Flight of the Butterflies Screening

Thursday, December 15, 6pm

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

$5 suggested donation

Show your PG spirit and learn more about the town’s favorite pollinator. This short film follows the migration of the Eastern monarch, which flies between Mexico and Canada each year. Arrive early to browse the museum, which is one of the oldest natural history museums in the United States - it’s been open since 1883. 

(Photo courtesy of mmstock.com)

Jonny Lang

Thursday, December 15, 8pm

Golden State Theater


Hear the Grammy Award-winning artist as he tours for his new album, Fight For My Soul. Lang’s latest work has been described as his poppiest yet, and audiences will enjoy catchy, forceful vocals and guitar. 

Arts Alive

Friday, December 16, 4pm


No Cover

Experience Carmel-by-the-Sea’s artist colony roots with live music, art-making, drinks, and more. With a dozen artists and five musical acts, this party aims to recreate the bohemian spirit of the area at the turn of the twentieth century. Performances start at every hour from 4-9pm, so stop by for a show or settle in for a full night’s entertainment. 

Christmas Horror Mini Marathon

Friday, December 16, 6:30pm

Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts


For those who want the best of both worlds, this mini movie marathon will let you feel like a Grinch AND participate in a holiday-themed activity. Silent Night Bloody Night and Home for the Holidays will kick things off on Friday, with Saturday selections TBD. 

The Treadmill in Carmel, Santa Fun Run

Saturday, December, 17, 8:00am

The Treadmill hosts its second annual fund run and "selfie with the Santa Gnome."  Runners and walkers are welcome. The event starts in front of the Treadmill store in the Crossroads.

Yoga in the Vines

Saturday, December 17, 10am

Folktale Winery - Rose Vineyard


Soak up the sun in Carmel Valley with a 90-minute yoga session led by Kate of the Esalen Institute. The relaxation continues off the mat after class with a glass of wine in Folktale’s garden. Make sure to bring your own mat. 

(Photo courtesy of picjumbo.com)

Erisy Watt and Huddy Bali

Saturday, December 17, 7pm

Henry Miller Memorial Library


Santa Barbara-based Erisy Watt brings folksy vocals, bass, and guitar inspired by her coastal surroundings. Joining her band is Big Sur’s own Huddy Bali, whose sound also falls under the umbrella of folk-pop. The show will be indoors, so make sure to arrive early to grab a seat and a mug of glogg, a festive holiday drink of spices and wine that library staff will be pouring throughout the night. 

Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concert

Saturday, December 17, 7pm

Sunset Center


Join in the 30th anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice Series, featuring guitarist Will Ackerman; singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie; and guitarist and composer Alex de Grassi. The group’s acoustic melodies are a perennial favorite for those wishing to mark the holiday with music. 

Critical Christmas Bike Ride

Sunday, December 18, 5:45pm

Custom House Plaza


Deck your bicycle in as many lights and ornaments as you can find and join in this festive ride around town. Make sure to arrive early - departure is 6pm on the dot and there is no pre-determined route. Friends and relatives battling icy roads in colder climates will envy your mid-December ride!

(Photo courtesy of cyclingtips.com)

Aabha Indian Cuisine

Open daily 11:30am - 9pm

The Barnyard, Carmel

A wide array of new food options have cropped up on the peninsula in recent months. Aabha Indian Cuisine is one of the latest, serving upscale Indian fare. The menu includes familiar favorites (chicken tikka masala), vegan options for any course, and unexpected dishes like avocado-pomegranate chaat.