Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel


NOW Through January 6th, 2019

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Presented by Dignity Health

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition — ice skating at the Boardwalk! Festivities Include:
  • Ice Skating by the Beach—on Real Ice!
  • Select Boardwalk Rides and Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Delicious Boardwalk Treats
  • Classic Holiday Movies
  • Kids Craft Activities
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
For more information, please visit

December 14th, 2018

Make Merry at The Cherry Celebration: Pop-up Art Sale

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm Location: The gallery on 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 14th, from 5-8 pm in the gallery 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 reasonably-priced art by Robin Winfield, Jan Wagstaff, Peter Hiller, Mary Hill, Dixie Dixon, Ken Parker, Richard Cannon, Mary Liz Houseman, Jim Castelle, Diane Cailliet, Chris Sawyer and many others; as well as select seasonal items and a raffle that includes a collection of fine wines. 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 email  

December 22nd, 2018

Mrs. Claus Visits Asilomar!

The California State Parks and Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds The California State Parks and Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds are hosting Mrs. Claus for the day! Stop by December 22nd in Social Hall and meet Mrs. Claus. She will be reading some great Christmas stories along the warm fireplace and will have some tasty cookies to share. Great event for the kids and Christmas fanatics! For more information, please visit  

December 31st, 2018

First Night Monterey

Time: 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM Location: Historic Downtown Monterey, Monterey, CA 93940 A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration from 3 pm to midnight. Performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance ensembles and artwork created at our year-round outreach programs. Kids' Night Out features music, art & activities for the little ones, culminating with the Twilight Procession at 5:30pm. For more information, please visit  

January 7th, 2019

La Nativité du Seigneur, nine meditations for organ by Olivier Messiaen; Jonathan Dimmock, organist

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Location: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 28005 Robinson Canyon Road in Carmel Valley Jonathan Dimmock, one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents, returns to St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church Monday, January 7, 2019, to perform Oliver Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur: Nine Meditations for Organ.  His will be the first concert of St. Dunstan’s 2019 organ concert series. The concert begins at 6 pm. Guests are invited to arrive earlier, at 5 pm, for wine and cheese and to meet the artist. Mr. Dimmock will perform on St. Dunstan’s magnificent Dobson Tracker pipe organ, commissioned by the parishioners of the church and installed in 2015.  Three more concerts are planned for 2019. Admission is $20; students and listeners under 18 admitted free. For more information, visit or call 831-624-6646.  

January 26th & 27th, 2019

9th Annual Whalefest Monterey

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA Save the Date! Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association presents the 9th Annual Whalefest Monterey™ to be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World™ on Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages celebrates the migration of the gray whales and much more! The event, which features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For more information, please visit  

January 27th, 2019

Boardwalk Bridal Expo at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Time: 11am-4pm Location:  400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060 Find all the information you need to plan the perfect wedding! Check out the area's best photographers, florists, caterers, bakers, wedding and reception venues, entertainment, and other important services. Fore more information, please visit  

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