Holidays

Noon Year's Eve Party at MY Museum 2023

 
12/31/23
 
$10/$20
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

Ring in the New Year at a kid-friendly hour this year! Join MY Museum 10am-12:15pm for an unforgettable celebration complete with noisemakers, face painting, and party hats. Watch the Noon Year’s Ball light up as we countdown together. Reservations are required.

2024 Calendars at Lighthouse Books

Monterey, CA

2024 calendars have arrived at Lighthouse Books. There are a wide variety of titles to choose from, but quantities are limited so be sure to visit us soon at 600 Lighthouse Ave. We're open daily, 11am-6pm.

Holiday Treats and Gifts at International Market and Deli

Monterey, CA

Put down that ho-hum bag of Hershey's kisses! Are you looking for a sweet treat to bring to a party or give to a friend? Visit International Market and Deli at 580 Lighthouse Ave, for a wide selection of sweets from around the world.

Whether you're looking for something cheerful to fill a candy dish or elegant to present to a co-worker, we've got you covered. We have cookies, packaged baklava, Armenian honey cake, Belgian chocolate covered dates, hard candies in brightly colored wrappers, and more.

Sale on Sweaters & Jackets for the Holidays at Cypress Boutique

Monterey, CA

Cypress Boutique has a great selection of sweaters and jackets for women and men at our shop, and they're all 20% off until December 23! Stylish, warm, comfortable...they're everything you could ask for in a holiday gift. Visit us at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C and let us help you find the right look at a good price.

New Jewelry at Lilify

Monterey, CA

Lilify's radiant collection of jewelry has evolved and expanded! Made by a talented group of independent jewelry designers, our selection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings are editorial yet timeless, primitive yet modern, strong yet elegant. Visit us at 281 Lighthouse Ave.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner 2023 at Esteban Restaurant

 
12/25/23
 
$89
 
Esteban Restaurant

Esteban Restaurant invites you to gather around the table on December 25, 2pm-8pm, to feast on a delicious 3-Course Christmas Dinner Menu. Choose from 2 starters (crab corn bisque, kale salad), 2 main course dishes (slow-roasted prime rib, crab crusted...

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Stokes Adobe 2023

 
12/31/23
 
 
Stokes Adobe

Stokes Adobe invites you to celebrate New Year's Eve with us. We're offering a 6-course tasting menu for $125 per person, with wine pairing available for an additional $55. Seatings available 5pm-9pm. To view the complete menu and make your reservations, please visit our website .

GoFundMe Campaign for Kim Lawson of Fashion Trade

Monterey, CA

The Lighthouse District invites the community to come together to support Kim Lawson, the sole owner and operator of Fashion Trade Boutique at 554 Lighthouse Avenue.

Kim recently had open heart surgery after having several heart attacks attributed to a rare heart condition. We encourage you to contribute whatever you can to Kim's GoFundMe campaign . Every donation makes a difference to Kim while she recovers at home under doctor's orders and attempts to keep her little boutique afloat during that time.

Annual Tamales Sale at La Bahia Restaurant 2023

Monterey, CA

La Bahia Restaurant presents our annual tamales sale through Dec. 31. They're perfect for the holidays! All orders must be placed at least two days in advance - call us at 831-884-5269. We're located at 675 Lighthouse Ave.

Tamales are $30 per dozen, $16 per half-dozen. There are four fillings available: chile verde (chicken), rajas con quest, birria (beef), and veggies. Garnishes included with every order.

Holiday Music and Gifts at Recycled Records

Monterey, CA

Happy holidays from Recycled Records! We have a great selection of Christmas records, sweet Record Store Day exclusives still in stock, and some fun Recycled Records logo merch for you including tote bags, stickers, long sleeved t-shirts, and license plate frames. Visit us at 604 Lighthouse Ave.

No Farmers Market on Dec. 26 & Jan. 2

 
12/26/23
 
free
 
Old Monterey District

The Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmers' Market will be closed on December 26 and January 2. We wish you a very happy holidays and hope to see you on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 4pm-7pm.

Find Locally-Made Gifts at Alma del Mar

Monterey, CA

Alma del Mar is ready to help you with your holiday shopping! We have a wealth of locally-made gift items including soaps, bath bombs, shower steamers, keychains, cards, cutting boards, and more. We're open Tue, 4pm-7pm, and Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm, at 269 Bonifacio Place.

First Friday: Celebrate "Iluminado" at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/1/23
 
free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Join Monterey Museum of Art for free, after-hours access during this special edition of First Friday, 5pm-8pm, celebrating the opening of our new annual holiday exhibit, Iluminado . Revel in the fun and enjoy drinks, small-bites, art activities, and a live set by DJ Hanif Wondir. Wine and beer will be available to purchase.

Winter Solstice Celebration at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/22/23
 
free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Join Monterey Museum of Art on Friday, Dec. 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm, for an evening of merriment and reflection as the year comes to a close and we celebrate the fully transformed Iluminado exhibition. Enjoy food and drink, a live set by DJ Gwynneth, and a raffle of Miniatures. Admission is free.

Winter Art Market at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/16/23
 
Free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Join Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street for a cozy and creative shopping experience at our Winter Art Market on Saturday, December 16, 11am-2pm. Held inside the wondrous Iluminado exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in various art prompts, support local businesses, and find the perfect gifts for the holiday season! Admission is free.

New Years at the Disco 2024

 
12/31/23
 
$100/$140
 
Compact Disco

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Compact Disco, 8pm-2am. Enjoy a two-hour open bar, 8pm-10pm, complimentary food all night, a champagne toast at midnight, and a countdown to the New Year on a giant projection screen. DJs Kenny Summit, "The Juice," and Edison Tesla will provide the soundtrack. Tickets available here.

New Monterey Neighborhood Association Holiday Party 2023

 
12/8/23
 
 
Gianni's Pizza

Are you a New Monterey resident? Join the New Monterey Neighborhood Association (NMNA) for the Annual Holiday Party at Gianni’s Pizza on Friday, December 8, 5pm-7pm. Pizza and soft drinks provided by NMNA. Dues-paying NMNA members admitted free; $10 for all others.

Winter Market at Stokes Adobe 2023

 
12/2/23
 
 
Stokes Adobe

Stokes Adobe is hosting a holiday market by local artisans and entrepreneurs on Saturday, Dec. 2, 1pm-7pm. This will be a unique holiday shopping experience featuring one-of-a-kind gifts.

Holiday Champagne Tasting at Hellam's

 
12/7/23
 
$40
 
Hellam's Tobacco and Wine Shop

Hellam's Tobacco and Wine Shop presents a special holiday season champagne tasting on Thursday, December 7, 7pm-10pm. Participation fee is $40.

Poppleton's Kozy Kit Holiday Special

Monterey, CA

Are you searching for a warm and comforting holiday gift? Poppleton's can help! Through Dec. 24, visit us and buy a throw blanket, a diffuser, and a Poppleton's candle and get 20% off all three. We're located at 299 Lighthouse Ave.

Iluminado: Free Family Fun Day at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/2/23
 
free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art presents a Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2, 11am-3pm. Drop by the Museum for a fun-filled afternoon with our interactive art installation, Iluminado .

Meet the artists behind the magical trees of the exhibit, exercise your creativity, and contribute to the evolving exhibition. Featured activities include: paper leaves with messages, mural painting, and pattern-making with wooden blocks.

Please Support Fashion Trade & Kim Lawson This Holiday Season

Monterey, CA

In honor of Small Business Saturday, the Lighthouse District wants to share with you the story of one of our own beloved business owners and community members, Kim Lawson.

Kim has experienced significant health challenges this fall, and we encourage you to stop by her shop, Fashion Trade. on Nov. 25, 11am-5pm, and Nov. 26, 2pm-5pm, to show your support, both personal and financial, at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey during her recovery. (Shop for a good cause!) Read more here.

Small Business Saturday Sale at Recycled Records

 
11/25/23
 
 
Recycled Records

Recycled Records is under new management and we'll be celebrating Small Business Saturday with a fully-stocked new arrivals section, new merchandise, a collectibles and poster sale, $2 cassettes, $5 CDs, and half off DVDs and Blu-Ray discs.

Come and meet the new owners! We'll be open 10am-7pm.

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade 2023

 
12/3/23
 
free
 
Custom House Plaza

The Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club presents Brighten the Harbor , a lighted boat parade. Watch boats beautifully decorated for the holidays cruise along the Monterey Coast.