Caramel is truly a quaint, enchanting town year-round, but during the winter months, our cozy northern California community transforms into a spectacle straight out of a storybook or holiday card. Its elegance, charm, and world-class shopping draws people from near and far when they’re yearning to feel festive. From the twinkling lights and jaw-dropping trees to live entertainment and one-of-a-kind shopping, there are plenty of magical places to see around town during the holidays.

Carmel Plaza

One of the most popular and beloved places to visit during Christmastime is Carmel Plaza. The square comes alive with concerts on its small stage, live entertainment scattered throughout the happy space, and traditional holiday celebrations — like the annual Christmas tree lighting that happens on Ocean Avenue. There is a myriad of beautiful storefronts and boutiques beckoning shoppers to peruse their full shelves brimming with gift options, trinkets, and anything your heart desires. When you or the kids get hungry from all the shopping and play, there are endless eateries from which to choose. It’s tough not to want to spend a whole day in this wonderland!

Kris Kringle of Carmel

Kris Kringle of Carmel is a fabulous local, year-round Christmas store that is celebrating 37 years of business this year. The 400-square-foot store is overflowing with holiday collectible lines, ornaments, decorations, and all things Carmel. You can jingle all the way through the delightful store or shop online—they deliver! The quirky, fun store even personalizes ornaments by hand with custom messaging and allows you to add names, dates, occasions, and anything you'd like it to say (space permitting). The best part is that the personalization is free at no extra charge!

Christmas on the Wharf

Down at Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, it’s guaranteed that you’ll make wonderful holiday memories. All the way through the first weekend of the new year, you can stop by and enjoy the majestic 30-foot Christmas tree, holiday decorations, and brightly-colored sea creatures, like sea otters, octopi, sea horses, dolphins, and more. It’s truly beautiful at night when everything is illuminated! Up and down the Wharf, restaurants and markets participate, too, with dazzling decor and festive lights of their own. You don’t want to miss the coordinated music and light show in the evening at the Christmas tree!

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*Please note that due to COVID, any of the above may be subject to close without notice.

*Header Image Credit: Carmel Plaza