2016 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.

66th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 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. 

11th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show

Dec. 2nd - 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.

55th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 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. 

9th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Saturday, Dec 3rd, 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. FREEadmission. 

Channel Islands Harbor lights up for the season with its 51st Annual Parade of Lights taking place on Saturday, December 10.  The day 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 much more!  The lighted boat parade begins at 7 p.m. and can be viewed from all points along the Harbor’s edge and at restaurants located within the Harbor. The event is free of charge.

10th Annual Holly Trolley Tours

Dec 13, 14 and 15, 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.

Purchase tickets at THIS LINK or call 805.247.0197 for more information.

Victorian House Tours and 8th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Weekends from Dec. 3 – Dec. 18, (weekday tours by appointment) Heritage Square, 715 South A St. Costumed docents provide tours of the Victorian houses and guests can admire the artistry of handmade gingerbread houses located inside the historic chapel.  A $5 donation is suggested for the tours.

Christmas Tree Lane

Dec. 11th through Dec. 25th. Nightly displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., F & G Streets between 5th & Palm

Stroll or drive 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.