Santa Monica Pier

A 90-Foot Tall Snowman Spotted in Santa Monica

Things are getting frosty at SoCal's celebrated solar-powered Ferris wheel.


What to Know

  • Pacific Wheel, located at Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier
  • Free to see in person or via the webcam
  • Sunset to midnight through Dec. 30, 2021

The words "snow" and "solar" don't appear together too often, for sunbeams have a rather notable way of turning snowflakes into drops of chilly water.

And yet?

If there's a bit of magic in the air, and Christmas is close, and the wizards who operate the 174,000 LED lights of the Pacific Wheel on Santa Monica Pier have the Noël-inspired notion, a snowman can materialize on an attraction associated with the sun.

Make that a super-sized snowman, one that stands at some nine stories high, which equals about 90 feet or so.

And that frosty fellow is now appearing on the side of the iconic attraction nightly, through New Year's Eve Eve, from sunset to midnight.

But there's snow way that the people behind the merry light show would only display one picture. If you gaze upon the glittery side of the Ferris wheel for long enough, you'll also spy Rudolph and Santa Claus, too.

One has to think that the beloved reindeer's shiny nose is a perfect fit for LED lights covering a great swath of ultra-bright attraction.

So you say you're taking in every lighting display in the region over the next few evenings? Don't miss the one at the end of Santa Monica Pier. It's the closest light show to the ocean, that's not right on the ocean, a presentation that's full of panache, cheer, and Santa Monica-style merriment.

Can't be there in person? There's a livecam, giving people everywhere the chance to see what it is like when a mega snowman meets a solar-powered wonder, all by the light of the stars.

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