Holiday Shopping & Dining in Monterey

Have a very merry Christmas season when you visit the spectacular region of Monterey, California. Take part in annual holiday traditions like ice skating by the bay, festivals in the historic district, and tree ceremonies at Cannery Row. Check everything off your list at regional shopping centers, and enjoy the perfect winter meal at local restaurants that offer a festive atmosphere for the season.
Besides the obvious tourist attractions and activities, Monterey County is a prime area to go Wine Tasting. Influenced by cooling climate of the Pacific Ocean there are approximately 85 vintners and growers in Monterey County. In November enjoy complimentary wine tasting at the Comfort Inn. Wine Tasting will be hosted by Chateau Sinnet Winery, a boutique winery in Carmel Valley. Complimentary wine tasting paired with cheese will be offered on Fridays ( Nov 1, 8, 15 and 29). 3pm to 5pm.

Monterey Things to See and Do

  • Christmas in the Adobes (Dec 7-8)

    Tour the historic adobe houses of Monterey during this annual winter event that's fun for the whole family. Snack on delicious treats, take dance lessons, and participate in holiday games all while strolling through beautiful downtown.
  • Ice Skating by the Bay (Nov 17 - Jan 6)

    Join in the festivities at Custom House Plaza in the heart of Monterey for an exciting ice skating outing. If you don't have your own skates, it's easy to rent them for an exciting afternoon or evening of holiday fun.
  • Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting (Nov 23)

    Come on down to Monterey's most popular shopping and dining destination to celebrate the lighting of the spectacular Christmas Tree at Cannery Row. Get into the spirit with carol singalongs and a special visit by Santa that the kids will love.


  • Casanovas - Perfect for Holiday Festivities

    There's always a festive air inside this cozy bistro in Carmel-by-the-Sea serving a wide variety of delicious European dishes. And there's no better time than during the holidays to experience the quaint charm of this one-of-a-kind dining destination.
  • Old Fishermans Grotto 39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

    Toast the Christmas holidays at this classic Monterey restaurant that's been serving up hospitality and good food for over fifty years. Fresh fish and classic Italian comfort food are the specialties of the house that offers nice bay views.
  • Aubergine Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921

    For an unforgettable holiday dining experience, make reservations at this renowned restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Diners rave about the tasting menu that uses top-notch ingredients to craft gourmet meals that are the perfect way to celebrate the season.


  • Cannery Row

    Christmas shopping is a breeze for everyone on your list at this California shopping center nestled on the coast and packed with over 85 stores. Choose from independent boutiques and nationally known outlets for antiques, gifts, wine, and much more.
  • Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel

    Get all of your Christmas shopping accomplished in one stop at this sophisticated mall in Carmel. With easy parking, a wide variety of excellent shops, and an outdoor atmosphere, this is a special place to visit during the holiday season.
  • Carmel Plaza

    Upgrade your holiday shopping at this stylish center that offers upscale gifts that make the perfect Christmas presents. From Tiffany & Co. and Kate Spade to local boutiques selling unique California items, this is a must-visit for any holiday shopper.
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1252 Munras Avenue Monterey, California 93940
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Comfort Inn Monterey by the Sea Hotel - California (CA) Located at
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