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.

ONGOING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES:

Residential and Other Light Displays:

Keep in mind that residential displays usually don’t have set hours and are often impacted by the elements (e.g. rain and wind).

Past Events

Sat 11/17: Annual Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival at Simi Valley Town Center

Sat 11/17: Tree Lighting at The Collection at RiverPark

Sat 11/18: Santa Paws Event at Humane Society in Ojai

Thu 11/22: Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash at Santa Barbara Zoo

Thu 11/22: 14th Annual Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks

Thu 11/22: 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K in Simi Valley

Thu 11/22: 11th Annual Ventura Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' 1K

Sat 11/23: Jingle Bell Jump - Santa Parachutes Into Janss Marketplace

11/23-11/25: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

Sat 11/24: 69th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade

Sun 11/25: Light the Night Event at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills (6-8PM)

11/28-12/1: Simi Valley Festival of Trees

Fri 11/30: Holiday Tree Lighting at The Promenade at Westlake (rescheduled from 11/16 in consideration of Borderline and wildfire tragedies)

Fri 11/30: Tree Lighting Event at Camarillo Premium Outlets (The Promenade) (6-8PM)

Fri 11/30: 68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oxnard

Fri 11/30: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (8PM)

Sat 12/1: 57th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade

Sat 12/1: Run for Holiday Fun 5K/10K at Camarillo Family YMCA

Sat 12/1: 11th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Sat 12/1: Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair

Sat 12/1: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (4PM)

Sat 12/1: Breakfast with Santa at Camarillo Community Center

Sat 12/1: Los Robles Master Chorale Performs The Messiah in Oak Park

11/30-12/2: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

11/30-12/2: No Room at the Inn Nativity Display in Camarillo

12/1-12/2: Snow Days Event at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

Sun 12/2: Cancer Support Community Holiday Boutique in Westlake Village

Sun 12/2: Chanukah Celebration at Simi Valley Town Center (2:30-4:30PM)

Sun 12/2: Glow in the Dark Chanukah Celebration in Dos Vientos (Newbury Park)

12/1-12/2: Ventura County Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” in Oxnard

12/1-12/2: Studio Channel Islands Annual Holiday Market in Camarillo

Sun 12/2: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Agoura Hills (new venue being sought)

Sun 12/2: Holiday Roundup at Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas

Sun 12/2: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (4PM)

Sun 12/2: Santa Paws Annual Holiday Photo Shoot in Ojai

Sun 12/2: Las Posadas Event at Cal Lutheran (6-9PM)

Sun 12/2 Tuba Christmas at Pacific View Mall Ventura (Noon-1PM)

Sun 12/2: Holiday Open House at Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park (1-4PM)

Sun 12/2: Snow Leopard Festival / Sledding at Santa Barbara Zoo

Sun 12/2: Chanukah Celebration at Simi Valley Town Center (2:30-4:30PM)

Sun 12/2: Silent Santa (for special sensitivity needs) at The Collection Oxnard (RSVP)

Sun 12/2: 7th Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K/10K in Camarillo

Mon 12/3: Chanukah Celebration at The Shoppes at Westlake Village (5:30-7PM)

Tue 12/4: 1st Night of Hanukkah Celebration at Janss Marketplace (5-7PM)

Wed 12/5: Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Janss Marketplace (6:30-8PM)

Wed 12/5: Christmas at the Ranch with Santa at Camarillo Ranch House (4:30-7:30PM)

Wed 12/5: Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration in Calabasas (6:30-8PM)

Thr 12/6: Chanukah Festival at Pacific View Mall Ventura (7-8PM)

Fri 12/7: 66th Annual Santa Barbara Downtown Christmas Parade

Fri 12/7: City of Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique

Fri 12/7: Camarillo Old Town Winter Walk & Tree Lighting (5-9PM)

Sat 12/8: 56th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade

Sat 12/8: Santa at the Adobe in Agoura Hills

Sat 12/8: Jingle Bell Hike in Thousand Oaks (register in advance)

Sat 12/8: Los Robles Master Chorale Holiday Concert in Calabasas

Sat 12/8: 53rd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor

12/7-12/9: Simi Community Christmas International Creche Exhibit and Music Performances

12/7-12/9: Ventura County Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” in Ventura

Sun 12/9: Heritage Holiday in the Park at Strathearn Park Simi Valley

Sun 12/9: Christmas Concert in the Park: The Nativity - Camarillo (7PM)

Sun 12/9: Community Chanukah Festival in Moorpark (4:30-6PM)

12/7-12/9: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

12/8-12/9: Footworks Youth Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" in Oxnard

12/8-12/9: Free Photos with Santa at Hollywood Storage Newbury Park

12/7-12/22: Holidays at the Plaza Downtown Ventura Events

Sun 12/9: Santa to the Sea Half Marathon and 5K in Oxnard

Sun 12/9: Holiday Sing-Along Family Event at The Shoppes at Westlake (3-6PM)

Sun 12/9: 40th Annual "Homes for the Holidays" Home Tour and Boutique in Camarillo

Sun 12/9: Olivas Adobe Holiday Candlelight Tours in Ventura

Tue 12/11: Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in Calabasas (5:30-8:30PM)

12/12: Christmas at the Ranch with Santa at Camarillo Ranch House (4:30-7:30)

Upcoming 5K, 10K and Other Ventura County Area Running and Fitness Events

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Start training for upcoming 5K, 10K, half marathon and other Ventura County running and fitness events! We've made it easy for you to find a local race by tracking local events right here. So go on, get moving, lace up those shoes and start training! CLICK HERE for local running groups and clubs.  Training for a marathon? Check out 26.2 Training Tips for Your First Marathon!

CONEJO JOE'S TRAINING BLOG

2018

Sat, Dec 15: Paramount Trail Runs 50K, Marathon, 30K, Half Marathon, 10K (moved to Griffith Park due to Woolsey Fire impact on Paramount Ranch)

Sun, Dec 16: 805 Strong 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser for VCCF (Borderline/Wildfire Funds) in T.O.

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Veterans Day Services in Ventura County

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Veterans Day is celebrated as a Federal holiday on the 11th day of November in honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

(Note that since the 11th falls on a Sunday in 2018, it is being observed on Monday, the 12th.)

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when Armistice with Germany took effect.

Here are some local Veterans Day 2018 service options to honor those who have served our country:

A sampling of free Veterans Day offers for Active Military and Veterans with ID:

The following is courtesy of professional photographer Scott Harrison (www.harrysonpics.com):

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Vietnam veteran David Stull stands guard while supporting a flagpole carrying the American flag at the Garden of Valor at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. This was one of three 30 minute shifts he stood guard. November 1984 photo by Scott Harrison/The News Chronicle

Back in the 1980s, Conejo Valley residents would observe a 24-hour vigil during the Veterans Day holiday. I took photos several times, but this 1984 photo at dusk remains my favorite. The current full name of Valley Oaks is Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park. The flame is still burning at the Garden of Valor.

Over 25 Things to Do in Agoura Hills

The City of Agoura Hills incorporated in 1982 and is part of Los Angeles County. But we consider Agoura to be part of our family, consisting of Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Oak Park and other communities that form the Conejo Valley.

Agoura Hills has an area of 7.86 square miles, with a population just under 21,000. It became the 83rd city in Los Angeles County when residents voted to incorporate, just one year after neighboring city Westlake Village incorporated.

Here is a compilation of things to do in the City of Agoura Hills.

Trails and Hiking

  • Malibu Creek State Park is an 8,000 acre wonderland of trails, hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. The Hike to the Rock Pool at Malibu Creek State Park is extremely popular. Equally if not more popular is the hike to the M*A*S*H television show set. Bring your camera!

  • Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons include 4,000 acres of terrain with dozens of miles of trails to explore in the northernmost section of the Santa Monica Mountain range. Popular with cyclists, runners and hikers.

  • Paramount Ranch, maintained by the National Park Service on Cornell Road in Agoura Hills, was used by Paramount Pictures for over 80 years of film and television production. Another local must-see.

  • The 64 acre Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills is also managed by the National Park Service and features hiking and an outdoor amphitheater area.

 A "must do" in the Agoura Hills area is the hike to the old M*A*S*H TV series set in Malibu Creek State Park.

A "must do" in the Agoura Hills area is the hike to the old M*A*S*H TV series set in Malibu Creek State Park.

Kids

Fitness Related

  • The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is a 30,000 square foot facility with basketball courts, fitness studio, 35 foot rock climbing wall, dance/exercise studio, kids' programs and more.

  • Looking for some fresh air on the golf course but don't golf? That's ok, try FootGolf at the Lindero Country Club in Agoura Hills. Quite fun and no experience necessary.

  • Other fitness and sports activities in Agoura Hills compiled at THIS LINK.

 Ah yes, comic relief courtesy of Caltrans signmakers in 2013 when a new Agoura Hills sign on the 101 was put up   filled with typos  . It was subsequently   corrected  .

Ah yes, comic relief courtesy of Caltrans signmakers in 2013 when a new Agoura Hills sign on the 101 was put up filled with typos. It was subsequently corrected.

Other Entertainment, Things to Do and Annual Events

 The old Agoura sign on Agoura Road at Lewis Road.

The old Agoura sign on Agoura Road at Lewis Road.

Closed: Troutdale was a local fishing pond for those looking for the experience of fishing but without the hassle of driving far! Located just off of Kanan Road, near Triunfo Canyon. It appears to be closed as of summer 2018 but perhaps it will re-open one of these days.

Over 40 Things to Do in the City of Simi Valley

The City of Simi Valley was incorporated on October 10, 1969, making it the 2nd youngest of the 10 cities in Ventura County (Moorpark was incorporated in 1983). It is the 3rd largest city in Ventura County in population (approximately 127,000 in 2014), following Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.

What do all those people like to do in the City of Simi Valley? Well here we will tell you things to do there.

Trails and Hikes

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View from Mt McCoy Trail Peak

Halloween Events and Activities In and Around Ventura County

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Here, once again, is our boo-rific compilation of Halloween events, activities and goings on around Ventura County and surrounding areas for the 2018 Halloween season! Spooky houses, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, carnivals, community events, storytelling and more! 

Dates/times subject to change; contact event organizers to confirm. For calendar view, click here.

Past Events

Sat 10/6: Harvest Fest at The Shoppes at Westlake (Noon-3PM)

Sat 10/20: Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Ventura Harbor Village (11AM)

Sat 10/20: Pumpkin Party at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas (1-4PM)

Sat 10/20: Fall Festival at The Commons at Calabasas (1-4PM)

Sat 10/20: Heritage Halloween and Movie at Strathearn Park Simi Valley (5-9PM)

Sat 10/20: Dr. Frankeinstein’s Science Lab at WLV City Celebration (3-8PM)

Sat 10/20: Family-Friendly "Lights On" at Reign of Terror Haunted House (1-4PM)

Fri-Sun 10/19-21: Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Sat/Sun 10/20-21: Calabasas Pumpkin Festival (10AM-5PM)

Fri 10/26: Halloween Carnival at Malibu Bluffs Park (3-6PM)

Fri 10/26: Spooky Swim at Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center (5:30-8:30PM)

Fri 10/26: Spooky Town Event at Simi Valley Town Center (5-9PM)

10/26-10/28: The Haunted Barn at EZE Farm in Fillmore

Sat 10/27: Paramount Ranch Becomes "Scare-amount Ranch" (6-9:30PM)

Sat 10/27: Herman Bennett Foundation Halloween Party in Camarillo (6-11PM)

Sat 10/27: 8th Annual Peace Pumpkin Fest in Camarillo

Sat 10/27: Trick or Treating at Ventura Harbor Village (1-3PM)

Sat 10/27: Halloween Movie Freight Fest at Newbury Park Library (10AM-6PM)

Sat 10/27: Trick or Treat Trail and More at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (10AM-3PM)

Sat 10/27: Thrill the World Zombie Dance at Cal Lutheran (3PM)

Sat 10/27: Pumpkin Fest at Christ the King Newbury Park (2-6PM)

Sat 10/17: Halloween Haunt at Plaza Park in Oxnard (4-7PM)

Sat 10/27: Zombie Dance Flash Mob at Ventura Harbor Village (3PM)

Sat 10/27: Halloween Haunted Trail, Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treating in Thousand Oaks (6-9PM)

Sat 10/27: Family-Friendly "Lights On" at Reign of Terror Haunted House (1-4PM)

Sat 10/27: Trick or Treat in Old Town Camarillo (1-4PM)

Sat 10/27: Screening of “Monster House” at Christ the King Newbury Park (7PM)

Weekends in Oct: Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula

Sat/Sun 10/27-28: Boo at the Zoo at America's Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

Sat/Sun 10/27-28: Halloween Boo Fest at Saplings Simi Valley

Sun 10/28: Dia de los Muertos at Strathearn Historical Park Simi Valley (2-7PM)

Sun 10/28: Free Halloween Themed Concerts in Thousand Oaks (Noon, 3PM)

Sun 10/28: Halloween Fun at “Malibooo” Country Mart (Noon-2PM)

Sun 10/28: Farmers' Market Family Fun Day at Channel Islands Harbor (10AM-2PM)

Sun 10/28: Fall Fest at Lighthouse Church Newbury Park (12:30-2:30PM)

Weekends: Pumpkinliner Train Rides at Fillmore & Western Railway

Pumpkin Patches in Ventura County and Adjacent Areas

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The star of the Halloween show is the pumpkin. According to my favorite resource Wikipedia, the name pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon ("large melon"). The French called it pompom. The British changed it to pumpion. Then American colonists changed it to pumpkin. Why? Heck, I dunno.

Pumpkins are gourd-like squashes and technically are a fruit. They can range in size from 1 lb to 1,000 lbs.

But who cares about all that...what we REALLY want to know is, where are the pumpkin patches in Ventura County and surrounding areas!? Well, here are some choices...but make sure to call before you go for hours, etc.

OTHER HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch locations at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) open 10am to 9pm October 5 to October 31, 2018. In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. There's also a location at the Pacific View Mall in the Trader Joe's parking lot. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282. 

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch once again anticipates opening locations at the corner of Kanan and Agoura Road and at 28900 Roadside Drive (near Do It Center) in Agoura Hills as well as at 24439 Calabasas Road in Calabasas). bennettsbest.net 

Fillmore & Western Pumpkinliner Trail Rides in October

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McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch is located at 5156 McGrath Street, Ventura (south of the 101 between Telephone Road and Victoria).  Open daily in October. There will be hay rides, pony rides and plenty of pumpkins! Call 805.658.9972 or visit www.mcgrathstreetpumpkinpatch.com.

McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins is located at 5100 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Tractor hay rides, hay maze, horse drawn hay rides and farm animals on hand. More information at www.greatpacificpumpkins.com or call 805.644.1235. Open daily in October from 9am to 6pm.

Prancer's Pumpkin Village will be opening on Sat, September 30th through October from 10am to 9pm weekdays and 9am to 9pm weekends at 3075 Johnson Drive in Ventura (adjacent to the 101 freeway). In addition to an array of pumpkins, they offer pony rides, bouncers, hay maze, petting zoo and other activities. Visit prancersvillage.com.

The Santa Paula Rotary's Pumpkin Patch at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula will be open every weekend in October 2018, starting the 6th, from 10am to 5pm. Gigantic corn MaiZe, hay wagon rides, the infamous "Pumpkin Chucker" and more on hand. $6 admission.

Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch is located near the Simi Valley Town Center on Erringer Road and in Thousand Oaks at 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Pumpkins, petting zoo, rides, inflatable attractions and more (no admission cost; activities vary in cost). www.seasonaladventures.com/locations

 Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center.

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center.

The 21st Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival in Moorpark is open September 29 to October 31, 2018 with themed events each weekend, massive pumpkin patch and lots of fun activities.

The Underwood Farm Center in Somis at 5696 Los Angeles Avenue also has a pumpkin patch along with its year-round animal center.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival October 20-21

Pumpkin Patch at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newbury Park is open daily.

 Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

A Little Further Away:

Woodland Hills Pumpkin Patch in the Winnetka Bowl parking lot, southwest corner of Winnetka and Vanowen during the month of October. Open daily. Petting zoo and inflatables.

Pumpkins no longer in 2018: 

Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch sadly reports that it will not be open for the 2018 holiday season. The Thomas Fire destroyed both of it haunted hayride trailers and because of the drought does not have adequate water available to grow pumpkins this year. www.boccalis.com/pumpkinpatch.html