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Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!


Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 5-7pm

Join Santa as he magically lights Del Monte Center’s impressive holiday tree near Macys. Holiday entertainment, cookies and hot cocoa. Bring three cans of food for the Food Bank of Monterey County and enter to win a $250 Del Monte Shopping Center gift card! Also, don’t miss Santa’s Workshop open throughout the holiday season.


Annual Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, November 27, 2015, 5-8pm

With the Monterey Bay as the backdrop, join in one of the most magical tree lightings of the season at Steinbeck Plaza on Cannery Row.


Tree of Life Celebration

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 5:30pm at the Portola Hotel & Spa Lobby

Shine a light on someone you love by donating and attending the Hospice Giving Foundation’s Tree of Life Celebration.

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14th Annual Parade of Lights

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6pm

You’ll be dazzled by the twinkling holiday lights on display throughout this downtown Pacific Grove holiday tradition. From the Monterey Mini Bike Gang to the Santa atop Pacific Grove’s old fashioned fire truck, theses festivities will bring candy cane smiles throughout America’s Last Hometown.


Monterey’s Tree Lighting

Friday, December 4, 2015, 5pm

A Monterey tradition, that warms the heart with good old fashioned holiday cheer at historic Colton Hall.


57th Annual Santa Fly-In

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:30am

Come on out to the Carmel Valley Airfield on Ford Road in Carmel Valley Village and look up into the sky as Santa arrives via helicopter alongside Mrs. Clause. Stick around for the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center holiday parade and festivities.


The Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Party Presented by Dance Kids of Monterey County

Sunday, December 16, 2015, 12pm

The magic of the Nutcracker comes alive during the Sugar Plum Fairy Party at Sunset Center. Enjoy treats from the Kingdom and sweets then enter the theater at 2pm and experience the magic of the Nutcracker ballet. Purchase Tickets Here


First Night Monterey 

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 3pm-Midnight

A family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Year’s Eve throughout Downtown Monterey. Make it a mini getaway with the Portola’s First Night Monterey overnight package – click here to learn more & book now!

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