All Weekend

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Ice Skating by the Bay returns to Custom House Plaza. Skate around the outdoor seasonal ice rink complete with ocean views. Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $13 for adults and $11 for children, skate rentals $3.

Ice Skating by the Bay at Custom House Plaza

The Tall Ship Lady Washington is still here! The historic ship used on Pirates of the Caribbean is docked at Old Fisherman’s Wharf for walk-on tours. Come check out the ship and meet her crew. November 8-25 (excluding Mondays). $5 for walk on tours, adventure sails are sold out. Click here for tour times. 

Tall Ship Lady Washington

Back by popular demand at the Golden Bough Theatre is Mamma Mia! The smash musical hit returns with iconic ABBA songs and an adorable love story. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$25.

Enjoy the fresh air with a free walking tour at Asilomar Conference Grounds. The 75 minute hike showcases historic highlights of the iconic property. Friday-Sunday at 10am. 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove. Free event. 

Get started on those stocking stuffers during the Monterey Gem Fair at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Here you will find fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Free event (when you bring a food donation for the food bank).

Thursday

Why suffer the stress of trying to please everyone's palate this Thanksgiving? Start a new tradition with a family Thanksgiving meal at one of Monterey County's best restaurants.Click here for a full list of Thanksgiving Dinner offerings

Friday

Cannery Row is ready for the season as they officially flip the switch on their ocean view holiday tree. This free and festive event is fun for the whole family – featuring Christmas carolers, balloon artists, Santa’s reindeer, and of course, Santa Claus himself! 4pm-7pm. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event. 

Holidays on Cannery Row

This Black Friday skip the lines and escape to the great outdoors! Join Asilomar Conference Grounds for a relaxed afternoon on the beach complete with live entertainment, a BBQ and libations! 4:30pm-7:30pm. 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove. 

Saturday

Taste Morgan is taking the stress out of holiday shopping every Saturday this holiday season. Here you can try tasty wines and shop local artisan goods to check off your holiday shopping list. 2pm-4pm. 204 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel. Free event. 

Sunday

Kick off your holidays at the Salinas Holiday Parade of 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. 6pm. One Main Street, Salinas. Free event. 

Enjoy an evening with Bruce Hornsby at the Sunset Center. Hornsby will showcase his talents that have earned him a two-and-a-half decade recording career including his hit "The Way It Is" which was one of the most popular songs on American radio in 1986. 7pm. San Carlos St. at Ninth Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea. $55-$75.