Christmas on the Wharf - 3 weekends

Event Date:
Dec 6 - Dec 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location:
Old Fisherman's Wharf

 

Save the date! Be sure to bring your family and friends this holiday season to create wonderful memories at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf! Here's an At a Glance and more details, too.  For Monterey County locals with ID, there will be 2 hours free parking between November 29th - December 24th, courtesy of the City of Monterey.

 

At a Glance

 

What:


Fisherman's Wharf Association is proud to sponsor and hold its “4th Annual Christmas on the Wharf” weekend festivities on Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California.

 

When:

 

Christmas on the Wharf will span three weekends from Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 22nd including free weekend entertainment, Santa visits, Holiday Princesses, Meet and Greets with local authors and more!

 

Friday evenings (December 6th, December 13th, December 20th) from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Free cookies, cocoa, coffee and cider at the Wharf Tent from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

 

Saturdays (December 7th, 14th, 21st) from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Free cookies, cocoa, coffee and cider at the Wharf Tent from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

 

Sundays (December 8th, 15th and 22nd) from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Free cookies, cocoa, coffee and cider from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

(Also, Monday, December 23rd from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for an additional Santa Visit.)

 

There will be Holiday Afternoon on the Wharf on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Representatives from the Monterey Police Department will be on site with giveaways. There will also be a fire engine, Monterey Fire Boat demonstrations in the Monterey Harbor and representatives from the Monterey Fire Department.

 

Representatives from Be Smart for Kids will also be on site on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

On site during Safety Saturday will be representatives of the Be Smart public education program focused on protecting children from injuries and death resulting from unsecured guns in the home.This organization is accomplishing this by making presentations to parents, physicians, community leaders, school boards, and other groups with a vital interest in advancing the cause of protecting children from preventable harm as a result of unsecured guns in the home. All of its educational materials are available in both  English and Spanish. Operating under the umbrella of Moms Demand Action, one of the most successful organizations of volunteers focused on reducing gun violence, Be Smart has just kicked off the program in Monterey County.

 

Where:

 

Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California. Directions: GPS to 101 Washington Street. Parking in the Waterfront Lot adjacent to Old Fisherman’s Wharf is available and locals with Monterey County ID can park free for 2 hours daily from November 29th - December 24th courtesy of the City of Monterey.  There will be the free MST Trolley available at the East Garage that takes you right to the head of the Wharf daily from 10 am - 7 pm (except Christmas).

 

Parking is also available in the nearby City of Monterey East and West Garages in Downtown Monterey. Take the convenient MST Trolley to the Wharf on Saturdays and Sundays from the Garages. Rent a bicycle or ride your own, rent a Segway or simply stroll to the Wharf via Downtown Monterey or the Rec Trail. Directions: https://www.montereywharf.com/map.html

 

A big thank you to our media sponsors:  KSBW TV, Central Coast ABC, Estrella TV Costa Central and the Monterey Herald.

 

Information: www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777

 

“Christmas on the Wharf” will feature holiday musical entertainment including choirs and community caroling, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 23-foot Christmas tree, silhouetted lit trees, tin soldiers, free sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa, lovely holiday princesses and much more. There will also be giant holiday-lighted sea life animals and holiday-themed inflatables on display.

 

Families are encouraged to come meet Santa and his elves to create special memories. Enjoy free Santa visits at his “house” and have a photo op for kids and family. Christmas holiday princesses will also be on hand to greet the children and for photo ops. There will also be a toy drop at Santa’s house for Salvation Army - Monterey Peninsula Corps plus donations to the  Salvation Army kettle at the head of the Wharf.

 

Each weekend of Christmas on the Wharf, there will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, hot apple cider and cookies (Friday, Saturday and Sundays – specific hours below) at the Wharf tent courtesy of Fisherman’s Wharf Association.

 

There will be free drawings for a dinner for two and more. Christmas carolers and other live entertainment will be featured each weekend (schedule to be posted on montereywharf.com). There will also be great Christmas shopping, dining, whale watching, fishing, watching marine life and more fun this holiday season on the Wharf.

 

The Wharf businesses will be beautifully decorated with hundreds of colorful holiday lights and a majestic lit Christmas tree.  There will also be many Christmas specials provided by Wharf merchants.

 

On Saturday, December 7th there will be Holiday Safety Afternoon during Christmas on the Wharf with representatives and a fire truck from the Monterey Fire Department and demos and tours of the Monterey Fire Boat. There will also be representatives from the Monterey Police Department. Free children’s fire hats will be handed out, too! Also on site during the afternoon will be representatives of the Be Smart public education program focused on protecting children from injuries and death resulting from unsecured guns in the home. Be Smart is accomplishing this by making presentations to parents, physicians, community leaders, school boards and other groups with a vital interest in advancing the cause of protecting children from preventable harm as a result of unsecured guns in the home. All of its educational materials are available in both English and Spanish.  Operating under the umbrella of Moms Demand Action, one of the most successful organizations of volunteers focused on reducing gun violence, Be Smart has recently kicked off the program in Monterey County.

1 pm - 5 pm - Fire engine display to the left facing the Wharf for easy exit

1 pm - 3 pm - Table with stickers/plastic kids helmets to the right facing the Wharf with a pop up tent from Chris if it's raining

2:30 pm Fire Boat Display in Inner Harbor

3:00 - 4:00 pm Tours of the Fire Boat at the California Dock

On December 13th and 14th, the Wharf will be a stop off during the Christmas in the Adobes tours in Downtown Monterey. The Wharf is also a great place to view the Monterey Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade on Sunday, December 8th.

 

Ice Skating by the Bay will be available at the adjacent Custom House Plaza from November 20th until January 6th.

 

Many of the restaurants, stores and other businesses are open 365 days a year and everyone is invited to enjoy their special celebrations at the Wharf.

 

Talented performers of holiday music will be booked and the schedule will be posted and updated on the Christmas on the Wharf event page on www.monterywharf.com

 

 

Entertainment Schedule (Subject to change and additions!) 

 

Friday, December 6, 2019

 

Dance Center Musical Theater – 8:00 pm

The Dance Center (TDC), Carmel welcomes preschool - high school into its musical theater program. Students will perform excerpts from their holiday showcase at The Wharf. The Dance Center offers dance (ages 16 months+) in pre-professional, recreational, and competitive dance in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, musical theater, and cheer at its 7,000 sq. ft. premium facility located in the Carmel Rancho Shopping Center.

 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

Bagpiper Michel d’Avenas – 12:00 pm

 

Dance Kids of Monterey County - 1:00 pm

 

Carmel Presbyterian Choir – 2:00 pm

 

Dance Center Musical Theater – 3:00 pm

 

Peninsula Harmony Company – 4:00 pm

 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 

 

Peninsula Harmony - 5 pm - 6 pm

 

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

Dance Center Musical Theater – 7:00 pm

 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

 

Peninsula Harmony Company – 4:00 pm

 

Dance Center Musical Theater – 7:00 pm

 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

 

Katharine Lavin – Noon – 1 pm

 

Peninsula Harmony - 5 pm - 6 pm 

 

Friday, December 20, 2019

 

Peninsula Harmony Company – 7:00 pm

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

 

Katherine Lavin – Noon – 1 pm

 

Peninsula Harmony Company – 4:00 pm

 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

 

Janice and Miranda Perl – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir - 4:00 pm

Meet and greets with many local authors, too, including:

 

Saturday, December 7th –   12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Kevin James

                                           2:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Raquel Gardea - When the Christmas Tree Grew Candy Canes

 

Saturday, December 14th – 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - J.W. Winslow - Mystic Adventures in Big Sur

                                           1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Peter Hiller – Jo Mora’s Budgee Budgee Cottontail

                                           3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – DS Kane – Spies Lies Series

 

Sunday, December 15th – 12:00pm – 2:00 pm - David L. Anderson - Vietnamization: Politics, Strategy, Legacy

 

More information about the authors:

 

David L. Anderson

 

Dr. David Anderson is professor of history emeritus at CSUMB and was a senior lecturer of national security affairs at NPS. His book Vietnamization: Politics, Strategy, Legacy is a blend of memoir and historical research that explores the political and strategic implications of Nixon’s Vietnamization policy that eased antiwar political pressure on his administration but failed as a military strategy to enable South Vietnam to defend itself. Despite the unsuccessful outcome in Vietnam, U.S. leaders followed a similar strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan that proved ineffective for similar reasons. Dr. Anderson is the author or editor of 11 previous books, including The Columbia History of the Vietnam War and The Lowdown:  A Short History of the Origins of the Vietnam War. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

 

Professor of History Emeritus, California State University, Monterey Bay

Senior Lecturer of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/anderson.david

 

Raquel Alva Gardea

 

Raquel Alva Gardea is a native Californian who has lived in the Monterey/Salinas area for over 24 years.  She has had a successful career in interior design and visual merchandising, but has always felt like a "frustrated inventor". Inspiration for this Story Set came from her then 5-year old son Nathaniel. "A few years back, my son asked, 'Mommy how come Christmas trees don’t grow candy canes?'  Thinking quickly I replied 'Yes, Christmas trees DO grow candy canes!'  I then worked to develop a prototype our own Christmas Tree that year. On Christmas morning Nathaniel awoke to see our tree with candy canes seeming to grow right out from its limbs. You should have seen the smile on his face!  Along with the accessories for the tree, I developed a children's story to explain it. That’s how this Story Book set When the Christmas Tree Grew Candy Canes came to be.

 

DS Kane

 

DS Kane is a bestselling espionage techno-thriller author who is a former spy, still telling lies. If you have ever wondered what a spy’s life is like, you will enjoy his ten book “Spies Lie” series. Kane’s books read like Ludlum and LeCarre mixed together. If you like Silva, Berry, Rollins and Thor, you will love these.

 

 

About Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

 

Recently shown in the HBO hit TV series, Big Little Lies, Season 1, Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf is open 365 days a year including during the holidays (holiday schedule is on the events page onwww.montereywharf.com). Visitors to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf will want to plan their visit to include lunch or dinner at one of the many Wharf restaurants.

 

 A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn’t complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey that was built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service.  Known as the “Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World™” and a top destination of visitors from around the world, Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf provides a wide array of award-winning dining, shopping, special events, theatre, whale watching, bay cruises, a glass bottom boat, marine life, fishing and sailing, and strolling leisurely in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay.

 

Savor delicious cuisine at a myriad of fabulous restaurants featuring stunning views and award-winning Italian food, sustainable seafood, grass-fed steaks, including the region’s famous clam chowder and calamari. Enjoy salt water taffy, homemade chocolates, caramel apples, cotton candy and many other yummy treats. View sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins, whales, sea birds and other wildlife “up close and personal” that also share the Wharf. Watch people who have gone out and caught their own fish on the local and chartered fishing boats return with their own “catch of the day”.

 

Celebrate the first location in Monterey County where tender abalone was cooked and served in a restaurant. Check out the many fun shops to find the perfect memento of your visit and a variety of unique gifts. Enjoy the exquisite views and the “best place to walk and people watch” in Monterey County!

 

Situated near downtown Monterey, Old Fisherman’s Wharf is conveniently located along the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail and has plenty of nearby parking.  Anyone with Monterey County ID (939) can receive 2 hours of free parking in the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot Monday through Thursday (and from November 27-December 24 – seven days a week).

 

For more information about Old Fisherman’s Wharf, go to www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.