Events throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas! Click here for events by category/title or here for calendar format. Community events of broad public interest meeting criteria summed up here can be submitted here but we encourage most folks to post events, fundraisers and other items of interest directly to the Community Messages section.
Holiday in the Park & Book Signing Event
A family holiday event is scheduled on Sunday, Dec. 7th from 1:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum in Simi Valley. Admission is free.
The relaxing afternoon includes entertainment, book sales and signings by three Simi Valley authors, self-paced tours of the decorated historical buildings and of course, Santa. www.simihistory.com
7th ANNUAL OXNARD TAMALE FESTIVAL ON DECEMBER 6, 2014
The City of Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department proudly presents this year’s 7th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival, taking place inside Oxnard’s historic Plaza Park, located at 500 South C Street, Oxnard.
This event will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Event participants will be able to choose from a number of different tamale vendors. Other activities will include live entertainment, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, eating contests, amusement rides and much more.
Proceeds will go to support Oxnard City Corps and other recreational programs.
For more information, please contact the event at (805) 766-4906 or visit www.oxnardtamalefest.com
The 53rd Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th, starting at Las Posas and Temple Avenue. The parade will end at the Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Burnley Street. The parade features floats, bands, autos and other fun stuff! Parade theme year is "A Comicbook Christmas."
Also taking place this day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is Santa's Village Holiday Carnival at the Camarillo Community Center! Carnival Games, Inflatable Attractions, Live Entertainment, Arts & Craft Vendors and Food Vendors will be on hand. Visits with Santa Claus from 1-3pm (hours subject to change based on the end of the parade).
For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org or call 805.482.1996.
Winter Celebration at the Leonis Adobe Museum on Sunday, December 7th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Activities includes Santa, Crafts, Feed the Animals Music, Games, Special Holiday Exhibits, Light Refreshments. Members are free. Non-member adults $4; kids 12 and under $2. For more information, visit www.leonisadobemuseum.org or call 818-222-6511. Located at 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas (next to Sagebrush Cantina).
The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s annual Holiday Homes Tour Boutique will take place on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at a new location: The Ridge, 30300 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local programs of support, education, and hope provided by the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara. Entry to the boutique is free. Featured items include holiday décor and gifts, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and apparel.
The Holiday Homes Tour boutique is part of the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s 23rd Annual Holiday Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, with proceeds providing cancer support, education and hope, free of charge, to local cancer patients and their families. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CancerSupportVvsb.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call (888) 557-3177. To learn more about sponsor, advertising, and volunteer opportunities, call (805) 379-4777.
Twenty four talented musicians and musical groups will perform for tour visitors, including the entertainers listed below. The Cancer Support Community extends its appreciation to all the entertainers for enlivening the Holiday Homes Tour with their talent.
Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus: The AHH! Chorus of Sweet Adelines International; one of the world's largest singing organizations for women, is dedicated to the creation of harmony and the enrichment of the lives of its members through friendship, education, community involvement and musical excellence in the performance of the barbershop art form.
Madrigali: Dressed in colorful Renaissance costume, the Madrigali weaves a tapestry of vocal harmony in celebration of the holiday season as well as for private and public performances throughout the year. They are an a cappella group of musical performers which sings traditional Renaissance and medieval music —madrigals, ballads, chants and carols written prior to 1650.
Los Robles Children’s Choir: LRCC’s roster includes more than 115 children ages 6-18 from over 45 schools across Ventura County in four choirs. Now celebrating its 17th season, LRCC, under Artistic Director Edward Rouse, is recognized for its choral artistry and excellent musicianship. The choir has sung in London, Canterbury, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, and Mainz, Denver, Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Grand Ole Opry.
Susan Huff, pianist: Susan Huff has performed for the Holiday Homes Tour for the last 12 years. She started playing piano at age 4 and received a bachelor degree and did graduate degree work in music at West Mount College in Santa Barbara.
Jerry Weisbecker: With a unique repertoire from The Great American Songbook, Jerry takes his audience back to a time when Frank, Dean, Bing and all the great crooners dominated the charts.
About the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara
Celebrating more than two decades of providing support, education and hope to people fighting cancer, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is an independently governed and funded chapter of Cancer Support Community, the 50-member nation-wide organization. Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara serves more than 3,200 local residents affected by cancer each year with programs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and into the San Fernando Valley. Programs are offered in English and Spanish and are all provided free of charge. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.CancerSupportVvsb.org or call 805-379-4777.
No Room at the Inn is a display of over 500 nativity sets from private collections, with proceeds helping our Ventura County homeless. This year's display will be hosted by St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.
The Grand Opening Gala is Friday evening, December 12th, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be light appetizers and entertainment. A donation of $40 in advance by 12/1 and $45 at the door is requested for the Gala.
The display continues December 13th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 14th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The donation for viewing the exhibit Saturday and Sunday is $5 adult, $1 child. Those attending will view the amazing variety of ways that first Christmas was depicted.
All proceeds benefit the homeless shelters of Ventura County.
For information or to make a reservation to attend the gala visit www.noroom.org.
The Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair will take place in downtown Ventura on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12 pm-8 pm!
The day kicks off with the Holiday Street Fair starting at 12 pm on the 400 and 500 block of Main Street with vendors and live entertainment. Shop artists, crafters, non-profit organizations, commercial and food vendors. The street fair and entertainment is FREE and open to the public starting at 12 pm!
At 4 pm, the Ventura Winter Wine Walk gets started! The wine walk will showcase world class wineries in your favorite downtown businesses. Each guest will receive a tasting cup and a map of the participating tasting sites in downtown Ventura. Each tasting site will have a designated area set up for Wine Walk guests to sample the amazing wines! Wine tasting will end at 7:15 pm.
As you stroll down Main Street you will be surrounded by a winter holiday ambiance of live jazz and blues entertainment, beautiful holiday lighting and snow fall from 6:45 pm-8 pm (at the intersection of Main and California Streets).
Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season in downtown Ventura! Buy tickets at www.venturawinterwinewalk.com.
Meadowlark Service League presents its annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour and Boutique Shopping on Sunday, December 14, 2014: Home Tour – 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm; The Red Barn Holiday Boutique – 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Explore local homes in the Pleasant Valley decorated for the holidays while enjoying seasonal music.
Experience inspirational décor celebrating a variety of holiday traditions.
Enjoy shopping at the Red Barn Holiday Boutique at the Camarillo Ranch featuring refreshments and homemade goodies.
Entice your taste buds with a sumptuous brunch available for individual purchase or as a benefit of sponsorship.
The Red Barn Holiday Boutique will be open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. No admission fee is required.
Tickets for the event will also be available at the Red Barn Holiday Boutique for $30. Or purchase in advance at a discount at www.meadowlarkserviceleague.com/events/homes-for-the-holidays.
More than 50,000 spectators are expected to line downtown Santa Barbara on Friday evening, December 5th, for the 62nd Annual Downtown Holiday Parade in Santa Barbara, to cheer a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, giant helium balloons, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and of course, the most anticipated appearance of the evening the annual arrival of Santa Claus, dispensing holiday cheer from atop his festive sleigh. The Holiday Prince & Fairy officially light up the night with the lighting of the large Christmas tree at State & Victoria Streets.
2014 Theme is "Winter Nights & Holiday Lights" and the Grand Marshall of this year's event is Alan Thicke!
The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at State and Sola Streets and concludes at Cota Street. For more information, call 805.962.2098 ext. 23 or visit www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/downtown-holiday-parade.
Meet and Greet Santa Claus at Paseo Nuevo Center Court from 4pm to 5:30pm.
The 11th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will be held on Sunday, December 14th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This event features vendors, a new and used part swap meet, new and old school bike show, an art exhibit, live blues and rock bands, a tribute to David Mann, beer, food and more! $15 General Admission. Kids 12 and under $5. Military with ID $10. More information at www.chopperfestival.com or call 805.217.2113.
Celebrate the festive holiday season with Southern California’s finest at The Malibu Country Mart. The shopping destination will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a stately decorated Christmas tree, charming ornaments, and plenty of twinkling lights. Families can enjoy the Christmas spirit every Saturday, with events for all ages starting on Saturday, December 6th through Saturday, December 20th.
Each Saturday in December, prior to Christmas Eve, visitors can participate in complimentary, holiday-themed activities that are sure to create warm memories for the whole family. Before heading off to travel the world, delivering presents to good boys and girls, Santa and his very own REAL, LIVE REINDEER will visit the Malibu County Mart, pose for photos and prance for their admirers.
Winter Wonderland Schedule
Saturday, Dec 6: Stocking and Dreidel Decorating Party and Holiday Face Painting (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec 13: Photos with Santa and Cookie Decorating Party (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec 20: Santa’s Reindeer visit the Malibu County Mart and Photos with Santa (noon – 4:00 p.m.) and strolling carolers
Channel Islands Harbor will hold its 49th Annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 13th starting at 7 p.m., preceded by daylong holiday activities starting at 10am, including holiday artists’ market, exhibitors, live music, children’s activities, and much more.
Santa and his reindeer will ride through the sky, to mark the beginning of the parade. The parade starts in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants. Boat charters are available for those who want to watch the parade from the water.
For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
Underwood Family Farms welcomes back BIG WAVE DAVE
and Christmas on the Farm
EVERYONE LOVES UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS!!
Underwood Family Farms and Big Wave Dave's Christmas Trees* bring Christmas to the Farm. From November 28 to December 19, fresh cut northwest trees as well as mistletoe, wreaths & all the fixings will be available for sale at the farm.
On weekends, Underwood's Farm Center & Farm Market Open will be open from 9am - 5pm from the day after Thanksgiving to December 14. Admission to the Farm Center is $6.00/per person and children under 2 free. Tractor rides and animal show are included with paid weekend admission.
Visits with Santa Claus 2 weekends only, December 6-7 and 13-14 11am to 4pm. Bring your cameras!
The Farm Center will be closed for the season beginning on December 15th until they open for the 2015 season on March 1st.
*Christmas Trees will be available 7 days a week beginning November 28 through December 19 from 9:30 am-7:30 pm.
The 64th Annual Oxnard Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Friday, December 5th starting at 5:30PM at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street, Oxnard. The community is invited to watch as downtown illuminates Ventura County’s tallest Christmas tree at over 110 feet high! There will also be entertainment, free refreshments, and but of course, Santa. 805.247.0197
The next day, Saturday, December 6th, the community can cheer on a vast contingent of high-stepping marching bands, electrifying holiday floats, fantastic performance groups and local personalities during the Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade taking place on ‘A’, 5th and ‘C’ Streets from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The 2014 theme is "Surf, Sand & Celebrating the Season."
The 9th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show is scheduled in Plaza Park, 500 South C Street, from December 5th to January 4th. Shows run every 15 minutes from 5PM to 10PM. Enjoy your favorite holiday jingles synchronized with over 30,000 colorful lights, animated characters and decorated trees.
The 8th Annual Holly Trolley Tours depart from Centennial Plaza at 6, 7 and 8pm on December 16th, 17th and 18th. Ride a double-decker for a 50 minute guided tour of Downtown Oxnard and its Historic District's spectacular nighttime display of holiday lights and decor, stopping at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies and going through Christmas Tree Lane. RSVP in advance for $10/person at 805.385.2705.
Heritage Square Christmas Tours and Gingerbread House Contest takes place on weekends, December 5th to 28th, from 10am to 4pm at Heritage Square, 715 South A Street. Suggested donation $5/person. Weekday tours by appointment only. Call 805.483.7960 x4 or visit HeritageSquareOxnard.com.
Christmas Tree Lane will be on display from December 14th through 25th from 6pm to 10pm on F and G Streets between 5th and Palm. Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County's largest residential holiday light displays in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. Vist OxnardHistoricDistrict.com or call 805.385.7545 for more information.
Visit www.downtownoxnard.org or call 805.247.0197 for more information.
Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 38th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th starting at 6:30pm. This year's theme is "Holidays Across the World."
The two-day fun filled event includes a carnival, seaside shopping and dining followed by the lighted boat parade at 6:30pm and fireworks show at 8 pm. Parking and admission are free.
On Saturday, the 13th stop by early for Winter Wonderland and Holiday Marketplace from 1-5pm.
Visit venturaharborvillage.com for more information.
The Bethlehem Experience is returning this year on Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Westlake Village. Drive through the First Christmas Eve! For two magical nights, Bethlehem comes to Westlake Village as the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church transforms their church grounds into The Bethlehem Experience, an amazingly lifelike recreation of the 1st century village. Incredible sets, theatrical lighting, a wonderful collection of props, and over 100 members of the congregation in period costumes transport visitors back in time.
There are live goats, sheep, chickens a donkey and a camel, plus the ambience of food cooking over real fire pits, a bustling marketplace, traditional Hebrew music and dance, and of course, the manger. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village. FREE!
This year, WPC will be collecting Canned Foods for MANNA as you drive through the City Gates of Bethlehem.
For more information, visit www.gotobethlehem.com or call 818.889.1491.
The National Park Service invites the public to tour historic Rancho Sierra Vista on Saturday, November 29 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. In addition to an easy one-mile hike of the area, visitors of all ages can meet the National Park Service patrol horses, Cache and Bay, and view a brief horse demonstration.
Located in Newbury Park, Rancho Sierra Vista's ranching history stretches back to 1803, when former soldiers Jose Polanco and Ignacio Rodriquez were granted Rancho El Conejo by the King of Spain. Through the years, this 48,672 acre land grant was subdivided and sold to various landowners. Modern ranching began here in 1937 when Carl Beal christened the area Rancho Sierra Vista.