Ultimate Guide to Holiday & Christmas Events | Ventura County 2023


    Happy HOLIDAYS!

    ‘Tis the season for Holiday and Christmas Fun in Ventura County!

    The holiday magic in and around Ventura County is one of our favorite things about where we call home! From holiday festivals to magical theater to Christmas tree farms or ways to help others, we’ve got you covered. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope your holidays are merry and bright!
    Continue to check back throughout December as we add even MORE Holiday Events to enjoy with your family!

    (We do our best to make sure all details are up to date and accurate but please.Ccheck the events website before attending the event.  Just click the event title or website in description.)

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    Letters to Santa

    November 17 – December 16 2023

    2751 Park View Court
    Oxnard, CA 93036

    Get ready to spread the holiday cheer with Santa’s Mailbox: Letters to Santa, a heartwarming activity that captures the magic of the season. This enchanting activity is designed to engage children and families in a delightful holiday tradition: writing letters to Santa Claus. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, this is your chance to make your holiday wishes known to the jolly man himself.

    Families are invited to bring their own custom cards or write their special messages on complimentary postcards available at Guest Services (2751 Park View Court). You can then drop off your letters to Santa in the dedicated North Pole mailbox located on Collection Boulevard right outside of the Annex Food Hall. Santa and Mrs. Claus will personally respond to every letter that includes a return address and is placed in the mailbox by December 16th. Let the holiday magic begin!


    Find more info on the website.

    Gingerbread Scavengerhunt

    November 17 – December 24, 2023

    2751 Park View Court
    Oxnard, CA 93036

    Look high and low for the gingerbread. Add some extra fun to your visit with a seasonal scavenger hunt that will have you exploring every exciting nook and cranny of The Collection. Stop by Guest Services on Park View Court to pick up your Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt and begin your adventure! Once guests have completed the scavenger hunt and at least 15 hidden gingerbread, they are invited back to Guest Services to enter to win a fun holiday surprise!


    Find more info on the website.

    Wild Lights and Ocean Nights

    DATES: Various Nights November 22 – December 28 2023

    7075 Campus Rd.
    Moorpark, CA 93021

    Embark on a self-guided, 45-minute expedition throughout the Zoo, where you’ll encounter dynamic light displays, immersive interactive attractions, picture-perfect moments, and a touch of seasonal enchantment.
    Dive ‘Under the Sea’ at Rajah’s Retreat and venture into the ‘Illuminated Jungle,’ featuring a captivating ‘Glow in the Dark Garden.’ Your journey commences with a warm welcome from Santa’s Workshop and a magnificent 12-foot-tall Holiday Tree.

    New this year – Visit with SANTA! December 10th & December 17th.

    Adult (13+) $17
    Children (3-12) $14
    Seniors $14
    Members $3 off
    Check website for value nights.

    Find more info on the website.

    Christmas on the Farm - Underwood

    DATES: November 24 – December 24 2023
    9am – 5pm

    Underwood Family Farms

    Included with admission: 
    • Animal Center
    • Holiday Photo Ops
    • Tractor-Drawn Wagon Rides
    • Holiday Store
    • Combine & Harvester Slides
    • Pick Your Own Fields (pickings an additional fee)
    • Letters for Santa
    • Animal Shows (11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm Weekends & 11/24 Only)
    • Reindeer! – 12/9, 12/10, 12/16, 12/17 9am – 5pm
    • Visits with Santa – Weekends & 11/24 11am – 4pm ONLY through Dec. 23
    Santa visits are included with admission! Snap your own pics! 

    Weekdays:  $10.00
    Weekends: $14.00

    Find more info on the website.

    Holiday Road – An Immersive Holiday Experience – Calabasas

    DATES: Various Dates November 24 – December 27, 2023
    5pm – 10pm

    King Gillette Ranch
    26800 West Mulholland Hwy
    Calabasas, CA 91302

    Holiday Road is the newest and most exciting holiday experience in Los Angeles.

    You can expect to see larger than life holiday installations, thousands of Christmas lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all your favorite holiday cheer! Join us this season at Holiday Road for the most wonderful time of the year!

    Find more info on the website.

    Christmas Magic "Music and Stories of the Holidays" – Moorpark

    DATES: December 1 – December 10, 2023

    45 E High Street
    Moorpark, CA
    High Street Arts Center’s joyful holiday show features teen and adult cast members from seasons past returning to the stage to sing your favorite holiday songs and tell the stories behind them.

    Find more info on the website.

    Festival of Trees - Thousand Oaks

    DATES: Now through December 8, 2023

    View this year’s contestants below or visit the Oaks Shopping Center (2nd Floor, next to the Girl Scouts) and VOTE for your favorite tree.

    Find more info on the website.

    Gingerbread House Exhibit & Tours – Oxnard

    DATES: Every Saturday from December 9 – January 6, 2023
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Heritage Square
    731 South A Street
    Oxnard, California 93030

    Come see the Square decorated at the best time of the year including a holiday inspired display of gingerbread creations at Heritage Square Hall. While visiting us, take our guided tour experience of the former houses’ exteriors w/select interiors.

    Tours $5 per person (gingerbread exhibit free to view).

    Find more info on the website.

    Christmas Parade – Oxnard

    DATES: December 2, 2023
    10am – 12pm

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of 2300 participants in 100 entries including colorful marching bands, equestrian units, local school groups, floats and a visit from Santa! 8,000 guests line the streets to watch this yearly spectacle.

    Find more info on the website.

    Cookies with the Clauses – Camarillo

    DATES: December 2, 2023
    10am – 1pm

    Community Center
    1605 Burnley st.

    Families are invited to join us for Cookies with the Clauses. Come dressed in your holiday best or spread Chrismas cheer in your holiday pajamas for photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Enjoy crafts and decorate cookies while listening to Christmas music fill the air.

    Find more info on the website.

    Holiday on High Street

    DATES: December 2, 2023
    4pm – 8pm

    Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and let’s make unforgettable memories together.

    FREE Admission.

    Find more info on the website.

    Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair

    DATES: December 2, 2023

    1583 Spinnaker Dr.
    Ventura, CA 93001

    Sip, sing, and shop your way through a Holiday spirit-filled Downtown Ventura! Snowfall transforms Main St. into a Winter Wonderland.

    From 12 PM – 8 PM, Main Street will be lined with hundreds of local vendors selling a wide variety of crafts and goods. There will be artists, non-profit organizations, crafters, commercial, and food/drink vendors.

    Find more info on the website.

    Holiday Arts & Music Festival

    DATES: December 2, 2023
    1pm – 5pm

    5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
    Woodland Hills, California 91367

    • Food Trucks
    • Free Photo with Santa
    • Free Snow Area
    • Holiday Music
    • Holiday Arts & Crafts for Children
    • Vendors & other Small Businesses to support
    • And much more!
    Admission is FREE.

    Find more info on the website.

    Holiday Open House - Strathearn Park & Museum

    December 3, 2023
    11am – 3pm

    Strathearn Historical Park and Museum
    137 Strathearn Place
    Simi Valley, CA 93065

    The event is free! Take photos with Santa, enjoy entertainment, cars, historical buildings and more.

    Unique shopping of handmade crafts, wood toys and gifts in the Simi Store.

    Find more information on the website.

    Chanukah Celebration - Simi Valley

    December 7, 2023

    Center Court
    Simi Valley Town Center

    Simi Valley Town Center wishes you a joyous 8 day festival and a lifetime of light.

    Find more information on the website.

    Night in Bethlehem - Thousand Oaks

    December 8 – 10, 2023

    1600 Erbes Rd.
    Thousand, CA 91362

    Shows every 30 minutes from 5:45 PM to 8 PM.

    The town is an outdoor interactive Town of Bethlehem to learn about the culture. The show is an outdoor live musical nativity. The reception is an indoor area with live music and refreshments. Bring your friends and family to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A free, outdoor community event.

    Find more information on the website.

    Christmas Parade and Santa Village – Camarillo

    DATES: December 9, 2023
    Parade starts at 10am

    Bring out your chairs or blankets for the curb and line up along the streets of Camarillo to watch the Annual Christmas Parade, then do some holiday shopping at Santa’s Village with a variety of holiday vendor booths. Enjoy some tasty snacks from food vendors while you walk through booths, participate in activities, and wait in line to visit Santa for a photo.

    Admission: FREE

    • Parade
    • Holiday shopping
    • Photos with Santa (digital photo booth  with Selfie Booth 805)
    • Food Trucks
    • Vendors
    • Letters to Santa
    • Crafts
    • Inflatable
    • and More!

    Find more info on the website.

    Camarillo Old Town Glow & Holiday Village

    DATES: December 9, 2023
    4pm – 9pm

    Studio Channel Islands Art Center
    2222 Ventura Blvd.
    Camarillo, CA

    You will gain entry to this celebration with your GLOW Tickets. Enjoy snowy fun, a train ride, dazzling light displays, and delightful holiday food and drink vendors. Use your Giveaway Tickets to win the many themed Gift Baskets. Plus, indulge in adult holiday drinks to add a little sparkle to your evening! Our evening will conclude at 9 PM.

    Pre-sale Glow Ticket Per Person $10. At the Door Glow ticket $15. Children under 2 years old get in FREE (Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during the event).

    Find more info on the website.

    Annual Parade of Lights

    DATES: December 9, 2023
    12pm- 9pm

    Channel Islands Harbor – Parade starts at 7pm

    The Channel Islands Harbor will kick off the holidays with its 57th annual holiday Parade of Lights. The title of the event is “Santa’s Workshop Creates a Spark of Love.” Boater’s are encouraged to decorate their entries with a “Santa’s Workshop” theme.

    Admission is FREE.

    Find more info on the website.

    Christmas Party Simi Valley Community Market & Letters to Santa – Simi Valley

    DATES: December 9, 2023
    10am – 2pm

    Simi Valley, CA

    Come to our Christmas Celebration! And most importantly Santa is coming!!! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining us on the 9th of December from 10-2pm. Stop by grab a photo and get some Christmas shopping done with you’re here.

    Find more info on the website.

    An Old Fashion Holiday

    DATES: December 9, 2023
    1pm – 4pm

    51 South Ventu Park Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA, 91320

    Experience the Stagecoach Inn Decorated for the Holidays

    Wear your boots, jackets & “Roaring 20s” garb as we celebrate the Holiday Season in style.  Witness the Stagecoach Inn Museum beautifully decorated for the holidays, enjoy music, crafts, storytelling and more …

    Come see Santa Claus, don’t forget to bring your list!

    Single Tickets – $8 Member $10 Non-Member
    Children (5-12) – $5 Children Under 5 – Free

    Find more info on the website.

    The Nutcracker – Oxnard

    DATES: December 9 – December 10, 2023
    December 9 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
    December 10 at 2:00 PM

    Join Clara and her brave Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Rat Queen and journey to the exotic Kingdom of Sweets. Thrill to beautiful music, 200 glorious costumes and exquisite sets. There’s magic at every turn from a Christmas tree growing before your eyes to the Snow King and Queen and their dancing snowflakes. The global cast also features Ukrainian ballet star Hanna Chudinova and Jack Stewart, who toured England in The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

    A complimentary Sugar Plum Cookie Party for children 12 and under adds to the wonder of this not-to-be missed experience for the whole family.

    Adults: $20 / $25 / $30 / $40 / $50 + applicable fees
    Children Under 12, Seniors, Military: $10 / $20 + applicable fees

    Find more info on the website.

    The Nutcracker – Ventura

    DATES: December 9 and 10, 2023

    Ventura County Ballet is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing world-class, professional dance performances to our communities and beyond.

    Find more info on the website.

    Chanukah Festival and Concert

    DATES: December 10, 2023
    4pm – 6:30pm

    494 E Main St.
    Ventura, CA

    Join us for Light Up Downtown: Chanukah 2023 in Downtown Ventura on Sunday, December 10th, 4-6:30pm at California & Main St.! Enjoy a live concert, artistic performances, dreidel games, and the grand Menorah lighting!

    Find more info on the website.

    Harbor Parade of Lights – Santa Barbara

    DATES: December 10, 2023

    500 E. Montecito Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93103

    Mark your calendars to get in the holiday spirit Santa Barbara style and head down to the Waterfront for an afternoon and evening of fun at the 37th Annual parade of Lights! This year, the theme is Holiday Disco Extravaganza!

    The parade will be capped off by a brief fireworks show. Best viewing locations for the boat parade and fireworks include Stearns Wharf, the breakwater, West Beach, and East Beach.

    Find more info on the website.

    Santa to the Sea

    DATES: December 10, 2023

    Join the Santa to the Sea toy drive and community fundraiser. Sign up for the Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 2-Person Relay, a 5K run, or the 1K Kids Fun Run.

    Find more info on the website.

    Holly Trolley, The Holiday Tour – Oxnard

    DATES: December 12 – December 14, 2023

    Climb aboard a grand double-decker for a 50-minute guided tour of Heritage Square’s Gingerbread Exhibit and Oxnard’s Historic District’s spectacular display of holiday lights and décor.

    The tour starts at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies.

    Prepaid reservations are a must.

    Find more info on the website.

    Parade of Lights

    DATES: December 15 – 16, 2023

    1583 Spinnaker Dr.
    Ventura, CA 93001

    This year’s theme is Hula Holiday! We’re looking forward to a colorful boat parade, with a tropical island vibe!

    Admission is FREE and parking is complimentary.

    Find more info on the website.

    Winter Wonderland & Holiday Market

    DATES: December 16, 2023
    12pm – 4pm

    1583 Spinnaker Dr.
    Ventura, CA 93001

    Santa & his reindeer fly into Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday December 16th for the annual Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace from Noon – 4PM  Festivities include faux snowfall, a variety of live musicians, holiday characters, crafts and more!

    Admission is FREE and parking is complimentary.

    Find more info on the website.

    Christmas Tree Lane - Oxnard


    F & G Streets
    Oxnard, California 93030

    Oxnard’s annual Christmas Tree Lane along F & G Streets continues its decades-long tradition. Pour yourself some hot chocolate and walk or drive through this holiday wonderland of decorated houses on “F” & “G” Streets between 5th & Palm in the Oxnard National Historic District (walkers be given guidance to travel in the direction of traffic to improve flow).

    FREE admission.

    Find more info on the website.

    Santa Claus' Party - Simi Valley

    DATES: December 16, 2023

    Center Court
    Simi Valley Town Center

    Come celebrate with Santa Claus! On December 16th there will be over 17 tons of fresh snow delivered right to center court at the Simi Valley Town Center.

    Starts at 8:00 AM, play all DAY!
    Multiple Snow Shows all day | 5:30 PM | 6:30 PM | 7:30 PM
    Enjoy lovely Holiday Music
    Play in FRESH snow!
    Say hi to Santa!

    Find more info on the website.

    'A Frozen Story' on ice – Iceoplex Simi Valley

    DATES: December 16, 2023

    131 W. Easy St.
    Simi Valley, CA

    Step into a winter wonderland with ‘A Frozen Story’ on ice! Join us for a magical Christmas production that will warm your heart and chill your senses. Don’t miss out on the enchantment—grab your tickets now at www.tcypc.tix.com!

    Find more info on the website.

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    Christmas Magic - Music and Stories of the Holidays

    DATES: December 1 – December 10, 2023

    45 East High Street
    Moorpark, CA 93021

    High Street Arts Center’s joyful holiday show features teen and adult cast members from seasons past returning to the stage to sing your favorite holiday songs and tell the stories behind them.

    Find more info on the website.

    Holiday Arts & Music Festival - Valley Cultural Foundation

    DATES: December 2, 2023

    Warner Center Park
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367

    Take your FREE photo with Santa! Food trucks, Free Snow Area and Crafts! Free event.

    Find more info on the website.

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    Cascia Smith
    Cascia was born and raised in the Arizona heat. While receiving her Pre-Med degree at HIU in California, a blonde, surfing, skateboarding boy stole her heart. In 2004, she married Chuck and had many adventures living in Arizona, California and Colorado. They now call Simi Valley home and have three wild and curious children - Becker (10), Bodie (7) and Lyla (6). She has been blessed to be a teacher, summer camp staff/program director, SAHM and now the owner of Ventura County Mom Collective. Playing guitar, writing songs, and reading any and every parenting book helps keep her sane and happy! A good cup of coffee or a bubbly La Croix can usually be found in her hand! She tries to live by the motto "I'd rather recover from failure than live with regret.


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