Itʻs the most magical time of the year - the holiday season is here! Monterey County is looking forward to a full calendar of festive events, winter specials, and a guide to gifting local. 

Thanksgiving DinnerHoliday Events

Check out these Thanksgiving Dinners, Christmas Events, and New Year jamborees happening in Monterey County. 

Thanksgiving Dinners

There is no shortage of Thanksgiving feasts happening in Monterey County. Gather with family and friends, and feast on traditional Thanksgiving fare at these local restaurants. If youʻd prefer to give thanks from your own table at home, many Monterey County restaurants are offering take-out Thanksgiving dinners as well. 

Christmas Events

With Holiday tree lightings in Monterey, Santa sightings in Pacific Grove, and wreath making demos in Carmel Valley, wrap yourself in holiday cheer at these Christmas events all over Monterey County.

New Yearʻs Celebrations

Ring in the New Year on Californiaʻs Central Coast.

Holiday Gift Guide

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UNIQUE MONTEREY COUNTY EXPERIENCES

Sometimes, the best thing we can give someone isn't a "thing" at all. Give the gift of one-of-a-kind adventures with these unique experiences around Monterey County.

Give your road trip partner a Pebble Beach Resorts getaway during the Lexus Performance Driving School. They’ll get behind the wheel of the latest Lexus models for a day, culminating in hot laps on the world-renowned WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Cap off a splendid weekend on an entirely different kind of drive with a bucket-list round of golf on Pebble Beach’s legendary courses. Your travel buddy might also enjoy a drive on the iconic roads of the Monterey Peninsula in a Classic Car from Monterey Touring Vehicles. Gift certificates can now be purchased online.

Give the gift of rejuvenation and time well spent together with a stay at Sanctuary Beach Resort. Fall asleep to the soothing waves on the shoreline of Marina State Beach in a private oceanfront cottage.

A gift for someone who needs to wine down? Dawn's Dream Winery "Taste with the Winemaker" virtual event, which includes delicious food and wine packages sent to each participant to taste alone throughout the experience. 

Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Boat Tours has an amazing Bookstore and Gift Shop that celebrates the science, nature, and beauty of the Monterey region. Find adorable stuffed animals, special deals on books, attire, cards, prints, and unique Monterey Bay souvenirs, or pick up gift certificates for available tours.

Give an ocean-friendly gift to your loved ones this holiday season by shopping online at the Monterey Bay Aquarium -- deck the halls with festive Aquarium ornaments, equip an eco-friendly kitchen, sparkle with ocean-friendly jewelry or share the love with a gift membership.

Holiday Specials

Big Sur River Inn

'Tis the season of specials! Check out these holiday exclusives to make your stay that much more memorable.

Book Your Holiday stay at a discounted rate! The Gosby House Inn in Pacific Grove and Coachmanʻs Inn in Carmel are offering their California Dreaming special over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Get 20% off your stay when you book direct, and enjoy a full breakfast for two, an afternoon wine and cheese mini picnic, freshly baked cookies, free parking, wifi, and complimentary use of the inn's bicycles.

Looking to stay in Big Sur this winter? The Big Sur River Inn is an unforgettable vacation destination nestled among towering redwoods on the tranquil Big Sur River. The stay more-save more multi night discount gives you a 20% discount for bookings of 2 nights, and 30% discount for stays of 3 nights or more.

The cherry on top of the holiday season? Delicious local ice cream! Each holiday season, Revival Ice Cream celebrates with one of their limited seasonal flavors using only the freshest local and organic ingredients. Stop by the shop for a scoop or two, and savor in knowing that thereʻs no better way to spend the holidays than on the beautiful central coast. 

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