December

Brighten the Harbor

Sponsored by the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, this event features boats decorated with holiday lights cruising round-trip from the city's Coast Guard Pier to Lover's Point. Awards are given for the best decorations.

www.mpyc.org

Butte Valley Chariot Races

These races are held on Sundays at Macdoel Downs, starting the first Sunday in December and continuing through the first Sunday in March.

(530) 397-3711

Olive Harvest Tasting at the Sonoma Barracks

This event is part of the Olive Festival in Sonoma Valley Wine Country. The festival starts in December and runs through March.

www.sonomavalley.com

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival

This festival highlights the best action and adventure sports films of the year. Look for images on the big screen of whitewater rafting, rock climbing, skydiving, snowmobile stunts, big-wave surfing, and more.

www.laketahoefilmfestival.com

Truckers Christmas Convoy

Held at the Redwoods Acres Fairgrounds in Humboldt County, this event features more than a hundred large trucks adorned in holiday lights. The parade winds through town on the second Saturday night of December. Attendance is free.

www.redwoods.info

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