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Family Events December 2006

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Festivals and Events: December 2006

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December 2006

December 1
Monterey Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tel: 831-646-5648
Gather on the lawn outside Town Hall to watch the lighting of the town's tree: carolling and good cheer abound!

December 1
Holiday Tree Lighting
Tel: 831-620-2020
Carmel-by-the-Sea puts a festive touch to the top of Ocean Avenue at Devendorf Park with the lighting of its annual holiday tree.

December 1-3, 8-10, 15-19
Holiday Lights Train
Tel: 888-25-EVENTS
Ride a beautifully lit holiday train through the streets of Santa Cruz as you sip hot-spiced cider, listen to carolers and meet Santa Claus. Reservations suggested.

December 1-17
Tel: 831-755-6816
The Western Stage puts audiences in joyful holiday spirit with Lionel Bart's award-winning musical production of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.

December 2
Stillwell's Snow in the Park
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
Caledonia Park is covered in a blanket of glistening snow surrounded by festive lights. Lots of fun for the young and the young at heart. Special appearances by Santa, Frosty and the Snow Queen.

December 2-3
WinterFest Holiday Gift Fair
Tel: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

December 6-10
Streets of Bethlehem
Tel: 831-422-9872
A living history interactive experience. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and even live animals help bring the Christmas story to life.

December 7
Brighten The Harbor
Tel: 831-657-0855
Boats decorated with Christmas lights parade from the Coast Guard Pier to Lover's Point and back. A judging of boats will follow at the Yacht Club.

December 7-17
The Nutcracker
Tel: 831-646-4213
MPC's Drama Department collaborates with Dance Kids of Monterey County to present a sprightly Nutcracker sure to enchant young and old.

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December 8
Christmas Night at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
Gather around the bonfire to sing Christmas carols, sip home-made cider and nibble cookies, and even take a moonlit hayride.

December 8-9
23rd Annual Christmas in the Adobes
Tel: 831-649-7118
Experience Monterey's beautiful historic buildings illuminated by candlelight and enhanced with period decorations, musical entertainment, sweet treats, and costumed docents who inhabit the 19th century as if they were born to it.

December 8-10
8th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
Tel: 1-800-722-9652
The best cowboy poets and balladeers are featured in a three-day weekend event that also showcases western artists and gear makers.

December 9
La Posada
Tel: 831-899-6805
One of the most charming customs brought to California by Spanish and Mexican settlers is the Posada, recreating the search by Mary and Joseph for lodgings on the eve of the Christ Child's birth. Seaside presents its own version, as the procession wends through town to Oldemeyer Center.

December 16-17
Explorer’s Passport Winner Weekend
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
A weekend of events and activities especially for families and kids who have participated in the Oceans 2006 program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

December 31
First Night Monterey
Downtown Monterey
Tel: 831-373-4778
Celebration of New Year's Eve through the arts. Music, dances, poetry, special installations and exhibits from 2pm to midnight indoors and out throughout historic downtown Monterey. Alcohol-free event for the entire family.