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!
Throughout the month of December celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa. Skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.
Open daily: Monday - Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission: Adults: $12 • Children 12 & under: $10 • Skate Rental Fee: $3
Holiday Tree Lighting
Starts at 3:30 pm
Devendorf Park and Carmel Plaza
The Sunset Center Holiday Party is from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Theater Lobby. The party at Sunset Center includes complimentary wine, cookies and coffee as well as a professional photographer that will take pictures in front of the Sunset Christmas Tree. The City festivities at Devendorf Park include performances by the Carmel Middle School Chorus, Junipero Serra School Kids, Jacqui Hope, Kendra Calhoun, and Myles Williams, and Stephen Moorer will recite “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” refreshments will be provided by the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and Sunset Center will provide Candy Canes for Santa to pass out.
Lighted Boat Parade
5:30pm - 8:00 pm, weather permitting
The boats of Monterey Bay will be brilliantly decked out as they sail from Coast Guard Pier past Cannery Row to Lover's Point. These are no paltry decorations; the ships compete fiercely to win the coveted award for Best Decorations from the Yacht Club at the end of the evening. Check out this unique, can't-miss event from along the Monterey and Pacific Grove coastline.
Christmas in the Adobes
Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7
5 - 9 pm
Stroll thought the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey and visit 19th C. adobes for fandango dance lessons at Custom House, or bagpipes and cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House. Refreshments, games history and fun await the entire family during Monterey's signature holiday event. See web site for more information.
First Night Monterey
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.
Book online now to take advantage of these great online winter rates!