Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! Still looking for a place to have your turkey dinner? See our list of the top restaurants in Monterey County offering up delicious Thanksgiving dinners!

All Weekend

Enjoy a winter wonderland right by the bay! Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey has transformed into an ice skater's paradise for Ice Skating by the Bay. Open Monday - Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10-$12.

Tap into your inner-Jack Sparrow and climb aboard a real-life pirate ship this weekend! The tall ship Lady Washington is docked in Moss Landing Harbor for walk-on tours and adventure sails until November 30. 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing. $3 donation recommended for walk-on tours and $43 for sails.

The "funniest policeman " according to Jay Leno comes to Planet Gemini! Don't miss Michael Mancini and his stand-up act Friday and Saturday nights. Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10-$15.

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the Gem Faire. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center plays host to over specialty gem vendors all weekend long. Saturday-Sunday from 10am-5pm and Monday from 10am-4pm. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Free admission.

Friday

Santa and his helpers have been busy setting up the holiday tree at Steinbeck Plaza on Cannery Row! Don't miss when the jolly man himself flips the switch on the twinkling lights. 5pm-9pm. Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event.

Saturday

Magical Monarchs are the focus of today's Science Saturday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Kids of all ages can see live butterflies, explore the museum's new Monarch Gallery, get their face painted and enjoy live music! 11am-3pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

The Sunset Center has a special holiday gift just for you, Chris Isaak in concert! Tonight this blues and rock -and-roll legend brings songs from his new albums as well as a few holiday favorites. 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $79-$99.

The Bad Dogs stop by Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight. 10pm. 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

Kick off your holidays at the Salinas Holiday Parade Lights! Parade entrants range from marching bands, floats and dancers to walking groups and classic cars. The route winds up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center. Celebrity announcers keep you well informed during the festivities. 6pm. 1 Main Street, Salinas. Free event.