Christmas on the Wharf

Event Date:
Nov 18 - Jan 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

More details to come!

Come Enjoy our Majestic Christmas Tree, Dazzling Lights & Music Shows, Lighted Sealife-Themed Decorations and All Things Gingerbread Photo Contest  



For Immediate Release

Publicity Contact: Wendy Brickman

(831) 594-1500 or [email protected]


Christmas on the Wharf

And the All Things Gingerbread Photo Contest  


November 22, 2020. Monterey, CA. The holiday season is coming up quickly and Fisherman’s Wharf Association is already setting up its fun holiday décor and more for everyone to enjoy.

The majestic 30-foot Christmas Tree has been set up surrounded by brightly colored sea creatures that are especially beautiful when illuminated at night, including a sea otter, octopus, sea horses, dolphins and more. The Wharf will be adding lots more holiday decorations in the coming weeks.   

The Wharf merchants will be decorating their businesses soon as well. So, take a stroll, a boat excursion, shop for great gifts for your friends and family at the Wharf gift stores and dine al fresco or order delicious food To Go/Curbside. It’s time to buy local and support our local businesses and take photos to capture wonderful memories.

About the All Things Gingerbread Photo Contest

Everyone is invited to take a photo during the month of December at Old Fisherman's Wharf holding anything involving gingerbread, such as a gingerbread cookie or fudge or other gingerbread food item, a gingerbread house, a gingerbread ornament, a toy, printed picture or any item with gingerbread to celebrate the holiday season.  

Please include a one-sentence photo caption, your name, address, email and phone number.

Send your photo submission to [email protected] before December 31, 2020.

Please indicate in the email submission if the photo can be used on the Wharf’s social media with your photo credit (who took the photo and what it describes). The subject line of the email should state Wharf Gingerbread Photo Contest Entry.

There will be a total of 3 winners and the first-place winner will receive $100 in Wharf Dollars, the second-place winner will receive $50 in Wharf Dollars and third place winner will receive $25 in Wharf Dollars to be redeemed at any Wharf merchant. Winners will be notified by January 6, 2021.

The Wharf merchants will soon be offering some gingerbread items, starting with a delicious Gingerbread Man Fudge at Carousel Candies.

About the History of Gingerbread

Baking a recipe full of spice would remind our early American settlers of their homeland. As years passed, the recipes like gingerbread that passed down through generations were always baked for holidays, mostly Christmas.

The popularity of gingerbread during the holidays can also be attributed to the belief that spices heated you up in the winter! Queen Elizabeth I's retinue also included a royal gingerbread maker and she did a banquet where she had gingerbread men made to represent foreign dignitaries and people in her court.

If you're local to Monterey County and want to come to the Wharf to take a photo, take advantage of the 2-hour free parking (Mondays-Thursdays) for Monterey County locals with ID and the Locals Menus on the Wharf.

For more information about Whalefest Monterey, go to the Whalefest page on or call (831) 238-0777. 

About Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn’t complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service and celebrating its 175th birthday, the Wharf was a main location for the filming of the hit HBO series, Big Little Lies, Season One.

Known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World” and a top destination of visitors from around the world that attracts 4 million visitors per year, Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf features 12 restaurants, 3 candy shops, 1 ice cream store, 1 tea and coffee store, 8 gift shops, 4 whale watching firms, 2 fishing companies and sailing, glass bottom boat rides, Bay cruises, fish markets and the Wharf Theatre.

Enjoy award-winning dining, special events, viewing an array of marine life, 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, 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, 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.