Monterey Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Gather on the lawn outside Town Hall to watch the lighting of the town's tree: carolling and good cheer abound!
Holiday Tree Lighting
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
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.
The Western Stage puts audiences in joyful holiday spirit with Lionel Bart's award-winning musical production of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.
Stillwell's Snow in the Park
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.
WinterFest Holiday Gift Fair
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment.
Streets of Bethlehem
A living history interactive experience. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and even live animals help bring the Christmas story to life.
Brighten The Harbor
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.
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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Christmas Night at The Farm
Gather around the bonfire to sing Christmas carols, sip home-made cider and nibble cookies, and even take a moonlit hayride.
23rd Annual Christmas in the Adobes
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.
8th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
The best cowboy poets and balladeers are featured in a three-day weekend event that also showcases western artists and gear makers.
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.
Explorers 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.
First Night Monterey
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.