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

October 25, 2018

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Even though we won’t see snow and temperatures won’t drop to freezing, you can still celebrate the holiday season with plenty of fun events in Oxnard. With festivals and a spectacular waterside parade of lights, tree lighting ceremonies and festive tours, our list of the city’s best events and things to do this season will help make Oxnard a winter wonderland all month long.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Collection- November  17th

The Collection at Riverpark

Immerse yourself in holiday cheer at the Collection’s kick off to the holiday season! After the ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree, enjoy an awe-inspiring laser light and firework show accompanied by live entertainment by local favorites. The event runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and to top it all off, it’s free!

Downtown Oxnard Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 30th
Plaza Park, Downtown

You won’t want to miss the 68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Oxnard.  Come celebrate with Oxnard’s community leaders, merchants, friends and family for a fun-filled evening of festive music, complimentary refreshments and a visit from Santa!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a beloved community kick-off to the holiday season. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with songs and performances from local groups, all leading up to the lighting of the 110 feet tall Christmas tree in the center of town! The event is located in Plaza Park, at 500 South C Street on November 30th. The best part? It’s free!

Oxnard Christmas Parade – December 1st
A, 5th and C Streets, Downtown

With a theme like “making spirits bright,” the Oxnard Christmas parade is the perfect way to kick off the holidays and get into a festive mood.  Enjoy a fanfare starring animated characters, marching bands, equestrian units, school groups, themed floats, and of course- Santa! The parade takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1st.  Find a spot on the route running through A, 5th and C Streets in Downtown Oxnard.

Gingerbread Houses on Display– December 1st-16th
Heritage Square, Downtown

Experience guided docent tours of historic Victorian homes while viewing elaborate gingerbread houses put on display by the Friends of Heritage Square. Tours and the display will be at 731 S A Street in Heritage Square.

Oxnard Tamale Festival – December 1st
Plaza Park, Downtown

Fuel up after the Oxnard Christmas Parade by celebrating one of the most delicious holiday treats – tamales! The event features authentic home-style tamales served by local restaurants and vendors who will compete for the title of “best tamale”. The festival will also include tamale making demonstrations, eating contest, kids activities and live music.

Parade of Lights – December 8th
Channel Islands Harbor

Watch the water illuminate with your favorite superheroes at the Channel Island Harbor’s “Heroes on Holiday” themed Parade of Lights. Every year thousands of visitors are delighted with an exhibition of decorated boats and the magic of Santa and his reindeer flying through the night sky. The day begins at noon at the Marine Emporium Landing with live music, snow play, holiday artist markets, an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s activities and more.

Santa to the Sea Marathon and Relay– December 9th
Citywide through Downtown Oxnard

Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran runner, the holiday marathon, two-person relay or 5K fun run will quickly become one of your favorite events! Ring in the holiday spirit by running for a cause. This event works to collect toys for underprivileged kids in the community while providing scholarships to high school seniors to attend college.

Christmas Tree Lane – December 9th – 25th
Henry T Oxnard Historic District

Pour yourself some hot chocolate and walk or drive through this holiday wonderland of decorated houses on “F” & “G” Streets between 5th & Palm in the Oxnard National Historic District. For a guided experience, take a ride on a local favorite, the Holly Trolley! Be sure to keep an eye out for appearances from Santa and the holiday carolers for some added holiday cheer!

Holly Trolley Tours – December 11th to 13th
Henry T Oxnard Historic District

Hop on board a double-decker bus for complimentary refreshments and a tour of Oxnard’s holiday attractions including: Christmas Tree Lane, the Gingerbread House Display at Heritage Square and the Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show at Plaza Park


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