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Holiday Events

Holidays in Monterey County are very special and offer cozy feelings! Various holiday-themed events take place in Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove during Christmas, Mother's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and more. Mark your calendar and choose the best event, dinner or festivities you want to be part of when visiting or staying in Monterey, California.



Carmel by the Sea Veterans Day Celebration

Carmel by the Sea Veterans Day Celebration

Ocean Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Nov 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Military officials and city dignitaries, including the mayor, gather in Devendorf Park to honor Veterans of the nation’s wars with a ceremony and speeches. Afterward, the American Legion Post...

Del Monte Shopping Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Del Monte Shopping Center Christmas Tree Lighting

1410 Del Monte Center
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This family favorite event kicks off the holiday season and culminates with the lighting of the Del Monte Christmas Tree by Santa & Mrs. Claus. Free refreshments will be served and free reindeer...

Cannery Row Tree Lighting

Cannery Row Tree Lighting

700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 22, 2019 at 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM

Join us for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row! This free event is a fun tradition for the whole family – featuring Christmas Carolers, Santa’s Reindeer and of course,...

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Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and Black Friday Sales

Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and Black Friday Sales

Ocean Ave & Mission St
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Nov 22, 2019 at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars will perform in the newly renovated Carmel Plaza courtyard on Black Friday. Siblings Akili and Ayana Bardley, Isaac De Vera and Anthony Paolini will jazz up the...

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights

One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901

Nov 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Holiday Parade of Lights is a Salinas family tradition. Each year, families begin arriving hours before the parade begins, bringing their chairs and blankets and picking just the right spot....

Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting

Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting

Grand and Forest Avenues
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Nov 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Come and join us at Pacific Grove's official Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at Jewell Park. Festivities include live entertainment by school bands and choruses, holiday refreshments, dance...

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Christmas at the Inns

Christmas at the Inns

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Nov 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Visit 10 bed & breakfast inns decorated for the holiday with live music at every inn and holiday treats. This is a great celebration for the entire family. Tickets are $20 per person,...

Christmas at the Inns

Christmas at the Inns

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Nov 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Visit 10 bed & breakfast inns decorated for the holiday with live music at every inn and holiday treats. This is a great celebration for the entire family. Tickets are $20 per person,...

Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Nov 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This Lighted parade on Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove will feature marching bands, holiday floats, dance-teams, equestrian groups, and of course, Santa Claus. After the parade, stores...

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Portola Hotel & Spa Thanksgiving

Portola Hotel & Spa Thanksgiving

2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Grand Ballroom for a traditional Thanksgiving feast the entire family will enjoy. Indulge in a spectacular display of California cheeses and cured meats,...

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

1 Old Golf Course Rd
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

TusCA Ristorante located at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa will serve an incredible Thanksgiving Day Buffett with lively Jazz entertainment. Reservations are available from 1pm-7pm and Jazz...

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

701 Wave St.
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Sardine Factory is offering a special four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. * Pending Update for 2019 SOUP HARVEST CORN SOUP Sunchokes, roasted mushrooms, sage croutons SALAD TANIMURA...

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Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving Feast

46840 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Nov 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Thanksgiving at the Big Sur River Inn is a wonderful time to gather with Family and friends and enjoy a fun family style feast. You get to choose a first course, an entree and share delicious family...

Downtown Monterey Tree Lighting Celebration

Downtown Monterey Tree Lighting Celebration

570 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Monterey's traditional Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place on Friday on the lawn in front of historic Colton Hall from 5 to 6 pm, featuring carols, candles, cookies,...

Christmas on the Wharf

Christmas on the Wharf

4 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

“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...

Christmas on the Wharf

Christmas on the Wharf

4 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Nov 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

“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...

Annual Stillwell's Fun in the Park

Annual Stillwell's Fun in the Park

Between Central and Jewell Avenues
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Nov 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove behind the Post Office will be the site of a huge holiday party. Lots of wintry fun for all! Santa will arrive at noon on a shiny Pacific Grove fire truck,...

Christmas on the Wharf

Christmas on the Wharf

4 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Dec 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

“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...

Member Night: Holiday Dinner

Member Night: Holiday Dinner

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

Dec 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Celebrate the season at our Holiday Dinner! Start your Member Night with an optional delicious dinner in Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and enjoy a fixed menu featuring seasonal selections. The...

Brighten the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

Brighten the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

Monterey, CA 93940

Dec 1, 2019 at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Watch the decorated boats cruise along Monterey Bay's coastline from 5:30pm-8pm. Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade, "Brighten the Harbor" is not to be missed! .embed-container...