A Christmas Carol Reading
Dec. 4, 6 to 9:30 p.m., free
The Christian Institute of Spiritual Science
1308 Second St., 310.394.4178.
In what is becoming an annual tradition in Santa Monica, the Christian Institute presents this participatory reading of the entire Dickens classic. You can read from the master copy or bring your own copy to read and/or follow along.
Winterlit Celebration and
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 5, noon to 8 p.m., free
1200 block of Third Street Promenade www.iceatsantamonica.com/winterlit.html
The holiday season begins for the downtown area with this Sunday celebration featuring entertainment by West of Broadway doing scenes from the show “Mrs. Scrooge,” children’s author Diane Namm reading from her work, musical performers Jessarae, Jared Lee, Tyler Hilton, Santa Monica High School Orchestra, and more.