The Santa Monica Place Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa Monica Place opened the holiday season last week in its own special way with a tree lighting ceremony for a crowd of hundreds of on-lookers. What is interesting about this tree is that Santa Monica chose to skip the traditional Douglas Fir in favor of a dancing musical tree that is a mix of an art installation and a sculptural performance. It is 50 feet tall and is in the central plaza, is constructed of aluminum, steel and LED lights and will perform nightly every half hour. The performance is a mash-up of Nat King Cole and The Ramones as well as other unique musical choices.

Adrienne DeVore, senior marketing manager for Santa Monica Place said that the holiday tree reflects the sophisticated, artistic and environmentally-responsible sensibilities of the Santa Monica community. “This is our first holiday at Santa Monica Place so we are really excited,” DeVore said. “There

Santa Monica Place has also planned a lineup of fun local entertainment on several stages for Fridays and Saturdays throughout the holidays, from the hip Motown Carolers to The Fleet Street Band (a Dickens-inspired brass quartet) to Sleigh Me (a rock string quartet).

Santa Claus, of course, will be visiting, including Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Food Court. Santa will also be sharing cocoa and cookies on Saturday December 18 at 5:30 p.m. And Santa will be strolling the mall himself every weekend after Thanksgiving, ready to take photos with everyone.

The event last Saturday was wonderful and had something for everyone. The children, the adults, the locals, the tourists.

For more information on the Santa Monica Place holiday schedule, visit the website www.santamonicaplace.com/events.

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