December 9
12-6 p.m.

Snow Wonder

Burton Chace Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 80 tons of real snow, used to make a sledding hill and snow-kissed pine forest. Also enjoy crafts, music, face painting, and food trucks. The entire event is free, with food for purchase.

December 9
6-8 p.m.

Boat Parade

Award-winning journalist Carol Costello is the grand marshal of the 55th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. This year's theme is “Let’s Dance.” The popular viewing places are Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village. Download a Marina map below for parking lot information.

December 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Killer Rides Car Show & Toy Drive

Killer Shrimp Restaurant & Bar hosts this charity event and car show in its parking lot on December 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free to show your car and free to attend! Come ogle the rows hot rods, motorcycles, and muscle cars on display. Bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the L.A. County Fire Department.

December 16
4-8 p.m.

Marina Lights

Enjoy live caroling 4-6 p.m., an outdoor holiday movie screening starting at 6 p.m., and sweet snacks and beverages from CHURRO BOSS for sale. Our famous Snow Globe photo booth is also open 4-8 p.m. Activities are free. On December 16, The Voices of Christmas sing carols a capella style, and Home Alone is that night’s film. Lawn seating; bring your own low-back chairs.

December 23
4-8 p.m.

Marina Lights

Enjoy live caroling 4-6 p.m., an outdoor holiday movie screening starting at 6 p.m., and sweet snacks and beverages from CHURRO BOSS for sale. Our famous Snow Globe photo booth is also open 4-8 p.m. Activities are free. On December 23, The Wonderelles perform holiday songs in a '50s rock style, followed by the goofy classic A Christmas Story. Lawn seating; bring your own low-back chairs.

December 24-25

Christmas Dining

Check out our list of Marina restaurants and dining cruises offering special holiday meals. We'll add restaurants to this list throughout the season as details become available.

December 30
4-8 p.m.

Marina Lights

Enjoy live caroling 4-6 p.m., an outdoor holiday movie screening starting at 6 p.m., and sweet snacks and beverages from CHURRO BOSS for sale. Our famous Snow Globe photo booth is also open 4-8 p.m. Activities are free. On December 30, The Voices of Christmas return, and the movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. Lawn seating; bring your own low-back chairs.

December 31

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.

December 31

New Year's Eve Dining

Click below for a list of the hottest spots in L.A. this New Year's Eve. Hotels and restaurants around the Marina will be offering special dining menus and parties on New Year's Eve. Make reservations soon, as these events usually sell out with many people wanting to get the perfect waterfront table to watch the fireworks.

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.

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!

New Year’s Eve

Burton Chace Park is the staging ground for the Marina’s NYE celebration. New this year is a 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. Pay attendant if present, or use the pay-and-display kiosks (accept cash and Visa/Mastercard).

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.

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.

PUBLIC PARKING LOTS

The Marina has 12 public parking lots. Click here for a map. The lots closest to our events are:
COUNTY LOT 77, 13560 MINDANAO WAY
$0.25 per 10 minutes | Max. Mon.–Fri. $6, Sat.-Sun. $8
COUNTY LOT 4, 13500 MINDANAO WAY
$0.25 per 10 minutes | Max. Mon.–Fri. $6, Sat.-Sun. $8
**$8 flat rate on December 9 & 31**
COUNTY LOT 5, 4545 ADMIRALTY WAY
$0.25 per 10 minutes | Max. $5
FISHERMAN’S VILLAGE, 13755 FIJI WAY
$1 per 20 minutes | Max. $15