SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica has announced the date and location of its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party. On Thursday, December 1 residents of Santa Monica are invited to join holiday figures and city officials at 1300 Block Third Street Promenade beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and City officials as they light the Official City of Santa Monica Holiday Tree on the world-famous Third Street Promenade. Sing classic Christmas carols with some of Santa Monica’s most talented vocalists while the little ones indulge in a kids’ craft station where they can create their own letters to Santa. The Jolly One will be on hand for photos to help you design that all-important holiday card,” states a description of the upcoming holiday event.

The free event is open to all ages. Families are urged to come on time as the line to take photographs with Mr. Claus gets quite long. Those in attendance can use the hashtags #TreeLighting, #SantaMonica, and #HolidayFun to spread word of the event throughout social media. Individuals are also encouraged to dress up to brighten the holiday spirit of the festivity. The Holiday Tree Lighting Party will conclude at 9:00 p.m.