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

 
12/14/19
 
$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.

New Moon Makers' Market at Shear Addiction

 
11/25/19
 
 
Shear Addiction Barbershop and Hair Studio

Shear Addiction presents a 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 a great place to find holiday gifts!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Monterey Marriott Hotel

 
11/28/19
 
 
Monterey Marriott Hotel

This Thanksgiving, enjoy scenic bay sights, inspired California cuisine, and more when you join Monterey Marriott Hotel for a Thanksgiving meal at our Ferrantes Bay View Dining Room, 11am-4pm. We're offering a bountiful buffet offering traditional Thanksgiving dishes, salads, tastes...

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 $28-$55.

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.

Free Watch Batteries Today at Gasper's Jewelers

 
11/30/19
 
 
Gasper's Jewelers

In honor of Small Business Saturday, Gasper's Jewelers will give away a free watch battery (lithium or silver oxide) to each visitor who wants one while supplies last.

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. With gift items as low as $10.99, we're the perfect spot for holiday gift shopping!

Holiday Paint and Sip at Sovino Wine Bar

 
12/3/19
 
$40
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant presents a Holiday Paint and Sip Class ! Tonight, local artist and retired art teacher Bunny Paivine will be teaching an easy-to-follow painting class. You’ll take home your own 11 x 14 canvas painting. Fee is $40, advance registration required. All materials, instruction, and a glass of wine are included.

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

First Friday at Monterey Museum of Art - December 2019

 
12/6/19
 
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Come celebrate the weekend with Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street with extended hours every First Friday of the month, 5pm-7pm, for ages 21 and over. Enjoy fine art, live music, and wine.

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.

Santa Under the Marquee in Downtown Monterey 2019

 
12/7/19
 
Free
 
Golden State Theatre

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

Hot Chocolate Holiday Fun Run at Fleet Feet

 
12/7/19
 
free
 
Fleet Feet Monterey

Fleet Feet is hosting a Hot Chocolate Holiday Fun Run. This fun run is for all levels and will last one hour, out and back. It's rain or shine, so bring your holiday cheer and we'll have the hot cocoa waiting for you when you get back.

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...

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade 2019

 
12/8/19
 
free
 
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 Paint and Sip at Sovino Wine Bar

 
12/8/19
 
$40
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant presents a Holiday Paint and Sip Class ! Tonight, local artist and retired art teacher Bunny Paivine will be teaching an easy-to-follow painting class. You’ll take home your own 11 x 14 canvas painting. Fee is $40, advance registration required. All materials, instruction, and a glass of wine are included.

Puma Road's 6 Month Anniversary Celebration

 
12/9/19
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza invites you to join us for an evening of great wine and music while we celebrate our first six months in beautiful Old Monterey! Tonight we'll have wine specials, hors d'oeuvres, and live music by local favorites Max & Brownyn & Friends.

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

Run Your Cookies Off: Fun Run at Fleet Feet

 
12/14/19
 
free
 
Fleet Feet Monterey

Feeling like you've enjoyed a little too much holiday cheer? Fleet Feet invites you to come run off those holiday cookies with Brooks. This free event is open to all levels all distance. Join us for this out-and-back one hour...

Furoshiki Gift Wrapping Class at Cha-ya

 
12/14/19
 
$5
 
Cha-ya Japanese Tea & Things

Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things presents a class in the art of furoshiki gift wrapping on Saturday, December 14. There will be two one-hour sessions from which to choose: one at 11am and one at 1pm. Fee is $5. Workshop...

Reid King Holiday Show at East Village Coffee Lounge

 
12/14/19
 
$5
 
East Village Coffee Lounge

East Village Coffee Lounge and Kiki Wow present a special holiday performance by guitarist Reid King on Saturday, December 14, 7pm-9pm. $5 cover charge.

Tonight, Reid will be performing pieces from his suite of compositions inspired by John Steinbeck's...

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.

Holiday Paint and Sip at Sovino Wine Bar

 
12/17/19
 
$40
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant presents a Holiday Paint and Sip Class ! Tonight, local artist and retired art teacher Bunny Paivine will be teaching an easy-to-follow painting class. You’ll take home your own 11 x 14 canvas painting. Fee is $40, advance registration required. All materials, instruction, and a glass of wine are included.

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show 2019 at Golden State Theatre

 
12/17/19
 
$35-$65
 
Golden State Theatre

Golden State Theatre and SBL Entertainment presents a Christmas show by the Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Niki Bluhm. If you love Christmas music, don't miss this show by these living legends of gospel music.

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

Monterey Bay Tequila and Mezcal Tasting at Lopez Restaurante y Cantina

 
12/20/19
 
$10
 
Lopez Restaurante y Cantina

Lopez Restaurante y Cantina and the Monterey Bay Tequila and Mezcal Tastings Group invite you to enjoy high quality tequilas and mezcals with other agave enthusiasts and newcomers - we usually feature 3 to 4 brands to sip and savor. Must be 21 years or older. Fee is $10.

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...

Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga at Om Studios

 
12/21/19
 
 
Om Studios

Om Studios in Monterey presents a Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga Class taught by Amy Horton on Saturday, December 21, 6pm-7:30pm.

Align yourself with the energy that winter has to offer and take a moment to slow down. Throw on...

Holiday Paint and Sip at Sovino Wine Bar

 
12/22/19
 
$40
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant presents a Holiday Paint and Sip Class ! Tonight, local artist and retired art teacher Bunny Paivine will be teaching an easy-to-follow painting class. You’ll take home your own 11 x 14 canvas painting. Fee is $40, advance registration required. All materials, instruction, and a glass of wine are included.

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...

Noon Year's Eve Party at MY Museum 2019

 
12/31/19
 
 
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. Call to register.

First Night Monterey 2020

 
12/31/19
 
 
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 2020! Featuring multiple performance venues.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Cibo

 
12/31/19
 
no cover
 
Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Ring in 2020 with pasta and Prosecco! Cibo Ristorante Italiano is throwing a New Year’s Eve Party on December 31. We’ll have a full bar with drink specials, party favors, DJ, and dancing.

The party will begin at 9pm...

New Year's Eve Dinner at Esteban Restaurant

 
12/31/19
 
 
Esteban Restaurant

New Year’s Eve with the kids promises wholesome togetherness and fun, especially if it includes spending time at Estéban Restaurant, located within walking distance of all of the festivities in Downtown Old Monterey. It's the ideal spot to take a...

Totally 80's New Year's Eve Party at Portola Hotel & Spa

 
12/31/19
 
$150/$130
 
Portola Hotel & Spa

Enjoy live music, dancing, a buffet dinner, and an open bar as you ring in 2020 at this righteous , 1980s-themed New Year’s Eve event in Downtown Old Monterey. The festivities kick off at 7:30pm on Tuesday, December 31 for...

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