The Monterey peninsula is an amazing place to be at any time of year, but come December, it gets even better.  Tree Lightings in each community, the homes are decorated, the waves are big.  No matter how you celebrate, there is something for everyone.  This week's page will give you ideas on where to go, what to do and when to do it - including local Farmer's Markets for each day of the week, movie times and even dog friendly options.  You will love it so much you just might want to move here... and I know just the perfect Real Estate Team!

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    Annual Holiday Parade of Lights   December 1, 2016 6:00pm  Pacific Grove     Ice Skating by the Bay   Through January 1,2017 Custom House Plaza Monterey     Carmel Plaza Holiday  Open House    December 2, 2016 5:00-7:00pm FREE Carmel-by-the-Sea    Carmel-by-the-Sea Tree Lighting    December 2, 2016 3:30pm  FREE Devendorf Park    Christmas Night at the Farm   December 2, 2016 6:00pm  FREE The Farm, Salinas     Christmas on the Wharf   December 2-18, 2016 Frisherman's Wharf, Monterey     Historic Downtown Monterey's  Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration    December 2, 2016 5:00-6:00pm FREE Colton Hall     23rd Annual Stillwell's  Fun in the Park    December 3, 2016 10:00am-4:00pm Caledonia Park Pacific Grove     Santa's Live Reindeer   December 3, 2016 12:00-4:00pm FREE Golden State Theatre Monterey    Brighten the Harbor  Boat Parade   December 4, 2016 5:30-8:00pm  FREE Monterey     Jingle Bell Run    December 10, 2016 Lovers Point Park  Pacific Grove     Santa's Fly-In   December 10, 2016 10:30am-Noon FREE Carmel Valley Village Airfield     Salinas Valley Comic Con    December 16-18, 2016 7:00pm  Hartnell College Salinas     Cheese & Wine Pairing    December 29, 2016 4:00-7:00pm Bargetto Winery  Monterey    Bubbles and Brews   December 31, 2016 6:30pm-1:00am Alvarado Street Brewery  Monterey     First Night Monterey   December 31, 2016 Downtown Monterey

Events

Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
December 1, 2016
6:00pm
Pacific Grove

Ice Skating by the Bay
Through January 1,2017
Custom House Plaza
Monterey

Carmel Plaza Holiday
Open House

December 2, 2016
5:00-7:00pm
FREE
Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea Tree Lighting
December 2, 2016
3:30pm
FREE
Devendorf Park

Christmas Night at the Farm
December 2, 2016
6:00pm
FREE
The Farm, Salinas

Christmas on the Wharf
December 2-18, 2016
Frisherman's Wharf, Monterey

Historic Downtown Monterey's
Traditional Christmas Tree
Lighting Celebration

December 2, 2016
5:00-6:00pm
FREE
Colton Hall

23rd Annual Stillwell's
Fun in the Park

December 3, 2016
10:00am-4:00pm
Caledonia Park
Pacific Grove

Santa's Live Reindeer
December 3, 2016
12:00-4:00pm
FREE
Golden State Theatre
Monterey

Brighten the Harbor
Boat Parade

December 4, 2016
5:30-8:00pm
FREE
Monterey

Jingle Bell Run
December 10, 2016
Lovers Point Park
Pacific Grove

Santa's Fly-In
December 10, 2016
10:30am-Noon
FREE
Carmel Valley Village Airfield

Salinas Valley Comic Con 
December 16-18, 2016
7:00pm
Hartnell College
Salinas

Cheese & Wine Pairing
December 29, 2016
4:00-7:00pm
Bargetto Winery
Monterey

Bubbles and Brews
December 31, 2016
6:30pm-1:00am
Alvarado Street Brewery
Monterey

First Night Monterey
December 31, 2016
Downtown Monterey

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     Monday       Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market  3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter) Grand Avenue and Central Avenue       Tuesday       Old Monterey Marketplace  4pm - 8pm (summer), 4pm - 7pm (winter) Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street       Thursday       Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market  10am - 2pm 6th Street and Mission Street  Soledad Farmers' Market  4pm - 8pm (May - December) Encinal Street       Friday       Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market  10am - 2pm Monterey Peninsula College 930 Fremont St.  Carmel Valley Community Center  2:30-6:00pm       Saturday       Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market  9am - 2pm Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets       Sunday       Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market  10am - 2pm 215 Reservation Road

Monday
Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter)
Grand Avenue and Central Avenue


Tuesday
Old Monterey Marketplace
4pm - 8pm (summer),
4pm - 7pm (winter)
Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street


Thursday
Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
6th Street and Mission Street
Soledad Farmers' Market
4pm - 8pm (May - December)
Encinal Street


Friday
Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
Monterey Peninsula College
930 Fremont St.
Carmel Valley Community Center
2:30-6:00pm


Saturday
Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market
9am - 2pm
Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets


Sunday
Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
215 Reservation Road

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    The holidays should be a time to celebrate meaningful moments with friends and family. But sometimes they become so commercialized that their value gets lost amid the stress of shopping, wrapping, and cleaning up. This year, why not take a break from the frenzy? Plan a special celebration with your loved ones that maximizes the quality time you spend together and minimizes the stressful hours you devote to shopping. At home, consider the following ideas to enrich your festivities:     Recycle used ribbons, bows and decorative wrappings.    Store used paper and accessories in a convenient place for the next birthday or holiday occasion.     Try alternatives to storebought wrapping paper.    Leftover fabric, lightweight wallpaper, colorful scarves and even the Sunday comics work just as well.     Buy a live holiday tree.    The tree will survive inside for about a week with ample watering and somewhat cool air temperatures. When you're ready, transplant it outside to a spot you have already prepared, or donate it to a school or community center. If you buy a cut tree rather than a live one, recycle it.     Decorate with delight.    Ask your children to make garlands and wreaths from leftover construction paper, wild berries, fruits and nuts. Craft homespun centerpieces from boughs and pinecones gathered in your yard. Brighten up doors and hallways with holiday greeting cards. Trade decorations with friends or family to add a "new" flair to your home without having to buy new products.     Purchase greeting cards from a non-profit organization.    In many cases, a part of the purchase price can be deducted as a contribution to the organization.     Entertain efficiently.    Replace throwaway plates, cups, silverware and napkins with durable goods you can use season after season.     Reuse cookie tins, baskets and festive food containers.    Refill these next year and give them as gifts.     Try catalog shopping.    You'll save energy and reduce your own stress levels by not driving back and forth to various shopping malls.

The holidays should be a time to celebrate meaningful moments with friends and family. But sometimes they become so commercialized that their value gets lost amid the stress of shopping, wrapping, and cleaning up. This year, why not take a break from the frenzy? Plan a special celebration with your loved ones that maximizes the quality time you spend together and minimizes the stressful hours you devote to shopping. At home, consider the following ideas to enrich your festivities:

Recycle used ribbons, bows and decorative wrappings. Store used paper and accessories in a convenient place for the next birthday or holiday occasion.

Try alternatives to storebought wrapping paper. Leftover fabric, lightweight wallpaper, colorful scarves and even the Sunday comics work just as well.

Buy a live holiday tree. The tree will survive inside for about a week with ample watering and somewhat cool air temperatures. When you're ready, transplant it outside to a spot you have already prepared, or donate it to a school or community center. If you buy a cut tree rather than a live one, recycle it.

Decorate with delight. Ask your children to make garlands and wreaths from leftover construction paper, wild berries, fruits and nuts. Craft homespun centerpieces from boughs and pinecones gathered in your yard. Brighten up doors and hallways with holiday greeting cards. Trade decorations with friends or family to add a "new" flair to your home without having to buy new products.

Purchase greeting cards from a non-profit organization. In many cases, a part of the purchase price can be deducted as a contribution to the organization.

Entertain efficiently. Replace throwaway plates, cups, silverware and napkins with durable goods you can use season after season.

Reuse cookie tins, baskets and festive food containers. Refill these next year and give them as gifts.

Try catalog shopping. You'll save energy and reduce your own stress levels by not driving back and forth to various shopping malls.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    Friday, December 2, 2016       Always Shine     Jackie     Man Down      Friday, December 9, 2016     Friend Request     Miss Sloane     Nocturnal Animals     Office Christmas Party      Friday, December 16, 2016     Collateral Beauty      Rogue One: A Star Wars Story     La La Land      Wednesday, December 21, 2016     Assassin's Creed     Passengers     Patriots Day      Sing      Sunday, December 25, 2016     Why Him?   

Friday, December 2, 2016
Always Shine
Jackie
Man Down

Friday, December 9, 2016
Friend Request
Miss Sloane
Nocturnal Animals
Office Christmas Party

Friday, December 16, 2016
Collateral Beauty 
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
La La Land

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Assassin's Creed
Passengers
Patriots Day 
Sing

Sunday, December 25, 2016
Why Him? 

Updated Nov. 29th, 2016

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