All Weekend

Step into the Nativity story, as 200 re-enactors, along with live animals and musical groups, recreate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience. Wednesday-Saturday from 5pm-8:3pm. 1130 San Vincente Avenue, Salinas. Free event. 

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Experience a slice of Monterey's past during Christmas in the Adobes. See the adobes by candlelight and enjoy refreshments and live performances as volunteers in period attire welcome you into historic homes decorated in historical style. The twenty 19th-century adobes, lit by luminaries and enhanced with period decorations, are within an easy walk of each other. Friday and Saturday from 5pm-9pm. Various locations. Tickets are $25 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under.

Old Whaling Station by candlelight

Surround yourself with an inspiring musical experience during Christmas on Main Street at Compass Church in Salinas. Sing your favorite Christmas carols with an array of talented guests like Aaron Encinas from The Voice, Whitney Wood from American Idol and Grammy award winner John Wineglass. Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9am, 10:45am, 2pm, 4pm. 1044 S. Main Street, Salinas. Free event. 

Enjoy the musical smash hit Mamma Mia! at Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea this weekend. Sing along to popular songs from ABBA and revel in the charming story between Sophie and her potential three fathers. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$44.

Old Fisherman's Wharf invites you for some festive cheer with special holiday entertainment, sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, holiday princesses and much more! “Christmas on the Wharf” occurs on Friday evenings from 5pm-9pm, Saturdays from 11am-9pm and Sundays from 11am-9pm. 4 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Free event. 

Friday

Celebrate the Christmas season in the City of Seaside! The annual Winter Wonderland Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony features ice skating, interactive crafts, hay rides, a petting zoo and a special visit from Santa. 6pm-9pm. 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside. Free event. 

Saturday

Put on those reindeer ears and head to the Jingle Bell 5K race (run or walk) at Lovers Point Park. Have fun with Santa, tie jingle bells to your shoes, and help raise funds to support the Arthritis Foundation. 8am. 17th Street and Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus fly-in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield! There they'll board their sleigh and lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village. The parade is filled with horses, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club train, unique autos and more! 10:30am. Ford Road, Carmel Valley. Free event. 

The Bay Improvisers head to the Pink Flamingo Theatre and take audience suggestions and make up scenes on the spot for a roaring good time! 7:30pm-9:30pm. 2115 North Fremont Ave #C, Monterey. $15.