Spending Thanksgiving in Monterey County? Check out our list of the best Thanksgiving dinners in the area!

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Ice Skating by the Bay continues this weekend at Custom House Plaza! Bring the kids and enjoy this fun winter activity. Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday noon-8pm, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under and $3 skate rental fee. Custom House Plaza isn’t the only place with a killer ice rink. Northridge Mall in Salinas also plays host to an amazing rink next to Old Navy and JCPenney. Open during normal mall business hours, 796 Northridge Mall, Salinas. $15 for adults, $12 for children. Get in the holiday spirit with a performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told at Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This fast paced comedy retells several classic Christmas stories including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Wonderful Life and Frosty the Snowman. Friday and Saturday and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm, Circle Theatre, Casanova Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7-$35. Classic guitarist Terrence Farrell plays this weekend at the C Restaurant + Bar at the InterContinental. The ocean views and soothing tunes are truly relaxing. Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm-9pm, 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free admission. Get your shop on at the Gem Faire at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Over 40 exhibitors will showcase the best products in beads, gems, jewelry, minerals and fossils. Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Rose of Pinot Noir and appetizers Don’t miss the grand opening of Carmel Valley's newest tasting room! Holman Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room makes its debut this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to the grand opening are $5 and include wine tastings and appetizers. Both days will be full of drawings, live entertainment and holiday cheer! Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm, 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite C in Carmel Valley. $5 tasting fee.


Black Friday is in full force today at the Del Monte Shopping Center. To spice things they have graciously added festive activities throughout the day including a balloon artist and live music from the Firefly Band and Jim Fucillo. 1410 Del Monte Center, Noon-7pm. Free admission. ‘Tis the season for tree lightings! Cannery Row kicks things off with holiday festivities and a spectacular tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. This is a great after-Thanksgiving Day event for the whole family. Highlights include balloon artists, stilt walkers, Christmas carolers and of course a visit from Old Saint Nick! 3:30pm-6:30pm, Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row, Monterey. Free admission. Head over to London Bridge Pub on Fisherman’s Wharf for live music. Rex Wheeler jams his signature acoustic rock tonight. 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.


Monarch butterflies in eucalyptus trees at Monarch Grove Sanctuary It’s the beginning of winter which means the butterflies are back in Pacific Grove! Celebrate the return of the Monarch butterflies during Science Saturdays at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Kids of all ages can learn about Monarchs with live exhibits and create butterfly themed crafts. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free with museum admission. Have a little fun and get in some early Christmas shopping at the 4th annual Holiday Art & Wine Walk. Carmel Valley businesses have joined forces for an afternoon of holiday cheer. Visitors will even have a chance to rub elbows with the artists and winemakers! 1pm-7pm, Carmel Valley Village. Free admission. Outer Edge performs live tonight at the Mucky Duck. The back patio will be rocking with their fabulous rock covers. 6pm-10pm. 5pm-9pm, 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free admission. Hang out with Baby Gramps tonight in Big Sur. Baby Gramps will set up at Fernwood Tavern to perform folk, blues and jazz music. Don’t miss his unique act which even landed him a spot on the David Letterman show! 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free admission. London Bridge Pub presents Casey Frazier tonight. This solo artist will perform live Americana and folk music throughout the night. 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.


Time to work off that Thanksgiving dinner! Guides from the Monterey County Regional Park District will take visitors on the Gregg’s Hill and Vista Lobos trails in Palo Corona. The hike will have a steep climb with rewarding views of the Monterey Peninsula and Point Lobos. The 6.5 mile hike is expected to last 4 hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, lunch and good hiking shoes. 9am, Palo Corona Regional Park Barn, Carmel. Free admission. Wind down after the four day weekend during Reggae Sunday at the Mucky Duck. Reggae artist Tony Miles performs relaxing tunes all afternoon. 4pm-8pm, 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free admission. Kick off your holidays at the Salinas Parade of Lights in Oldtown Salinas. Parade entrants range from marching bands, floats and dancers to walking groups and classic cars. The route winds up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center. Celebrity announcers keep you well informed during the festivities. 6pm, Oldtown Salinas. Free admission.