Holiday Events in Marina del Rey

Enjoy the holiday season in Marina del Rey with our signature winter events. Burton Chace Park is the place to be for festive fun, including nightly Christmas lights throughout December, as well as the Snow Wonder festival and Holiday Boat Parade.

 

November 2 – December 31

Holiday Dining Cruises

Take in the view of the sparkling Marina while aboard a Hornblower yacht and dine on a traditional holiday meal. Click the button below to view options for special Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's public dining cruises in Marina del Rey. 855-816-5824.

December 1
4-8 p.m.

Holiday Movies & Caroling

The Wonderelles will perform upbeat holiday music in a 50s/60s style from 4 to 6 p.m. Following, enjoy a screening of A Christmas Story. Bring your own low-back beach chairs or picnic blankets. A heating station will be provided, but please dress warmly. Free admission!

December 5
7 p.m.

Tony P's Christmas Beer Dinner

Tickets go fast for this five-course dining event. Prepayment is required at the time of reservation. Stop by the restaurant or call 310-823-4534.

December 8
12-6 p.m.

Snow Wonder

Burton Chace Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with tons of real snow and a sledding hill (sleds provided for your use). Also enjoy crafts, music, face painting, and food booths. The entire event is free, with food for purchase.

December 8
6-8 p.m.

Holiday Boat Parade

Watch a trail of lighted boats cruise through the main channel. Narration on a PA system is available at the two most popular viewing places, Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village. For 2018, 4th District L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn serves as the Grand Marshall. This year’s parade theme is Winter Water Wonderland. The event is heavily attended and local parking lots fill quickly. We recommend arriving early in the day and enjoying activities and dining in the Marina while you wait for the start of the parade.

December 9
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Killer Rides Holiday Car Show & Toy Drive

Killer Shrimp hosts this annual holiday car show and toy drive in the parking lot of its waterfront restaurant space. Free to show and free to attend! Spend the morning pouring over hot rods, exotics, motorcycles, classics, and muscle cars. Enjoy music, food, and photos with Santa, too. Please bring a new, unwrapped children’s toy to be donated to the L.A. County Fire Department. Contact Killer Shrimp at info@killershrimp.com to register your car for the show.

December 15
4-8 p.m.

Holiday Movies & Caroling

Dressed in Dickensian costumes, the Voices of Christmas are strolling carolers who will sing a capella holiday classics from 4 to 6 p.m. Following, enjoy a screening of The Santa Clause. Bring your own low-back beach chairs or picnic blankets. A heating station will be provided, but please dress warmly. Free admission!

December 22
4-8 p.m.

Holiday Movies & Caroling

The Wonderelles will perform upbeat holiday music in a 50s/60s style from 4 to 6 p.m. Following, enjoy a screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Bring your own low-back beach chairs or picnic blankets. A heating station will be provided, but please dress warmly. Free admission!

December 29
4-8 p.m.

Holiday Movies & Caroling

Dressed in Dickensian costumes, the Voices of Christmas are strolling carolers who will sing a capella holiday classics from 4 to 6 p.m. Following, enjoy a screening of a sing-along version of Frozen. Bring your own low-back beach chairs or picnic blankets. A heating station will be provided, but please dress warmly. Free admission!

December 31
7 p.m.-midnight

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Park

Head to Burton Chace Park for a Glow Party, 7 p.m.–midnight, with face painting, DJ music, dancing, and food trucks. Watch live broadcasts of the east and west coast countdowns to the New Year – with fireworks at 8:59 p.m. and again at 11:59 p.m.

Snow Wonder

Eighty tons of snow are trucked in to Burton Chace Park to make a sledding hill and snow-play area. Pummel your pals with balls of snow – then take cover behind a Christmas tree!

Holiday Boat Parade

Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village are the best places to watch the trail of lighted boats cruise the main channel. A 10-minute fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. will announce the start of the parade.

New Year’s Eve

Burton Chace Park is the staging ground for the Marina’s NYE celebration. Don’t miss the Glow Party, 7 p.m.–midnight, with activities the whole family will enjoy. Watch a live broadcast of the east and west coast countdowns to 2018, plus fireworks at 8:59 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Holiday Dining on
the Waterfront

Marina del Rey is home to over 60 full-service restaurants, representing cuisines from around the globe. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh-caught seafood, fine Italian, primo steak, Korean barbecue, or American classics, you’ll find a top-notch outlet in L.A.’s Marina. If you’re looking for a restaurant on the waterfront, we’ve included a list of options on the printable map found at the bottom of this webpage. Or, click the button immediately below to access our online dining guide for a longer list of restaurants in the area. Bon appétit!

Dining Guide

GETTING HERE

Marina Lights and Snow Wonder take place at Burton Chace Park. You can also watch the Holiday Boat Parade and New Year's Eve fireworks at the park, as well as Fisherman's Village. Click the button to download a printable map with public parking options.

LOCATION

Marina del Rey is located on the Los Angeles coast, 4 miles south of Santa Monica. From Interstate 405, connect to westbound Highway 90, which terminates in Marina del Rey. Make a left onto Mindanao Way and follow it to the end at Burton Chace Park. 13650 Mindanao Way.

PUBLIC PARKING LOTS

The Marina has 12 public parking lots. Pay attendant if present, or use the pay-and-display kiosks (accept cash and Visa/Mastercard). Click here for a map. The lots closest to Burton Chace Park are:
LOT 77, 13560 MINDANAO WAY - 70 SPACES
$0.25 per 10 minutes | Max. Mon.–Fri. $6, Sat.-Sun. $8
LOT 4, 13500 MINDANAO WAY - 152 SPACES
$0.25 per 10 minutes | Max. Mon.–Fri. $6, Sat.-Sun. $8
LOT 5, 4545 ADMIRALTY WAY - 222 SPACES
$0.25 per 10 minutes | Max. $5
LOT 2, 13477 FIJI WAY - 232 SPACES
$10 per regular vehicle; $13 with trailer
LOT 1/FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE, 13723 FIJI WAY - 501 SPACES
$1 per 20 minutes | Max. $15

THE FREE RIDE

The Free Ride offers free daily transportation in the Marina from noon till 9 p.m. If you see a car, wave it down. Or text (no calls please) your location, destination, and passenger count to 323-435-5000; please allow 10–15 minutes for pick-up. Click here for a flyer with a map of the service area.

BEACH SHUTTLE

The free weekend beach shuttle runs on a loop between Playa Vista, the Marina, and the Venice Pier with shuttles arriving approximately every 30 minutes. Service runs 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays–Saturdays, and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sundays and holidays. For New Year's Eve, enjoy extended service until 1:30 a.m. Enjoy direct drop-offs and pick-ups at the Burton Chace Park entrance starting at 6 p.m. Click here for a map.