Ice skating, tree lighting, live performance and even an opportunity to learn about Pirates!  Many great experiences to choose from this weekend.  Ahoy, Me Hearties!!



Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline Ice Skating by the Bay seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey.  Skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland by the bay. 

Ice Skating by the bay


Christmas on the Wharf  in Monterey will feature holiday musical entertainment including choirs and community caroling, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 23 food Christmas tree, silhouetted lit trees, tin soldiers, sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa, lovely holiday princesses and much more.  There will be free hot chocolate, coffee, hot apple cider and cookies as well as prize drawings, Christmas carolers, plus all of the activities and experiences the Wharf has to offer.  

Christmas on the Wharf



The Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theater (MPBT) is thrilled to announce its return to Sunset Center Carmel with the 2019 production of The Nutcracker.   This enchanting story springs to life in keeping with the tradition of Tchaikovsky’s original ballet, first performed in San Francisco 74 years ago.  Come celebrate the magical tradition with our family of 153 dancers, countless volunteers, and enthusiastic performers. Price: $40 for Adult; $32 for Children.

The Nutcracker





Prepare to be inspired during a performance of Evita at The Western Stage, Salinas.  Join this ordinary woman's meteoric rise to power as narrator, Ché Guevara, reflects the voice of the Argentine people who came to see Evita as the spiritual leader of their nation. Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 8pm. 411 Central Avenue, Salinas. $26.




Carmel-by-the-Sea lights up with night with a special tree lighting ceremony at Devendorf Park. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 2pm in Devendorf Park with plenty of entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus!  After the tree is lit, stop by Carmel Plaza for their annual open house with live entertainment and refreshments. 

Carmel Holiday Tree



Join us by candlelight for Historic Monterey’s traditional Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration with carols, candles, cookies, cider, music and good cheer from 5:00-6:00. Location: Colton Hall, 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA.  Time: 5-6pm. Admission is free!

Colton Hall Lights

Check out Quail Lodge’s Christmas Market from 5-8pm.
A holiday-inspired shopping experience featuring local artisans complemented by festive activities. A German Market will be featured, provided by the Quail culinary team with pretzels, sausage, roast chestnuts, gingerbread cookies, clam chowder and specialty cocktails such as eggnog, hot toddies, Gluhwein and hot chocolate. There will also be Pet Adoptions, Pictures with Santa Claus, Kris Kringle’s Kids Korner and Holiday movie “Elf”.




Learn about Pirates and Rogues at the Monterey Public Library.  The age of pirates spanned nearly 200 years and was considered a plague on the high seas. Even what was then Alta California wasn't safe, and a surprising number of unexpected visitors sailed into Monterey Bay. Meet author Todd Cook whose new book recounts the stories of Hippolyte Bouchard and other. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and pirate era artifacts will be on display. Time 3-4:30pm.  Suggestion donation of $10.

Tall Ship Lady Washington



Stillwell’s Fun in the Park.  Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove behind the Post Office will be the site of a huge holiday party. Lots of wintry fun for all! Featuring Santa’s arrival on a shiny Pacific Grove fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, Snow Queen, hayrides, petting zoo & lots of entertainment. The hours are from 10:00am- 4:00pm.

Stillwell's  Fun in the Park



Winter Artisan Marketplace at the Lab in Carmel – 2 days. On December 7 and 8, the Lab in Carmel presents its annual holiday artisan marketplace featuring vendors from across the peninsula, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is free and will include a holiday photo booth and wine tasting. More information at  The Lab is located at 3728 The Barnyard Suite G 23 in Carmel.




Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade! Watch decked out boats cruise along Monterey Bay's scenic coastline during the Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade. The boats will start at Old Fisherman's Wharf and turn around at Hopkins Point, just after the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Location: Monterey Bay Coastline.  Time: 5pm and admission is free!


Boat Parade



Inns of Distinction Tour includes seven Carmel Inns & view Christmas decor; sample wines from local vintners & small bites from local restaurants! Inns include Pine Inn, Cypress Inn, Tradewinds, Horizon Inn, etc. Represented wineries include Bernardus, Scheid and Talbott, etc. Delicious appetizers will be provided by L'Escargot, Grasings, Il Fornaio, Flaherty's, etc. From 2-5pm, Price $35 in advance; $40 day of event.  Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea Murphy House, Lincoln & 6th.

Cypress Inn Christmas


Retreat: Being in Silence: in the forest and by the Sea.  Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove.  Teacher: Marianne Rowe, from 10-5pm.  Price: $100 (includes practice guide & journal)

Asilomar State Beach