Late November and early December are packed with events that will really evoke the feelings of holidays in Monterey. From parades and multiple tree lightnings, holidays in Monterey County are not taken lightly. Check out the upcoming holiday events that you shouldn’t miss.
SALINAS HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
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Sunday, November 27, 6pm- Get into the Christmas spirit at the Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights. This family and community-centric event is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The lighted parade consists of marching bands, floats, dancers and classic cars. Come early and grab a spot along the parade route which goes up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center.
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
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Sunday, December 4, 6pm- Fabulously decorated boats and yachts set sail on the Monterey Bay for an evening Lighted Boat Parade. Creatively decked out ships will leave the Coast Guard Pier and cruise past Cannery Row to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.
STREETS OF BETHLEHEM
Wednesday, December 7 – Saturday, December 10, 6pm-8:30pm- Step into the Nativity story, as 200 re-enactors, along with live animals and musical groups, recreate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.
CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES
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Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10, 5-9pm- Celebrate the holidays 19th century style at the Christmas in the Adobes. Monterey’s twenty adobes will be lit up in holiday splendor with live entertainment, refreshments and volunteers in 19th century attire. There is no better way to tour these historic adobes all within a half-mile of each other. Docents will also be on hand to tell stories about the unique history and to answer questions about the rare architecture. Tickets are $25 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under.
JINGLE BELL RUN WITH SANTA
Saturday, December 10, 8am- Put on your Santa hat and sneakers and get ready to run (or walk) along Pacific Grove’s stunning coastline during the Jingle Bell Run. This 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation and begins at Lover’s Point Park. Have fun with Santa, tie jingle bells to your shoes and help raise funds to support the foundation.
Saturday, December 10, 10am- Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town in style! The famous couple flies in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield. There they’ll board their sleigh, lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village and end up at the Carmel Valley Youth Center for visits with youngsters.
FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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Saturday, December 31, 3pm- Looking for a family friendly New Year’s Eve event? Then look no further than First Night Monterey! Plenty of entertainment will be on hand with a plethora of art exhibits, live music, dance performances, great food and more. Over thirty venues in downtown Monterey hold performances throughout the afternoon and into the New Year.
RIO GRILL’S RESOLUTION RUN
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Sunday, January 1, 8am- Time to burn off all of those holiday cookies during Rio Grill’s Resolution Run. Kick off 2017 with this 6.5 mile foot race or a 3 mile family fun run. The gorgeous course begins at Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel, and takes runners along trails and sandy beaches, all with views of the glorious Carmel coastline.
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