well Cocktails, Select Beer and Wines), Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $45
Premium Open Bar: 
Admission, PREMIUM OPEN BAR (Bottomless Call/Premium Cocktails, Beer, and Wine), Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $60
VIP Private Booth with Bottle Service: 
Admission, PRIVATE BOOTH with 2 Premium Bottles of Liquor, Mixers, 2 Bottles Champagne, Premium Open Bar, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $100

PROMO CODE: FriendsofTT  Get $5 OFF Each Ticket  GET NYE Party Tickets >

TacoTeca: 2460 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-WokanoWokcano: Sweet ’16 Black & White Ball
Ring in the New Year at one of the Westside’s largest NYE Ball at Wokcano in Santa Monica.

Wokcano’s Black & White New Years Eve Ball will include music by DJ Frankie, dancing, cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, party favors and more.

General admission tickets are $40.00 in advance, $50.00 day of. VIP Tickets are $60 adv /$70 day of. Dinner/Bottle/Table packages are available by calling 310-458-3080.
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Wokcano: 1413 5th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

PS – We will have the scoop on First Fridays soon!




December Events This Week in Venice & Santa Monica

Venice Holiday Sign Lighting was Friday, Nov 30 with: Robert Downey Jr. and Councilman Bill Rosendahl lighting the sign, the band Venice played songs to an enthusiastic crowd after the rain cleared! 

Last Friday marked the start of the holiday season by the beach with the festive holiday lighting of the Venice sign at Windward Ave. and Pacific Ave. with a full musical lineup featuring the band Venice with the famous Lennon Brothers born and raised in Venice. Actor Robert Downey Jr. flipped the switch to the holiday sign with Councilman Bill Rosendahl to an enthusiastic crowd and a barrage of media clamoring for photos! Wow what a great event, especially since the rain cleared just in time.

JUST UPDATED!  This is what’s  in store for the week of December 3 – 9:

Friday: First Fridays of the month brings the party for the last month of the year on December 7 – 6-10/11pm come back for more details.
Altered Space: Collection Release party for lifestyle blogger and jewelry designer, Mr.Kate from 7-10pm, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, DJ Salinger, more local artists on display.
 Check out Robin’s Sculpture Garden, LF Abbot Kinney, Lemonade and more… use our search box on the right to get details from past First Friday events!

More First Friday Events Near Abbot Kinney & Venice:

Yoganest Venice: Grand Opening Party
7-9pm with music libations and more 38 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey 90292

Creative Chakra Spa: Christmas Party
from 6-9pm. Free massage & facials, salsa dancing, sexy Santa photos, prizes, elegant elf serving holiday spirits, a benefit for Life Rolls On! 3401 Pacific Ave. Suites 2A & B Marina del Rey 90292.  (Close to Washington Blvd. on west side of street, park there or Pacific or side streets, read signs!)

Friday in Santa Monica:
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk in Santa Monica is also on Friday from 5-9pm from 6th to 17th streets. Enjoy live music while you stroll down Montana Avenue and do some holiday shopping at the stores some of which will serve refreshments and snacks. Get your picture with Santa!
Saturday: Abbot Kinney Boulevard Holiday Stroll in Venice, Saturday, December 8 from 7-10pm
See the AKFF previous post for more details.
 Sunday: Family Fun Day on Abbot Kinney from 11am-5pm with real snow, sleds and more.

See the AKFF previous post for more details.

It’s All About Venice!