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Christmas in the Adobes Info & Tickets

35th Annual CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES - 2018

 Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8

5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey and visit 19th-Century Mexican Era adobes decorated for the holidays. Enjoy fandango dance lessons at Custom  House, treats at Fisherman's Wharf or bagpipes and shortbread cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House, to name a few. Many other adobes offer entertainments, refreshments, games, history and loads of fun. It's a holiday event for the entire family!

Twenty-three historic sites throughout the downtown area are within walking distance. Volunteers at several sites offer information about the history of their building. Some adobes offer interactive fun. We recommend you dress for weather and bring a flashlight! 

Each year many event goers stay the weekend at a downtown hotel and attend both nights by purchasing a two-night pass so they can see every venue.

  Pre Event Ticket sales – Tickets may be purchased at Custom House Gift Shop (#1 Custom House Plaza, across from entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf) open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

Online sales are at beginning Oct 13 until Midnight, Tuesday December 4

 Purchasing on Event Nights – Tickets can be purchased on event nights at Pacific House Museum (west side of Custom House Plaza, across from the ice rink) Casa Gutierrez garden (Pacific Street side) or Custom House Gift Shop (across from entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf.) 

Tickets Prices: Adults $25 - Adult Two-Night Gold Pass $40 - Youth (Age 6-17) Only $2 - Children (age 5-and-under) Free

$5 off adult one night ticket if purchased before November 1, 2018

  $5 discount for one night tickets also applies to:

  •  Groups of 12 or more adults
  •  Active military
  • Monterey State Historic Park Association Members

 Will Call – Once the on-line transaction is complete, save the confirmation number and bring to Will Call located at Pacific House Museum on Custom House Plaza. Will Call opens at 3:00 p.m. on December 7 & 8 only, located outside the museum under a large white canopy across from the ice rink.


Please note: Royal Presidio Chapel/San Carlos Cathedral will open at 7:00 p.m. both nights. This change was made after programs were printed showing them open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Event Program – Event goers will receive a program with a map showing the participating adobes either when they purchase tickets on site or, if purchased on-line, at Will Call when tickets are picked up. 

Map to Custom House Plaza - Click Here 

Christmas in the Adobes Flyer -Click Here

SPECIAL FEATURE: Don't miss DANZAS ADITI! Saturday night, DEC 8 at the Monterey Museum of Art

This special dance group promotes the liveing arts for daily survival with style through education, youth scholarships, performances and touring. Aditi was recently awarded a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County, thanks to new funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Fandango Monterey is a researched and choreographed project of three dances from Spain, performed in Monterey in the late 18th century. These dances will be presented in period costume with lecture demonstrations in historic, touristic, and school venues.

Accessibility: This is a nighttime event that includes walking and visiting building with several steps. Nineteenth Century adobes were not built for ADA compliance, though many buildings have been modernized with accessibility in mind. Those are indicated in your program along with descriptions of each adobe that you receive when you purchase tickets.


Safety –We strongly recommend that you bring a flashlight, watch the weather forecasts and dress appropriately. Be aware crossing busy intersections and keep children nearby. Event Monitors will be positioned along the route and at buildings to help you find your way to the next adobe or venue.


 It’s For Kids, Too! Children's ticket prices are only $2 to encourage their attendance, and besides, this is a charitable fund raiser that supports school history field trips to Monterey State Historic Park, so it just wouldn't be right to charge them a lot! May the joys of the season be with you and your family.


Christmas in the Adobes Sponsors 2018

  • Inns of Monterey (logo)—Custom House
  • Old Fisherman’s Grotto (logo)— Casa Soberanes
  • Kathy Miller—In memory of Dr. Clair A. Weast/Scales Restraurant(logo)—Pacific House
  • Mary Powell—In memory of Howard T. Powell—Casa Guiterrez
  • Supersmith(logo)Steinbeck/Lara-Soto Adobe
  • The Stevenson (logo)—Stevenson House
  • Toy Bryant—In memory of Bill Bryant/Lee Henderson, Donna Gibson Co-Sponsor Larkin House
  • Vince Huth & Jerilynne Smith Crivello—Sherman Quarters
  • Jan, Jack, Janie & Chris—In memory of Jill Nelson Lynch / Bonnie Van Meter, Suzanne Siegelman—Co-sponsors First Brick House

Other Major Donors

  • City of Monterey
  • Copy King
  • Troia's Market & Deli

Event Sponsors

  • Mid Valley Cleaners and Olympia Cleaners
  • Cardinale and Wright Christmas Trees
  • Jiquilpan Frutas y Aguas Frescas

 Thank you to all of this year's sponsors.  Interested in sponsoring a State Parks adobe? Contact Jan Houser at 


Sponsorship includes mention in the event program (logo included, if applicable), a pair of two-night gold passes, an official event poster with your name or business name for display, and your name or business name on a poster at the entrance of your sponsored adobe.