Holiday Events in Old Monterey 2017

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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"An Irish Christmas" at Golden State Theatre

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 $27-$53.

Christmas Tree Lighting on Colton Hall Lawn 2017

Colton Hall Lawn

All are cordially invited to Monterey’s Community Christmas 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.

Santa's Live Reindeer in Downtown Monterey 2017

Golden State Theatre

Visit with Santa and his two Christmas reindeer under The Golden State Theatre marquee in Old Monterey, 12pm-4pm. All are welcome to this free event! It's a perfect time for making family memories.

Kids' Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2017 at MY Museum

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 3, 9:30am-11am. There will be lots of icing and candy canes, swirly twirly gum drops, and...

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade 2017

Custom House Plaza

The Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club presents Brighten the Harbor , a lighted boat parade. Watch boats decorated for the holidays cruise along Monterey Bay's coastline.

Holiday Pop Up Market at MIIS

MIIS, McCone Building

MIIS hosts a Holiday Pop Up Market featuring local and global values-driven vendors. We'll have food, music, a do-it-yourself craft space for students and families, a live auction and fashion show showcasing ethical products, and more! There will also be a free screening of the documentary The True Cost .

Christmas in the Adobes 2017

12/8 - 12/9
Custom House Store

Christmas in the Adobes on December 8 & 9 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 22 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 09, 2017

TubaChristmas! 2017 at Monterey Conference Center

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.

A Winter Wonderland at MY Museum

12/12 - 12/15
Monterey County Youth Museum

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Get cozy at Monterey County Youth Museum for a "wonder-full" week of Winter Wonderland celebrations. From Tuesday, December 12 through Friday, December 15, 2pm-4pm, we'll have a winter themed, fun-filled activity that kids of...

Multi-day event ending on Fri Dec 15, 2017

Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmers' Market for the Holidays

Old Monterey District

Visit the Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmers' Market during the holidays! Open rain or shine every Tuesday, 4pm-7pm, it’s the perfect place to find handcrafted items and gourmet products for holiday gift-giving and fresh produce for holiday meals.

Pink Martini Holiday Show at Golden State Theatre

Golden State Theatre

Golden State Theatre and (((folkYEAH!))) presents a holiday show featuring Pink Martini featuring China Forbes on Tuesday, December 12 at 8pm. Tickets are $45-$95. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here .

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Ugly Sweater Party at Alvarado Street Brewery

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill invites you to wear your worst holiday sweater and join us for our Ugly Sweater Party in our Beer Garden. We'll have an ugly sweater contest, trivia game, and a food drive for Monterey County Food Bank. Please bring at least 5 canned goods.

CarmelBarre's Holiday Open House 2017


CarmelBarre in Monterey invites you to join us for our annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 17, 1pm-3pm. Enjoy class demonstrations, wine tasting, and holiday gift shopping, and receive major retail discounts on CarmelBarre's retail goods, package deals on...

Noon Year's Eve Party at MY Museum 2017

Monterey County Youth Museum

Ring in the New Year at a kid-friendly hour this year! Join MY Museum on December 31, 10am-12pm, for an unforgettable Noon Year’s Eve Celebration complete with noisemakers, face painting, and party hats. Watch the Noon Year’s Ball light up as we countdown together. Call to register.

First Night Monterey 2018

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 Old Monterey. Join us as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018! Featuring over 20 performance venues.

Parking: Event parking is available in the downtown Monterey garages, and MIIS and City Hall parking lots. First Night Monterey is also partnering with MST to provide a Park and Ride program. Park near the Macy's Furniture store at Del Monte Center and MST buses will pick you up on a regular schedule from 3pm to 1am.

New Year's Eve Party at Cibo 2017

Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Cibo Ristorante Italiano invites you to celebrate, toast, and pop bottles together as we say “Ciao!” to 2017. Ring in 2018 with pasta and prosecco. Dinner will be served off the menu, with some additions, from 5pm until 10pm, and...

Brew Year's Eve 2017 at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill invites you to join us for Brew Year's Eve on December 31, our New Year's Eve party featuring a 5-course dinner with beer pairings plus a celebratory after-party.

The five-course dinner, prepared by Chef...

New Year's Eve Party at Caffe Trieste 2017

Caffe Trieste

Caffe Trieste invites you to join us for our annual New Year's Eve Party featuring music, dancing, and drinks! We'll be hosting DJ Ka'nete all night as well as a performance by professional belly dancer Dancing Jewel. The...

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