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Horizon In Carmel dressed for Christmas

low winter rates in December!
Relax, shop, enjoy.

Our December rates are 30% off on weekdays and 20% off on weekends. And as an added treat we are offering complimentary Holiday Happy Hour each Sunday-Thursday evening from 4 - 6 pm in our lobby. Stop by for wine and snacks!

Our Christmas tree is up, the fire will be burning and you will have a chance to mingle with our other guests.

 If you are doing some holiday shopping in Carmel this would be a great time to talk with our reception staff about their favorite shopping spots. Get an insider's view on unique under the radar local shops.

Carmel Culinary Week

Carmel Culinary Week is coming!

Don't miss the first-annual, week-long, Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week happening January 19-26, 2020.

The "Art of the Place" comes alive and showcases Carmel's artistic heritage as well as beautiful culinary works of art during this event. Here's a taste of what's being prepared for Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week: Immersive Food Experiences; Special Prix Fixe Menus; Exclusive Offers & Happenings.

Don't miss this special event and book your room now! Be sure to check out our special Winter Escape Promotion and read more about Carmel Culinary Week.

Gift Certificates Make Perfect Gifts

Need a special gift?    

Gift Certificates are the perfect answer! Who wouldn't want a stay at Horizon Inn & Ocean Lodge to enjoy all the charms of Carmel-by-the-Sea! Take the stress out of your gift giving by giving an experience everyone will enjoy.

For those hard to please people on your list, a Gift Certificate is the ideal solution. You choose the amount and your recipient can select the dates.

Know someone who is already coming to Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge? Then why not buy a Gift Certificate for one of our Enhancements? We offer so many ways to delight your recipient!

We now offer Gift Certificates online. No stress gifting. Just click and select your amount and the recipient and we do the rest.

Ice Skating Monterey

 DECember Events In and Around Carmel

** Starred events are within walking distance of Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge  **

Ice Skating By The Bay
Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa
Through January 5

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. The ice rink is open daily Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. For more information: ice skating by the bay
Pacific Grove Parade of Lights

Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
December 5
6 pm
Pacific Grove

Lighted parade will feature marching bands, holiday floats, dance teams, equestrian groups, and of course, Santa Claus. After the parade, stores will remain open for Holiday shopping & wagon rides, photos with Santa & carolers.
More info: 831-373-3304 or Pacific Grove website
Carmel Holiday Tree Lighting

** Holiday Tree Lighting  **
December 6
2 -5 pm
Devendorf Park
Ocean Avenue & Mission Street

The towering tree at the city's major crossroads of Junipero Street and Ocean Avenue comes to life at the Carmel Holiday Tree Lighting, which features choirs from local schools, special singing guests, and appearances by city dignitaries, among other festivities. Amidst the celebration, the town Mayor flips the switch to light the grand tree that becomes the city's welcoming beacon throughout the holiday season.
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.
Events start at Sunset Center at 2:00 with a short music program and pictures by the Holiday tree.
At 3:00 p.m., Santa arrives in Devendorf Park and greets children.
At 4:30 the music program begins and ends at 6:00 p.m. when Santa Claus makes an appearance for the countdown to light the tree, downtown median and park lights -- all of which light up at the same time.
Please join us in celebrating the holiday season! Photo courtesy of
Veteran's Day Carmel

** Carmel Plaza Holiday Open House  **
December 6
6 - 7 pm
Devendorf Park
Ocean Avenue & Mission Street

Immediately following the tree lighting, Carmel Plaza hosts its annual Holiday Open House party until 7 p.m., offering refreshments and entertainment. Carmel Plaza celebrates the holidays with this free community event. The Holiday Open House festivities include complimentary warm beverages and 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. Photo courtesy of

lLghted Boat Parade

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade
December 8
5 pm
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey Bay

Watch decked out boats cruise along Monterey Bay's scenic coastline during the Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade. The boats will start at Old Fisherman's Wharf and turn around at Hopkins Point, just after the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Free.

Sunset Center

** The Nutcracker at Sunset Center  **
December 6 - 8
Sunset Center
San Carlos at Ninth Avenue
December 6-8

The Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theater returns to the Sunset Center! Come celebrate the magical tradition with our family of 153 dancers, countless volunteers, and enthusiastic supporters, all of whom have been celebrating the Christmas season since August and are now proud to present a beautiful interpretation of The Nutcracker. Stunning tutus are fluffed, scenery is painted and props are getting an extra coat of glitter, all in anticipation of dazzling our audience!

Christmas in the Adobes

Christmas in the Adobes
Dec 7 -8
5 -8 pm
Custom House Plaza

Christmas in the Adobes is Monterey's signature holiday event, held this year on December 13 & 14, 5-9 pm. Hundreds of people attend each year to stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 23 decorated adobes with soft holiday lights, entertainment, and Christmas refreshments. Proceeds benefit Monterey State Historic Park children's educational and school history programs.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under. Buy tickets online at:
Dance Kids Nutcracker

** Dance Kids Nutcracker with Monterey County Pops!  **
December 13 - 15
Sunset Center
San Carlos at Ninth Avenue

Join the celebration as Dance Kids of Monterey County presents its twenty-fifth anniversary performances of Nutcracker; A Monterey Peninsula Tradition featuring Monterey Pops! Orchestra, LIVE! The DKMC production is the only Monterey Peninsula Nutcracker featuring a live, professional orchestra.

Months before opening night, Dance Kids of Monterey County and the Monterey County Pops!, are immersed in activities surrounding all things Nutcracker; A Monterey Peninsula Tradition. With over 100 dancers and actors, 39 musicians and maestro, 10 professional stagehands and technicians and over 120 volunteers, join forces to make each performance magical. The Friday morning performance entertains 700 underserved children and has been their gift to the community for twenty-five years.
Pumplin Rolling contest Carmel

** Carmel Art Walk **
Artist Owned Gallery Tour
December 14
5-8 pm

Carmel Art Walk is the second Saturday every month from 5-8 pm and is FREE! Tour artist-owned galleries and meet the artists who carry on the Carmel-by-the-Sea artist colony legacy!

Smuin Ballet Christmas Performance

** The Christmas Ballet by Smuin Ballet  **
December 28 -29
Sunset Center
Ocean Avenue & Mission Street

Light up your holidays with Smuin's beloved yuletide tradition. From classical to cool and contemporary, lift your spirits with two inspiring acts filled with a stunning array of ballet, tap, and jazz. This year's edition features new pieces alongside classic Smuin favorites. Spark your holiday season with Smuin!

Horizon Inn Pool and Spa Ready for the Holidays

 Looking for Something else To DO?

** Starred events are within walking distance of Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge  **

This is only a sampling of the exciting events in Carmel. Stop by Reception where we have information on all that is happening in the local area plus menus from local restaurants and insider secret spots! We are all locals and are happy to share our knowledge so you can enjoy the best of best of Carmel.
**  Starred events are within walking distance of Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge  **
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