Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel

November 16th 2019 – January 5th, 2020

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition — ice skating at the Boardwalk! Festivities Include: For more information, please visit

November 28th, 2019

27th Annual Castroville Thanksgiving Feast

Time: 11:00AM — 2:00PM Location: Castroville Community Center, 11261 Crane St. Castroville No plans for Thanksgiving Day? Attend the Thanksgiving Feast that has been a Castroville tradition for 27 years! Receive free children’s books and tote bags with food while supplies last. Also enjoy a free mobile clinic offering flu shots, blood pressure checks and more! For more information, please e-mail To register to volunteer, please visit   

December 1st, 2019

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Oldtown Salinas, One Main Street, Salinas CA 93901 The Holiday Parade of Lights is a Salinas family tradition. Each year, families begin arriving hours before the parade begins, bringing their chairs and blankets and picking just the right spot. Salinas' families, from toddler to grandparent, line up along Main Street and truly represent the diverse cultures of our community. Santa and Mrs. Clause, giant helium balloons, festive floats, local dance groups and costume characters have become favorites of the young…and young annual parade. Rain or Moonshine! For more information, please visit

December 6th, 2019

ELS Preschool Holiday Volunteer Event

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Location: Seaside Child Development Center, 1450 Elm Ave Seaside, CA 93955 You're invited to our December holiday volunteer event! It's a festive morning of literacy and alphabet fun, where you will read with students and partake in an alphabet cookie decorating activity. We will be donating the books after for each student to take home and continue the reading fun! Click here to or RSVP:  

December 6th – 22nd, 2019

Christmas on the Wharf

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Location: Custom House Plaza, 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey CA 93940 “Christmas on the Wharf” will feature holiday musical entertainment including choirs and community caroling, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 19-foot Christmas tree, silhouetted lit trees, tin soldiers, free sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa, lovely holiday princesses and much more! New this year will be several not-to-be-missed giant holiday-lighted marine animals on display. Families are encouraged to come meet Santa and create wonderful memories with Santa visits at his “house” and have a photo op for kids and family. Christmas holiday princesses will also be on hand to greet the children and for photo ops on Fridays from 5-9 pm., on Saturdays from 11am - 9pm and on Sundays from 1pm - 6pm. There will also be a toy drop at Santa’s house for Salvation Army. For more information, please visit  

December 7th & 8th, 2019

A Madrigal Affair

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

Time: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10-1 and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9-12 Location: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 28005 Robinson Canyon Rd. Carmel Valley "A Madrigal Affair” at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley. Browse a curated, discounted selection of women’s and men’s apparel from Madrigal in Carmel, bid on Silent Auction treasures, and take home a luscious bakery sweet, jam, or handmade gift. Proceeds will fund grants to community nonprofits and parish ministries. For more information, please call  831-624-6646 or visit

December 13th & 14th, 2019

36th Annual Christmas in the Adobes

Time:5-9:00 p.m. each night Location: Downtown Monterey Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA) and California State Parks present the 36th Annual Christmas in the Adobes. Return to the days of Alta California during Monterey’s premiere holiday event, Christmas in the Adobes. This early evening walking tour of Monterey’s historic adobes adorned in in holiday décor surprises and delights visitors with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias leading the way to each building’s entrance. Enjoy festive music, a variety of entertainment, and tasty refreshments as you explore 23 magical, historic adobes on the tour. Hear the stories of Monterey’s earliest buildings and savor the warm spirit of community of this annual event that has become a family favorite during the holidays. This charitable annual fundraiser for Monterey State Historic Park raises funds for the State Park’s educational history programs for elementary students, as well as for the restoration of the historic First Theatre. The State Parks buildings are joined by 13 community partner buildings – some of which are only open to the public during this event. For more information, please visit



December 13th – 15th, 2019

Make Merry at the Cherry Pop Up Art Sale

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Time: 4-7 pm Location: Fourth Avenue and Guadalupe Street, Carmel The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts invites you to their annual ‘pop-up’ art fundraiser and holiday celebration, Make Merry at the Cherry, on Friday, December 13th, from 4-7 pm at the center on Fourth Avenue and Guadalupe Street, Carmel. Catch the holiday spirit as you mix and mingle with friends old and new. The event will feature music and entertainment, reasonably-priced art for sale by noted local artists, and a raffle that includes a collection of fine wines. Artwork will also be available for purchase on Saturday, December 14th from 12-4 pm, and Sunday, December 15th from 12 – 4 pm in the gallery. Proceeds will support The Cherry’s ongoing contribution to the arts community of Monterey County. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, please call (831) 624-7491 -

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