The holiday season is such a festive time of year to explore different communities as they become illuminated with lights and decorations. Many communities host free tree lighting ceremonies.  We have compiled a list of some tree lighting ceremonies in Ventura County.

So, grab your calendar and carve out some time to make some holiday memories or continue building long-standing traditions with your kids. These are the sweet things they’ll remember and carry with them, long after those new toys are packed away. We hope you enjoy the tree lighting ceremonies in Ventura County with your family.


Tree Lighting Celebration – The Collections Riverpark

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7-8 p.m.
Kick off the season with an awe-inspiring Tree Lighting Celebration on Nov. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Collection Park. This magical evening will showcase holiday entertainment provided by Music Freqs including a special performance of the Nutcracker from Ventura County Ballet Company, an extravagant tree lighting and a spectacular firework show.

Christmas Tree Lighting – The Alley

Nov. 27, 2021  8AM-10PM
Join us ALL DAY in The Alley for our 2nd annual Christmas Tree lighting!  Kick off the day at 8am at California Coffee Republic with a peppermint latte and scones then head over to The Craft House and make some special Holiday Crafts!  At 11am Enegren Brewing will be releasing their new Christmas Bock! And Lucas Sellers will have hot Mulled Wine to keep you warm all night!  Live music will begin at 1pm with Nick and The Oldies then Bill Rotella playing all the Christmas hits!

We will be lighting up our giant tree at 530pm, complete with snow and an appearance by Santa!

Orchard Community Church

Nov. 28,  5-6:30PM
Kick off the Advent and Christmas season with our annual Tree Lighting tradition.  The fun free activities are available from 5-6:30 pm. The Tree Lighting program will begin at 6:30 pm with a short prayer, caroling, and the countdown to the lighting of the tree!  This year we welcome back many of the fun FREE activities that have been a tradition with the Tree Lighting event and a few new ones!

  • Photo Booth
  • Face Painting
  • Popcorn & Hot Chocolate
  • Crafts
  • Caroling
  • Christmas Bingo (new)
  • Dinner is available for purchase

The tree itself still shines bright, just like Jesus! And the star on top reminds us of the great Hope He brings!  We will also be collecting new unwrapped toys for ACTION VC’s Christmas Shoppe.

City Of Port Hueneme Tree Lighting

Nov. 30, 5:00PM
Please join us for our Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 30th starting at 5:00 PM at City Hall. We will have holiday music, coffee, hot chocolate, and desserts. At 5:30 PM the tree lighting ceremony will begin. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

Downtown Oxnard Tree Lighting

Dec. 2, around 6:30PM
The annual lighting ceremony of Plaza Park’s historic pagoda and the tallest Christmas tree in Ventura County.  The annual lighting tradition grows to include a foodie based event with First Thursdays Food Trucks.  The evening also includes a visit from Santa.

Simi Valley Town Center

Dec. 11, 6-7PM
Come join us for our Dec 11th Christmas Celebration!!!! All day activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, Holiday Circus, live music, Bounce Houses, and lots of Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Mast Lighting at the Maritime Museum

Dec, 11,  6 – 7PM
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to continue its tradition at the Harbor; The Holiday Lighting of the 75-foot “Tallship Mast” in front of the museum.  The event will take place on December 11 at 6 p.m. before the start of the 55th annual Parade of Lights.  There will be carolers, sing-alongs, a visit from Santa and the official Lighting of the Mast, which will shine nightly through the Holiday Season.  EVERYONE is invited to this free, community event.

Did we miss a tree lighting ceremony in Ventura County? Let us know and we will make sure to add it to our list! 


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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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