Celebrate the season with festive family-friendly activities and special attractions in beautiful Monterey, California. Kick off the holidays with a day full of merry during the 21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Experience Christmas in the Adobes, watch the dazzling parade of lights, and feel the spirit of the season at Monterey holiday hotel events.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Esteban Restaurant – November 26 – Savor a classic holiday meal, prepared by Chef Tom Snyder, complete with turkey, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and homemade cranberry sauce. For those who may be seeking a little break from tradition the prix fixe menu also offers a choice of snake river trout served with white beans and bacon lardons.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sardine Factory – November 26 – Enjoy a delectable four-course prix fixe dinner with family or friends. Featuring a fresh, gourmet take on all your holiday favorites, this meal is sure to leave you satisfied – without the cleanup.Cannery Row Tree Lighting – November 27 – Light up the night with Cannery Row's 21st annual Tree Lighting held at Steinbeck Plaza. Holiday magic surrounds attendees with carolers and family fun festivities for all. Holiday Parade of Lights – December 3 – This event features marching bands, dance teams, holiday floats, photo opportunities with Santa, wagon rides, and lots of holiday cheer! Christmas in the Adobes –December 11 & 12, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. – Discover Monterey’s signature holiday event. Wander the streets of historic downtown and explore 19th century adobes. Try fandango dance lessons at Custom House, or enjoy bagpipes at Robert Louis Stevenson House. The whole family will relish the refreshments, games and fun. First Night Monterey –December 31 – A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night Monterey offers over 22 performance sites and indoor and outdoor venues for youth of all ages.