Celebrate the Holiday Season in Oxnard, California

Make sand angels instead of snow angels this holiday season in Oxnard.


Each December, Visit Oxnard spreads holiday cheer with its annual "12 Days of Giveaways" contest. This year, the contest runs from December 4-19, 2023.

Each day, Visit Oxnard will feature the giveaway items on Facebook and Instagram. Last year's prizes included overnight stays at The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites, Island Packers excursions and adventures with Channel Islands Parasail. Gift cards were also up for grabs from The Collection at RiverPark including the Red Door Escape Room as well as other Oxnard restaurants and attractions including Waterside, Wheel Fun Rentals and The Raven Tavern. We look forward to announcing this year's prizes!

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Top 10 Christmas Towns in America

Oxnard is one of the Top 10 Christmas Towns in America, according to FoxNews.com. Our decades-long traditions, festively lit neighborhoods, multiple tree lightings, holiday festivals and more have added to the yuletide excitement and earned us a place on Santa's list. So come to Oxnard for the Holidays and make sand angels instead of snow angels!

Holiday Events

Oxnard has unique holiday-themed events all throughout the month of December that set the coastal town apart.

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When you think of snow, sleigh bells and mistletoe, you're more likely to think of a remote mountainous setting with log cabins and frozen lakes than you are to think of Oxnard, California, with its miles of pristine golden sand beaches and year-round beautiful weather. But, Oxnard is a holiday destination in its own right. It's no wonder (or, no winter wonder) our holiday events are so popular. Oxnard has unique holiday-themed events all throughout the month of December that set the coastal town apart. From tamale and gingerbread festivals to its famed Christmas Tree Lane, Holly Trolley Tours and Channel Islands Harbor Parade of Lights - Santa sightings are incidental!

For a full listing of events (both holiday and non-holiday) in December, click here.

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Dazzling Displays

From docks lined with festive boats in Channel Islands Harbor, to historic bungalows on F & G Streets with model railroads and larger than life nativity scenes, Oxnard goes all out for the holidays!

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Nighttime displays of holiday lights are a staple of the season. Bundle up for 50-degree evenings (brrr, that's cold in Oxnard!), stop by one of Oxnard's local coffee shops for a hot cocoa and hit the streets (and waters) for festive arrangements of dazzling lights. Looking for tips? We've got you covered. Check out these tips for the best places to see holiday lights in Oxnard.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Searching for the perfect gift? Here's our guide to finding something for everyone on your list from Oxnard's boutiques, specialty shops and attractions.

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For those who prefer in-store shopping, Oxnard's got a collection of shops and boutiques where you can find the perfect gift. Or, if you prefer gifting experiences, Oxnard's museums and attractions offer certificates that you can purchase for your loved ones to make lasting memories. No matter your preference, we highlight a variety of options in our holiday shopping guide.

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Santa Sightings

Saint Nick himself will be in Oxnard on these special dates - so you'd better be good for goodness sake!

Santa Statue at Nyeland Acres

Who could forget the Nyeland Acres Santa Claus off Rice Avenue near Highway 101? Get your photo taken with the big man himself, or pose with one of his toy soldiers. This is the annual turnaround site for Santa to the Sea Half Marathon, where runners turn around to head back to Marine Emporium Landing.

Santa Float is Coming to Oxnard

Santa Claus is coming to town! Spot Santa on his sleigh as he makes his way through Oxnard playing holiday music starting December 14 through December 22nd. Say hi to Mrs. Claus and spot the elves as they prepare for this holiday season! 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.

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

And of course, don't miss Oxnard's holiday parade coming to Downtown Oxnard - featuring Father Christmas, himself!

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Where to Get Pictures with Santa Claus

Don't miss out on this year's Santa photos in Oxnard, California. Here's where you can see Santa this holiday season, 2023

Photos With Santa
Beginning Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 through Dec. 24, 2023

The holiday season isn’t complete without a family picture with old St. Nick! Be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop at 620 Collection Boulevard to create special memories with keepsake photos that will bring holiday joy for years to come. Reservations are required and can be made online at: https://thecollectionrp.com/events/

Letters to Santa
Friday, Nov. 17, to Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023

The Collection’s elves are back to help make sure every holiday wish list makes it to the North Pole. Families can bring their own custom cards or write their special message on a complimentary postcard available at Guest Services. Letters to Santa should be dropped off in the special North Pole mailbox located on Collection Boulevard. The Collection will help carefully deliver letters written to Santa to ensure they are mailed and received at the North Pole, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will reply to every letter that has a return address and is placed in the mailbox by Dec. 16. Let the holiday magic begin!

For more details on Santa Sightings and family-friendly events, see our Holiday Events page.

Santa Paws Pet Photo Nights
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19; 5- 8 p.m.

Four-legged fur friends are part of the family, and part of the fun! Every Tuesday, furry friends are invited to meet Santa for a photo at Santa Paws Pet Nights, sponsored by Dioji K-9 Resort and Athletic Club. Reservations required.

Where to Host your Christmas Party

Scarlett Belle

Embark on a charming holiday cruise aboard the Scarlett Belle. The Channel Islands Harbor is the perfect backdrop for your holiday party with the dazzling lights all around.

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Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach

Make your ho-ho-holidays unforgettable by hosting your party at Zachari Dunes. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a grand affair, Zachari Dunes is ready create the event of your dreams.

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The Waterside Restaurant

We want to make your holiday event special! Let The Waterside Restaurant take care of the everything. With new American cuisine blended with seasonal tastes, you'll be sure to have a Holly Jolly Christmas.

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Heritage Square

Travel back in time without leaving the present at Heritage Square, where history and nostalgia meet celebrations of the present. Decorated for the holidays, it's the merriest place to host your holiday party.

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The Raven Tavern

Book your holiday party with the Raven Tavern. With a beautiful mix of indoor and outdoor seating, you'll enjoy the essence of the traditional Public House, or Inn fused with the modern flair of the American Tavern.

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Beach Resorts & Hotels in Oxnard
: Oxnard is home to some of California’s best ocean views of the Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary. Here you can find excellent beach accommodations which include Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor and Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach. See if your little ones can find Manny Mandalay, the Zachari Dunes Christmas Elf!

Hotels in Downtown Oxnard
: Immerse yourself in authentic Oxnard culture for the holidays. Best Western Oxnard Inn is located downtown in the heart of the city. Get into the holiday spirit with everything from the décor at Heritage Square to Christmas tamales at some of our favorite family-owned restaurants.

tels Near Oxnard Freeways and Golf Courses: Looking to be close to the holiday shopping? Courtyard by Marriott, Homewood Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge are all conveniently located near Highway 101. More interested in taking on Santa on the back 9? River Ridge Golf Club has daily golf specials and is right next door to the Residence Inn.

Holiday Suite at Zachari Dunes

Book an unforgettable holiday getaway and step into the coziest home for the holidays. Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach has decked the halls of their Holiday Suite with stockings, silver bells and a towering Christmas tree to make sure your holiday getaway is extra merry and bright.⁠


Some of our hotel partners request that you leave your pets at home. If you're in need of Doggie Day Care or boarding, please find these services available at the following locations:

Inglis Pet Hotel
(805) 485-7140
3889 N. Southbank
Oxnard, CA 93036

Flying High Pet Resort

(805) 445-9099
531 Dawson Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012

Getting Here

Drive - Oxnard is on the coast, just 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara.
Fly - Oxnard is an easy 90 minute drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX), 60 minutes from Burbank Airport (BUR) and 40 minutes from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).

Train - You can also sit back and enjoy the scenery aboard the train! Oxnard's Transportation Center has regular service via Amtrak and Metrolink. Once in the station, you can take a taxi or ride app to the tournament, about a 1-mile drive.


Driving Directions

Northbound on the 101 freeway from Los Angeles: Exit Oxnard Boulevard. Turn LEFT (Southbound). Make a RIGHT onto W. 5th Street. Turn RIGHT on S. K Street. Continue 482 ft. and arrive at 350 S. K Street.

Southbound on 101/126 freeway from Santa Barbara/Santa Clarita: Exit Ventura Road. Turn LEFT (Southbound). Make a LEFT onto W. 5th Street. Turn LEFT on S. K Street. Continue 482 ft. and arrive at 350 S. K Street.