It is hard for me to believe that Christmas time is already here. This has always been my favorite time of year for so many reasons, but mainly for all the festivities and friends and family coming together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Throughout the many years that we’ve been in California during this time, we’ve come to appreciate the many holiday activities that go on that help make this season bright. Without snow in Monterey, it can be hard to get in the Christmas spirit, which is why we try to pack in as many Christmas activities and traditions that we can. Here’s a look at a few festivities going on in the area:
- Candy Cane Lane – This has been a favorite of ours since moving to Monterey. There is a neighborhood in our area that is full of elaborate Christmas lights, decorations, and figurines. The playground nearby is also decorated and even has Santa’s sleigh! It is a perfect outing for kids, but Andrew and I love it too.
- Listening to Christmas music 24/7 on 94.5 KBAY – seriously, we have a rule that this is the only station we listen to during the month of December. That and Christmas radio on Pandora.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering free admission to local residents from now until Sunday, December 11th. Andrew and I already have plans to visit this coming weekend with friends and if you’re a local, then you definitely should as well!
- The Nutcracker at Sunset Center – growing up the Nutcracker was a much-loved tradition of my family’s. As a little girl, I used to love to watch it every year and dreamed of a day that I could dance in one too. I later joined our local ballet school and was in the Nutcracker two years in a row and it was such a treat. Sadly, we already had plans for this weekend when it shows in our area, otherwise, I would so be there.
- Ice Skating by the Bay – Every year, the town puts together an ice skating rink near Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy during the month of December. While it may be sunny and 70 degrees, the Christmas music is blaring and it’s a wonderful activity to do with friends and family, especially at night under the twinkly lights.
In addition to these events, we also hope to carry on the Christmas traditions that we’ve started to make together, such as:
- Baking Christmas cookies and eating our weight in said cookies
- Filling each other’s stockings to the brim with little knick knacks and then laughing at what we were thinking when we bought them
- Watching Christmas classics – on deck are Love Actually, Home Alone, and our cheesy favorite, A Boyfriend for Christmas. Also, I’m dying to find/watch the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas (a.k.a NOT the Jim Carrey one)
- Spend at least one night driving around and looking at Christmas lights with a cup of hot chocolate
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions and December activities? I’d love to hear!