The Pacific Wheel Goes Green on St Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day celebrated at the Santa Monica Pier with the lighting of the Pacific Wheel in bright green colors.
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The Ferris wheel will feature a custom computer-generated lighting program with Irish green patterns, transitions and lucky shamrocks.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 90-foot-tall Ferris Wheel with displays of Irish green patterns, transitions and lucky shamrocks. The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit green all weekend in recognition of St Patrick’s Day.

Pacific Park will be joining other landmark’s from across the globe including The Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls and the London Eye, in going green for St Patrick’s Day.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19. 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 St Patrick’s Day 2023

Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19
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.


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