Venice Winter Wonderland Fri – Sat – Sun Dec 5th – Jan 4th @ Windward Plaza

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.31.19 PM

This year Venice is actually going to have some super holiday fun at Venice Beach Park! This will be the first year of the Venice Winter Wonderland! Events and activities include:

  • Snow Play Area & Slides
  • Candy Cane Lane featuring Arts & Crafts and Seasonal Treats
  • Entertainment featuring Venice Rockettes and Carolers
  • Gingerbread Making Contest, featuring Live Demos on specified dates
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating
  • Ugly Sweater Contest
  • Photos with Santa in a Giant Snow Globe!
  • Holiday Train Rides
  • Bounce House

Dates & Hours of Operation  Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am-7pm

December 5th-January 4th

Venice Beach Recreation Center

1800 Oceanfront Walk (just west of Windward Circle)

For any further inquiries, please contact us at:



Why We Need The Berms

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.34.38 AM

A few people have asked why the berms on Venice Beach are put in place every year, blocking the view of the water. Venice and Santa Monica are sammiched between a bunch of islands. The water rarely comes at our area from exactly a straight direction. The tides and swells come at the coast at an angle… and they hit those different island chains first which also breaks the force of the water that gets to us. Every once in a while, every ten years or so, we get a crazy combo of a huge storm surge that also happens to hit us straight on… so the storm surge isn’t buffered by the island chains. When that happens, the water surge is so strong, if the sand berms weren’t there, the water would push and flood all the way up past Ocean Ave / Admiralty where there is also a lot of ground water from the Marina. The berms bust up the view, but when we get wholloped it saves a lot of costly and extremely damaging cleanup. Ocean water is awesome. When it is in your house, its yucky.

Below is a video I shot just *after* the wave that went over the pier, and ripped the bathrooms off and sent them into the ocean. Pier was closed for a long time, and the decision was made not to rebuild the bathrooms.


Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.21.13 AM Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.24.38 AM Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.17.36 AM

Watch A Skate Movie. Eat A Taco. Listen To Spoken Word. Cool Things To Do Fri Night

There are a few cool things going on FRIDAY night in Venice… both are listed below!

Tomorrow, Friday Nov 21st at 7 pm Arbor is having a skateboard video premiere for “Grade”. You can watch the trailer below.

7 p.m. – Tacos, Refreshments,Giveaways and more.

Arbor Collective – Venice Showroom
102 W Washington Blvd,
Venice, CA 90292

ALSO – the next Story Hour at the Sidewalk Cafe is also Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Continuing our local event of creating a spoken word event in Venice.

Come and tell a story or listen to one (Sort of our own MOTH)

Since it’s the week before Thanksgiving… if you care to choose a Thanksgiving/family holiday/gratitude theme… please do!
All stories welcome – first come first serve and we try to keep to a 10-minute maximum! (more info – call Regina 310-415-7320)

Full Bar and Menu available

In café, by Small World Bookstore – 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice – Parking available on Speedway or street.