California Boat Parades


Oxnard Parade of Lights Holiday Boat Parade Event in Oxnard, California

December 11, 2010 (subject to change)


Oxnard, CA -- 45th Annual Parade of Lights Channel Islands Harbor - Channel Islands Harbor (805) 985-4852. Time:  7 p.m. Free. 


Enjoy a California coastal holiday. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of thousands of light sparkle and dance along the waterr's edge. Pre-parade activities take place during the afternoon and include snow play for kids, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriages with sleigh bells, visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus and much, much more. Parade may be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants.


Other Oxnard holiday events include Christmas Tree Lane, Holiday Boat Tours and the Christmas Parade. Other holiday boat parades are held throughout California.


Festivities throughout the day leading into the boat parade event include the Santa to Sea Race at 8 a.m. in front of the Santa Claus off the 101 freeway and the Del Norte exit in Oxnard. The Santa to the Sea run is an event sponsored by Garden Acres Mutual Water Co., a non profit organization, which is helping to raise money and collect toys for underprivileged children within Ventura County. It's a Half Marathon and 4 Person Relay

36 tons of snow will fall at Channel Islands Harbor at 10:00 A.M. until meltdown! Located at of the north end of Harborview Park adjacent to Channel Islands Harbor Marina, this event is ideal for kids who've never seen snow (many who live along the coast have not!)

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides with sleigh bells from Noon to 5 p.m. pick up and drop off at the north end of Harborview Park next to the Snow Area. To add to Christmas merriment, strolling carolers, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and holiday shopping along with the waterfront dining are just more fun on this special day that seems to never end.

At Marine Emporium Landing (3600 S. Harbor Boulevard) there's an arts & crafts boutique, food booths, live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy house inflatables, face painting, water taxi rides and much more!

The coolest event no often seen along the coast (in fact, this is the only place we know that this exists) is the flyover of  Santa and his reindeer. They light across the sky, marking the beginning of the parade at 7 p.m. This time-honored tradition is presented courtesy of Aspen Helicopters.

You can view the parade both from the harbor, restaurants, and the water. On land, you can watch it by bringing your lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothes. Park along the walkways that line the route. The Parade route begins in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for second run.


There are still hotel rooms as of posting of this event: Affordable hotel rooms include Best Western, Hampton Inn and Casa Sirena on the waterfront. Our absolute favorite is Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, but Four Points by Sheraton (in Ventura).