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Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting

Monterey is amping up the holiday spirit again this year with their amazing events! One of which is the Cannery Row Tree Lighting ceremony. Established 24 years ago, this event has become a family tradition and a popular event among visitors. This winter, take time to visit Monterey’s outdoor ice skating rink and other fun games & challenges at Cannery Row.

Cannery Row Tree Lighting  

You might not find glistening snowfall and cold winter breezes in Monterey, but you will see plenty of holiday lights. Especially at Cannery Row’s 24th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Nov 23. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. in Steinbeck Plaza and will last until 9 p.m. Expect an evening packed with seasonal festivities, i.e. photos with Santa and his reindeer, Christmas carolers, décor, food and drink. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is the night’s main event and will happen at 5:45 p.m., sharp. Afterwards, take time to explore the many restaurants and shops along Cannery Row! The event is free and open to the public of all ages. Find more information at the Holiday Tree Lighting here.

Winter Festivities near Cannery Row

To continue your winter wonderland experience, check out Ice Skating By The Bay. The winter season isn’t complete unless there’s some old fashion ice skating, right? Despite the warm weather, Ice Skating by the Bay is home to an amazing seasonal outdoor ice skating rink. Located in the Custom House Plaza, it’s a 5-minute drive from Cannery Row! Starting Nov 21, the rink will be open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. General Admission is $13 and tickets for kids 12 & under are $11. Don’t have skates? Don’t worry they have $3 skate rentals.  

Other Fun Activities at Cannery Row

Looking for other nearby exciting activities? Monterey Mirror Maze will challenge you as you walk through the bright psychedelic colored maze with giant mirrors. The maze is definitely tricky, with many surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles. Monterey Mirror Maze is great for friends and families to solve together (bonding time, anyone?). Only $12 per person, this is an affordable option for groups! And if you’re looking for even more of a challenge, check out the Exodus Escape Room. Groups choose from three different themes: Sherlock’s Study, Bank Heist and Masquerade- Jewel Heist and must escape before time runs out. And don’t worry about being trapped forver- you can leave the locked room at any time. For more info, check out their FAQ page here.

Stay at DeAnza Inn Near the Cannery Row Tree Lighting

After a full weekend of holiday festivities, games and spending time with family & friends you’ll probably want a place to get some z’s! So why not stay at a beautiful Monterey hotel like DeAnza Inn? We’re an intimate boutique hotel located just minutes from Cannery Row. Before they fill up, book your stay in one of our spacious rooms during the Cannery Row Tree Lighting.  

Cannery Row has definitely set the bar high this year with all of their festivities for families and friends alike! With the holidays just a few short weeks away, enjoy the festive season here in Monterey, California at Cannery Row.



Cannery Row Tree Lighting

Where: 685 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

When: November 23, 2018

Cost: Free



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