It’s the – Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


There’s no better place to be during the holiday season than Monterey, California. With amazing weather (no snow and even the possibility of enough sunshine for a beach day), experience an authentic California-style winter!

Check out some of my favorite Monterey-centric holiday events that I highly recommend you plan your travel around! And don’t worry, if you are here over Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Portola Hotel ,Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, and Peter B’s Brewpub all have fantastic, options for dinner. From traditional to casual, you and your family will feel holly and jolly!


Ice Skating by the Bay, November 19-January 8th, Custom House Plaza Monterey

Where else can you ice skate under blue skies with views of the majestic Pacific Ocean and Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf? Spend the day in a winter wonderland with a Monterey Bay twist! Ideal for all ages AND just steps from the Portola! Open daily, Learn More

Winter Ice Skating

Downtown Pacific Grove’s Parade of Lights, December 1st, 6pm

Come on down to America’s Last Hometown, Pacific Grove and join in the holiday fun during the city’s 15th Annual Parade of Lights. Enjoy lighted floats, dance teams and even a visit from Santa! Learn More


Colton Hall Christmas Tree Lighting, December 2nd, 5pm, Colton Hall Lawn

A Monterey tradition, featuring carolers, candles, cookies and good old fashioned holiday cheer at historic Colton Hall in the heart of Monterey.


Lighted Boat Parade, Sunday, December 4th, 6pm along the waterfront between the Coast Guard Pier, Cannery Row & Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove

Watch sailboats adorned with twinkling holiday lights as they parade from the Boats decorated with the U.S. Coast Guard Pier off Cannery Row at San Carlos Beach in Monterey, Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove and back.


Christmas in the Adobes, December 9 & 10th, Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2016, 5-9pm

Custom House Plaza, Monterey

Tour over 20 historic California adobes and stroll through the twinkle light lined streets of Historic Downtown Monterey during this holiday-themed annual event, just steps from the Portola. Enjoy Fandango dance lessons, bag pipe music and holiday cookies, as you tour through some of Monterey’s most treasured 19th Century adobes. Proceeds benefit the Monterey State Historic Park’s Children’s Educational Programs. To purchase tickets and Learn More


2016 Jingle Bell Run, Saturday, December 10th, Pacific Grove at Lover’s Point Beach Park

Tie on those jingle bells and set forth on a scenic, holiday-themed 5K run or walk along the coast of Pacific Grove, all while raising money for the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California. Learn More


Santa Fly In, Saturday December 10th, 10:30am, Carmel Valley Airfield

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. A truly must-attend Carmel Valley holiday tradition, that your kiddos will never forget!


First Night Monterey, December 31st, Downtown Monterey

A family-friendly, alcohol free, celebration of the arts on New Year’s Eve throughout Downtown Monterey.  Stay the night with Portola’s First Night Monterey overnight package – Click Here to learn more & book now!



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