2012 Holiday Events
62nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us this festive evening as City leaders, Downtown merchants, and friends come together to light up Ventura County's tallest Christmas tree - over 110 feet tall! Bring the whole family to officially ring in the holiday season at this six decade tradition. Entertainment, complimentary refreshments, & oh, yes - Santa's coming! Call 805.247.0197 for more information. FREE.
7th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show
Nov. 30th - Jan. 2nd, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly at Plaza Park
Favorite holiday songs play with over 30,000 computer-synchronized lights, Christmas trees, and animated characters. Show repeats every 15 minutes and premieres at the Tree Lighting on Dec. 2nd. This is a great opportunity to experience the Music and Magic of Christmas before or after a dinner Downtown with family and friends. Call 805.247.0197 for more information. FREE.
Oxnard Christmas Parade
The Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade themed “The Music and Magic of 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 OxnardParade@aol.com for more information. Entries due by November 2nd.
Oxnard Tamale Festival
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 music from CHICO and TIERRA. Call 805.247.0197 for more information. FREE admission. OxnardTamaleFest.com
6th Annual Holly Trolley Tours
Dec. 11th, 12th, and 13th, 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 nighttime display of holiday lights and décor. See “A” Street from up high with a stop at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies, then cruise through awesome Christmas Tree Lane. The Holley Trolley Tours are an annual favorite in Downtown and a perfect way to spend time with loved ones. Prepaid advanced reservations are a must. $10 each.
New this Year: Holly Trolley Deluxe tour offers reserved upper deck seating, pre-board wine tasting at Heritage Square (21 and over) and interior tour of Heritage Square. $20 per passenger.
Call 805.385.2705 for reservations.
Heritage Square Christmas Tours and Gingerbread House Contest
Admire the imagination and artistry of the 4th annual Gingerbread House Contest – sure to bring smiles with its wonderful sights and scents. Guided tours of the elegantly decorated Victorian homes are offered weekends and by appointment weekdays. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Weekday tours available by appointment. For more information and reservations, call 805.483.7960 ext. 4. HeritageSquareOxnard.com
Santa to the Sea Marathon and Relay
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
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 OxnardHistroicDistrict.com or call 805.385.7545 for more information. FREE.