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Experience an eventful winter season in Oxnard, with one-of-a-kind seasonal offerings.
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Packing for a winter vacation in Oxnard is a bit different from packing for traditional winter destinations due to the beautiful mild climate. Layering is key, as temperatures can be cooler in the evenings and mornings. Pack sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, and lightweight jackets. Pack a swimsuit because while it's winter, Oxnard's beaches are still enjoyable, and you might want to take a dip. Oxnard can experience occasional rain in the winter, so having a compact umbrella and a lightweight rain jacket is a good idea. If you plan to enjoy outdoor activities or visit nearby attractions like Channel Islands National Park, pack the appropriate gear such as hiking boots, binoculars, and a backpack.
McConnell’s Ice Cream has been scooping up fans for decades with its homemade, no preservative, pure-flavored ice cream. McConnell’s Ice Cream’s manufacturing plant has been based in Oxnard since 2017. Another of the sweetest manufacturers in Oxnard is Duverger Macarons. Each of its macarons is confectioned in Oxnard, using the best fruits, berries, nuts and almond flour in its baking process.
An exclusive holiday ale is available at Bottle & Pint in collaboration with Burgeon Brewing. Try their in-house “Home for the Holihaze”, a murky DIPA. If you’re looking to try something on the sweeter side, take a taste of their “Sky Splash”, a Smoothie Style Ale with notes of blueberry & raspberry.
Sespe Creek Distillery mixes the flavor of BBQ and whiskey together to create an international award-winning spirit, Warbringer Mesquite Smoked Southwest Bourbon. Take your holiday eggnog to the next level with this exclusive spirit produced and bottled in Oxnard.
If craft beer is more your specialty, head over to Casa Agria. They specialize in mixed fermentation farmhouse style ales, barrel-aged wild ales and Northeast style India pale ales. Check out their social media for up-to-date info on food trucks and special events.
Oxnard transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season with festive events ranging from massive light displays to double-decker trolley tours and a festival dedicated to Christmas tamales. Below are some of Oxnard's signature seasonal events! For a full list of events with dates, times and other pertinent details, please see our full events calendar.
Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade | December | Downtown Oxnard
A fun tradition for the whole family, the Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade embraces the holiday season with colorful marching bands, spirited floats, equestrian units and more!
12th Annual Santa to the Sea Half Marathon | December | Downtown Oxnard
Stay in shape this holiday season while also giving back to the community with the Annual Santa to the Sea Half Marathon. Participants can choose from a half-marathon race to a 5k run/walk, or a 1k kids run and event a “Diaper Dash” for the younger sect. Registration fees vary, and all proceeds benefit local charities.
Keep an eye out for some of our many other traditional events we celebrate in Oxnard in the winter season:
See our Events Calendar for more seasonal events.
Ventura County Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker at The Canyon at Oxnard PACC
International ballet sensations Aaron Smyth, star of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Elizaveta Domracheva headline a cast of nearly 100 dancers in Ventura County Ballet’s 25th annual production of The Nutcracker. This beloved holiday classic is perfect for audiences of all ages.
Held in conjunction with the Christmas parade is the Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival. Festival-goers can inspire their taste buds with a variety of flavorful, authentic tamales from sweet to savory to traditional. The event also includes an eating contest, holiday crafts fair, kid’s activities and live music.
Annual Gingerbread Fest | December | Heritage Square
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without sweet smelling gingerbread. Follow the scent to Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard for the Heritage Square Holiday Tours and the Annual Gingerbread Fest. Costumed docents lead tours of the historic houses exteriors and select interiors with tours offered on the weekends. The elaborate gingerbread houses will be displayed inside the onsite chapel.
Ring in the new year the right way, right here in Oxnard! You won't want to miss out on celebrating with our local vendors and businesses.
Spare yourself the NYE woes and reserve a lane at Bowlero. Ring in the new year with food and cocktails while playing with your friends and loved ones. Call early to book parties of 6 or more.
If an East Coast countdown is more your vibe, check out the NYE celebrations at Strey Cellars. Wine, food and a night of comedy (18+) and a sparkling toast – reserve your table and enjoy!
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a vibrant party featuring an exhilarating performance by Samba dancers, bringing the energetic rhythms of Brazil to life. Indulge in an array of delicious Brazilian cuisine and make it a memorable way to ring in the new year.
Check out a special menu featuring steak, lobster and cheesecake. Rock the night away with a live band and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight!
Get your calendar dialed in for the winter season. Go to our Events Page and filter dates from November through January.
Fortunately for locals and visitors alike, California’s weather is pretty spectacular regardless of the season. Leave the ice and snow behind and discover a whole new way to experience winter in Oxnard. From majestic trails, beautiful blue waters and epic sunsets, Oxnard has the great outdoors covered.
The best sunsets of the year occur in the late fall to winter months, with the sun setting over the Channel Islands.
Oxnard serves as the perfect gateway to Channel Islands National Park, providing easy access to this stunning archipelago off the California coast. From Oxnard's harbor, adventurers can embark on unforgettable boat tours to the islands. Find out more of what’s on offer during the winter season
The Channel Islands transform into beautiful green wonderlands of wildflowers and unique fauna. There are over 2,000 plant and animal species that are unique only to the Islands. If the islands receive their normal rainfall, they will reach peak bloom around late winter, Some of the best flowers to view are the brilliant yellow coreopsis flowers on Santa Barbara, Anacapa and San Miguel.
In the winter, Oxnard transforms into a prime location for whale watching enthusiasts. Venture out into the Pacific Ocean on specialized excursions and witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of migrating whales. Catch glimpses of majestic humpback whales, gray whales, and even playful dolphins as they traverse these bountiful waters.
We have many vendors to choose from for starting your whale watching excursion, including:
Northern elephant seals are the second largest seals in the world. The male of the species is easily identified due to its large proboscis, which resembles an elephant’s trunk. A member of the pinniped family, these majestic animals start pupping in the early winter, while harbor seals pup in the late winter.
The only breeding colonies of Californian brown pelicans are within West Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands. These birds migrate from the islands to central Mexico. They can dive from 60 feet in the air and can live up to 40 years old. Keep your eyes peeled for brown pelicans as they nest in the winter months.
Bring your bikes and hop on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, a 1,800-mile path starting in Vancouver, British Columbia, and ending in Imperial Beach, California. No bikes? No problem! Rent beach cruisers, surreys, tandem bikes, and more at Wheel Fun Rentals.
With year-round perfect weather, uncrowded beaches and a robust culture surrounding the sport, Oxnard is an experience any avid surfer should add to their bucket list. There are several beaches for different levels of experience. For professionals chasing the big surf, the winter swells at Silver Strand Beach are a world-class surfer’s paradise. Winter swells produce breaks like the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii that are perfect for tube riding. So, grab your board, lather on some sunscreen and experience the surfer’s paradise hidden in the Oxnard shores.
The Channel Island Harbor is a must-see during your winter vacation in Oxnard. Restaurants with spectacular ocean views get even better with the epic winter sunsets. Check out the Maritime Museum during your visit to the Harbor, as well as our list of local events.
Cherish the holidays in a new way at the Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton. Take Christmas to the land of sand and surf with some exciting and festive winter activities. Exclusive to the holiday season, be sure to check out their seasonally decorated holiday suites.
Don’t miss out on exclusive winter programming at Zachari Dunes. There’s something for everyone in the family!
Fancy the firelight’s glowing embrace? We’ve got your guide to cozy cocoa-sipping evenings by the fire. Here’s our top picks of places to enjoy the glowing embers and crackling fires.
Enjoy speciality, locally roasted coffees at the quaint Heritage Coffee, a coffee and gift shop inside a 1911 craftsman-style home.
Step back into the Prohibition era at 1901 Speakeasy, located in the heart of Oxnard’s historic Heritage Square. Enjoy classic cocktails with modern twists and chase away the chill next to their cozy fireplace.
Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of the Zachari Dunes at Mandalay Beach lobby and their outdoor seating area. These fireplaces will be beckoning you to sit back, relax and enjoy this festive holiday season.
Oxnard's beautiful parks, scenic beaches, and pet-friendly attractions make it the perfect destination for a travel adventure with your dog by your side.
Oxnard has a vibrant pet-friendly community, with locals who appreciate and welcome visitors with pets, creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere.
Get into the holiday spirit and treat yourself and your furry pal to a photo with Santa! Make your reservation at the Collection at Riverpark.
Unleash the energy of your pup at Oxnard's pet-friendly parks, providing ample space for play, exercise, and socialization with other furry friends.
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