Holiday Events in Monterey

Holiday Fun in Monterey


Christmas Tree Lighting on Colton Hall Lawn

All are cordially invited to Monterey’s Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, featuring carols, candles, cookies, cider, music, and good cheer on Friday, December 1, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Join us on the lawn in front of Colton Hall to share in this traditional, much-loved Monterey holiday celebration.

Sponsored by the City of Monterey, First Night Monterey, and the Old Monterey Business Association. For more information, please contact First Night Monterey at 373-4778 or the Old Monterey Business Association at 831-655-8070.

Colton Hall Tree Lighting


Community Band Winter Concert

The Monterey Community Band presents: “Music Makes the Holidays” Concert, conducted by Kristen Thompson. This concert features “Essay for Band” by Brent Heisinger, “Fifth Suite for Band” by Alfred Reed, “The Saint’s Hallelujah” arranged by Luther Henderson, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson as well as other holiday tunes!

The concert will be held at the Monterey Peninsula College Music Hall on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Come and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment for the whole family. For further information, call 646-3866.


Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade, Sunday, Dec. 3, 5 - 8 PM

Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade, "Brighten the Harbor," will be held on Sunday evening. Watch decorated boats cruise along the Monterey coastline. Watch from the harbor to Cannery Row as the boats compete for "Best Decorated Boat."

Lighted Boat Parade


Tuba Christmas Monterey, Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 PM

Doors open at noon. Not to be missed! At the new Monterey Conference Center! SEE FLYER | WEBSITE

Tuba Christmas 2016

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Del Monte Center Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 18

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'Tis the Season, 'Tis the Street

Saturday, November 25

Small Business Saturday! 'Tis the Season, 'Tis the Street 2017

Bring your family to the Lighthouse District in New Monterey for holiday shopping, delicious food, and good fun! When you shop locally, you keep our community unique, reduce environmental impact, help create good jobs, invest in your community, and always find the most creative, thoughtful gifts.

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Santa's Live Reindeer in Downtown

Saturday, December 2

Visit with Santa and his two Christmas reindeer under The Golden State Theatre marquee in Old Monterey on Saturday, December 2, 12 -4 p.m. It's a perfect time for holiday gifts, treats, and making family memories. All are welcome to this free event.

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Cannery Row Tree Lighting

Friday, November 24

Join us for the 23rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row! This free event is a fun tradition for the whole family – featuring Christmas Carolers, Santa’s Reindeer and of course, Santa Claus himself!

And remember, locals park for free after 4 p.m. at the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam St. between Hoffman/Prescott) with proof of a 939XX zip code.

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Christmas on the Wharf

December 1 - 17

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association is proud to sponsor and hold its annual “Christmas on the Wharf” Weekend festivities on Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California featuring great holiday entertainment, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 19-foot Christmas tree, free sweet treats,  free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa and lovely holiday princesses and much more!

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Holiday Happenings on North Fremont

Wednesday, December 6

Bowl for Veterans at Monterey Lanes

Tues., Dec. 12 and Sat., Dec. 16

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First Night Monterey

First Night ButtonsFirst Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County with its family friendly celebration of the arts on New Years Eve. Over 30 venues hold concurrent performances and activities for children and adults, culminating in indoor and outdoor finales to ring in the new year. For more information, visit