Thanksgiving Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier 2021

Images of drumsticks cascade accross the face of the Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park | Photo by @possuelo
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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit orange, yellow, and feature a dancing turkey with fun harvest-time themes on Monday, November 22 to Thursday, November 25 in recognition of Thanksgiving 2021.

Pacific Park is celebrating Thanksgiving in a big way with a fun, festive light program on the Pacific Wheel that features a 90-foot-tall Thanksgiving Turkey.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States and Canada as an autumn harvest festival. Families traditionally gather for a large meal that often features roasted turkey and other seasonal dishes.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Monday, November 22 to Thursday, November 25. 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 Thanksgiving 2021

Monday, November 22 to Thursday, November 25
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 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 @possuelo

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