Wallet feeling pinched due to the holidays? There's plenty of free fun things to do this weekend.


The Salinas First Fridays Art Walk has lots of live music, dancing, refreshments, and works by local artists at about 50 venues; between the performances, you may find a perfect item for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday list. 5-8pm, free.

Carmel Plaza hosts its annual open house. Live music, fun foods, holiday giveaways and complimentary wine - how can you go wrong? 5:30pm, free. Take a moonlit hayride, sing Christmas carols around the bonfire, drink hot apple cider and eat homemade cookies at The Farm in Salinas. 6-9pm, free.

The First Baptist Church of Salinas turns its parking lot into the village of Bethlehem during the annual "Streets of Bethlehem." 300 re-enactors, live animals, and live musicians all come together to recreate the Nativity. 6pm-8:30pm, free. The Smuin Ballet performs traditional holiday dances as well as modern choreography during their Holiday Program at the Sunset Center in Carmel. 8pm, tickets are $40 and $55, book online.

San Francisco acoustic folkie Deborah Crooks serenades the crowd at Jose's on Wave Street tonight. Julie Zack opens. 9 pm, no cover.


Pacific Grove brings the snow to Caledonia Park for "Stillwell's Snow in the Park." Meet up with Santa, Frosty the Snowman and the Snow Queen, have fun with hayrides and a petting zoo, plus live entertainment. 10am-4pm, free.

Take a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy museum-quality works of art. The Monterey Museum of Art Holiday Art Sale at the La Mirada branch includes many works from the estate of Ellwood Graham. Prices range from $75 to $7,000. All proceeds benefit the Museum's programs.

Scheid Vineyards hosts their Holiday Open House in Greenfield. Make a wreath out of grape vines, eat their fabulous appetizers, and taste great wine. 11am-4pm, free. RSVP at 831-455-9990. 10am-4pm, free to attend.

Learn the differences between types of chocolates, get holiday baking ideas and try some fantastic desserts at the Bernardus Lodge Chocolates and Desserts Cooking Demo. 1pm-3pm, $85.

The Smuin Ballet performs their holiday show at the Sunset Center in Carmel. 2 pm and 8 pm, $40 and $55, book online.

Head to the First Baptist Church of Salinas to go back 2000 years in time (along with 300 re-enactors, live animals, and more) to the village of Bethlehem. 6pm-8:30pm, free.

San Francisco's sad, shoegazey low-fi Callow stop by Jose's on Wave Street tonight before a big Northwest tour. Santa Cruz moody indie artists Electric Leaves and intriguing country-influenced locals An Anchor of Silver open. Folk artist Kacey Johansing brings her melancholy music to Fernwood Resort in Big Sur tonight. 9 pm, no cover.


The Friends of the Monterey Public Library host their annual estate book sale at the Monterey Public Library. This ain't your average book sale; there will be over 100 collector's editions available, perfect for the book collector on your holiday list. And the gift-wrapping is free! 10am-4pm.

San Jose's A Capella Choral Project performs live at the Chateau Julien Wine Estate Holiday Spectacular. The performance is followed by a wine tasting and a gift reception. 2:30-5:30pm, $40.