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Christmas 2022 Ferris wheel lighting on Santa Monica Pier

Published on November 29, 2022

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier To Display an 90-Foot Tall Snowman On Its Ferris Wheel to kick-off the Holiday Season 2022.

Every holiday season, Pacific Park lights the chilly December nights with fun and festive holiday icons and patterns on the world-famous Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel. The wheel’s 174,000 LEDs shine brilliantly over the Pacific’s rolling surf, and this year’s holiday light program will include animated snowflakes, reindeer with blinking noses, holiday emoji, and an 80-foot tall snowman that waving cheerily from above the Pier.

This special lighting event will take place from the evening of Friday, December 16 to Friday, December 30. 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 the Holiday Season 2022

Friday, December 16 to Friday, December 30
dusk (around 5 PM) to midnight

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programming 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.

The Ferris wheel’s light programs can be seen nightly lighting the waters around the Santa Monica Pier and are regularly featured in news broadcasts across the country. Pacific Park accepts special lighting requests from the public as part of a sponsorship arrangement with the Park. Because of the large volume of these requests, not all submissions can be met, and the Park no longer offers pro bono lighting requests. To learn more about these and other opportunities to partner with Pacific Park, please visit