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Thanksgiving Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

Published on November 13, 2020

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit red, yellow, and orange and feature an 80-foot tall turkey from Friday, November 20 to Thursday, November 26 in recognition of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is an annual holiday celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November in the United States. This harvest festival is a time for people to give thanks for the bounty of the season. Thanksgiving is celebrated in several other New World countries including Canada and Brazil.

In the US, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with a large meal of turkey or ham and many seasonally harvested vegetables such as corn, yams, and cranberries.

This year, the Pacific Wheel in Santa Monica will celebrate with a special light program that features autumn colors like red, yellow, and orange as well as seasonal iconography including an 80-foot tall turkey!

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, November 20 to Thursday, November 26. 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

Friday, November 20 to Thursday, November 26

Dusk to midnight (around 5 PM)

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 @pam_susemiehl