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3rd Annual Christmas on the Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf Association #1 Old Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
November 30, 2018 - November 30, 2018
  • Recurring every 3 weeks on Friday
  • Location: Fisherman's Wharf Association, #1 Old Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA
  • Phone: (831) 238-0777
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: free
  • Description:

    Be sure to bring your family and friends this holiday season to create wonderful memories at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf!

    Fisherman's Wharf Association is proud to sponsor and hold its “3rd Annual Christmas on the Wharf” weekend festivities on Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California.

    “Christmas on the Wharf” will feature holiday musical entertainment including choirs and community caroling, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 19-foot Christmas tree, silhouetted lit trees, tin soldiers, free sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa, lovely holiday princesses and much more! New this year will be several not-to-be-missed giant holiday-lighted marine animals on display.

    Families are encouraged to come meet Santa and his elves to create special memories. Enjoy free Santa visits at his “house” and have a photo op for kids and family. Christmas holiday princesses will also be on hand to greet the children and for photo ops. There will also be a toy drop at Santa’s house for Salvation Army.

    Each weekend of Christmas on the Wharf, there will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, hot apple cider and cookies (Friday, Saturday and Sundays) at the Wharf tent courtesy of Fisherman’s Wharf Association and Old Fisherman’s Grotto.

    There will be free drawings for a dinner for two and more. Christmas carolers and live entertainment will be featured each weekend (schedule to be posted on There will also be great Christmas shopping, dining, whale watching, fishing, watching marine life and more fun this holiday season on the Wharf.

    The Wharf businesses will be beautifully decorated with hundreds of colorful holiday lights and a majestic lit Christmas tree. There will also be many Christmas specials provided by Wharf merchants.

    On Saturday, December 2nd, there will be Holiday Safety Afternoon during Christmas on the Wharf with representatives and a fire truck from the Monterey Fire Department and representatives from the Monterey Police Department. Free children’s fire hats will be handed out, too!

    On December 7th and 8th, the Wharf will be a stop off during the Christmas in the Adobes tours in Downtown Monterey. The Wharf is also a great place to view the Monterey Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade on Sunday, December 9th. Ice Skating by the Bay will be available at the adjacent Custom House Plaza throughout December.

    Many of the restaurants, stores and other businesses are open 365 days a year and everyone is invited to enjoy their special celebrations at the Wharf.

    Talented performers of holiday music are being booked now and the schedule will be posted on the event page on but currently include:

    Community Choir with John Nash
    Dance Center
    Janice and Miranda Perl
    Peninsula Harmony Company
    Pipe Major/Bagpiper Michel d’Avenas
    Santa Catalina School – Lower Middle School Choir
    And more to come!


    Christmas on the Wharf will span Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 16th

    Friday evenings (November 30th, December 7th, December 14th) from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Saturdays (December 1st, 8th, 15th) from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Sundays (December 2nd, 9th and 16th) from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


    Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California. Directions: GPS to 101 Washington Street. Parking in the Waterfront Lot adjacent to Old Fisherman’s Wharf is available and locals with Monterey County ID can park free for 2 hours daily from November 23rd - December 24th.

    Parking is also available in the nearby City of Monterey East and West Garages in Downtown Monterey. Take the convenient MST Trolley to the Wharf on Saturdays and Sundays from the Garages. Rent a bicycle or ride your own, rent a Segway or simply stroll to the Wharf via Downtown Monterey or the Rec Trail. Directions:

    Information: or call (831) 238-0777.

    About Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

    Recently shown in the HBO hit TV series, Big Easy Lies, Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf is open 365 days a year including during the holidays (holiday schedule is on the events page Visitors to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf will want to plan their visit to include lunch or dinner at one of the many Wharf restaurants.

    A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn’t complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey that was built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service. Known as the “Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World™” and a top destination of visitors from around the world, Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf provides a wide array of award-winning dining, shopping, special events, theatre, whale watching, bay cruises, a glass bottom boat, marine life, fishing and sailing, and strolling leisurely in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay.

    Savor delicious cuisine at a myriad of fabulous restaurants featuring stunning views and award-winning Italian food, sustainable seafood, grass-fed steaks, including the region’s famous clam chowder and calamari. Enjoy salt water taffy, homemade chocolates, caramel apples, cotton candy and many other yummy treats. View sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins, whales, sea birds and other wildlife “up close and personal” that also share the Wharf. Watch people who have gone out and caught their own fish on the local and chartered fishing boats return with their own “catch of the day”.

    Celebrate the first location in Monterey County where tender abalone was cooked and served in a restaurant. Check out the many fun shops to find the perfect memento of your visit and a variety of unique gifts. Enjoy the exquisite views and the “best place to walk and people watch” in Monterey County!

    Situated near downtown Monterey, Old Fisherman’s Wharf is conveniently located along the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail and has plenty of nearby parking. Anyone with Monterey County ID (939) can receive 2 hours of free parking in the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot Monday through Thursday (and from November 23-December 24 – seven days a week).

    Other upcoming Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf events include the Lady Washington Tall Ship Visit November 8-21) Bouchard's 200th Anniversary Celebration (November 17), Christmas on the Wharf (1st three weekends in December, November 30-December 16) and the 9th Annual Whalefest Monterey (January 26-27, 2019).

    For more information about Old Fisherman’s Wharf, go to or call (831) 238-0777.




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