All Weekend

See Monterey as it once was during Christmas in the Adobes. Several historic adobes will be lit up by candlelight and accompanied by refreshments and volunteers in period attire. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get inside these historic hot spots. Friday and Saturday from 5pm-9pm. Various locations throughout downtown Monterey. 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.

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 6pm-8:30pm. 800 South Main Street, Salinas. Free event.

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Need some positivity in your life? Catch a performance of ‘Sister Act’ at the Pacific Repertory Theatre. The feel-good musical comedy is sure to have you feeling blessed. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $42.

Old Fisherman’s Wharf has decked its halls for Christmas on the Wharf complete with holiday entertainment, sweet treats, free Santa meet and greets, holiday princesses and much more! Friday 5pm-9pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 11am-9pm. 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Free event.

Christmas in Monterey

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Monterey! Custom House Plaza has transformed into a winter wonderland complete with an ice rink overlooking Monterey Bay! Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 12pm-8pm. 4 Custom House Plaza. $13 for adults and $11 for children.

Friday

Rub shoulders with local chefs and winemakers at Carmel-by-the-Glass at the historic La Playa Carmel hotel this evening. There will be jazzy holiday music, delicious treats, and a plethora of wines! 5pm-8pm. Camino Real at 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $75.

Carmel by the Glass

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

Get your elf ears and Santa hat out for the festive 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 foundation. 8am. Lovers Point, Pacific Grove. Register here.

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! Afterward, kids can head to the Carmel Valley Youth Center for a photo with jolly Old Saint Nick. 10:30am. Ford Road, Carmel Valley. Free event.