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March is Red Cross Month Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

The red cross emblem displayed on the Ferris wheel in Santa Monica | Photo by @analog_thrills
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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit red, white, and The Red Cross emblem on Tuesday, March 1 in recognition of March is Red Cross Month.

UPDATE: This special light program will run again on the Pacific Wheel Wednesday, March 23, 2022 around 7 PM. For more information on how to support Red Cross’s mission in Ukraine, follow the links below.

Each year, the President of the United States proclaims March as “Red Cross Month,” an opportunity to honor and celebrate everyday heroes. During the month, local Red Cross chapters across the country to raise awareness of the Red Cross mission and celebrate the work of their volunteers. Pacific Park will join other landmarks across the country in lighting red for the American Red Cross this month. This special light program will run on the Pacific Wheel displaying the iconic red cross.

In partnership with the American Red Cross, this year’s program will also include an animated, waving Ukrainian flag to bring awareness to the work of the volunteer efforts of Red Crossers in western Europe. The situation is constantly evolving in Ukraine and other countries affected by this crisis. The Ukraine Red Cross is leading humanitarian response efforts in Ukraine and are being supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Funds are being raised to support the global Red Cross movement response to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

This special lighting event will take place each evening from Tuesday, March 1 to Thursday, March 3. 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 March is Red Cross Month

Tuesday, March 1
dusk (around 6 – 7 PM) to midnight

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region serves nearly 10 million people in 88 cities within Los Angeles County. We are dedicated to helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The L.A. Region – part of a nationwide network of locally supported chapters – is comprised of the following five Red Cross chapters: Northern Valleys, Greater Long Beach, Greater Los Angeles, San Gabriel Pomona Valley and Western Los Angeles. Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping people be prepared to respond in emergencies.

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.


This post was updated 3-1-2022.

Feature image courtesy of @analog_thrills

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