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Monterey Events 2016

Friday, November , 5-8pm 2015
Annual Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting

Santa sleighs in for a full day of play along legendary Cannery Row. The festivities begin at Steinbeck Plaza overlooking Monterey Bay when Santa flips the switch on a towering 25-foot holiday tree.

Dec 9th & 10th (5-9pm)
Annual Christmas in the Adobes
Information Line: 831-649-7120

Step back into Monterey's past during Christmas in the Adobes. See the adobes by candelight and enjoy refreshments and live performances as volunteers in period attire welcome you into historic homes decorated in historical style.

Friday, December TBA, 5:00pm
Monterey's Tree Lighting

Historic Downtown Monterey's Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting will include carols, candles, cookies, cider and good cheer. The festivities will be from 5pm to 6pm on December TBA in front of Colton Hall.

Sunday, December 4th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade

Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade, "Brighten the Harbor" will be held on Sunday, December 4th. Watch the decorated boats cruise along Monterey Bay's coastline from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

Saturday, December 31st
First Night Monterey

First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County with its family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Years Eve. Over 30-venues hold concurrent performances & activities for both children & adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in the New Year. Ring in 2016!

Every Tuesday 4pm-7pm
Farmers Market - Alvarado Street, Downtown Monterey

Buy the LOCAL fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers direct from farmers.

Carmel Events 2016

Friday December TBA
Holiday Tree Lighting
831 620-2020 - Start Time: 3:00 PM

Carmel-by-the-Sea lights up the night with a special tree lighting ceremony at Devendorf Park. The festivities kick off at 3:00pm at the Sunset Center with complimentary wine, cookies and coffee. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 4:30pm in Devendorf Park with plenty of entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus! After the tree is lit at 5:45pm stop by Carmel Plaza for their annual open house with live entertainment and refreshments.

The Christmas Ballet - Holiday Program
Sunset Center - Carmel

Dec TBA - Smuin Ballet Presents Uncorked- The Christmas Ballet
Get ready to sit back and unwind with Michael Smuin's San Francisco tradition, The Christmas Ballet. A smorgasbord of sight and sound, this year's medley promises to enchant and envelop you in the holiday spirit. With a traditional first half, Smuin's strict attention to custom quenches your thirst for ballet perfection, while the second half lets loose with a collection of fresh, fun, and fantastical pieces that truly uncork the senses.


Tour some of Carmel's most charming inns and enjoy holiday treats and beverages along with way.

December TBA 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Breakfast with Santa

Join the Mission Trail Lions for their Annual Pancake Breakfast, raffle and visit by Santa Claus, December TBA at the Carmel Youth Center.
This event just keeps getting better with more prizes and plenty of pancakes.
For more information contact Lion Jean Westcott at 831-624-5783.

Pacific Grove Events 2016

Nov. 28th, 5:30pm
Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting
Pacific Grove @ Jewell Park

Festivities at Jewell Park include live entertainment by school bands and choruses, followed by caroling and refreshments at Chautauqua Hall and Santa’s first visit! The tree lighting begins at 5:30pm.  More info:  831-373-3304 or www.pacificgrove.org

November 29th and 30th
Christmas at the Inns
For information & tickets call: 831-373-3304

Visit 10 bed & breakfast inns decorated for the holidays in Victorian-era splendor.  Limited number of tickets sold.  Entertainment and light refreshments served. The hours are 6:00pm - 9:00pm. For information & tickets, call: 831-373-3304

Dec 1st
15th Annual Pacific Grove Holiday Parade of Lights
More info: 831-373-3304

Lighted parade will feature marching bands, holiday floats, dance teams, equestrian groups, and of course, Santa Claus.  After the parade, stores will remain open for Holiday shopping & wagon rides, photos with Santa & carolers. This event begins at 6:00pm. More info: 831-373-3304 or www.pacificgrove.org

Dec 3rd
23rd Annual Stillwell’s Fun in the Park

Caledonia Park in downtown PG behind the Post Office will be the site of a huge holiday party.  Lots of wintry fun for all! Featuring Santa’s arrival on a shiny PG fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, Snow Queen, hayrides, petting zoo & lots of entertainment. The hours are from 10:00am- 4:00pm. More information: 831-373-3304 or www.pacificgrove.org

Dec 10th
Jingle Bell Run/Walk

In cooperation with the Monterey Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a 5K race at Lovers Point. Jingle Bell Run/Walk®is a fun, festive event for the whole family! Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and come join us for some holiday cheer.  The race will raise funds to support the Arthritis Foundation. For more information, contact Alex Fallon at (831) 620-1699.


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