Celebrate the winter months in Oxnard, CA.

Experience an eventful winter season in Oxnard, with one-of-a-kind seasonal offerings.

Why travel to Oxnard in the Winter?

Winter may be considered "shoulder season" in Oxnard, but there's so much to enjoy about this affordable coastal destination where Southern California "cool" meets Central Coast relaxation. For one thing, a slight drop in seasonal temperatures is mild compared to the rest of the U.S. this time of year. Hotel rates are lower than peak season, so you can get away without breaking the bank. Our sunsets are fiery - with the sun tucking behind the islands during the late fall to winter months - setting off brilliant hues in the skies. Our surf swells are pumping in the wintertime. Our calendar is packed with holiday events. It's whale watching season! And so much more...

Winter Weather in Oxnard

Weather & average temperatures

When preparing for a winter vacation in Oxnard, remember that the weather is relatively mild, with daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to low 70s Fahrenheit.
Oxnard Weather

Current conditions & Live Cam

Compare winter averages with the current Oxnard forecast below. If you want to see it to believe it, check our 24/7 livestream feed from Marine Emporium Landing located in Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor, and see for yourself our gorgeous town.

Friday, Jun 14
H: 69°   L: 57°

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Saturday, Jun 15
H: 76°   L: 57°

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Sunday, Jun 16
H: 71°   L: 58°

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Monday, Jun 17
H: 70°   L: 58°

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Tuesday, Jun 18
H: 68°   L: 57°

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Wednesday, Jun 19
H: 67°   L: 57°

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Packing List

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.

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Oxnard Packing List
Photo by Debora Dahl

Winter Delights

From fresh-baked goods to one-of-a-kind cocktails, Oxnard as everything to satisy your holiday cravings.

Sweets Made in Oxnard

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.

Oxnard's Winter Treats

Eggnog Latte

Discover the holiday charm with Heritage Coffee's Eggnog Latte. Enjoy it hot or iced, blending rich espresso with creamy, spiced eggnog and a touch of nutmeg for a festive treat that warms your winter days.

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Gingerbread Frappe

Savor the holiday season at Honey Cup Coffee House with our Gingerbread Frappe! A frosty blend of spicy gingerbread and creamy frappe, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. The perfect treat for winter cheer.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Embrace winter romance at The Blend Superfood with our Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie. A luxurious blend of dark chocolate and fresh strawberries for a healthy, sweet escape from the chill!

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Pink Pancakes

Downtown Cafe celebrates love and warmth this winter with their Pink Pancakes Valentines special. These charming pink-hued pancakes are a delightful treat, perfect for guests sharing with someone special or treating themselves.

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Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew

Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters' Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew captures the winter spirit with bold cold brew and a sweet peppermint mocha splash. A refreshing holiday twist!

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Spirits & Craft Beer

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.

Casa Agria

Winter Events

Oxnard transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season with festive events ranging from massive light displays to double-decker trolley tours.

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.

Holidays & Special Events

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!

Annual Parade of Lights | December | Channel Islands Harbor

Sail boats and electric vessels take center stage at the Annual Parade of Lights at the Channel Islands Harbor. The floating parade begins with pre-festival activities including snow play for kids, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a local parade, holiday artists’ market, exhibitors, live music, children’s activities and more. At night, the lighted, colorful boat parade can be viewed from all points along the Harbor’s edge and at surrounding restaurants.

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.

Photo by Brallan Perez Favela

classic Oxnard traditional events

Keep an eye out for some of our many other traditional events we celebrate in Oxnard in the winter season:

  • ‘Merry-achi’
  • Nardcore Navidad at OPAC
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies (The Collection AND Downtown Oxnard)
  • Streets of Vintage Holiday Markets
  • Sip, Taste & Tour at Heritage Square

See our Events Calendar for more seasonal events.

Winter Performances & Festivals

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.

Photo by Cali Godley

Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival | December | Plaza Park

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.

Photo by Patrick Redd

New Years Celebrations

Sing "Auld Lang Syne" with us at these happening hot spots as the year turns over

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.

Bowlero Oxnard

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.

Strey Cellars

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.

The Raven Tavern

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!

More Winter Events

Get your calendar dialed in for the winter season. Go to our Events Page and filter dates from late November through early March.

Outdoor Adventures

Leave the ice and snow behind and discover a whole new way to experience winter in Oxnard.

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.

Sunset Season

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

Oxnard Sunset
Photo by Jose Mejia
Hibiscus flower on Anacapa Island

islands bloom

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.

Animal Spotting

Winter Whale Watching

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:

Photo by Lotti Keenan

Northern Elephant Seals

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.

Brown Pelicans

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.

Harbor seal; Photo by Lottie Keenan

New Year New You

With the calendar reset, there's no better time to lace up those sneakers and embrace a new exercise routine!


Check out Sea Dog Yoga for yoga on paddleboards! Sea Dog will provide boards and instruction out on the beautiful Channel Island Harbor waters. If yoga on land is more your speed, sign up for a session by Yoga By the Sea at Mandalay Shores, at Oxnard Beach Park.

Sea Dog Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga
Sea Dog Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

Bike Paths

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.

Surf Spots In Oxnard
Photo by Dave Castro

Take A Hike

Take time to disconnect from civilization. Hit the breathtakingly scenic trails on Anacapa Island or Santa Cruz Island at Channel Islands National Park. The islands boast dozens of trails - from moderate, like the 1.7 mile (47 min.) Cavern Point Loop, to hard, like the 8.9 mile (4 hr. 35 min.) El Montañon Trail. Note: You'll need to board an excursion via Island Packers to get there.

Explore the Harbor

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.

holiday escape with zachari dunes

Cherish the holidays in a new way at the Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton. Take winter 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!

  • Weave a holiday wreath
  • Craft a dreamcatcher
  • Hear a story from Santa
  • Enjoy a movie screening
  • Embark on a scavenger hunt
  • Sip hot cocoa under a beautiful sunset
  • Relax with beachside yoga
Zachari Dunes Lobby

Cozy fireplaces

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.

Heritage Coffee

Enjoy speciality, locally roasted coffees at the quaint Heritage Coffee, a coffee and gift shop inside a 1911 craftsman-style home.

1901 Speakeasy

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.

Zachari Dunes

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.

For Pet Lovers

From pet-friendly hotels, dog parks and outdoor adventures, Oxnard offers the best for your canine companions.

DYK? The Collection at RiverPark is Pet-Friendly!

Pet Friendly Travel

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.

Parks & Trails

Unleash the energy of your pup at Oxnard's pet-friendly parks, providing ample space for play, exercise, and socialization with other furry friends.

  • College Park Dog Park is an off-leash dog park with two areas for small and big canines.
  • Campus Park, the former site of Oxnard High School, is another off-leash dog park. It's located on the corner of 5th and H streets.
  • Jax's Windrow Dog Park is an off-leash dog park located at 3052 North Ventura Road.
  • Hollywood Beach - Dogs can roam free before 9 am and after 5 pm.

If you are in need of Doggie Day Care or boarding, please find these services available at the following locations: Inglis Pet Hotel and Flying High Pet Resort.

Oxnard Pet Friendly Hotel
Enjoy pet-friendly accommodations at Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach

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