Monterey is one of the most beautiful areas to spend the holidays in California. If you are staying in Monterey CA discount hotels, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit during your time here. You can go ice skating by the bay coastline, visit Santa's Workshop or attend the Holiday Tree Lighting in Carmel. Read more about these fun holiday events below!
Ice Skating By the Bay, November 17-January 6
There may be no snow or ice, but you can still enjoy the winter pastime of ice skating at Ice Skating By the Bay. The Custom House Plaza in Monterey will be hosting a seasonal ice rink behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. You can skate amidst the scenic coastline of Monterey! The rink is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 8pm. On Christmas and New Year’s Day, the rink is open from 12am to 8pmAdmission is $12 for adults and $10 or children 12 and under. Skate rental fee is $3. You can buy a season pass for $60 for the entire season not including skate rental.
Santa’s Workshop in Carmel, November 23-December 30
Santa’s Workshop is open from now until December 30th with gift wrapping, festive events, and a toy drive provided by Convictions of the Heart Foundation. Proceeds and toys will be donated to the Salvation Army and Carmel Firefighters Toy Drive. Gift wrapping is $5. The workshop is open six days a week from 11am to 7pm and closed on Tuesdays.
Holiday Tree Lighting & Carmel Plaza Open House, December 7
You may have noticed the towering Christmas tree at the crossroads of Junipero Street and Ocean Avenue. The tree will come to life at the Holiday Tree Lighting on December 7 at 4:30pm. Choirs from local schools will sing to get your family into the holiday spirit. There will also be a theatrical reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” appearances by city dignitaries, and free hot chocolate and treats. Immediately following the lighting, Carmel Plaza will host an open house.
Happy Holidays in Monterey!