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.

Christmas Parade Participant and Sponsor Applications 

Parade Lineup and Route 

Christmas Parade Telecast

Watch a broadcast of the Christmas Parade on Spectrum Cable Channel 10 or Frontier Communications Channel 35 :

  • Dec. 15th at 4 & 7 PM
  • Dec. 16 & 17 at 4 PM & 7 PM
  • Dec. 22nd at 4 & 7 PM
  • Dec. 23 Parade Marathon.starting at noon and repeating continuously though 9 a.m. Dec 26.

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.

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  or call 805-385-7545 for more information. FREE.

Santa Claus Float Tours

Santa’s float visits numerous Oxnard neighborhoods throughout the month of December. Check the schedule at: