Posted Nov 11, 2022 | By Alejandra Cerball

The Best Holiday Events in Oxnard (2022)

Celebrate the holiday season in the California sunshine with family-friendly events in Oxnard.

We won't see snow, and temperatures won't drop to freezing, but Oxnard's annual holiday festivities will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Here's the ultimate guide to the city's best events and things to do this season in Oxnard.


Tree Lighting Celebration

November 16, 2022 from 7 - 8 pm | Next to The Annex Food Hall on Collection Blvd.

Get in the holiday spirit at The Collection at RiverPark with an awe-inspiring Tree Lighting Celebration. Head over to Collection Park for holiday entertainment at this fun family annual event you won't want to miss.

Related: Holiday Gift Guide: Where to Shop in Oxnard


November 18 - December 23 (Closed Thanksgiving) | The Collection at RiverPark

Santa will be stopping by The Collection at RiverPark to meet families and create special memories with keepsake photos. Reservations are required and can be made online at:

Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 8 pm
Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 7 pm

December 24, 9 am - 5 pm

Peppermint Kids Club

November 19, 2022 from 11 am - 1 pm | The Collection at RiverPark

Enjoy a morning of arts and crafts, dance parties and fun surprises with your favorite holiday characters. Sponsored by Sunny Smiles Dentistry for Children and Young Adults.

Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt

November 19 - December 24 | The Collection at RiverPark

Have fun with the family and enjoy the Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt at The Collection. Stop by Guest Services on Park View Court to begin your adventure. Once guests have completed the scavenger hunt and found all hidden gingerbread, they are invited back to Guest Services to enter to win a fun holiday surprise!

Share your favorite Collection holiday memories @TheCollectionRP #LifeAtTCRP

Santa paws pet photo nights

Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 from 5- 8 pm | The Collection at Riverpark

Every Tuesday, your furry friends are invited to meet Santa & partake in the holiday magic. Reservations are required.

Thanksgiving at Waterside

November 24 | Waterside

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Channel Islands Harbor. Waterside is serving Thanksgiving lunch and dinner specials on November 24th. Call (805) 985-4677 to make a reservation.

The Oxnard Tamale Festival

December 3rd from 9 am to 6 pm | Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard

Don't miss the 15th annual Oxnard Tamale Festival in Downtown Oxnard. The event is located along the route of the yearly Oxnard Christmas Parade. Enjoy delicious tamales, live music, and a kid's zone.

13th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit & Tours

December 10 – January 7 from 11 am - 2 pm | Heritage Square Hall

See Heritage Square holiday decorations, including gingerbread creations, at Heritage Square Hall. Take the guided tour experience of the former houses' exteriors with select interiors.

Tours cost $5 per person. The gingerbread exhibit is free to view.


December 10 from 7- 9 pm | Channel Islands Harbor

The Channel Islands Harbor will kick off the holidays with its 56th Annual Parade of Lights. The 2022 theme is “Let It Glow.” Enjoy a full day of holiday activities, including decorated boats in the parade while listening to carolers sing holiday songs. There will also be holiday arts and crafts vendors.

Santa to the Sea

December 11, 2022

Join the Santa to the Sea toy drive and community fundraiser. Sign up for the Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 2-Person Relay, a 5K run, or the 1K Kids Fun Run. The race starts at the Santa Clause statue and finishes at Channel Islands Harbor. You’ll run along the 101 free­way in Nye­land Acres, near Oxnard. Run­ners fol­low a flat and fast course, along the fra­grant straw­berry fields, through Downtown Oxnard and the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days, before heading to the beach.

Sign up here!

Christmas Tree Lane

December 11 - 26, 2022 | Downtown Oxnard

Oxnard’s annual Christmas Tree Lane along F & G Streets continues its decades-long tradition. 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 (walkers be given guidance to travel in the direction of traffic to improve flow).

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!

F Street Railroad

Do you have a tiny adventurer who LOVES model trains? Since 2001, this festive front-yard exhibit has taken place annually at Christmas Tree Lane. Check out this 28 foot by 20 foot table with locomotives that grows in size each year. Check out the exhibits on Instagram.

Santa Float Tours

December 13th through December 19th from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Santa Float Tours begin December 13th through December 19th from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Look out for the snow machine at select locations.

Santa Float Tours: The Central Community, Southeast Community, Northeast Community, Northwest Community, Del Norte Community (The Collection), South Central Community, Southwest Community. With select nights passing through F & G street Christmas Tree Lane.

Track the float nightly through Twitter @SantaFloat or by calling the float hotline (805) 402 - 0403.

2022 Downtown Oxnard Holly Trolley Tours

December 13 - 15 at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm | Heritage Square

Climb aboard a double-decker trolley for a 50-minute guided tour of Heritage Square's Gingerbread Exhibit and Oxnard's Historic District's spectacular display of lights and decor at Christmas Tree Lane. The tour starts at Heritage Square and includes refreshments.

Prepaid reservations are required.

2022 Sip, Taste & Tour of Christmas Tree Lane

December 17 at 6 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm and 8:15 pm | Henry T. Oxnard Historic District.

Taste Ventura County's best restaurants and check out the famous Christmas Tree Lane. The guided tours showcase the holiday decor inside and out while providing information on the neighborhood's history, filled with historic homes in the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District.

Reservations are required.

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