Holiday Events in Monterey

Happy Holidays

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Buy Local MontereyThe Holiday Season in Monterey Business Districts

Restaurant listing for to-go and curbside pickup

Due to the pandemic, here is a partial list of fun, traditional Monterey events that are not happening this year:

  • Christmas tree lighting ceremonies
  • Christmas in the Adobes
  • Ice skating rink
  • Lighted boat parade
  • Holiday events at the Old Fisherman's Wharf - but see some alternative, Covid-safe events that are happening -
  • Live choral or orchestral performances, including Tuba Christmas and Smuin Ballet Portola Plaza’s lobby Winter Wonderland

Enjoy the holidays with COVID-protocols in place:


Also check out the local shopping district websites for more fun alternative ways to support your local economy, and get into the spirit of the holidays. Businesses are open for online ordering and curbside pickup! Stay safe!

Fisherman's Wharf Display
Holiday display at the front of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf

Happy Holidays from the City of Monterey!

The City of Monterey planted a new pine tree outside Colton Hall recently, and the sapling reminded us of the iconic Charlie Brown tree so lovingly popularized in the holiday television specials watched by generations over many years. We want to share our holiday spirit by suggesting the tree become a new icon for what this year has brought to all of us. Yes, the pandemic and all the woes that followed. A photo with the new tree outside Colton Hall can be a good remembrance of how we persevered and got through the year together.

Monterey Recreation decked the halls by lighting up the train at Dennis the Menace Playground. Another fun family photo opportunity. Please enjoy with COVID-19 protocols.


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First Night Monterey

Due to the global pandemic, we will be hosting a virtual First Night as we ring in 2021! First Night Monterey is teaming up with other First Night organizations to bring you a unique New Year's Eve celebration that will feature performances from local favorites, KIDS’ NIGHT OUT art activities and youth performances! From Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock, Samba to Folk! First Night Monterey will have a virtual line-up of performances designed to delight the entire family. Visit for more information.