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HOW TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS IN MONTEREY

Each summer, Monterey fills with visitors eager to soak in some California sun and experience the serene coastline that The Sanctuary Beach Resort calls home. However, what many don’t know is that winter in Monterey is just as magical as the warmer months. When the holiday season rolls around, our peaceful slice of the coast transforms into a winter wonderland, perfect for exploring and joining in all the local festivities. Here are the best ways to spend the holidays in Monterey.

CHRISTMAS ON THE WHARF

Begin the holiday season with a visit to the historic Christmas on the Wharf, just a quick drive from The Sanctuary. Wander through the beautifully adorned streets, aglow with twinkling lights and charming decorations. Enjoy the sights as you explore the shops and pick up holiday-themed treats or snap a photo at one of the many photo ops in the area. During this festive period, the Wharf comes alive with free live entertainment for visitors of all ages. 

ICE SKATING BY THE BAY

For a taste of the winter season in Monterey, lace up your skates and head to Ice Skating by the Bay. Located at Custom House Plaza, this seasonal ice skating rink is a true gem of the holiday season. Glide across the ice under the open sky, surrounded by the breathtaking bay views that Monterey is known for. Whether you're a seasoned skater or a beginner, the rink is perfect for all skill levels. It's a fantastic way to embrace the holiday spirit with loved ones and make memories together.

CANNERY ROW TREE LIGHTING

Experience the joy of the season at the annual Cannery Row Tree Lighting at Steinbeck Plaza on November 24. This cherished tradition brings families together with Christmas carolers serenading the crowd and the arrival of Santa Claus himself. As the sun sets, the towering holiday tree is illuminated, casting a warm glow over the whole plaza.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL 

Make your holiday season even more magical with a trip to the Outdoor Forest Theatre for a performance of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical." Presented by the Pacific Repertory Theatre, this festive show brings all your favorite characters from the beloved TV classic to life on stage. The enchanting outdoor setting of the Forest Theatre, nestled amidst the lush greenery of Monterey, provides the perfect backdrop for this nostalgic story. 

CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES

Step back in time and embrace the rich history of Monterey during the 39th Annual Christmas in the Adobes. Presented by the Monterey State Historic Park Association and California State Parks, this event is a unique journey into the past. As you wander, follow the soft glow of candle-lit luminarias that lead you to each building's entrance. This annual event has become a cherished family favorite, providing a glimpse into the days of Alta California and the warm spirit of the community.

SEASONAL SPECIALS AT SALT WOOD

As holiday get-togethers begin, celebrate the season with a delicious dining experience at Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette, right here at The Sanctuary. Enjoy a locally inspired meal with your loved ones for Thanksgiving or Christmas Day in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, surrounded by the beauty of Monterey's landscape. 

Each dish on the Thanksgiving menu reflects the bounty of the California Coast, from the refreshing calamari ceviche to the bone-warming brown butter Kuri and kabocha bisque. Likewise, toast to a memorable Christmas brunch with courses like the holiday duck hash and the Christmas goose and cranberry waffles.


This holiday season, we invite you to experience a retreat unlike any other in Monterey. As you explore unique local events and savor the culinary richness of California, our coastal haven will be your gateway to an unforgettable holiday experience. To make the most of your stay at The Sanctuary, check out our current offers and best rates.

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