Dec 9, 2023
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to kick off the holiday festivities than by attending the 57th Annual Parade of Lights at the Channel Islands Harbor?
This year, theme is none other than “Santa’s Workshop,” promising a fun experience for the whole family. If you’re still on the fence about joining the seaside celebration, here are five merry reasons why you shouldn’t miss out!
Prepare to be mesmerized as the Harbor comes to life with a spectacular display of lights adorning boats of all shapes and sizes. Imagine Santa’s elves went wild with glitter and holiday cheer. The creativity and effort put into each boat’s decorations will leave you and your family in awe, making it a magical sight that’s sure to kick your festive spirt up a notch. The parade starts at 7 p.m. sharp.
Festivities at the Harbor begin at noon at Harbor View Park just south Marine Emporium Landing (3600 Harbor Boulevard Oxnard, CA 93035). Take your family and enjoy a variety of food options, a holiday artists’ market, live music and children’s activities. Santa will be there to take pictures, free of charge, with your children from noon to 4 p.m.
After being at the Holiday Marketplace, Santa is heading to his Harbor home at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. After all, what’s a holiday event without a visit to Santa’s Village? Head over to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., where the magic of Santa’s Workshop comes to life. Your children can meet the man in red himself, share their wish lists and even take home a keepsake photo to remember the day. It’s the perfect chance for your little ones to let Santa know what’s on their minds this holiday season.
‘Tis the season of giving and the Parade of Lights is not just about receiving the joy of the holidays – it’s also about spreading it. Participate in the 4th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Food & Toy Drive by bringing non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys. Help make the holidays brighter for those in need and teach your family the true spirit of generosity. The food and toy drive are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbor View Park parking lot.
Relish the opportunity to dine and shop in your favorite establishments in the Harbor prior to the parade. From pizza to fine dining, there’s a lot to choose from. Plus, if you can’t make it out to the parade in time while dining, there’s a great chance you can see the parade from the restaurant of your choice!
So, gather your loved ones, bundle up in your coziest holiday sweaters and set sail for a day of festive family fun at the 57th Annual Parade of Lights at the Channel Islands Harbor. The glittering boats, Santa’s Workshop and the spirit of giving await you for a holiday celebration you won’t soon forget.