The Reagan Library Brings Holiday Cheer to Ventura County Residents – Holiday Lights

Amidst the week’s devastating news, the Reagan Library brings some needed holiday cheer to Ventura County residents.  The Library opened its first Holiday Lights display.  The only glitch in an otherwise fabulous opening night was having to wait as credit cards were processed by hand.  Visitors understood the internet was out.  There had been such outages in the fire affected areas due to cell towers being burnt down or damaged. 

There was something to see at every turn, light arrays, and even a Santa Tracker projected on the Air Force One Pavilion.  Visitors dashed through a light tunnel to the grand finale, a giant present topped with a bow.  Along the way there were booths selling seasonal delights, hot chocolate, delicious cocktails and yummies to munch on.  Visitors can also purchase a motto that is totally Reagan. 

This is a must see this holiday season.  


Tunnel of Light

From the Library’s website:

“American Christmas is built on tradition, old and new. Visitors will be filled with excitement, happiness and the holiday spirit once they have experienced the Reagan Library’s brand new Great American Christmas Holiday Lights program!

From the moment you step onto our property until the moment you depart, your senses will be filled with all things Christmas! Current and nostalgic holiday tunes will make you smile; the scent of yuletide treats will tease your nose; and everywhere you look you will see festive, stunning displays of light. You, your family and your friends will experience the holidays like never before!

Capture your holiday memories in a photo with Santa!

This not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday event will be fun for the entire family. The 60-90 minute walk around the Reagan Library campus will include LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, animated displays, interactive photo ops, live musical entertainment, and so much more. Capture your holiday memories in a photo with Santa (select days), warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats, and more!

Tracking Santa


Inside each of us is a child who still believes!

The Great American Christmas: Holiday Lights at the Reagan Library runs nightly from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. between November 10, 2018 and January 6, 2019, closed only on November 22, November 30, December 1, December 24, December 25 and January 1. As this is an outdoor walking tour, the main Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and Christmas Tree exhibit will be closed.Holiday Lights will operate rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges can be made once tickets are purchased.

General parking in our visitor lot for this event will be on a first come, first serve basis. We will park as many guests as possible in our visitor lot. Once our visitor lot is full, we will be directing guests to park on Presidential Drive as well as off-site parking lots and will provide shuttle service to the main entrance of the Library for ticket purchase/entrance. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.”

Very Patriotic


Please join us on these special nights for live entertainment:

Sunday, November 18 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Higher Authority (Caroling across campus)
Sunday, December 2 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Band of the Golden West Presents Galaxy
Saturday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Simi Valley High School Choral Music Department
Sunday, December 9 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Oak Park High School Varsity Choir
Sunday, December 9 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m Band of the Golden West Presents The Commanders Jazz Combo
Sunday, December 9 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m Band of the Golden West Presents The Commanders Jazz Combo
Saturday, December 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Golden Pipers
Sunday, December 16 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thousand Oaks High School Vocal Ensemble Honors (Caroling across campus)
Saturday, December 22 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Katherine Reaves (Soloist)

The Reagan’s gift to you

Photos by Debra Tash

Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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