Enjoy a winter wonderland right by the bay! Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey has transformed into an ice skater's paradise for Ice Skating by the Bay. Open Monday - Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10-$12.
Love The Full Monty? Then you are going to love the movie turned musical performance at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea this weekend! Don't miss this infectious story of six unemployed steelworkers who hatch a desperate plan to get their lives back which requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothes! Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $10-$39.
Get into the holiday spirit with Dance Kid's presentation of The Nutcracker at the Sunset Center tonight. Accomplished professional dancers join a cast of 120 locally trained pre professional dancers to bring the beloved holiday tale to life. Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $32.
Female comedian Maureen Langan is at Planet Gemini Friday and Saturday for two nights of hilarious stand-up. Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10-$15.
Celebrate the season with the City of Seaside during their Winter Wonderland Celebration! Don't miss the petting zoo, arts and crafts, hay rides, tree lighting, ice skating and a visit from Santa! 5pm-9pm. 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside. Free event.
Raise a glass to Jacks Restaurant's Champagne Dinner tonight. Enjoy an elegant six-course dinner with plenty of bubbly to go around. 5pm-8pm. Two Portola Plaza, Monterey. $75 per person. Call (831) 649-2698 for reservations.
Looking for a festive activity for your little ones? Get your kiddos into Elves in Training at MY Museum with storytelling, costumes, cookie decorating, and a special visit with Sprinkles and Twinkles the MYM Elves! 6pm-7:30pm. 425 Washington Street, Monterey. $20.
Tap into your inner child and build your own gingerbread house at the Monterey Beach Resort this evening. Handy elves will also enjoy light appetizers and two complimentary drinks during the workshop. 7pm-9pm. 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey. $40.
TGIF! Wave Street Studios near Cannery Row is celebrating their favorite day of the week tonight! Their weekly TGIF event invites you to mix, mingle, and unwind with live music, dancing and small bites. 7pm-11pm. 774 Wave Street, Monterey. $25.
Lace up those shoes and get your Santa hat out for the Jingle Bell Run this morning at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. The 5K race along PG's stunning coastline raises funds to support the Arthritis Foundation. 8am. Lovers Point, Pacific Grove. $40 to register, free for spectators.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Santa! Mr. and Mrs. Claus fly-in straight from the North Pole by helicopter to Carmel Valley Airfield this morning. There they'll board their sleigh and lead a parade through the town with horses, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club train, unique autos and more! Afterwards kids can head to the Carmel Valley Youth Center for a photo with jolly Old Saint Nick. 10:30am-12pm. Ford Road and Lilac Lane, Carmel Valley. Free event.
Enjoy a holiday affair at the Talbott Vineyards tasting room in Carmel Valley. Talbott offers 2-for-1 tastings, author and chef Mary Chamberlin serves her famous white turkey chili, Gil's Gourmet shares samples of its delicious artisan food products and Maret Designs displays its one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. 12pm-4pm. 25 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley.
The Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea presents John Farmanesh-Bocca's "Oh Wonderful Life" performed by the Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble. The spin on classic film "It's a Wonderful Life" delivers a witty and moving story that is sure to capture your heart and captivate your spirit. 2pm. Casanova Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7.50-$35.
Explore Garland Ranch's lower trails this morning with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. The 3 mile hike is expected to last 2 hours. Don't forget to bring water, snacks and shoes with good tread. 9am. Carmel Valley. Free event.