In 1992, the nearby City of Ventura’s residents of Candy Cane Lane (Teloma Drive) decided to pass the torch of the well-known Ventura County tradition to Oxnard's ‘F’ street. Donated decorations and lights, including no less than 3 scaled-down animated merry-go-rounds, were trucked to Oxnard and a new tradition began.
The event was organized and renamed Christmas Tree Lane by past neighborhood Chair and ‘F’ Street resident Steve Buratti. The holiday spectacle grew in 2000 when local resident and neighborhood booster, Harris Berger, added another 5 blocks of adjacent ‘G’ Street into the display.
Estimates of the number of visitors vary from 20,000 to 40,000 during the 2 to 3 week run. All decorations and lighting are provided by individual homeowners and no City support is provided other than increased traffic control and refuse barrels to lessen the impact on the residents. The residents pay for the electricity themselves, contrary to local rumors.
Christmas Tree Lane Visitor Tips:
- Decorations are on from 6PM though 10PM every night, starting the second Sunday of December through December 26th.
- 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.
- Trash receptacles are provided by the City of Oxnard at most intersections.
- 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 are for everyone’s safety.
- In 2008 guided weekday Trolley Tours were added that included a loop through downtown’s Heritage Square and Plaza Park’s Christmas Displays of Ventura County’s tallest Christmas tree (over 110 feet) and holiday lights on the historic Plaza Park Pagoda Bandstand. Trolley Tour information can be found at www.DowntownOxnard.org.
- 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.