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.

Friday

The Portola Hotel & Spa is counting down the days to Christmas with a Winter Wonderland series full of entertainment, activities, dining experiences and more. Tonight Jacks Monterey restaurant features live music with John Harris. 5pm-8pm. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Back by popular demand, Molly's Revenge returns to St. Mary's beautiful Victorian sanctuary for a festive Celtic Winterdance Celebration. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring traditional Christmas songs up-to-date with a driving, hard-edged accent that will leave you wanting more. 7:30pm-9:30pm. 146 12th St, Pacific Grove. $25 for adults and $12 for kids when purchased in advance

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. 

Head over to Jacks Monterey for live music from Taylor Rae and Jesse. 5pm-7pm. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

SUNDAY

Get excited for brunch at Jacks Monterey and live music from David Conley. There will also be cookie decorating for children in the lobby. 11:30am-2:30pm. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Bring the kiddos over Carmel Valley Ranch this afternoon to meet the stars of Dance Kids of Monterey’s The Nutcracker! This unique annual event combines performance, participation, storytelling, and even sword fighting! Afternoon tea and savories will be served, along with sparkling wine for adults. Proceeds benefit Dance Kids of Monterey County, a nonprofit organization giving dance and theater arts opportunities to local youth. 2pm-3:30pm. Golf Clubhouse, One Old Ranch Rd, Carmel Valley. $65 for adults and $50 for ages 12 & under. 

Are you spending Christmas in Monterey? Treat yourself to a delectable Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner at one of our favorite restaurants found here

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