2018 City of Oxnard Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Other Holiday Events

Many holiday season events are planned once again this holiday season in and around Downtown Oxnard. More details at visitoxnard.com.

68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Plaza Park
Join this six-decade tradition and watch as Ventura County's tallest Christmas tree, 110 feet high, lights up the sky! Entertainment, complimentary refreshments and Santa’s arrival ring in the season. FREE. 

57th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon in Downtown
Come enjoy colorful marching bands, equestrian units, local school groups, spirited floats and a visit from Santa at the annual Oxnard Christmas Parade!  The parade route is A, 5th and C Streets in Downtown Oxnard.

Oxnard Tamale Festival

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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. 

Heritage Square Holiday Tours and 10th Annual Gingerbread Fest

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without sweet smelling gingerbread.  Follow the scent to Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard for the Heritage Square Holiday Tours and 10th Annual Gingerbread Fest.  Costumed docents lead tours of the historic houses exteriors and select interiors with tours offered on the weekends from December 8-30.  The elaborate gingerbread houses will be displayed inside the onsite chapel from December 1-16.  A donation of $5 is suggested.

53rd Annual Parade of Lights

Superheroes take center stage at the 53rd Annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 8 in Channel Islands Harbor.  Themed, “Heroes on Holiday” the annual parade begins with pre-festival activities including snowplay for kids, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a local parade, holiday artists’ market, exhibitors, live music, children’s activities and more.  The lighted, colorful boat parade follows at 7 pm and can be viewed from all points along the Harbor’s edge and at surrounding restaurants.

12th Annual Holly Trolley Tours

Get a top side view of Oxnard’s holiday lights in Downtown Oxnard by hopping aboard a grand double-decker during the 12th Annual Holly Trolley Tours.  The tours are offered December 11, 12 and 13 departing between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Centennial Plaza.  The tour includes a drive through Oxnard’s National Historic District filled with spectacular displays of holiday lights and décor.  Guests are also treated to a stop at historic Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies.  The cost is $12.50 per person.

Christmas Tree Lane

December 9 through 26, 2018. Nightly displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., F & G Streets between 5th & Palm. Stroll through Ventura County’s largest holiday light display in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. Residents provide all holiday decorations and lighting. Visit OxnardHistoricDistrict.com or call 805.385.7545 for more information. FREE.