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Central California Events to Start Off Your February

Central California Events

Rain Ceremony at Lake Nacimiento

Today begins a new month in Central California, which means a whole new month full of events and activities to enjoy around the region! Don’t let the winter blues get you down, especially when you live in a place as warm, sunny and beautiful as Central California.

As your Central California real estate agent, I’ve put together a list of events taking place this first week and weekend in the area. Gather your friends or family members and head out to enjoy one of these activities! Who knows, you might make some new friends along the way.

1.  Take one of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s new brewery tours! The Union Tour is available Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 per person and includes behind-the-scenes views of the brewhouse and the highly-regarded barrel aging room, four different beer samples, and a Firestone Walker snifter glass to take home.

2.  On Feb. 6, head to the Oak Shores Community Club House for a Native American rain ceremony! Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar, a Chumash spiritual leader, will lead the ceremony, which gives thanks for the rain that the Central California region has received thus far, and asks for more to be sent. This is also a potluck, so bring food to share and your own drinks! RSVP to me at grace@oakshoresrealty.com.

3.  Fathers, or father figures, can gather up their daughters and enjoy a night out together at the Father Daughter Dance in Atascadero on Feb. 5 or 6! This semi-formal evening will be loaded with music, dancing, refreshments, desserts, photos and more. It is recommended for daughters ages 12 and under. Tickets cost $25, which include two people. Additional people are $5 per ticket.

4.  Later in the day on Feb. 6, head to Studios on the Park in Paso Robles for Art After Dark Paso! This takes place on the first Saturday evening of every month. It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy art, wine from Thomas Hill Vineyards and live music from The Turkey Buzzards. If you’re new to the area, it’s a great way to meet your neighbors!

5.  Watch the Super Bowl at a local watch party! There are numerous parties taking place in Monterey County, including Knuckles Super Bowl Party beginning at 11 a.m., Peter B’s Pigskin Palooza beginning at 2 p.m., Esteban Restaurant Viewing Party beginning at 3 p.m., and numerous other sports bars in the area. Make reservations ahead of time! The game takes place on Feb. 7.

Enjoy the first week of February, and when you’re ready to buy a Central California home, or ready to sell your Central California home, or both, contact me! As a Central California real estate agent, I believe there is no better time than the beginning of a month to get you into gear toward your dreams!

Grace Borzini
Your Local Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Expert
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Join Oak Shores Realty for a Rain Ceremony at Lake Nacimiento!

Lake Nacimiento

Lake Nacimiento Rain Ceremony

Don’t forget to join residents throughout Lake Nacimiento and Oak Shores Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Oak Shores Community Club House to welcome the rain with a Native American rain ceremony. Scheduled for 2 p.m., Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar, a Chumash spiritual leader, will conduct this impressive ceremony in an effort to show appreciation for the vast power that is nature, as well as the environment that we live, work and play in. Alan did a rain ceremony at Oak Shores two years ago, and we are excited to have him back!

The extended drought that has affected much of California, including nearby homes on Lake Nacimiento, has taken its toll on the region. With recent rains giving local residents and visitors a strong sense of optimism and storms predicted to continue, it’s time to band together as a community to celebrate the much-needed rains!

The event on Feb. 6 is a potluck as well, so bring a dish to share, and bring your own drinks! RSVP to me at grace@oakshoresrealty.com.

Whether you plan to give thanks for the rain in person on Feb. 6, or you will send grateful energy in spirit, lets give thanks for the recent rains in and around the Central Coast and eagerly await more. The Chumash tribe has called the Central Coast region home for over a millennia and Oak Shores Realty is both honored and thrilled to welcome their spiritual leader for another Native American rain ceremony. With the rain so desperately needed in recent times and so imperative to sustaining life, we will celebrate what has been given to us lately and appreciate the beautiful nature that surrounds our communities.

Should you have any questions about Lake Nacimiento real estate, the local areas or what makes our spectacular region so great, contact me today. I look forward to seeing residents, visitors and friends on Feb. 6 at the Oak Shores Community Club House! Don’t forget to join Oak Shores Realty and Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar at 2 p.m. and to RSVP ahead of time! Collectively, we hope that Mother Nature will hear our gratitude and make 2016 a wonderful, wet year at Lake Nacimiento.

Grace Borzini
Your Local Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Expert
Oak Shores Realty

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Oak Shores Realty specializes in Oak Shores at Lake Nacimiento properties. Please contact us today to get more information on Lake Nacimiento lake homes. Oak Shores Realty can also provide you an insiders “Lake Nacimiento Buying Guide” with great information including maps and market information.

Join Oak Shores Realty for a Rain Ceremony at Lake Nacimiento!

Lake Nacimiento

Rain Ceremony at Oak Shores

Join residents throughout Lake Nacimiento and Oak Shores Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Oak Shores Community Club House to welcome the rain with a Native American rain ceremony. Scheduled for 2 p.m., Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar, a Chumash spiritual leader, will conduct this impressive ceremony in an effort to show appreciation for the vast power that is nature, as well as the environment that we live, work and play in. Alan did a rain ceremony at Oak Shores two years ago, and we are excited to have him back!

The extended drought that has affected much of California, including nearby homes on Lake Nacimiento, has taken its toll on the region. With recent rains giving local residents and visitors a strong sense of optimism and storms predicted to continue, it’s time to band together as a community to celebrate the much-needed rains!

The event on Feb. 6 is a potluck as well, so bring a dish to share, and bring your own drinks! RSVP to me at grace@oakshoresrealty.com.

Whether you plan to give thanks for the rain in person on Feb. 6, or you will send grateful energy in spirit, lets give thanks for the recent rains in and around the Central Coast and eagerly await more. The Chumash tribe has called the Central Coast region home for over a millennia and Oak Shores Realty is both honored and thrilled to welcome their spiritual leader for another Native American rain ceremony. With the rain so desperately needed in recent times and so imperative to sustaining life, we will celebrate what has been given to us lately and appreciate the beautiful nature that surrounds our communities.

Should you have any questions about Lake Nacimiento real estate, the local areas or what makes our spectacular region so great, contact me today. I look forward to seeing residents, visitors and friends on Feb. 6 at the Oak Shores Community Club House! Don’t forget to join Oak Shores Realty and Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar at 2 p.m. and to RSVP ahead of time! Collectively, we hope that Mother Nature will hear our gratitude and make 2016 a wonderful, wet year at Lake Nacimiento.

Grace Borzini
Your Local Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Expert
Oak Shores Realty

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Oak Shores Realty specializes in Oak Shores at Lake Nacimiento properties. Please contact us today to get more information on Lake Nacimiento lake homes. Oak Shores Realty can also provide you an insiders “Lake Nacimiento Buying Guide” with great information including maps and market information.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Central California!

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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Central California

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend in Central California? As your Central California real estate agent, I’ve gathered the details on numerous events and activities taking place over the long holiday weekend coming up. Mark your calendar and get out and enjoy the beautiful Central California weather!

  • Cycling enthusiasts unite at this year’s Great Western Bike Rally, a four-day festival in Paso Robles! From Friday through Monday, there are numerous biking excursions taking place around Central California, along with biking competitions, wine and cheese feasts, food trucks and so much more. You can camp at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds for all four days if you’d like to turn it into a staycation!
  • Art in the Park / Spring Show takes place Friday through Sunday of this weekend in Morro Bay, where you can view and purchase artwork of all modalities, which will feature spring themes. This is a great opportunity to add some local decorating flair to your Central California home! Proceeds support the SMART Grant, benefiting SLO County high school art classes.
  • It’s an artsy weekend in Central California! Paso Artsfest also takes place this weekend, on Saturday, with a festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown City Park. It includes an outdoor fine arts show and sale, a wet painting sale and charity auction, a local stars quick draw, a kids’ art smart zone, and a hands-on CREATEspace for teens and adults, so there is something for everyone in the family!
  • The 22nd Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival takes place on Sunday! Relax right on Avila Beach to enjoy Blues performances by Bonnie Raitt, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Shemekia Copeland. Gates open at noon. Tickets are available to purchase ahead of time or at the event.
  • Head to the Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel for the Barnyard Food, Wine & Beer Celebration on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.! This event includes international cuisine from local restaurants, over 50 wines and craft beers, beautiful Barnyard gardens, live music, a silent auction, raffles and more!
  • MayFest in Monterey Bay takes place Saturday through Monday at Custom House Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, and it’s free! This includes local food, beer, wine and live music all day on all three days. This is the first MayFest in Monterey, so be one of the first to check out the array of international food and beers while listening to singers and bands.

Enjoy one of these events in SLO County or Monterey County, or just head to Lake Nacimiento for a weekend of fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, camping and more! The Oak Shores Club House is hosting a Memorial Day Fundraiser BBQ on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ready to buy or sell real estate in the Central California real estate market? Contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’m here and ready to help you. Happy Memorial Day!

Grace Borzini
Your Local Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Expert
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Oak Shores Realty specializes in Oak Shores at Lake Nacimiento properties. Please contact us today to get more information on Lake Nacimiento lake homes. Oak Shores Realty can also provide you an insiders “Lake Nacimiento Buying Guide” with great information including maps and market information.

6 Upcoming Central California Events This May

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Central California Events this May

The month of May has begun, and with it comes a whole new slew of events and activities around Central California! As your Central California real estate agent, I’ve put together a random list of events taking place this month at wineries, Lake Nacimiento and farmer’s markets in the area. Mark your calendar and enjoy the month!

1.  This Saturday, May 9, is the 19th annual Kids Fishing Derby at Oak Shores! You can pre-register your kids from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, or from 6 to 6:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. A pre-fishing meeting will take place from 6:50 to 7 a.m., and launch takes place at 7 a.m. Fishing will go until noon, and then a weigh-in will occur. Entry fee is only $2 per child, which includes lunch at 1 p.m. Prizes and awards will be given to all participants. Volunteers are needed!

2.  Tuesday, May 12, is the next Rhone Rangers HOT TUESDAY! This time, Mourvedre will be featured and tasted at Brecon Estate from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Twenty-one wineries will take place! Enjoy your favorite Mourvedre paired with small bites and artisan cheese while listening to live music and visiting the educational table. Cost is $25.

3.  A Murder Mystery Winemaker Dinner takes place May 15 in the Barrelroom at Broken Earth Winery in Paso Robles! You’ll get to enjoy a five-course meal and fine wines alongside a cast of characters. Watch as the winemaker becomes the fallen victim, and you must help figure out “who done it” among those in the room. 1940’s attire is highly suggested! This takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $95 or $75 for wine club members.

4.  Derby Wine Estates has a new Friday Night Music Series every Friday night during May! From 5:30 to 9 p.m., you can join them on their patio for wines by the glass, traditional barbecue from Derby Smokehouse, and live music by a different singer or band each week. Wine glasses are discounted to $7 for red wine and $5 for white.

5.  Ancient Peaks Winery and Must! Charities are teaming up together to host a Benefit Concert on May 17 at Santa Margarita Ranch. Enjoy music from The JD Project from 1 to 4 p.m., along with food from the Haute Skillet food truck, and wine tasting and glass/bottle purchases from Ancient Peaks. Entry fee is a $5 donation, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for the Estrada Gardens.

6.  May 28, head to the SLO Downtown Farmer’s Market for a Block Party from 6 to 9 p.m.! The theme is energy-efficient living. There will be an alternative fuels car show, energy consultations, solar companies, sustainable home showcase and more. There will also be a drop-off for your small e-waste, such as ink cartridges, cell phones and cameras.

Have fun this month in Central California, and if you’d still like to sell your Central California home, or buy a Central California home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! The Central California real estate market was named as one of the hottest markets for buyers and sellers this spring, so take advantage!

Grace Borzini
Your Local Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Expert
Oak Shores Realty

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Oak Shores Realty specializes in Oak Shores at Lake Nacimiento properties. Please contact us today to get more information on Lake Nacimiento lake homes. Oak Shores Realty can also provide you an insiders “Lake Nacimiento Buying Guide” with great information including maps and market information.

Easter Events Coming Up in Central California

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Central California Easter Egg Hunt

If you celebrate Easter, you’ll want to mark your calendar for these upcoming events and activities in Central California! From Easter egg hunts for kids and adults, to photos with the Easter Bunny and brunches on Easter Sunday, you’re sure to find an event that you’ll want to partake in. As your Central California real estate agent, I put together this guide so all you have to do is pick and choose, make reservations if necessary, and enjoy!

  • Hop To It takes place on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Paso Robles City Park. Meet and greet the Easter Bunny at the Holiday House. Bring your camera and get an Easter egg!
  • April 2, visit Peter B’s Brewpub for an Adult Easter Eggs-travaganza from 4 to 7 p.m.! This event is for adults over age 21. Participants can search for eggs, with each one including a prize! From gift cards and CDs, to concert tickets, these are some eggs that you are definitely going to want to find!
  • Head to the Oak Shores Campground on April 4 at 1 p.m. for an Easter Egg Hunt! There will be two age categories. One will be for children five years and under, and the other will be for children ages six to 10. Bring your own basket to collect eggs, and bring your camera! RSVP by April 1!
  • April 4, head to downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea at 8:30 a.m. for the 19th Annual Breakfast with the Bunny! This free event is hosted by the Lions Club in Devendorf Park. It includes a morning feast, games and other activities for adults and children. Kids can have their faces painted and can visit with the Easter bunny in this beautiful setting.
  • Adults can stop into Robert Hall Winery any time over the weekend, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, to try to find one of the eggs hidden inside the tasting room or on the terrace. Each egg contains a special discount that can be applied to your wine purchase!
  • Head to Broken Earth Winery on Easter Sunday, April 5, where they’ll feature an Easter Egg Hunt and face painting! For only $12, you can enjoy your choice of a grilled ham and gruyere cheese panini or a vegetarian asparagus, mushroom, spinach and cheddar quiche. Each comes with a side of broccoli salad and deviled eggs, and your choice of carrot cake or pineapple upside-down cake.
  • Madonna Inn will be hosting an Easter Breakfast Buffet on Easter, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make reservations at the Gold Rush Steak House! Cost is $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids. Menu will include an omelet station, French toast, ham, sausage, bacon, au gratin potatoes, bagels, biscuits, fresh squeezed orange juice and more, plus an assortment of world famous cakes! Make reservations!

Enjoy your holiday! When ready to achieve your real estate goals in the Central California real estate market, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini
grace@oakshoresrealty.com

5 Valentine’s Day Activity Options in SLO County!

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SLO County Valentine’s Day Events

As your Central California real estate agent, I’ve already shared a slew of Valentine’s Day activity options with you. I shared special romance hotel packages in Central California, if you want to enjoy a staycation, and an array of special Valentine’s Day dining options in Monterey County. The Oak Shores Clubhouse is also having a Valentine’s Day Movie Night!

Today, let’s talk about the Valentine’s Day activities you can enjoy in SLO County. If you like to think outside the box, and you’re looking for an option more exciting than a hotel stay or a dinner, this list is for you.

1.  In Pismo Beach, you can enjoy Dolphin Bay Cooking School’s Cooking for Two Class on Feb. 13. You’ll learn how to easily create an intimate dinner so that from now on, you can enjoy a peaceful dinner at home! The cooking demonstration ends with a multi-course meal paired with wine, followed by a wine reception. Class costs $250 per couple.

2.  In Paso Robles, hop onto The Wine Wrangler anytime between Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 for a Wine & Chocolate Tour! On this special four-hour tour, you’ll get to enjoy Paso Robles wines paired with specialty California chocolates. And you don’t have to do any of the driving! Gather all of your favorite couples or single friends for a day of fun. Cost starts at $118 per couple.

3.  In Paso Robles, you can enjoy an old-fashioned candlelit dinner with your sweetheart on Feb. 14 at Vina Robles. You’ll savor regional ingredients prepared by The Grill at Hunter Ranch, paired with Vina Robles wines, and you can listen to the SLO Winds Clarinet Choir and the Estero Bay Brass Quintet. Cost is $160 per couple for this intimate dinner experience.

4.  Just five miles south of Cambria, enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at Harmony Cellars! Between Feb. 14 and Feb. 17, you can enjoy a wine tasting for just $10 per couple, along with a complimentary truffle pairing. If you visit on Feb. 14, you’ll receive a long-stemmed rose, too! This is a simple and affordable, yet delicious and fun idea.

5.  In Paso Robles, forget dinner and create your very own love potion at First Crush on Feb. 16! You’ll learn how to create a great blend of wines while learning about aromatic flavor, texture, aging characteristics and more. You’ll also enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing, and you’ll get to take home a bottle of the winning potion. Cost is $150 per couple.

For more ideas, check out this Visit San Luis Obispo County list. Make reservations soon, so you can enjoy your Valentine’s Day in Central California however you wish! When ready to make your real estate dreams come true, contact me, your Central California real estate agent.

From Grace Borzini
grace@oakshoresrealty.com

5 More Rainy Day Activities in Central California!

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Rainy Day Activities in Central California

Back when the rains first started here in Central California, I put together a list of rainy day activities to enjoy in Central California. Since the rains continue to fall, I’ve decided that maybe sharing that list was good luck! So, as your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to share more activities for you enjoy while it’s raining in the area. Although there are tons of things to do outdoors, there are plenty to enjoy indoors as well.

1.  Explore new businesses. Do you always shop or dine at the same businesses in your Central California town? Branch out and stop into a new business! Mistura, a Peruvian restaurant, just opened in Paso Robles. Most of the produce, and all of the fish and meats, come from local sources. Popular dishes include ceviche, sea bass and gelato. Check it out!

2.  Create an artistic masterpiece. Find your inner artist at Art Bar SLO. There you will receive step-by-step instructions by local artists on how to paint. Choose a painting you like from the website, and then learn how to paint it on the scheduled day. Your first glass of wine is complimentary and more drinks and appetizers are available to purchase. This could make a great holiday gift!

3.  Play inside. There are plenty of ways to play and use up energy indoors. You could go bowling at Paso Bowl, Mustang Lanes or Pismo Beach Bowl. You could strengthen your arms and legs with 5,000 linear feet of climbing wall space at SLO Op. Or you could just go to your local gym and try a new workout class. Plenty of ways to stay active!

4.  Go wine tasting. Anyone who lives in Central California knows that every day is a good wine tasting day. Local vineyards have indoor tasting rooms, so as long as you don’t mind driving in some wet conditions, pay them a visit! There is something very calming about sipping on wine while watching the rain fall on the fields of Central California vineyards. Just be sure to have a designated driver.

5.  Get in the Christmas spirit at the Oak Shores Clubhouse! On Friday, enjoy the Christmas Lights Parade & Open House Social, where you’ll drive around the community and enjoy the neighbors’ lights. Saturday, enjoy a Meet & Greet with Santa, along with a potluck dinner, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, bring your pets over to the Clubhouse for photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to noon!

Enjoy and be grateful for the rain that Lake Nacimiento and Central California are receiving, continue to do your rain dances, and enjoy these indoor activities! When you’re ready to achieve your real estate goals in the Central California real estate market, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini
grace@oakshoresrealty.com

Where to Spot Santa Claus in Central California!

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Santa Sightings in Central California

With so many holiday events and activities happening around Central California this month, it’s no surprise that Santa Claus will be making numerous appearances! Have your kids write out their wish lists and keep them handy, because there are plenty of opportunities for them to hand Santa their list and to get a photo with him in Central California.

As your Central California real estate agent, I’ve made the Santa search easy this year by creating a guide as to where he’ll be this month in the Central California area:

  • Attend the Atascadero Winter Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. A huge pile of snow will be created for the kids to jump and play in, and Santa will be there to join the fun. There will also be entertainment and refreshments. This all takes place Downtown Atascadero!
  • Head to Vine Street Victorian Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 13, between 6 and 9 p.m. to see Santa and Mrs. Claus! Alongside them will be the Grinch, the Snow King and Queen, choirs, carolers, dancers, floats, the Paso Robles High School Marching Band and more. It’s a whole holiday extravaganza.
  • The Cambria Lions will host a Lion’s Children’s Christmas Program on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pinedorado Grounds in Cambria. This free event will include food, games and a visit with Santa. Bring the camera and enjoy some old-fashioned family fun.
  • Visit Paso Robles Main Street Association’s Holiday House in Downtown City Park to visit with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your wish list and cameras!
  • Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus in Morro Bay between Dec. 15 and 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. during the Caroling Cop Cars and Christmas Trolley Parade! The Morro Bay Neighborhood Watch Association and Police Department will escort the Claus couple on trolleys while caroling through Morro Bay neighborhoods.
  • Head to Atascadero on Dec. 20 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Holiday Magic at the Zoo!  Santa and his elves will deliver wrapped packages to the animals at Charles Paddock Zoo, and you get to watch as the animals investigate and tear open their packages. Hot chocolate and crafts will be available as well.
  • Register for the 24th annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea in the Paso Robles Inn Park Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and with the Snow King and Queen, some elves, and Victorian friends. Kids can also enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies, coloring and snacking on candy canes.

Enjoy spending time with Santa in Central California this month! If a Lake Nacimiento home is on your wish list this year, contact me, your Central California real estate agent. Let’s see if we can make your real estate dreams come true this holiday season.

From Grace Borzini
grace@oakshoresrealty.com

6 Holiday Events in Monterey County!

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The Holidays in Monterey County

As your Central California real estate agent, I recently shared with you why to spend the holidays in SLO County, and the best winter activities to partake in around Central California. Today, I’d like to shine a spotlight on some of Monterey County’s best holiday events!

Mark your calendars and plan to get into a festive spirit with one or many of these upcoming holiday events around Monterey County:

  • Ice Skating By The Bay. It doesn’t matter what the temperature is in Central California this winter. You can still enjoy outdoor ice skating as a festive holiday activity at Custom House Plaza. It transforms into a winter wonderland, staring this Friday. Admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for kids.
  • Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting. Head up to Cannery Row on Friday, Nov. 28, for the Holiday Tree Lighting from 5 to 8 p.m. First, head to Steinbeck Plaza for Christmas carolers, balloon artists, reindeer and more. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to switch on the lights on the 25-foot holiday tree.
  • Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights. On Sunday, Nov. 30, bring the whole family to Salinas for family fun, beginning at 6 p.m. The parade attracts over 10,000 spectators, so find a spot early along Main Street. The parade features bands, floats, dancers, classic cars and more, all lit up for the holidays. Beforehand, kids can enjoy festive activities in the Kids Zone.
  • Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting. Waiting until December to start celebrating the holidays? So is Pacific Grove! Head there on Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., for their old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Jewell Park. Then visit Santa’s Christmas Party at Chautauaqua Hall, where there will be refreshments, live entertainment by local school bands, and a dance show.
  • Christmas at the Inns. Return to Pacific Grove on either Dec. 2 or 3 for Christmas at the Inns from 6 to 9 p.m.! Ten of the town’s local inns deck their halls for the holidays and invite guests in for live music, holiday treats and all-around, old-fashioned holiday cheer. Admission is $20 and tickets are limited, so reserve yours today!
  • Santa’s Fly-In. Nowhere else will you and your family get to watch Santa and Mrs. Claus fly in from the North Pole by helicopter. They will do just that on Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m.! Watch as they fly into Carmel Valley Village Airfield and then board their sleigh for the parade through Carmel Valley Village. The parade includes horses, autos, a train and more.

For more holiday events in Monterey County, view this full list from See Monterey. Enjoy this festive holiday season in Central California, and when you’re ready to achieve you real estate goals in the Monterey County real estate market, you know who to call! As a Central California real estate agent, I’d love to help!

From Grace Borzini
grace@oakshoresrealty.com