Ice Skating by the Bay 2023

Custom House Plaza

Celebrate the holidays at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink, open daily November 24 - December 31 . At Custom House Plaza, located behind Portola Hotel & Spa in Old Monterey, skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland by the Bay.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for children 12 & under. Skate rental fee is $5.

Traditional Tree Lighting on Colton Hall Lawn 2023

Colton Hall Lawn

All are cordially invited to the Historic Downtown Monterey Traditional Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, December 1, 5pm-6pm. Join us on the lawn in front of Colton Hall to share in this much-loved holiday event.

Enjoy cookies, cider, live music and caroling, and the lighting of the tree to bring in the holiday season. Monterey's Mayor and members of the City Council will be present and KMBY 1240 AM / 95.9 FM will broadcast the event live.

Red Engine Rides at MY Museum

Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites you and your children ages 3+ to join us on Saturday, December 9, as we partner with Red Engine Rides for a cruise around town. We're offering 15 minute rides in an open-air fire engine for $25 per person. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Rides depart every half hour, 10am-11:30am. Advance reservations required.

Kids' Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2023 at MY Museum

Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites children to get festive and join us in decorating your own gingerbread houses. There will be lots of icing and candy canes, swirly twirly gum drops, and tons more candy to make your house look truly extraordinary. Reservations are required - register online here .

Halloween Storytime and Parade for Kids

Colton Hall Lawn

Join Monterey Public Library staff for a special spooky Halloween Storytime and Parade for children on the lawn of Colton Hall, 10:15am-11:15am. Be sure to wear your favorite costumes.

Spooktacular: Free Family Fun Day at Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art presents a Spooktacular Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 28, 11am-3pm. Drop by the Museum for a fun-filled afternoon filled with eerie excitement and creativity.

Featured art activities will include: crafting paper pumpkins, constructing cute pom-pom spiders, and designing spooky houses.