Holiday cheer is abundant on Californiaʻs Central Coast! Here are the must-experience things to do during your stay in Monterey County this month.

December Events

If youʻre looking for festive ways to celebrate the holidays in Monterey County, look no further! Marvel at the annual Lighted Boat Parade from Old Fishermanʻs Wharf to Cannery Row in Monterey, hear the stories of Monterey’s earliest buildings at Christmas in the Adobes, or snap your photo with Santa Claus at the Holiday Parade of Lights in Pacific Grove. Find more fun and safe events to fill your holiday calendar on our Christmas Events page. 

Boat Parade

*Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test may be required for some events. Please respect individual event requirements and safety protocols, and contact events directly for specific information.

Your Holiday Guide

Looking for even more festive fun in Monterey County? Check out our complete holiday guide to take you through the entire season with seasonal events, winter specials for your stay, and a guide to gifting local, including unique experiences you can only get here!

Carmel Plaza Holiday

Things To Do

Life is always happening in Monterey County. Looking for things to do this weekend? We've got you covered. On any given day you can celebrate Christmas on Old Fishermanʻs Wharf with a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 23-foot Christmas tree, and festive goodies at various shops.

Want to enjoy Monterey County without breaking the bank? Check out all of the free things you can see and do, and find more events happening in the area.