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Holidays at the Horizon Inn
Harvest Happy Hour
Ocean View Lodge for the holidays


Every evening during December from 7pm - 9pm, our very popular  
"After Hours Happy Hour
 is always a great way to celebrate the holiday season on the Monterey Peninsula. We would love for you to join us in this celebration.

Registered guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine and individually wrapped chocolates to enjoy in our heated spa patio or in the comfort of their room.  Just stop by the front desk to request your flute of sparkling wine and chocolates. 

gift certificates

make perfect gifts!

It is that special time of year when we come together with family and friends, enjoy the holiday meals, the lights and the traditions we value. Spending some time in Carmel-by-the Sea gives you time to relax, reflect and rejuvenate before getting caught up in the many holiday activities. Our weather is still mild, shops are open with unique ideas for your gift-giving and our restaurants are waiting for you. Now is the perfect time for a relaxing gift to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Give the most-wanted gift: A Horizon Inn Gift Certificate!

Carmel Winter Escape

Ocean Views
Pet Friendly Cottage Suites with Wood Burning Fireplaces

Starting October 29, 2023 through March 28, 2024, we are offering guests the opportunity to give themselves and their loved ones some much needed "time away" with our extended stay promotion. This promotion is our best value of the year! 

We will take 20% off our winter rates when guests book a three or more mid-week night stay.  For more details on how to take advantage of this special offer check out the Carmel Winter Escape on our Promotions page.

You must mention “Carmel Winter Escape” at time of booking to qualify for the discount.

Book early to get the room you want.
And after booking a room, why not make reservations at one of your favorite restaurants or try our new dining options? Check out our restaurant page to see all your options!

Fly into convenient Monterey Airport

make it easy on yourself-- Fly Into Monterey Airport!



Monterey Airport is only 5 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea. Taxi service and Uber are available from the airport, and rental cars are also an option. Remember Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge is walking distance to the beach, restaurants, shopping and other attractions of Carmel Village. No car is needed to enjoy the charms of Carmel-by-the-Sea!

 Visit the MontereyAirport site for all your travel options.

enjoy our updated cottages!

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Vacations are all about spending time with the family. 

These spacious one bedroom cottages are perfect for families of four even those traveling with their fur baby. The open floor plan with wood-burning fireplace and two TV's offer privacy while still providing room to gather together.  Whether it be game night or watching your favorite sporting event, the cottages are great for enjoying a light family meal followed by a relaxing evening in our outdoor spa patio.

Carmel-by-the-Sea offers something for every member of the family.  All the shops, restaurants and of course Carmel Beach are within walking distance of the Lodge, so no one needs to feel left out of the fun. Our staff is happy to share  our specially curated list of activities. All you need to do is ask!

Book early to get the room you want.
And after booking a room, why not make reservations at one of your favorite restaurants or try our new dining options?
Check out our restaurant page to see all your options

december  Events In and Around Carmel

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

Carmel Annual Tree Lighting

** Annual Holiday Tree  Lighting
and carmel plaza holiday party**
Ocean Avenue & Mission Street
December 1
3pm - 7pm


The annual City Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is held at Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission, followed by the Carmel Plaza Holiday Open House. Events start at Sunset Center at 3 pm (until 5 pm) with a short music program and pictures by the Holiday tree. At 3 pm, snow and Santa arrive in Devendorf Park and greet children.

At 4 pm the program starts when all the Carmel City Council members and the Mayor of Carmel light the menorah.

At 4:30 the music and dance program begins and ends at about 5:45 when Santa Claus joins the Mayor of Carmel on stage for the countdown to light the tree, downtown median and park lights -- all of which light up at the same time.

Tree Lighting Open House at Carmel Plaza

**carmel plaza holiday party **
Juniper and Ocean Avenue
december 1, 3pm-7pm

Following the tree lighting, the Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and will host their annual open house until 7pm, with live music, visits with Santa and Martin the Magical Elf, face painting, treats and other activities. A fun event for children and adults and within easy walking distance of Horizon Inn.

Jeff Galloway Fitness

**jeff Galloway's
fitness and nutrition Retreat
December 7-10


What is your New Year's Resolution? Will this year be the one you make significant changes to your health and have fun doing it? Get personal attention, enjoy walking or running on Carmel's beautiful scenery including morning run or walk through the beautiful hamlet of Carmel-by-the-Sea. See Jeff Galloway's website for all the details and get inspired!

Christmas in the adobes

christmas in the adobes
december 8 & 9, 5-9pm
historic old monterey

Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA) and California State Parks present the 39th Annual Christmas in the Adobes. Return to the days of Alta California during Monterey’s premier holiday event, Christmas in the Adobes. This early evening walking tour of Monterey’s historic adobes adorned in holiday décor surprises and delights visitors with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias leading the way to each building’s entrance. Enjoy festive music and a variety of entertainment, as you explore over a dozen magical, historic adobes on the tour. Hear the stories of Monterey’s earliest buildings and savor the warm spirit of the community of this annual event that has become a family favorite during the holidays.

Gingerbread man

 gingerbread Making
and cookie exchange December 9 1-3pm
Carmel Valley

 Come join us for a fun-filled day of making delicious gingerbread and exchanging scrumptious cookies with fellow baking enthusiasts. Read more on Eventbrite  Admission!

Pac Rep Holiday Entertainment at Forest Theater

**Rudolph the red Nosed reindeer the Musical**
through Decemer 17th

PacRep brings this classical holiday favorite to the one-of-a-kind outdoor venue Carmel-by-the-Sea's Forest Theater. Walking distance from the heart of the Village,  this is a not to be missed holiday event. Performances are November 25 through December 17.  Tickets available for purchase online.

Mannheimer Steamroller

**mannheim steamroller **
december 30
sunset center

The American music ensemble founded in 1974 blends classical music with elements of new age and rock, and is famous for its modern recordings of Christmas music and spectacular live performances. Get your tickets early to guarantee your enjoyment of this festive tradition enjoyed by millions.

Sunset Cneter Interior

**check out all the events at
Sunset Center**


Our well-loved Sunset Center for the Performing Arts offers a full slate of entertainment. The upcoming season includes dance performances, chamber music, comedy, special guests and more. Visit the website for all the upcoming shows and to buy tickets. Shows sell out quickly.  Don't miss out!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sea Otters

visit the spectacular Monterey Bay Aquarium

Come and see the graceful penguins, beautiful jelly fish, cute sea otters, and so many other undersea creatures. Don't miss the special exhibits on the giant Pacific octopus, the kelp forest, and the 90-foot-long exhibit of the waters of Monterey Bay, and it's many fascinating inhabitants. This world-famous Aquarium is the perfect activity for the entire family! No tickets are sold at the box office. You must reserve your ticket online in advance for a specific date and time. Make your reservations now

Don't miss the charming Sea Otters in Monterey Bay

Planning Ahead?

Carmel is a year round destination, so we always have a full calendar of events!
Here are a few events to entice you.

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


December 1st and 2nd: Smuin's Christmas Ballet*

December 8th and 9th: The Nutcracker - Monterey Ballet Theatre

January 31-February 4: AT+T Pebble Beach Pro Am

January 26: Jazz at Lincoln Center**

March 8th: An Evening with Annie Lamott**

March 9th: The Other Mozart**

April 4th: Bruce Hornsby & YMusic Present: BRHYM**

April 7th: The Simon and Garfunkel Story**

May 3rd: Mike Super: Magic & Illusion**

May 31st - June 8th: Carmel Culinary Week**


Book Now

Book early to get the room you want.
And after booking a room, why not make reservations at one of your favorite restaurants or try our new dining options? Check out our restaurant page to see all your options!