2017 Holiday Events
67th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Dec. 1st, 5:30 p.m. at Plaza Park
Join community leaders, Downtown merchants, and friends in a festive tradition going back six decades to light up the County’s tallest Christmas tree – 110 feet high! Entertainment, complimentary refreshments, and Santa’s arrival ring in the season. FREE. For more information, call 805-247-0197.
12th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show
Dec. 1st – Jan. 1st, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly at Plaza Park
The Historic Pagoda becomes a high-tech interactive experience allowing visitors to participate in a spectacular computer-orchestrated show featuring over 30,000 flashing colored lights, holiday music, animated characters and lit trees.
Oxnard Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 10 a.m. to noon in Downtown
The Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade themed “Christmas Under the Sea” is a family favorite tradition. Enjoy the sights and sounds of colorful marching bands, equestrian units, local school groups, floats and a visit from Santa! The Parade route runs through A, 5th and C Streets in Downtown Oxnard.
10th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival
Saturday, Dec 2nd, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Plaza Park
Get the tastiest tamales in town – from sweet to savory, traditional to gourmet. Learn tamale making with live demos. Enjoy the tamale eating contest, holiday crafts fair, kids activities, and live music. Call 805.766.4906 for more information. FREE admission.
11th Annual Holly Trolley Tours
Dec. 12th, 13th, & 14th, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Departs from Centennial Plaza
Climb aboard a grand double-decker for a 50-minute guided tour of Downtown and the Historic District’s spectacular display of holiday lights and décor. Includes a stop at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies. Prepaid reservations are a must. $12 per person.
Click here to purchase tickets online now. Or call 805.247.0197 for more information.
Visit with Santa
Santa will be arriving on Saturday December 3rd, and will be available for photos (Saturdays and Sundays Only through December 24th) at Centennial Plaza from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Santa at The Station
Wednesday Dec. 13th, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oxnard Police Department, 251 South C St.
Heritage Square Holiday Tours & 9th Annual Gingerbread House Contest
Weekends from Dec. 4th – Dec. 18th, (weekdays by appointment) Heritage Square, 715 South A St.
Costumed docents present guided tours of elegantly decorated Victorian homes ($5 donation suggested). Admire the imagination and artistry of handmade gingerbread houses inside the historic chapel. For more information and reservations, call 805-483-7960 ext. 4.
Santa to the Sea Marathon and Relay
Sunday, Dec. 10th, 7:30 a.m., citywide including route through Downtown
Run for fun! Run for joy! Run for the kids! Run in a costume! The Santa to the Sea Half Marathon, 2 Person Relay and 5K Fun Run helps collect toys for underprivileged children in the community and also provides scholarships to local high school seniors and continuing students to attend Oxnard College. For more information call 805-485-7266. SantaToTheSea.com
Christmas Tree Lane
Dec. 10th through Dec. 25th. Nightly displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., F & G Streets between 5th & Palm
Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County’s largest holiday light displays in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. Residents provide all holiday decorations and lighting. Visit OxnardHistoricDistrict.com or call 805-385-7545 for more information. FREE.
Oxnard Citywatch: Christmas Parade
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Dec. 15th at 4 & 7 PM
Dec. 16 & 17 at 4 PM & 7 PM
Dec. 22nd at 4 & 7 PM
Dec. 23-26 – PARADE MARATHON. We’ll have a parade marathon starting Saturday, December 23 at 12 noon and ending on Tuesday, December 26 at 9 AM. During those days, the parade will play non-stop, 24 hours a day.
Santa Claus Float Tours
Santa’s float visits numerous Oxnard neighborhoods throughout the month of December. Check the schedule at: OxnardRec.org