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Amazon’s “Candy Cane Lane” Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

Published on December 1, 2023

Pacific Park has partnered with Amazon Prime Films to produce a festive light program that counts down the 12 Days of Christmas on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier.

Pacific Park is partnering with Amazon Prime Video on a festive holiday light program featuring blue, green and red colors, patterns, and icons that will be displayed on the 90-foot-tall Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel on Friday, December 1 from sunset to midnight.

Pacific Park is partnering with Amazon on a festivie holiday light program that will be displayed on the Pacific Wheel this Friday.

Amazon Prime Video is counting down to Christmas this December with a new holiday film classic, Candy Cane Lane. Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Eddie Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters and save Christmas for everyone.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, December 1. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for Amazon’s “Candy Cane Lane”

Friday, December 1
dusk (around 5 PM) to midnight

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


Candy Cane Lane, the Prime Video holiday adventure film guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit, will premiere on December 1. The movie follows a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s Christmas decoration contest, when he inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf who brings the 12 days of Christmas to life, wreaking havoc on the town. The film stars Eddie Murphy (as Chris) in the lead role, supported by Jillian Bell as a mischievous elf, and Tracee Ellis Ross as Chris’ wife, who joins him on the race against the clock to break the spell. The movie reunites director Reginald Hudlin, Murphy, and producer Brian Grazer for the first time since their 1992 hit, Boomerang—and the screenplay comes from Kelly Younger, inspired by his own holiday experiences on Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo, California. Music fans may also recognize the voice stylings of the popular a capella group, the Pentatonix, who voice “The Carolers,” a group of characters that resides in the Christmas village at Kringle’s. Learn more at

In celebration of the film’s release, Prime Video will kick off The 12 Days of Candy Cane Lane on Monday, November 20, bringing customers 12 days of festive surprises and special moments counting down to December 1. As an extra sprinkle of cheer, The Candy Cane Lane Truck Tour will travel around the U.S. handing out special treats and free items from the film. Cities include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, and more. Check out the tour schedule at to see if the truck will visit a town near you.

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.


Feature image courtesy of @pacpark