Downtown Oxnard Activities, Arts Culture and History, Entertainment, Events

Dining Guide

a Downtown Dining and Entertainment Guide. Or Click here to have one mailed to you.

Foodie Finds!

Discover a world of great dining at every level - quick-serve, casual, and elegant. Taquerias, cafes, and full-service restaurants. Bring your appetite for great food, fun, and friendly service.

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Coming Events

Gourmet Food Trucks
1st Thursday monthly
Plaza Park, 500 South C St.
(805) 385-2705

Monday Night Foreign Film Series
1st and 3rd Monday monthly
Plaza Cinemas, 255 W 5th St.
(805) 798-0830

Heritage Square Docent Tours
Saturdays and Sundays ongoing
Heritage Square, 715 S. A St.
(805) 483-7960

Certified Farmers Market
Every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plaza Park, 500 S. C St.,

2015 Holiday Events

65th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, Dec. 4th, 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.

10th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show

Dec. 4th - Jan. 3rd, 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. 5th, 10 a.m. to noon in Downtown

The Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade themed “Celebrating an All-Star Christmas” is a beloved event for the whole family. Come enjoy colorful marching bands, equestrian units, local school groups, spirited floats and a visit from Santa!  The Parade route is A, 5th and C Streets in Downtown Oxnard. Call 805.247.0197 or email for more information. Entries due by November 1st.
Christmas Parade info/applications

8th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Saturday, Dec 5th, 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.

9th Annual Holly Trolley Tours

Dec. 15th, 16th, & 17th, 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.

Heritage Square Holiday Tours & 7th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Weekends from Dec. 5th – Dec. 19th, (weekday tours 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. 15th, 8 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. 13th through Dec. 25th. Nightly displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., F & G Streets between 5th & Palm
(Note: Our annual printed Holiday Events Calendar included an error regarding Christmas Tree Lane schedule. The dates above are correct).

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 is Coming to Town

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