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Holiday Events in Monterey County You Canít Miss


November and December are usually the months when Monterey County is jam-packed with events tailored for the holiday season. Aside from the tree lighting ceremonies all over the area, music festivals and parade of lights also make the season a most-awaited season of the year. This year, Monterey invites you to a month-long celebration of merry-making and sharing. Come and join the fun and excitement as it brings you the best of the best events and surprises that will make you look forward to Christmas. Here’s a list of the events that you should not miss this holiday season.

1.HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES      

Check out these dates and venues for the tree lighting ceremonies at Monterey:

November 24, 5pm-9pm at The Cannery Row
November 27, 5:30pm-6:30pm at The Pacific Grove
December 1, 3pm-7pm at Carmel-by-the-sea
December 1, 5pm-6pm at Colton Hall
December 1, 6pm-7:30pm at Vince DiMaggio Park, Marina 

2. SMUIN CHRISTMAS BALLET 

Feel the holiday vibe with the awesome acts from the Smuin Ballet live at the Sunset Center. Make this season memorable for you and your family as you watch cool performances of ballet, tap, and jazz. Catch this event on December 1 at 8pm and on December 2 at 2pm
 
3. MONTEREY COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 

Happening at the Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey, relish great performances from the country’s top balladeers and poets like New West, Paul Zarzyski, Mike Beck and more. Don’t miss annual musical event on December 2, 2017 at downtown Monterey.
 
4. STREETS OF BETHLEHEM 

Relive the moments of the birth of Jesus Christ as 200 plus actors and actresses together with musical groups and live animals perform the Nativity story. The recreation will truly give you a close-to-reality experience of the birth of Jesus Christ. Catch this twice this December on the 6th and the 9th, from 6pm til 8:30pm
 
5. PARADE OF LIGHTS 

Let us not forget that Christmas season is not only about tree lighting ceremonies, music festivals and sumptuous food. Parade of Lights is now gaining popularity among tourists and locals. Spectators usually flock the streets of Monterey for a celebratory Parade of Lights. Check out these dates and venues for Parade of Lights celebrations at Monterey.
 
a. Parade of Lights, bands, floats and dancers will grace Salinas on November 26 at 6pm
b. Be wowed with the marching bands, dance troupes, equestrian performances, Santa Claus and of course the Parade of Lights at the Pacific          Grove. Catch this on November 30, from 6pm-7pm..

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