This Weekend in Santa Monica!

The 34th Annual Venice-Santa Monica Christmas Run, a free Santa Monica Symphony concert and a toy drive at the Basement Tavern are among this weekend's activities.


Where/When: at 2665 Main St.; 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Why go: 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the American Liver Foundation, which works to provide research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.
Pricing: Free

Where/When: , 2640 Main St, Santa Monica; 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Why go: Bring an unwrapped toy worth at least $10 and get a shot in return
Pricing: Free


Where/When: , 1855 Main St.; 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Why go: William Mathias’ “Laudi,” Ginastera’s “Pampeana No. 3,” and Dvofiák’s “Symphony No. 6.”
Pricing: Free

Where/When: , 1310 11th St.; 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Why go: Improv experts dressed like Jane Austin characters are likely to ad-lib scenes that would make the modest author blush
Pricing: $42

Where/When: Third Street Promenade; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Why go: The Cirque du Soleil Truck will be on site (just outside of Old Navy), giving free Cirque du Soleil gifts, providing photo opportunities and offering a 25 percent discount on tickets to IRIS (at the Kodak Theatre) and OVO (coming to the Santa Monica Pier) to everyone who stops by.
Pricing: Free

Where/When: , 1328 Montana Ave; 4 p.m. Saturday
Why go: It's the 20th anniversary of this colorful Spielberg production that stars Robin William "as grown-up Peter Pan, now a businessman glued to his cell phone and woefully lacking a sense of magic or imagination, who is forced to face his Neverland past when his children are abducted by Captain Hook."
Pricing: $11


Where/When: , Colorado Ave and Ocean Ave; Registration opens 6 a.m. Saturday
Why go: The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run is Los Angeles’ largest holiday running event. Didn't train? Stand along the race course and revel in the whacky holiday costumes donned by runners.
Pricing: $40 to race


Where/When: 1350 Third Street Promenade; 10 a.m. Saturday
Why go: The first 100 customer to arrive Saturday at the Puma store will receive a $25 Puma gift card
Pricing: Free

Where/When: , 1220 2nd St.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Why go: Drop our kids off, then holiday shop at the promenade while the young ones kids cook a holiday meal that includes mini beef wellington and traditional latkes.
Pricing: $75


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