Horizon Inn and Ocean View Lodge
SWC 3rd Avenue and Junipero Street
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, 93921, United States
(831) 624-5327 | 1-800-350-7723

Two Special Offers for You

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How does 5% off our low winter rates for December sound?
And for a little sweetener we have added a box of local artisan Lula's Caramels. This offer is for all 2-night (or longer) midweek stays in December and January.

Lovely any time of the year, during the holiday season Carmel is at its most magical. The entire town sparkles with lights and decorations. Tree lightings, parades (even one for pets!) and open houses are affordable and family-friendly activities. Theater productions offer seasonal favorites and soon-to-be-favorites. Come and enjoy!

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Are you a Repeat Horizon Inn guest?
For our valued loyal guests we are doubling the discount. Take 10% off our low winter rates for any 2-night midweek stay in December or January. And of course, all guests receive a box of Lula's Caramels to enjoy. Even with Carmel's mild winter, you may want to consider an upgrade to a room with gas or wood-burning fireplace. Sounds like the perfect spot for a cozy retreat.

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This Winter Promotion Is Effective Through January 31, 2018. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. 3rd party bookings are not eligible to receive this special offer. Taxes are not included in quoted rates, and extra person / pet fees apply.  Offer not available December 22 - January 1, 2018.

Reserve now to get the room you want!

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Holiday cheer plus all the Horizon Inn amenities

Room rates include our signature breakfast basket, comfortable beds with mattress toppers, free wireless internet, use of our outdoor spa, convenient and free off-street parking and more. Don't forget Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge is in the center of Carmel making shopping, fine dining, wine tasting, beach access and even live theater within walking distance!

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Gift Certificates are the Ultimate Personal Gift!

Think Gift Certificates are the choice of the last-minute or out-of-ideas shopper? Not any more! Gift Certificates for a stay at Horizon Inn give the gift of an experience--and one long remembered rather than the fleeting joy of an purchased object. 

We have some creative ideas to help you design the perfect gift certificate.

Gift certificates are perfect for many occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, engagements, weddings, promotions, team success, employee recognition.

They also make great group gifts. Let the whole family or team in on the fun of creating a perfect experience for your giftee. Need some ideas? Check out our Gift Certificate page!

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Quiet Your Mind? Challenge Your Body?
Maybe Some of Each?

Carmel is the premier fitness and mindfulness destination!

Take a look at our Mindfulness page for ideas on group retreats, scheduled classes and ideas for doing your own thing. 

Looking for a physically active experience? Carmel has walks, hikes and runs for all activity levels. Check out our Fitness page for ideas and resources to help you plan your best day ever.

We Are Here to Help!

Our staff are locals so we know the best places, the hidden gems and insider tips. Our lobby is set up for you to relax and peruse our books of activity guides, local spas and studios plus restaurant menus and local event flyers. 

Events In and Around Carmel in December


All events marked with ** are within walking distance of
Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge.
Just ask us for a map and directions.


** Holiday Tree Lighting & Carmel Plaza Holiday Open House **
December 1
3-7 pm
Ocean Avenue & Mission Street
The annual City Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is held on at Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission, followed by the Carmel Plaza Holiday Open House. The City Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration starts with the Fire Department delivering Santa Claus at 3:00pm along with a host of entertainment to follow. The grand finale is Mayor Steve Dallas lighting the tree at approximately 5:45 p.m. (Rain or Shine). The City festivities at Devendorf Park also include performances by the Carmel Middle School, Carmel River School, Junipero Serra School, Carmel Presbyterian Church, The Dance Center, and special singing guests. Immediately following the tree lighting, Carmel Plaza hosts its annual Holiday Open House party until 7 p.m., offering refreshments and entertainment.

** Carmel Plaza Holiday Open House **
December 1
Ocean Avenue and Mission Street
Carmel Plaza celebrates the holidays with its free community event Friday, December 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM following the City of Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Holiday Open House festivities include complimentary warm beverages by Carmel Coffee and Cocoa Bar, small bites by Plaza restaurants, live holiday music, visits with Santa (bring your cameras to capture those precious moments) and Santa’s elves. Stores will remain open till 7:00 PM with special gift offers. Experience the magic of the holidays at Carmel Plaza.

** Smuin Ballet's The Christmas Ballet **
December 1 and 2
Sunset Center
San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue

Baby, it's cold outside, but it's sizzlin' hot with Smuin's The Christmas Ballet! From classical to contemporary, Smuin offers two acts filled with a stunning array of ballet, tap, and jazz. There's no better way to express the joy of the season!

Choral Evensong at All Saint's
December 2
5 - 6 pm
Join us the first Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. for a Choral Evensong, a beautiful candlelight service of sung prayers, psalms, and cantacles. No eucharist will be served. A light meal will be served after. Everyone is welcome. Additional choir members are welcome also.

Monterey Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 3
5:30 - 8 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!

Point Lobos Native Plant Patrol
December 8
9 am - 1 pm
Volunteer with the Native Plant Patrol on Friday's from 9 am – 1 pm to restore Point Lobos State Natural Reserve’s unique native habitats. Activities include weeding, seed collecting, planting, and more depending on the season. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Please bring water and wear clothing to protect yourself from poison oak, ticks, and weather. Gloves and a snack are provided. Contact Julia Fileds for more information.

Christmas in the Adobes
December 8 + 9
5 - 9 pm
Downtown Monterey
Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey and visit 19th CenturyMexican Era adobes decorated for the holidays. Enjoy fandango dance lessons at Custom House, treats at Fisherman's Wharf or bagpipes and shortbread cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House. Many adobes offer entertainments, refreshments, games, history and loads of fun. It's a holiday event for the entire family! Twenty-three historic sites throughout the downtown area are within walking distance. This year Fisherman's Wharf will join the fun with refreshments and a visit from Santa. TICKETS may be purchased at Custom House Gift Shop (#1 Custom House Plaza) or on event nights at Pacific House Museum (#20 Custom House Plaza) and Custom House Gift Shop.

** Nutcracker **
December 8-10

Sunset Center
San Carlos at 9th Avenue
Dance Kids of Monterey County is celebrating its Silver Anniversary year with the premier of an exciting collaboration with the Monterey County Pops! Orchestra. Four performances at Sunset Center will combine a 39 piece orchestra and over 80 dancers, actors and musicians in the holiday extravaganza.

** The Nutcracker by Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theater **
December 15 - 17
Sunset Center
Local Monterey Peninsula youth and community members dance the traditional Nutcracker ballet at Sunset Center.

** Mamma Mia! **
Through December 23
Golden Bough Theater
Monte Verde between 8th & 9th
In this smash hit musical based on the hit songs of ABBA, young Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée Sky, except for one thing - she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men that she discovers in her mother’s diary and believes to be candidates, but when they all arrive, Sophie’s mother Donna becomes distressed. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends, and the three potential fathers prepare for the big day, emotions run high and surprises abound.

** Carmel Art Walk **
December 9
 5 - 8 pm
Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea has more than 80 galleries in a one-square-mile area. A great way to visit the village’s 21 artist-owned galleries and the artists who work in them is to embark on the Carmel Art Walk. Occurring the second Saturday of the month from 5:00–8:00pm, the self-guided walking tours allow art enthusiasts of all interests to take in a sampling of Carmel’s locally created artworks.

** Holiday Rock Tribute Concert **
December 23 - January 7
Goudlen Bough Theater
Monte Verde between 8th & 9th
Rockin’ in the holiday! PacRep‘s favorite tribute artists are hard at work to create a fresh NEW rock’n‘roll concert to finish the 2017 season. Some of the biggest Rock and Roll stars will be paid tribute on the Golden Bough stage with an impressive compilation of some of the greatest hits from yester-year! From the ‘Kings’ of Rock and Roll’ to the ‘Queens’ of Pop and Disco, royalty will abound in this ultimate tribute concert.

First Night Monterey
December 31
3 pm - midnight
Cap off your holiday celebration with a New Year's Eve to remember! First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County; this family-friendly event is a celebration of the arts. Over 30 venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in the New Year. See web site for more information and to buy required buttons for entry.


All events marked with ** are within walking distance of
Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge.
Just ask us for a map and directions.


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The Winter Special is valid December 1, 2017 through January 30, 2018. Not valid December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018. Book online now (and be sure to put "Winter Special" in the Special Remarks) or call us at 1-800-350-7723 to discuss room availability and make a reservation.