Holiday Events in Old Monterey 2019

Enjoy the holidays in Old Monterey! There will be good cheer for all, with lots of fun family events all season long. Please scroll down the page to see a complete list of Old Monterey's holiday events.

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Saltwater Sanctuary Holiday Open House

 
11/19/19
 
 
Saltwater Sanctuary - Pedicures

Join us at Saltwater Sanctuary for our holiday open house featuring boutique shopping, a raffle, refreshments, and the launch of our new lavender potpourri bar!

Ice Skating by the Bay 2019

 
11/23/19
 
$13/$11
 
Custom House Plaza

Celebrate the holidays along the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay’s seasonal ice skating rink, November 22 - January 5. At Custom House Plaza, located behind Portola Hotel & Spa in Old Monterey, skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland by the Bay.

Customer Appreciation Day Sale at Luminata Books and Gifts

 
11/23/19
 
 
Luminata Books & Gifts

Luminata Books and Gifts is celebrating our 14th year in business with a Customer Appreciation Day Sale. At 2pm-4pm, we'll offer 20% off everything in the store! Refreshments will be served.

New Moon Makers' Market at Shear Addiction

 
11/25/19
 
 
Shear Addiction Barbershop and Hair Studio

Shear Addiction invites you to join us on Monday, November 25, 2pm-5pm, for our New Moon Makers' Market, featuring handmade items by local vendors, upcycled denim, plant-based skin care products, naturally-dyed children's clothing, and more. It's the perfect place to...

An Irish Christmas 2019 at Golden State Theatre

 
11/29/19
 
$28-$55
 
Golden State Theatre

Golden State Theatre presents An Irish Christmas. Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing, and Irish traditional music. It's a perfect family holiday event! Tickets are $29-$53.

Small Business Saturday in Old Monterey 2019

 
11/30/19
 
 
Downtown Old Monterey

The Old Monterey Business Association is celebrating Small Business Saturday! We cordially invite you to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Old Monterey with its many gift shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Get 2 hours free holiday parking at the West Parking Garage, 340 Tyler Street.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Maryse

 
11/30/19
 
 
Maryse

Maryse, a locally-owned boutique featuring beautiful leather handbags and a wide variety of jewelry, invites you to visit us on Small Business Saturday, November 30. With gift items as low as $10.99, we're the perfect spot for holiday gift shopping!

21 & Over Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2019

 
12/5/19
 
$40
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites adults ages 21 and over to our Gingerbread House Extravaganza. Fee includes food, a drink ticket, and a bare gingerbread house with plenty of sweet decorations to add. Reservations required.

Christmas on the Wharf 2019

 
12/6 - 12/8
 
free
 
Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association presents Christmas on the Wharf on Fridays (4pm-9pm), Saturdays (9am-9pm), and Sundays (1pm-6pm), December 6-23.

Festivities will include holiday entertainment, free visits with Santa, wandering characters including holiday princesses, and a dazzling array of holiday...

Multi-day event ending on Sun Dec 08, 2019

Historic Downtown Traditional Tree Lighting on Colton Hall Lawn 2019

 
12/6/19
 
Free
 
Colton Hall Lawn

All are cordially invited to the Historic Downtown Monterey’s Traditional Tree Lighting Celebration, featuring carols, candles, cookies, cider, music, and good cheer. Join us on the lawn in front of Colton Hall to share in this traditional, much-loved Monterey holiday celebration.

Kids' Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2019 at MY Museum

 
12/8/19
 
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

Monterey County Youth Museum invites children to get festive this holiday season and join us in decorating your own gingerbread houses on Sunday, December 8, 9:30am-11:30am. There will be lots of icing and candy canes, swirly twirly gum drops, and...

Portola Hotel & Spa's Winter Wonderland

 
12/12/19
 
 
Portola Hotel & Spa

Portola Hotel & Spa invites you and your family to enjoy the magic of this holiday season with our Winter Wonderland, December 13-25, offering a variety of holiday treats, entertainment, activities, a visit from Santa, dining experiences, and more. Please...

Christmas on the Wharf 2019

 
12/13 - 12/15
 
free
 
Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association presents Christmas on the Wharf on Fridays (4pm-9pm), Saturdays (9am-9pm), and Sundays (1pm-6pm), December 6-23.

Festivities will include holiday entertainment, free visits with Santa, wandering characters including holiday princesses, and a dazzling array of holiday...

Multi-day event ending on Sun Dec 15, 2019

Christmas in the Adobes 2019

 
12/13 - 12/14
 
$25/$2
 
Custom House Store

Christmas in the Adobes on December 13 & 14 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 23 decorated adobes with soft holiday lights, entertainment, and Christmas refreshments. The event supports Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs.

Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under.

Multi-day event ending on Sat Dec 14, 2019

TubaChristmas! 2019 at Monterey Conference Center

 
12/15/19
 
Free
 
Monterey Conference Center

The tubas are back for TubaChristmas! This free holiday concert features the spectacular resonance of over 50 tubas in one fabulous setting. It's a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, and soul-stirring sing-along concert of your favorite holiday carols.

Christmas in Italy Holiday Party at Cibo

 
12/18/19
 
 
Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Cibo Ristorante Italiano invites you to join us for a Christmas in Italy Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 18, featuring live Christmas music and Italian favorites. The Cibo $3 Happy Hour will be available in the bar 4pm-7pm. The regular...

Christmas on the Wharf 2019

 
12/20 - 12/23
 
free
 
Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association presents Christmas on the Wharf on Fridays (4pm-9pm), Saturdays (9am-9pm), and Sundays (1pm-6pm), December 6-22, plus on Monday, December 23, 10am-5pm.

Festivities will include holiday entertainment, free visits with Santa, wandering characters including holiday princesses,...

Multi-day event ending on Mon Dec 23, 2019

Dali's Alley at MHAA Salvador Dali Museum

 
12/21/19
 
free
 
MHAA Salvador Dali Museum

The MHAA Dali Museum presents Dali's Alley on the third Saturday of every month, 12pm-5pm. Get your last minute gifts this holiday season! Over a dozen different vendors selling a variety of crafts - everything from fine art, jewelry, and...

Christmas Tree and Lights

Critical Christmas Lighted Bike Parade in Monterey 2019

 
12/22/19
 
free
 
Custom House Plaza

Critical Christmas Lighted Bike Parade is a fun, family-friendly community event organized by local resident Jim Wrona, a member of Velo Club Monterey. Bike riders decorate their bikes and gather at 5:45pm at Custom House Plaza and the ride rolls...

Christmas Eve Dinner at Esteban Restaurant 2019

 
12/24/19
 
 
Esteban Restaurant

Christmas is a family affair in Spain, and like most Spanish fetes, food takes center stage. Estéban Restaurant shares this enthusiasm for gathering around the table this holiday season on Christmas Eve, 5pm-9pm, and Christmas Day, 4pm-9pm.

Executive Chef...

Christmas Day Dinner at Esteban Restaurant 2019

 
12/25/19
 
 
Esteban Restaurant

Christmas is a family affair in Spain, and like most Spanish fetes, food takes center stage. Estéban Restaurant shares this enthusiasm for gathering around the table this holiday season on Christmas Eve, 5pm-9pm, and Christmas Day, 4pm-9pm.

Executive Chef...