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04 Dec  

Surfing Santa is Coming To Town – Only in Santa Monica

SURFING SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN – ONLY IN SANTA MONICA, CA
STARTING DECEMBER 3 – DECEMBER 22

Spot Surfing Santa On His Beach Cruiser For A Chance To Win Great Prizes
And Special Prize Coded Beach Balls At Holiday Events And Local Farmers Markets

Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), has enlisted the help of Surfing Santa this holiday season to spread good cheer and fun prizes to residents and visitors that have downloaded the new official destination Santa Monica mobile app for their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android devices.

Beginning December 3 and continuing through December 22, Santa Monica’s own Surfing Santa can be spotted on his beach cruiser at numerous community events including special surfer appearances at Santa Monica holiday events, farmer’s markets and local pubs as part of the official Santa Monica pub crawl.

Residents and visitors that spot Surfing Santa and show him that the Santa Monica mobile app has been downloaded on their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android will instantly win a Santa Monica beach ball – some of Surfing Santa’s elves have written special prizes on a select number of beach balls, meaning a few lucky participants have a chance to win staycation packages, beach cruisers, iPhones, iPads, free dinners, shopping sprees and more Santa Monica tailored prizes.

Easily downloaded on iTunes or at the Android Market, and just in time for those holiday visitors and family outings, the free Santa Monica mobile app is the Official GeoGuide of Santa Monica. Designed for use by both residents and visitors, the app provides users with location-specific information about local happy hour venues and specials, arts and culture, attractions, restaurants and shopping, nightlife information and more.

In addition, app users can read restaurant and hotel reviews, find their final destination using customized maps and access up-to-date information on discounts and promotions being offered by Santa Monica business.

“Nothing says it’s holiday season in Santa Monica like seeing a Surfing Santa on his beach cruiser.  Our Surfing Santa promotion is a unique and fun way to encourage Santa Monica residents and visitors to take full advantage of the information that is now available at their fingertips through the new Santa Monica mobile app,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We encourage our residents and their visiting family and friends to utilize the mobile app to explore everything our destination has to offer and explore firsthand why Santa Monica has been named one of America’s Top Ten Beach cities by National Geographic Magazine 2010. The new app and our annual Extra Bedroom program provide a built in tour guide for visiting friends and family.”

Surfing Santa will be making appearances at the following events:

12/3/10: Montana Ave. Holiday Event, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
12/4/10: Saturday Farmers Market – Downtown, 10:00am – 12:00pm
12/4/10: Main Street Holiday Event, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
12/5/10: Sunday Farmers Market – Main Street, 10:00am – 12:00pm
12/8/10: Wednesday Farmers Market – Downtown, 10:30am – 12:30pm
12/11/10: Saturday Farmers Market – Downtown, 10:00am – 12:00pm
12/12/10: Sunday Farmers Market – Main Street, 10:00am – 12:00pm
12/15/10: Wednesday Farmers Market – Downtown, 10:30am – 12:30pm
12/18/10: Saturday Farmers Market – Pico, 10:00am – 12:00pm
12/18/10: Santa Monica Pub Crawl, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
12/19/10: Sunday Farmers Market – Main Street, 10:00am – 12:00pm
12/22/10: Wednesday Farmers Market – Downtown, 10:30am – 12:30pm

If you don’t happen to spot Surfing Santa during the above holiday events, residents and visitors can always visit one of the four Santa Monica Visitor Center locations now through December 31st and show the friendly staff that you’ve downloaded the app for a beach ball and a chance to win. More information on the Surfing Santa promotion is available by visiting http://www.santamonica.com/app

Visitor Center Locations:
Santa Monica Walk-In Visitor Information Center, 1920 Main Street, Suite B
Santa Monica Visitor Information Kiosk, 1400 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica Visitor Information Kiosk, 322 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Visitor Information Cart, 1300 Third Street Promenade




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