As the holiday season begins on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, a timeless tradition arrives: Christmas in the Adobes. This wonderful event offers a glimpse into the region's rich history and cultural heritage, inviting residents and visitors to revel in the festive spirit while exploring the iconic adobes that are a part of Oldtown Monterey. For local and visitors alike, this annual celebration provides a memorable introduction to the area's architectural treasures and community vibrancy.
This year, the tours will be held on December 8th and 9th. The festivities begin at 5pm and tickets range from $30-$45. After getting your wrist band and map at 3 will call locations, head over to Colton Hall to begin your self-guided tour. Catch a quick history lesson, grab a refreshment, and journey into the night!
During the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore an array of historic adobes, that aren't always open to the public. From the Custom Housel to the Royal Presidio Chapel, the tour showcases the architectural diversity and cultural heritage that define Old Monterey. Christmas luminaries decorate walkways and porches and bring a magical feel to the evening. The websites shows 21 participating adobes so there's plenty to see and many of the locations have historic actors or performers so you can get a feel for what life was like back in the mid-1800's.
Enjoy the enchanting holiday decorations, live entertainment, and seasonal refreshments that add a touch of warmth to the treasured landmarks. Mexican hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cookies are just a few of the delicious treats.
I love Christmas in the Adobes and I hope you do too. It really helps to kick off the holiday season, provides a wonderful perspective to our old California history and in the spirit of giving, raises money for the Monterey State Historic Park educational history programs and the restoration of the historic First Theatre. I hope you are able to make it!