Tips for Celebrating the Holidays- Events

By Tim Pompey

Don’t look now, but the holidays are here and all those fun activities that pop up this time of year are rushing at you with the holiday.wreathspeed of a train. Well, figuratively speaking (but there is a real train involved). The Citizens Journal would like to help you with some holiday planning, so right now before you get distracted, get out your calendar.

All across Ventura County, starting the weekend of Friday, December 4, there’s something for everyone. Some of it’s free. Some of it you’ll pay for. But what the heck, it’s the holidays and your kids are already dreaming of sugar plums and other assorted varieties of sparkling wishes. Time to get off the couch and make plans.

Let’s start with some tree lightings. For many cities, Friday night, December 4, kicks off the holiday season.


Oxnard events. Photos:

The 65th annual Oxnard Tree Lighting takes place December 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Plaza Park, downtown Oxnard, and with it, the annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show. For more info, visit their website at The Oxnard Christmas parade is the very next morning at 10. Starts near Plaza Park.

Camarillo has their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at Dizdar Park, 2400 E. Ventura Boulevard, in Old Town Camarillo. It starts at 5:00 p.m. and includes live music and the arrival of Santa. For more information, visit the city of Camarillo’s website at

As for Venturans, their tree lighting is in front of the Mission Trees, 211 East Main Street, in downtown Ventura. The ceremony includes local choirs and dancers and somehow, someway, the appearance of another Santa (are they related?) in a fire truck. That’s right. It’s the holidays. Use your imagination. For more information, visit the city’s website at

Ventura Holiday Street Fair  December 5, Noon-8, Right on Main St, From the Mission, going East. Vendors and live entertainment. Shop artists, crafters, non-profit organizations, commercial and food vendors. The street fair and entertainment is FREE and open to the public starting at Noon!

Air National Guard Band: Free Concert! — 5 December 2015 6:30 pm, Oceanview Pavillion, Port Huememe

Christmas at the Ranch | Camarillo Ranch Foundation

Christmas at the Ranch is a food & wine tasting event taking place on Saturday, December 5, 4pm-8pm at the Camarillo Ranch located in Camarillo, CA.

If you’re in the mood for holiday magic, traditional and otherwise, the Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village presents “Star of Wonder” on Sunday, December 6, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will feature sledding, a petting zoo, and hot chocolate. Calvary Community Church is located at 5495 Via Rocas in Westlake Village. For more information, visit the church’s website at  Houses will be displayed from Dec 1st to Dec 19th, 2015 FREE to view creations at Heritage Square 731 S A Street Tues-Sat 10-4pm and Sun 1-4pm

The Mt. Cross Lutheran Church, featuring its senior choir, English hand bells, and contemporary band, will present its annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. The theme this year is “Love Came Down at Christmas.” There is a dessert reception following. The church is located at 102 Camino Esplendido in Camarillo. Admission to both of these events is free.

Menorah lightings December 6- Camarillo and Ventura

Annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, hosted by the Calabasas Shul, at The Commons at Calabasas on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm. Enjoy fireworks, a live concert, and complimentary donuts and latkes. The Commons at Calabasas is located at 4799 Commons Way. For more information, visit

The historic Bardsdale United Methodist Church will feature its English hand bell chorus on Saturday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m. The group known as The Orange Pealers are presenting a show titled “Ring Noel.” The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue in Fillmore. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $25 for a family, and kids under five get in free.

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Also in Fillmore, the City of Fillmore Fire Department is sponsoring their “Holiday Toy Drive & Chicken Dinner” on Sunday, December 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you donate a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more, or make a $10 cash donation, you receive a free chicken dinner. The toy drive is located at Fire Station 91, 711 Sespe Place, in Fillmore. For more information, visit the fire department’s Facebook page at

And of course, what would the holidays be without a little dancing? The Ventura County Ballet kicks off its 17th season on Friday, December 12, with its annual presentation of “The Nutcracker,” accompanied by the 52-piece Ventura College Symphony. It will be held at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, at Ventura College. For ticket information, visit their website at

Gull Wings Museum in Oxnard: Get a FREE child ID and Send a letter to Santa and a Soldier — Saturday December 12th


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Tradition carries on in Oxnard with the opening of Christmas Tree Lane on Sunday, December 13. Christmas Tree Lane is Ventura County’s largest holiday light display. The lights can be enjoyed nightly from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. along ‘F’ and ‘G’ Streets between 5th and Palm in the National Henry T. Oxnard Historic District. For more information visit the city’s historical website at

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Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard) Parade of Lights. Photo:

Since Ventura County is coastal, there are always annual harbor celebrations in both Oxnard and Ventura. The Oxnard 50th Annual Parade of Lights is on Saturday, December 12, from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. The lighted boat parade begins at 7:00 p.m. The parade is located at 3900 Pelican Way, at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. For more information, visit their website at

The show gets started in Ventura with the Ventura Harbor 39th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks. It is scheduled on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Surf, Sand, and Santa.” Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive at the harbor in Ventura. For more information, visit their website at

Camarillo celebrates the holidays with its 54th annual Camarillo Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 12, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Come prepared. The Grand Marshall this year is Eddie Money. You can meet him personally after the parade and ask if he still has those two tickets to paradise. Who knows? Holiday luck may find you. For more information visit the Pleasant Valley Park District’s website at

Of course, this also being the celebration of Chanukah, there are Chanukah events happening all over the county. The best information we’ve found is sponsored by the Chabad of Oxnard. From Menorah lightings to Chanukah celebrations, you can find all the details on Chadbad of Oxnard’s website at

And now for something completely different. I told you earlier about a train. I wasn’t kidding. The Fillmore & Western Railroad is now departing from its station at 364 Main Street in downtown Fillmore. Trips this year include Holiday Tree Trains, the North Pole Express, Santa Shopper Trains, a Dinner with Santa Train, and a New Year’s Eve Dinner Train. For more information, visit their website at

Well, is that enough to get you started? We hope so, and we hope you’ll have a great holiday season. All of us at Citizens Journal wish you the best and the happiest holiday, and hopefully, in some form or fashion, you’ll make plans to enjoy something special this year.


Find even more:

Holiday Christmas – Conejo Valley Guide

Chabad Events


Sheryl Hamlin, Debra Tash, George Miller also contribute to this article.

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Tim Pompey is a news and review writer and poet living along California’s Central Coast. He was awarded the Still Waters Press Winter Poetry Award 2000 for his chapbook, Getting Through the Fog. His previous collections of short stories, One Side Leads to the Other, Burnt by Sun, Blind Spot, and Primitive Terrain, as well as his novels, Freeland, Nightfly, The Perilous Paintings of Lily and Find Walter are available on Amazon.
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