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    Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Ventura County


    clinic arial, viagra 40mg sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>By Tim Pompey

    The holidays are coming and the calendar is already packed with community events. Across Ventura County, starting the weekend of Friday, December 2, there’s something for everyone. In fact, quite a lot of something. So, let’s get started and hopefully you’ll find enough good holiday entertainment to eat, drink, sing, walk, ride, and otherwise be merry.

    Since this is a calendar, we’re going to take things in order. Here we go.

    Thursday, December 1

    Broadway Christmas Wonderland at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 1-4, 2016. Join Santa, his elves and a stage full of crooners and dancers as they embark on a journey packed with musical Christmas cheer. For tickets:

    Friday, December 2

    2016 City of Oxnard Tree Lighting. Friday, December 2nd, 5:30 p.m. at Plaza Parkin downtown Oxnard. Join this six-decade tradition and watch as Ventura County’s tallest Christmas tree, 110 feet high, lights up the sky.

    Village Voices Chorale 2016 Holiday Concert. “Tis the Season” in Thousand Oaks. December 2-3. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the Village Voices at (818) 889-7150.  Tickets are also available at the Theatre Box Office at (805) 449-2787 or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Additional information at

    2016 Simi Community Christmas Creche Exhibit. Planned for December 2-4. The exhibit and performances will take place this year on Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is free. Visit

    Cal Lutheran Christmas Festival Concerts, California Lutheran University. December 2-4, 2016. The choral ensembles and University String Symphony will present the concert “Veni Emmanuel” at 8 p.m. December 2 and 4 p.m. December 3 and December 4 in Samuelson Chapel on the Cal Lutheran campus, 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3305 or visit

    Saturday, December 3

    55th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade. Saturday, December 3rd, 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Oxnard. Come enjoy colorful marching bands, equestrian units, local school groups, spirited floats and a visit from Santa.

    9th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival. Saturday, December 3rd, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard. Get the tastiest tamales in town. Learn tamale making with live demos. Enjoy the tamale eating contest, holiday crafts fair, kids activities, and live music. Call (805) 766-4906 for more information. Free admission.

    The Light of Christmas. Free Concert at the First United Methodist Church of Ventura on December 3rd from 4-5 p.m. Start the Christmas season early with free concert of classic Christmas anthems, spirituals and Handel’s “Halleujah Chorus.” Join in a soup supper following the concert. 1338 East Santa Clara, Ventura. (805) 650-1422.

    Los Robles Master Chorale Holiday Concert. Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC) launches the joyous holiday season with Handel’s Messiah. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4 p.m. at The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park. Tickets are $29; $22 for seniors; $18 for students. The Church of the Epiphany is located at 5400 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. For tickets and information, please call (805) 526-7464 or visit

    Sunday, December 4

    Holiday on the Hill at Ronald Reagan Library. Saturday, December 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate this magical season with your family and friends at the library’s 9th annual Holiday on the Hill event featuring music and gourmet food. Enjoy special performances by Oak Park High School, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Adults $64.95. Children ages 3-10 $34.95. Children under 3 are free. Ticket information:

    Hanukkah Boutique. Temple Etz Chaim, 9:30 a.m. Come shop and enjoy a wonderful selection of clothing, accessories, jewelry, Judaica, candles and scents, bags, hand-made gifts, housewares, and food. 1080 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6852.

    Friday, December 9

    Ventura County Ballet Company Presents “The Nutcracker.” December 9, 11. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista, Ventura. December 9th at 7 p.m., December 10th at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and December 11th at 2 p.m.. This year international ballet star Aaron Smyth reprises his role as the ‘Nutcracker Prince’ for the sixth time alongside VCBC’s pre-professional dancers. For ticket information:

    Saturday, December 10

    55th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade and Holiday Carnival. The 55th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10. Starts at Las Posas and Temple Avenue. Also taking place this day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa’s Village Holiday Carnival at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo. For more information, visit or call (805) 482-1996.

    Channel Islands Harbor 51st Annual Parade of Lights. Celebrating the theme “Hooray for Hollywood.” December 10, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Children’s activities and artists market will take place at Marine Emporium Landing, meet Santa (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.), snowplay in the morning and strolling carolers (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm). Parade starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Info available at

    Footworks Youth Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” in Oxnard, performed with The Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus. A free family educational lecture and story time will begin one hour prior to the performance. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. General Public Matinees: Saturday, December 10th, 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11th, 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $19, $24, $29. Ticket Hotline: (805) 486-2424. Online Ticket Orders: Outreach Performances for Students: Friday, December 9th, 10:00 a.m., Act I, 11:30 a.m., Act II. Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket. Contact: [email protected].

    Sunday, December 11

    Santa to the Sea Half Marathon. 9th Annual Half Marathon & 5K Run On December 11. This flat and fast USATF certified race starts at 8 a.m. Event includes a Sanctioned Half Marathon, Two-person Half Marathon Relay, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Fun Run, Diaper Dash, Charity Challenge, Neighborhood Challenge, Finish Line Festival & Holiday Marketplace, Toy Drive (3,000 toys collected in 2015) and a Scholarship Program. Half Marathon entry fee: $89.99. For entry information, visit

    Conejo Civic Ballet Company’s Nutcracker 2016. One Performance Only. 2:30 p.m. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets available either from the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center ticket office or online at

    Tuesday, December 13

    10th Annual Holly Trolley Tours. December 13, 14 and 15, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Departs from Centennial Plaza, downtown Oxnard. Climb aboard a grand double-decker for a 50-minute guided tour of downtown and the Historic District’s spectacular display of holiday lights and décor. Includes a stop at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies. Prepaid reservations required. $12 per person. Tickets at Call (805) 247-0197 for more information.

    Friday, December 16

    40th Annual Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks, December 16-17. Ventura Harbor celebrates its 40th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. This year’s parade will celebrate 100 years of our national parks. For more information, visit

    Sunday, December 18

    5th Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Camarillo. The 5th Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K and 10K is planned for Sunday, December 18, at the Pleasant Valley Fields, 152 Westpark Court., Camarillo. To learn more and to sign up, visit

    Blue Christmas with Elvis. December 18, 7:30  p.m., Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley. Join Raymond Michael as he brings his BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert back again this season. Tickets are $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors 60+, and $20 for students. Tickets can be reserved by calling (805) 583-7900 or by purchasing online at

    Los Robles Master Chorale “A Joyful Noise” Concert. Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC) caps the holiday season with “A Joyful Noise!”, a family-friendly concert showcasing John Rutter’s ebullient Gloria and a LRMC-commissioned world premiere by Jasper Randall. December 18, 4 p.m. Tickets are $29; $22 for seniors; $18 for students. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For tickets and information, please call (805) 526-7464 or visit

    Monday, December 26

    Chanukah Festival on Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. 2-4:30 p.m. Presented by Chabad of Oxnard. All are invited to join in the festive fun and celebration of Chanukah with live music, Judaica boutiques, hot latkes & more. Free admission. Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura.

    Tuesday, December 27, Wednesday December 28

     Menorah Lighting Hanukkah Events. Thousand Oaks Chabad Center celebrates the 4th night of Hanukkah with a candle ceremony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Janss Market Place, 275 North Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. Giant 18-foot menorah will be illuminated courtesy of Temple Etz Chaim at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28. For more information, visit or

    Sunday, December 31

    Fillmore & Western Railway New Year’s Eve Train Ride. Includes dinner, entertainment and a midnight champagne toast with party favors. $110 per person, minimum 21 years of age. Boards 7:30 p..m., departs 8:00 p.m., returns approximately 12:30 a.m. New Years Day, 2017. Reservations: Online at or call (805) 524-2546.

    This List Was Compiled by Tim Pompey



    Tim Pompey, a freelance writer who has done lots of local affairs and entertainment/cultural writing, lives in Oxnard. Tim is also a fiction writer (Facebook Page). You can learn about his books on

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