Catch a few of these weekend events to stay in the holiday spirit

Ice Skating by the Bay at Custom House Plaza

Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm until January 8

Next to Fisherman’s Wharf behind the Portola Hotel, Monterey, CA

$13 Adults, $11 Children 12 & under, $3 Skate Rental Fee

Now that December is here, experience a favorite winter activity without the cold and snow. Look out over the Monterey Bay while you brush up on your skating skills, then warm up with a hot bowl of clam chowder on the wharf. 

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Sing We Joy Now with I Cantori di Carmel at Carmel Mission Basilica

 Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 8pm

 Carmel Mission Basilica

 $25 reserved section, $20 general, $15 military or youth

Carmel chorus I Cantori di Carmel presents its holiday concert featuring Haydn's St. Theresa Mass with orchestra and soloists, director Sal Ferrantelli's "O Magnum Mysterium" and a new piece based on a Native American Poem by choir member Phoenix Eagleshadow. The chorus, a presence in Carmel for 35 years, is made up of volunteers from the community. 

Sister Act at Golden Bough Theater

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30pm and Sundays, 2pm until December 18

Monte Verde Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel, CA

Tickets: $8-$42

Based on the 1992 movie, this musical comedy follows the hijinks of a singer who witnesses a murder. When a witness protection program hides her in a convent, she rallies the nuns to shake up their choir repertoire with gospel music and disco. 

15th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Pacific Grove

 Thursday, December 1, 6pm

 Downtown Pacific Grove


Festive floats, marching bands, dancers, and performers on horseback will be on display in Pacific Grove to kick off the holiday season this Thursday. Shops will also stay open late to extend festivities after the parade. 

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The Silhouette Era and James Meder at Pierce Ranch Vineyards

 Friday, December 2, 8pm

 Pierce Ranch Vineyards

$10, limited seating, 21+

You won’t find a more intimate setting for live music - the Pierce Ranch Vineyards tasting room is in the living room of a cozy house just off of Cannery Row. Sip on wine and enjoy The Silhouette Era, a dream wave group from San Francisco, James Meder, a singer/songwriter from Oakland. 

Carmel-by-the-Sea Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 2, 3:30-6pm

Each year the city comes together to welcome Santa, hear the local middle school and elementary school choirs sing, drink hot cider provided by the red cross, and light the tree. And, Carmel Realty hosts an open house at our Ocean Avenue Office.  Following the tree lighting the Carmel Plaza also hosts its own open house until 7pm. 

Art & Soul: Brews for a Cause at Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific

 Friday, December 2, 7-9pm

 Monterey Museum Of Art-Pacific

 Tickets: $5, $10 for 5 beer tastings

Give back to the Monterey Museum of Art through Monterey County Gives at this event featuring live music from local band Valley Soul. Taste beer from Peter B’s, Mad Otter Ale, and New Bohemia Brewing Company, and enter to win door prizes from local businesses. 

Spirited Away 15th Anniversary Screening at Cinemark Monterey

 Sunday, December 4,12pm

 Cinemark Monterey

 $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors and students, $10.50 children

Join in the nation-wide celebration of director Hayao Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed animated film about a girl who must free herself and her parents from a supernatural world of dragons and spirits. Fans and new viewers alike will enjoy the opportunity to see the film on the big screen. 

Jake Shimabukuro at The Golden State Theatre

 Saturday, December 3, 8pm

 Golden State Theater


What does a ukulele player who has inspired comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis sound like? Find out at the Golden State Theater on Saturday, when Jake Shimabukuro will share covers and original compositions combining jazz, blues, funk, rock, classical music, and more. 

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Colton Hall Lawn

 Friday, December 2, 5-6pm

 Colton Hall


Cider, cookies, and caroling will help to kick off the holiday season along with a tree lighting ceremony at Colton Hall on Friday. Meet neighbors and enjoy the community of Monterey. 

Sessions Open Mic at The Press Club

Friday, December 2, 6pm

 The Press Club


Both amateurs and experienced performers take the stage every first Friday at the Press Club for open mic nights. Instruments are provided and music and poetry of all types are encouraged.