Lace up those ice skates and head to the rink at Custom House Plaza near Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Ice Skating by the Bay provides great holiday fun for the entire family! Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $12 for adults and $10 for children. Skate rentals are $3. Check off that Christmas list at the Del Monte Center while enjoying live music and entertainment this weekend. Don’t miss performances from Mamma Sue, Junction 68 and the Carmel High School band. Balloon artists and Santa Claus will also be making the rounds for the little ones. Friday- Sunday. 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey. Free event. It isn’t officially the holidays until you catch a performance of The Nutcracker. This weekend Dance Kids of Monterey perform the much loved holiday ballet at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. San Carlos Street and 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $30 for adults and $24 for children under 12.
Come check out some amazing jewelry and unique art pieces by candlelight at Z Folio Gallery on Cannery Row. Live music and tasty treats will round out the intimate and enchanting experience. 4pm-8pm, 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event.
Students from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas will parade down Main Street in Oldtown Salinas while singing traditional Christmas songs during La Posada. The procession will end at the National Steinbeck Center with hot chocolate, snacks, holiday entertainment and piñatas. 5pm-8pm, 1 Main Street, Salinas. Free event.
Rise and shine for an outdoor hike with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today adventure seekers will scope out the tremendous trees of Mill Creek in the hills of Big Sur. The 5.5mile hike is expected to take 3-4 hours. Don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes and to bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. 10am, Mill Creek Preserve, Big Sur. Free event. Have an aspiring elf? Bring your little one to Elves-in-Training at MY Museum, aka the North Pole! This special program will have tiny tots enjoying, crafts, treats, games and more. 10am-11:30am, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. $25 and $20 for members. The Museum of Monterey premiers its latest exhibit surrounding one of Monterey County’s biggest fans, Junipero Serra. The short documentary titled “Junipero Serra: His Life, His Legacy” dives into the life of the “Founder of the California Missions” system, including the Carmel Mission. 2pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event. Looking for more holiday activities? Visit our list of the “Top Holiday Events in Monterey County.”