A Holiday Guide to Half Moon Bay

Ritz Carlton Xmas

Christmas is coming, and Half Moon Bay’s calendar is fat with festive holiday activities. Here are some events that should definitely be on yours too.

Holiday Movies
Cozy up with a blanket under the stars on the Ritz-Carlton’s Gazebo Lawn. Miracle on 34th Street (December 21) and White Christmas (December 23) will put you in the spirit, and holiday “spirits” shouldn’t hurt either. 5:30 p.m.; 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay; free, with drinks and appetizers for sale.

Gingerbread House Competition
Confectionary castles, cathedrals, and other wonders will delight at the Ritz’s 10th Annual Gingerbread House Competition. December 2-8; 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay; free.

Night of Lights
It starts with a tree-lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park, and then children will carry twinkle lights down Main Street. Chestnuts a-roasting, eggnog a-drinking, and carols a-singing round out the quintessential holiday scene. December 6, 6-9 p.m.; Main Street, Half Moon Bay; free

Mavericks Old Man Winter Ale & Funky Sweater Party
It’s time to don that gay apparel (the gaudier the better) and drink a big, bold wintry brew. Celebrate and taste the seasonal Mavericks Old Man Winter Ale (5-7 p.m.) and then party with local band Califuegos. All who wear funky sweaters will receive gifts, with the biggest prize going to the funkiest. December 6, 6-7:30 p.m.; 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; free

Boat Decorating Contest
Nothing like a stroll through Pillar Point Harbor to get you into the holiday spirit. Live music will provide the soundtrack to this brilliant night, when elaborately adorned boats will compete for the honor of the “best decorated” award. The harbor shops and restaurants remain open late, with special winter treats on hand from favorite spots. December 14; Pillar Point Harbor, #9 Johnson Pier, Princeton-By-The-Sea.

Harley Farms Christmas Faire
This farm fête features cider, locally made tamales, live music, wreath-making, and more. December 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 205 North Street, Pescadero

12 Days of Christmas at Goose & Turrets
Escape to holidays of old at the historic Goose & Turrets B&B. Each of the 12 Days of Christmas guests will be treated to traditional specialties including plum pudding (aged a year), chess pie, madeleines, and more, along with Christmas-themed readings and other surprises. December 25-January 5; 835 George Street, Montara