All Weekend

Life in Monterey: Ice skating in 60 degree weather with a view of the bay! Experience a winter wonderland right in Monterey! Ice skating by the Bay continues throughout December at the outdoor ice rink at Custom House Plaza Monterey State Historic Park. Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday noon-8pm, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under and $3 skate rental fee. Christmas gifts? Check. Ice Skates? Check. Carve out some time in that busy holiday schedule and hit the ice rink at Northridge Shopping Mall in Salinas. Open during normal mall business hours, 796 Northridge Mall, Salinas. $15 for adults, $12 for children.

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The Del Monte Center has a special Christmas gift just for you; live music and entertainment! This added bonus is sure to make your last minute shopping a breeze this weekend. On Friday evening shoppers can enjoy music from Carmel Strings. Saturday will feature a balloon twister and music from Junction 68, VOCI a capella and the Nightingals. Sunday will round out the weekend with a special appearance from Mama Claus and Eddie the elf. Friday- Sunday, 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey. Free admission. It’s the last weekend to catch a performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told in Carmel-by-the-Sea! This fast and fun play retells several classic Christmas stories like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Wonderful Life and Frosty the Snowman, all in one great show. Friday and Saturday and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm, Circle Theatre, Casanova Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7-$35. In need of a relaxing evening? Head over the C Restaurant + Bar at the InterContinental and listen to classic guitarist Terrence Farrell. You might even hear the crashing of ocean waves! Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm-9pm, 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free admission.

Friday

Take the kids out for a wild night out at Wild Things! The scene is set for Christmas and the animals are ready for their debut in the holiday show “The Magic Telephone”. The animal kingdom will be aglow with Christmas lights and Santa might even stop by for a visit. 6:30pm, 400 River Road, Salinas. $20 for adults and $14 for children 14 and under. Looking for some humor? Paula Poundstone will be at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea tonight. You may recognize this hilarious stand-up comedian from several HBO and BRAVO comedy specials and appearances on the David Letterman Show. 8pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $35. The Temple Tigers get Bullwacker’s rockin’ tonight. Grab a drink and enjoy the show on the patio. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. London Bridge Pub hosts acoustic guitarist Rex Wheeler performs tonight. Bring your friends and have a great Friday night! 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.

Saturday

Time to burn off some of those holiday cookies! Guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District hit the trails at Palo Corona. Hikers will walk up to Inspiration Point and enjoy stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula at the summit. This 5.5 mile hike is expected to last 3-4 hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, lunch and good hiking shoes. 9am, Palo Corona Regional Park Barn, Carmel. The Mucky Duck on Alvarado Street presents Phat Chants tonight. Don’t miss their entertaining classic rock covers. You will be jammin’ to the hottest ditties of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. 6pm-9pm, 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free admission. You have another chance to check out Wild Things decked out in its holiday glory. Don’t miss the holiday themed animal show, complimentary refreshments, a visit from jolly old Saint Nick and more. 6:30pm, 400 River Road, Salinas. $20 for adults and $14 for children 14 and under. Local favorite, Firefly will be playing tonight at Bullwacker’s. This classic four-piece rock band features Kate Daniel as lead vocals. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Head to Big Sur’s Fernwood Tavern for a concert by Harry and the Hitmen. This psychedelic rock band creates a sound of their own with tambourine, guitar, trombone, harmonica, bass, keyboard, drums and trumpet. 9pm, 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. No cover. Acoustic guitarist and singer Sean Ryan graces London Bridge Pub tonight! Sean is heavily influenced by artists including Eric Clapton, Ben Folds, the Gin Blossoms and Richard Marx. 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.

Sunday

Take the trail less traveled today with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today hikers will embark on a journey through hillsides and canyons in Garland Ranch. The 5 mile hike is expected to last 3 hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, lunch and good hiking shoes. 10am, Garland Park Visitor Center, Carmel Valley. Hey mon! Unwind at the Mucky Duck this Sunday during Reggae Sundays. Tony Miles will do his best to make sure you have a good time. 4pm-8pm, 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free admission. Join MY Museum for a Solstice Sing-Along. Children will be able to sing, dance and simply enjoy rhythms from around the world. Kiki Wow will also be on hand for an interactive musical performance. Don’t forget to sport your favorite pair of pj’s! 5:15pm, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. $5 in-district/$6 out of district or $15 per family (in), $17 per family (out). Call to reserve 831-372-3196 ×3.