All Weekend

Step into the Nativity story at the Streets of Bethlehem, as 200 re-enactors, along with live animals and musical groups, recreate the story of the birth of Jesus. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience. Wednesday-Saturday from 6pm-8:30pm. 800 South Main Street, Salinas. Free event.

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Catch a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway musical Cats this weekend at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Reminisce in popular show tunes like “Jellicle Choice" and “Memory.” Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$42.

Light up the holiday season with a stellar performance from the Smuin Ballet at the Sunset Center! This holiday themed program is filled with a stunning and original array of ballet, tap and jazz. Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm. San Carlos St at Ninth Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $57-$73.

Friday

Carmel-by-the-Sea lights up the night with a special tree lighting ceremony at Devendorf Park. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 4:30pm with plenty of entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus! 4:30pm. Ocean Avenue and Junipero, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

After Carmel’s tree lighting head across the street to Carmel Plaza. Their Holiday Open House event is packed with all sorts of family fun including face painting, cookie decorating and live music.  5pm-7pm. Ocean Ave and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

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Downtown Monterey decks its halls at Colton Hall this afternoon with live entertainment to match. Don’t miss out on carols, candles, cookies, cider, music and good cheer. 5pm-6pm. 570 Pacific Street, Monterey. Free event.

Holiday Tree & Lights at Colton Hall

It’s Christmas Night at The Farm in Salinas! Tonight they bundle up for a night full of carols, hot cider and hayrides. 6pm-9pm. Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68, Salinas. Free event.

Saturday

Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove hosts Stillwell's Fun in the Park with plenty of wintry fun for all including hayrides, a petting zoo and lots of entertainment. 10am-4pm. Central Avenue and Jewell Avenue. Pacific Grove. Free event.

Head for the hills today for the 17th Annual Wine & Wreaths Holiday Open House at Joullian Vineyards in Carmel Valley. Today they open up their exclusive winery for a day full wreath making, tractor rides, and a delicious BBQ lunch! 11am-4pm. 20300 Cachagua Road, Carmel Valley. $45.

Overlooking the vineyards

Get up close and personal with Santa’s live reindeer in front of the Golden State Theatre in Oldtown Monterey. 12pm-4pm. 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free event.

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Hang out and listen to live music from bluegrass jam band Steep Ravine in at the Fernwood Tavern tonight. 10pm. 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. Free Event.

Sunday

Several quaint inns and B&Bs in Carmel-by-the-Sea open their doors this afternoon for the Inns of Distinction tour. Featured inns include Cypress Inn, La Playa Carmel, Happy Landing Inn, Pine Inn, Tradewinds Carmel, Carriage House, Lobos Lodge, and Monte Verde Inn accompanied by delicious bites and wine tastings along the way. 2pm-5pm. Various locations in Carmel-by-the-Sea. $30-$35.

Watch decorated boats cruise along Monterey Bay's coastline during the Brighten the Harbor boat parade this evening. 6pm-8pm. Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Free event.