Giving Day Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier as seen from the air south of the pier
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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit red on Wednesday, March 27 in recognition of Giving Day.

In partnership with the American Red Cross, the Pacific Wheel will be lit red and white on the evening of March 27 in recognition of Giving Day.

Giving Day is an opportunity for local communities to come together on one day to help the families who have been impacted by a home fire or other disaster and who urgently need Red Cross services to get back on their feet.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Wednesday, March 27. 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 Giving Day

Wednesday, March 27
dusk (around 6 – 7 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 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


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