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29 Nov  

Santa Monica Hotels & Businesses Welcome Residents with Annual Extra Bedroom Program


Participating Hotels and Businesses Provide Santa Monica Residents
with Deep Discounts on Rooms, Services and Attractions to Give Visiting
Friends and Family Extra Room and Things To Do Throughout the Holidays

Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), with the help of its hospitality partners, is helping residents celebrate the holidays by launching the popular Extra Bedroom program which offers deep discounts to local residents and their visiting friends and families. The Extra Bedroom program allows locals to enjoy the city with their families and rediscover the destination, which was named one of National Geographic’s “Top Ten Beach Cities” in the world in 2010.

From November 15, 2010 through January 24, 2011 all Santa Monica residents with proof of residency (California ID or drivers license) can take advantage of a number of discounts and special offers for visiting friends and family. Between discounted hotel rooms, offers at Santa Monica attractions like Pacific Park and the Trapeze School and a number of specials at top Santa Monica restaurants, there are plenty of reasons for residents to encourage their visiting family to stay, play and buy local. For a full list of program offers and participating Santa Monica businesses please visit

“We are thrilled to again be able to offer our residents an opportunity to make it easier for them to accommodate their visiting guests during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We hope to encourage our residents and their visiting family and friends to stay local and explore all the great things Santa Monica has to offer during the holiday season.”

In addition to the Extra Bedroom program, Santa Monica also plays host to a wide range of holiday events perfect for visiting family and friends, making entertaining during the holidays a little easier. Residents can stop by (or drop off their visiting relatives) at one of Santa Monica’s four visitor information locations and the experienced staff will help them plan their transportation, itinerary and share all of the wonderful things to do in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area. Below is the list of Visitor Center locations and some exciting holiday activities taking place:

Santa Monica Visitor Center Locations:
1920 Main Street, Suite B
1400 Ocean Avenue
1300 Third Street Promenade
322 Santa Monica Pier

Winterlit & ICE at Santa Monica
Starting November 2010
Downtown Santa Monica & Third Street Promenade
Make this holiday season a special one for the whole family. Enjoy festive events, photos with Santa, the annual tree and menorah lightings and ICE at Santa Monica, all part of Downtown Santa Monica’s elaborate Winterlit holiday program.
ICE at Santa Monica returns to Downtown Santa Monica November 5th, 2010 through February 15th, 2011. The ice rink is located at 1324 5th St (corner of 5th St & Arizona Ave). Admission & skate rentals are $10. For more information, please contact Bayside District Corporation at (310) 393-8355.

Santa Monica Place Holiday Events
Starting November 2010
Santa Monica Place
Enjoy nightly tree performances throughout the season, “Get Gifted” holiday program for Black Friday and every Friday, Menorah Lighting event, Santa Claus appearances, live music and dance performances and more!

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 3rd, 2010 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Montana Avenue between 7th-17th Street
Kick the Holiday season off with Montana Avenue’s annual Holiday Walk. You and your family are sure to find the perfect holiday gifts walking down twinkling streets filled with live music and festive fun! Special promos and sales…four hours only!! And of course, Santa too.
Montana Avenue will also be holding its first-ever Holiday Window Design Competition December 11th, 2010 and on December 18th, 2010, Montana Avenue is hosting a special shopping day full of delicious noshes and once-in-a-lifetime deals.

Main Street Annual Holiday Event
December 4th, 2010 (sidewalk sales December 4th-5th, 2010)
Main Street
Take part in the Main Street tree-lighting, caroling and candlelight walk to the famous shopping cart tree at Edgemar Courtyard. Vote on your favorite windows during the annual window decorations contest, take photos with Santa Claus, enjoy holiday parties at numerous Main Street Santa Monica businesses and more. Enjoy sidewalk sales on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th.

Roller Coaster Ridin’ Santa at Pacific Park
December 10th-25th, 2010 12:00pm-close (operating hours vary daily)
Pacific Park
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, riding Pacific Park’s coaster beginning Dec. 10th-25th, from 12 p.m. to close, at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The roller coaster ridin’ Santa likeness will celebrate the holidays while riding in the last car of the West Coaster roller coaster. Guests have the opportunity to take photos with Santa while the train is in the station or ride-along as the coaster races 55-feet above the Santa Monica Bay.

Holiday Elf Workshop
December 11th, 2010 1:00pm-3:00pm
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Make a special assemblage inspired by the whimsical work of artist Shari Elf. GRACIE, SMMoA’s store, will feature an Elf exhibition and sale in its holiday pop-up shop. Mulled cider and cookies provided.

For more information on all the upcoming events, as well as additional offers and discounts, visit

About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the Official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 1920 Main Street Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call (800) 544-5319 or (310) 393-7593; visit; or email  Follow SMCVB on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a FaceBook fan at


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