2013 Holiday Events
63rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
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.
8th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show
Dec. 6th - 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
The Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade themed “A Retro 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Entries due by November 1st.
6th Annual 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 805.766.4906 for more information. FREE admission. OxnardTamaleFest.com
Sunday, Dec 8th, 6:00 p.m. at 400 Block of South "A" Street
Nightly display of Oxnard’s tradition since 1952. Fully restored and back downtown after a 20+ year absence come see this one time only display for this holiday season before it returns to Christmas Tree Lane. Entertainment provided on select evenings by local churches and youth groups. More info at OxnardHistoricDistrict.com.
7th Annual Holly Trolley Tours
Dec. 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th, 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. $10 per person.
Click here to purchase tickets online now. Or call 805.483.7960 for reservations and more information.
Heritage Square Holiday Tours & 5th Annual Gingerbread House Contest
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. 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.