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The 2020 Holiday Season Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

Published on December 21, 2020

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel will be lit red, green, blue and white on Friday, December 18 to Wednesday, December 30 in recognition of the 2020 Holiday Season.

Many holidays are celebrated late November to early January in the United States including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice New Year’s Eve as well as new annual commerce holidays like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Boxing Day.

To celebrate this annual season of holidays, Pacific Park will light the Pacific Wheel with the colors of the season and feature several holiday-themed icons such as wreaths, reindeer, animated falling snow and even a 80-foot tall snowman that waves merrily high above the Santa Monica Pier.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, December 18 to Wednesday, December 30. 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 The 2020 Holiday Season

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 @beaudarkens