Holidays

First Night Monterey 2024

 
12/31/23
 
 
Old Monterey District

A community celebration of the arts, First Night Monterey is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration held on New Year’s Eve, 3pm-midnight, in the heart of Downtown Old Monterey. Join us as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2024! Featuring multiple performance venues. Purchase your admission button here.

Southern Style Thanksgiving Dinner at Bon Ton L'Roy's

 
11/24/22
 
 
Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse

Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse will be offering a Southern style Thanksgiving Dinner all day on Thursday, Nov. 24 starting at 11am. Reservations recommended, 831-375-6958.

This special meal will feature our smoked turkey, ham, and salmon with all the fixings. Price is $32.99 for adults and $14.99 for children age 12 and under.

Adults' Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2022 at MY Museum

 
12/8/22
 
$45
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites adults ages 21 and over to our Gingerbread House Extravaganza. This is the perfect time to get together with friends and start the holiday season off right!

Tickets are $45 per person - advance reservations are required . Fee includes gingerbread house with frosting and candy to decorate, a complimentary beverage, and dessert bar.

New Year's Eve Party at Bon Ton L'Roy's

 
12/31/23
 
no cover charge
 
Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse! Beginning at 7pm we'll have live music performed by Alligator, the legendary Blues, Zydeco, and Cajun guitar and fiddle player. Enjoy a toast with us at midnight.

No cover charge. Reservations recommended, 831-375-6958.

Bulldog Sports Pub Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 
12/25/23
 
 
Bulldog Sports Pub

Bulldog Sports Pub will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Come watch some football with us! The kitchen will be serving our regular menu both days.

We're open 9:30am-2am on Christmas Eve and 4:30pm-2am on Christmas Day. Remember…. there are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.

Bulldog Sports Pub Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 
12/24/23
 
 
Bulldog Sports Pub

Bulldog Sports Pub will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Come watch some football with us! The kitchen will be serving our regular menu both days.

We're open 9:30am-2am on Christmas Eve and 4:30pm-2am on Christmas Day. Remember, there are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met yet.

2023 Lighthouse District Holiday Display Contest Winners

Monterey, CA

The New Monterey Business Association congratulates the winners of our 2023 Lighthouse District Holiday Display Contest!

Best Holiday Displays with Lighting
Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse
794 Lighthouse Ave

Paprika Cafe
309 Lighthouse Ave

Best Holiday Displays, Minimally Lit
Mattress Nation
296 Lighthouse Ave

Second Chance Thrift Store
443 Lighthouse Ave

We encourage everyone to come down and view the creative holiday displays in the windows of shops and restaurants along Lighthouse Ave.

Holiday Clearance Sale at Pamir Rugs 2023

Monterey, CA

Pamir Rugs and Kilims is having a Holiday Clearance Sale! Save 40-60% off Oriental and Persian rugs in a variety of sizes and colors. We also have hand-woven pillows that make excellent gifts. Visit us at 237 Lighthouse Avenue, or call 831-647-9965.

Namaste India Bistro Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

 
12/31/23
 
 
Namaste India Bistro

Namaste India Bistro will be open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, offering our all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, 11:30am-2:30pm, and dinner service, 5pm-9pm, featuring a special holiday dinner menu to tantalize your taste buds.

Our holiday lunch buffet...

Namaste India Bistro Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 
12/24/23
 
 
Namaste India Bistro

Namaste India Bistro will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, offering our all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, 11:30am-2:30pm, and dinner service, 5pm-9pm, featuring a special holiday dinner menu to tantalize your taste buds.

Decorated Cookies for the Holidays at The Perfect Crumb

Monterey, CA

The Perfect Crumb Bakery has freshly decorated cookies available for your holiday celebrations! You'll find gingerbread people, reindeer, Christmas trees, and more. Visit the bakery at 301 Lighthouse Avenue.

Please note that The Perfect Crumb will be closed from December 25 through mid-February for a long winter's nap. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen!

Britannia Arms Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 
12/24/23
 
 
Britannia Arms of Monterey

The Britannia Arms of Monterey will be open on Christmas Eve, 10am-5pm, playing the full NFL schedule on our big screen TVs. We'll also be open on Christmas Day, 10am-8:30pm. Don't miss the Raiders game at 10am and the 49ers...

Take a Photo with the Grinch at Cloud City

 
12/17/23
 
Free
 
Cloud City Supply

Stop by Cloud City this weekend and take a picture with the Grinch! 💚

The Grinch will be on site all weekend long!
Saturday, 12/16 from 1pm-4pm
Sunday, 12/17 from 10am-12pm

Celebrating Kwanzaa and Community at the Stanton Center

 
12/31/23
 
$25/$30
 
Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

Celebrate the sixth day of Kwanzaa, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Stanton Center! Glodean Champion, in partnership with Black Leaders and Allies Collaborative and the Juneteenth Coalition, invites you to join us for an evening of soul-stirring food and conversation. Donation is $25 in advance , $30 at the door.

Enjoy Panettone from Paris Bakery

Monterey, CA

Paris Bakery is now offering freshly-made panettone. A sweet Italian yeast bread with raisins and dried fruit, panettone is traditionally enjoyed during the winter holiday season. Visit us at 271 Bonifacio Place to get yours.

New Year's Eve Bash at Cibo Ristorante 2024

 
12/31/23
 
no cover
 
Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Cibo Ristorante Italiano invites you to join us for our annual New Year's Eve Bash! We'll be celebrating 9pm-1:30am, no cover charge. Come ring in the new year and dance to the music of DJ Gil! Dress to impress. We'll have drink specials all night. Dinner will be served until 10pm - reservations recommended.

2024 Firefighter Calendar Release Party

 
12/19/23
 
 
Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

Join the Monterey Firefighter Foundation, 3pm-6pm, in the beer garden of Alvarado Street Brewery for our 2024 Firefighter Calendar Release Party! Purchase a calendar and get a beer for half price. Calendar models will be on site to sign calendars. All proceeds will support the Monterey Firefighter Foundation's community outreach programs.

Holiday Gifts and Stocking Stuffers at Haute Beauty Guide

Monterey, CA

Haute Beauty Guide has a wonderful selection of gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays, including hair clips, bath bombs, gemstone bracelets, candles, and Christmas ornaments.

The shop also has a fantastic sale on lucite games such as dominoes, checkers, tic-tac-toe, and more, all marked at only $50 (orig. $110-$325). Visit us at 71 Pearl Street - hours are listed here .

Closing Sale at Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things

Monterey, CA

After 18 wonderful years of serving our community, it is with mixed emotions that we announce the closure of Cha-ya Japanese Tea & Things. Starting December 6, all items (excluding tea and food) are 30% off. Please come say goodbye at 118 Webster Street and get your favorite Cha-ya items before they are gone!

We invite you to join us over the next couple of months. It's a chance to reminisce, grab some fantastic deals, and say goodbye in person.

Winter Specials at Spa on the Plaza

Monterey, CA

Spa on the Plaza, located at 201 Alvarado Street, is offering winter specials, including a Glisten and Glow Facial (60 min., $160) and a Cranberry Bliss Massage (80 min., $195). To learn more and make an appointment, please phone us at 831-647-9000.

La Casa del Sazon Caters!

Monterey, CA

Great news for lovers of delicious Mexican food: La Casa del Sazon caters! Now you can enjoy their authentic family recipes at holiday celebrations, family gatherings, birthday parties, office lunches, corporate events, and weddings.

View their menu online or stop by the restaurant at 431 Tyler Street. You'll find a variety of traditional favorites as well as delicious vegetarian, gluten-free, and Blue Zones dishes. All tortillas are made fresh in-house. To book, email Dakota or call 831-595-5823.

Christmas Day at Old Capitol Books

 
12/25/23
 
free
 
Old Capitol Books

Old Capitol Books invites you to spend Christmas afternoon with us, 2pm-5pm. We'll have free gifts, warm drinks, and cookies. This is free and open to all - we want everyone to have a cozy and welcoming place to come and celebrate the holiday.

Holiday Stollen Now at Parker-Lusseau Pastries

Monterey, CA

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe, located at 539 Hartnell Street, has fresh stollen on our shelves from now until Christmas. This holiday favorite is so popular you should probably place your order in advance just to make sure it's there when you want it, 831-641-9188. Slice it, toast it, smother it with butter, eat it...repeat!

The Longest Night Run/Walk with Fleet Feet Monterey

 
12/21/23
 
 
Fleet Feet Monterey

Fleet Feet Monterey invites you to be part of a powerful community run/walk on the longest night of the year to honor grief, create togetherness, and celebrate resilience.

The Longest Night Run/Walk, on Thursday, Dec. 21, 6pm-7:30pm, is a community event in which we come together to support and show solidarity to one another through times of grief, loss, waiting, and challenge. There is a suggested donation of $10, but no mandated fee. Please register here .

Enjoy New Year's Eve Dinner at Cella

 
12/31/23
 
$140
 
Cella Restaurant and Bar

Elevate your New Year's Eve at Cella! Chefs Cal Stamenov and Ben Spungin are crafting a four-course delight to welcome 2024. Enhance your experience with optional wine pairings by Barnaby De Luna and exquisite cocktails by Joshua Perry.

Seatings begin at 5pm. Reserve your seat through our website . Price is $140+ per person, $70 for wine pairing.