Christmas and Other Holiday Season Events Around Ventura County

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Hop onto the holiday bandwagon and check out some of these dozens of events in and around Ventura County, most of which are FREE! Christmas parades, Santa visits, carnivals, train rides, holiday runs, holiday home tours, boutiques, nativity displays and lots of holiday music and entertainment!

This list will be updated regularly as we move our way through the Thankgiving and Christmas holiday season! Submit additions here.

Do contact event coordinators as things sometimes change! Also, some events require RSVP.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ONGOING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES:

Residential Holiday Light Displays

Past Events

  • Thu 11/17: Holiday Boutique at Horizon Hills Parenting Program Thousand Oaks
  • Fri 11/18: Holiday Tree Lighting at The Promenade at Westlake
  • 11/18-19: Christmas Boutique with Santa in Simi Valley
  • 11/18-19: Kris Kringle Holiday Boutique in Thousand Oaks
  • Sat 11/19: Tree Lighting at The Collection at RiverPark
  • Sat 11/19: TOHS Cheer Boosters Holiday Boutique
  • Sat 11/19: Harrison Hugs Holiday Boutique in Simi Valley
  • Sat 11/20: Santa Paws Event at Ventura Beach Marriott
  • 11/19-20: Ventura County Ballet Company Presents "The Nutcracker"
  • Thu 11/24: Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash at Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Thu 11/24: 12th Annual Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks
  • Thu 11/24: 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K in Simi Valley
  • Thu 11/24: 9th Annual Ventura Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' 1K
  • Fri 11/25: Santa Parachutes into Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks
  • Sat 11/26: 67th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade
  • Tue 11/28: Silent Santa at The Collection at RiverPark
  • Fri 12/2: 66th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oxnard
  • Fri 12/2: 64th Annual Santa Barbara Downtown Holiday Parade
  • 12/2-3: Village Voices Chorale Holiday Concert in Thousand Oaks
  • Sat 12/3: 55th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade
  • Sat 12/3: Santa Claus Visit to Zweig Family Dentistry Newbury Park
  • Sat 12/3: Holiday Boutique and Health Fair at Conejo Valley YMCA
  • Sat 12/3: Run for Holiday Fun 5K/10K at Camarillo Family YMCA
  • Sat 12/3: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Thousand Oaks
  • Sat 12/3: Holiday Art Market at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo
  • Sat 12/3: Winter Boutique at Bridges Charter School in Thousand Oaks
  • Sat 12/3: 9th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival
  • Sat 12/3: "The Light of Christmas" Free Concert in Ventura
  • Sat 12/3: Simi Valley Moose Lodge Holiday Boutique
  • Sat 12/3: Alpaca Holiday Boutique in Somis
  • Sat 12/3: Santa at the Las Posas Plaza in Camarillo
  • Sat 12/3: Los Robles Master Chorale Holiday Concert in Oak Park
  • Sat 12/3: Gingerbread Houses Program at Camarillo Library
  • Sat 12/3: Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair
  • 12/1-12/4: Broadway Christmas Wonderland Show in Thousand Oaks
  • 12/2-4: Simi Community Christmas Creche Exhibit and Live Music
  • 12/2-4: Cal Lutheran Christmas Festival Concerts in Thousand Oaks (buy tix in advance)
  • 12/2-4: No Room at the Inn Nativity Display in Westlake Village
  • 12/3-4: Holiday Homes Tour and Boutique in Westlake Village
  • Sun 12/4: Winter Celebration at Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas
  • Sun 12/4: Las Posadas Celebration at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks
  • Sun 12/4: "Santa Paws" Event and Craft Fair in Ojai
  • Sun 12/4: Holiday Open House at Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park
  • Sun 12/4: Snow Leopard Festival / Sledding at Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Sun 12/4: Holiday on the Hill at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley
  • Sun 12/4: Christmas Concert and Advent Celebration in Westlake Village
  • Sun 12/4: Hanukkah Boutique in Thousand Oaks
  • Tue 12/6: A Visit with Santa at Camarillo Library 7PM
  • Tue 12/6: Thousand Oaks High School Jazz Band, Wind Symphony Holiday Concert
  • Wed 12/7: Thousand Oaks High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert

Ten Things To Do in the City of Moorpark

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The City of Moorpark has the distinction of being the youngest city in Ventura County,  incorporating July 1, 1983.

According to the Moorpark Historical Society, the city originated when land investor Robert W. Poindexter of Los Angeles and his wife Madeline purchased the plot of land that is now Moorpark after Southern Pacific Railroad announced plans to relocate its tracks Los Angeles to San Francisco route from the coast to Chatsworth.

For many years, Moorpark was mostly farmland, with dry land crops including apricots, hay and lima beans, then later, walnuts and citrus when irrigation systems were improved. Moorpark became known as the "apricot capital of the world" and held an annual apricot festival by the late 1920s

So where did the name Moorpark come from? Apparently, Poindexter named the community after the Moorpark Apricot. Simple as that. Heck, he could have named it Poindexter!

So in any case, Moorpark is now a full-fledged city of 12.8 square miles with a population of approximately 35,000. Here is a selection of things to do within the City of Moorpark.

For more things to do in Moorpark, visit the Do Something, Kid Fun and Fitness & Sports sections of the site. And of course the Events Calendar highlights daily goings on around the county.

A DOZEN FUN THINGS TO DO IN SIMI VALLEY

Forty-Seven Things to Do In Thousand Oaks

The City of Thousand Oaks was incorporated on September 29, 1964. Most of Newbury Park was annexed by the city in the 1960s/1970s. Casa Conejo, Newbury Park's first planned community built in the early 1960s and the Lynn Ranch area of Thousand Oaks are unincorporated areas of Ventura County that technically are not annexed into the City of Thousand Oaks. Why that is, I'm not sure. The City of Thousand Oaks also annexed the Ventura County portions of Westlake Village in 1968 and 1972. A bit complicated, eh?

Enough history for now! Let's look at the future...like tomorrow or this coming weekend. Here are 47 things to do in the City of Thousand Oaks in random order.

View of Boney Mountain from the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area.

View of Boney Mountain from the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area.

Older version of City of Thousand Oaks sign.

Older version of City of Thousand Oaks sign.

County of Ventura Provides Proposition 64 Marijuana FAQs

Note that the following excerpts come from information published by the County of Ventura at ventura.org with regard to the passing of Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative.

This proposition was passed in the recent Presidential General Election by a margin of 57..1% (7,929,915 yes votes) to 42.9% (5,945,764 no votes). In Ventura County, the margin was slightly closer, with 55.56% for the measure and 44.44% against the measure.

Immediate Changes with Passing of Prop 64:

Personal recreational use: Adults 21+ may use and grow recreational marijuana for personal use. Marijuana use is not allowed in public places. Personal growing of marijuana is limited to six plants per residence/property.  You may possess, transport or purchase up to one (1) ounce of marijuana and up to eight (8) grams of marijuana concentrates under Prop 64.

Prop 64 allows the County to establish additional restrictions in unincorporated areas, but has not done so at this point in time.

Commercial marijuana cultivation, manufacturing or sales operations: There are no
immediate impacts upon commercial marijuana activities; such activities continue to be
prohibited in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. Commercial cultivation,
manufacturing, sales and distribution require a license from the County of Ventura and
the State of California.

Can I Sell Home Grown Marijuana?

No. Prop 64 does not allow for selling and product derived from a marijuana plant.

Can I Smoke Marijuana While Driving?

No. Prop 64 prohibits driving under the influence of marijuana. It also prohibits smoking or ingesting marijuana, or even possessing an open container or package of marijuana while driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Can I Smoke Marijuana in Public Places?

No.

Where Can I Buy Marijuana for Recreational Use in Ventura County?

At this time, no retail or manufacturing businesses have been approved for selling recreational marijuana in Ventura County.

Christmas Residential Holiday Light Display on Gemini/Waverly in Camarillo

As in many Christmas seasons past, homes on Gemini Avenue and Waverly Avenue south of Dunnigan Street in Camarillo are decked out with cartoon characters, trains, Santa, snowmen, and plenty of lights and other decorations this 2016 holiday season.

Drive the route or park and walk any night of the week. It is worth going out of your way for! From the the 101, take Arneill north past Ponderosa to Dunnigan. Turn right on Dunnigan and Gemini is the 4th street on your right. We've been stopping by this familiar display for years. It is amazing how consistent this group of local residents are each Christmas holiday season.

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Fun to see during the day too!
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M*A*S*H Site at Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is a wilderness wonderland, stretching over 8,000 acres in Calabasas, Agoura and Malibu. The park is a great place for hiking, biking, camping, picnicking and exploring. If you do plan to explore the park, be sure to check out the old M*A*S*H television series set!

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Produced by 20th Century Fox, M*A*S*H was filmed from September 1972 to February 1983 over 11 seasons and 256 episodes on CBS. Exterior scenes were filmed at what is now Malibu Creek State Park. Over the years, the ambulance and other props left at the old site became less and less visible as the surrounding brush became overgrown.

In 2007, the set was restored with a shaded picnic area, military vehicles, ambulance, helipad and signpost. Check out the photos below, but, better yet, visit it in person! For more pictures and extensive information about the M*A*S*H set and Malibu Creek State Park, visit www.malibucreekstatepark.org.

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The M*A*S*H set is easily accessible from the main parking lot at Malibu Creek State Park, mostly on wide fire roads, with one significant hill, a bridge crossing and one somewhat rocky trail section. The path is about 2 1/2 miles each way, so it would be a good idea to bring drinks and snacks.

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Christmas Tree Lane in Downtown Oxnard is a Fun Residential Holiday Display

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Every holiday season, one of Ventura County's biggest residential light displays lights up the historic section of Downtown Oxnard on F and G streets between 5th and Palm. Worth a visit! And check out the holiday decorated pagoda at nearby Plaza Park. More information at www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com.

For the 2016 holiday season, Christmas Tree Lane will be on display by local residents nightly from 6-10PM from December 11 to December 25.

Video and photos below from prior year Christmas Tree Lane displays.

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Christmas Tree Lane Visitor Tips from the Oxnard Historic District:

Visitors are asked not to walk in private yards or driveways, unless allowed by residents.

Visitors can walk the route (the best way to fully take it all in) by parking on adjacent side streets and making the 10 block loop. Warm attire is recommended.

Visitors in vehicles are asked to keep headlights on for safety reasons. Old timers to Ventura’s Candy Cane Lane remember the rule of turning off your headlights off, but with three cross streets on Christmas Tree Lane and significantly more visitors headlights must be on for everyone’s safety.

Please respect the privacy of all residents. Please keep children attended with adults at all times, do not allow them to touch or climb on any exhibits - this is for their own safety!

Please be courteous when the crowds are larger on weekends and the sidewalks are congested.