Spend the Holidays in Oceanside
Escape the chilly weather and relax on our warm beaches this holiday season! With a fun, unique and eclectic atmosphere that is infused into all that we do, Oceanside makes for an unforgettable beach city winter destination! From traditional celebrations, to historic reenactments, to seasonal-themed light shows and decorations – Oceanside is home to a variety of holiday events perfect for the entire family. So come on down, avoid the cold and enjoy some of the many seasonal events showcasing the unique side of Oceanside, including those listed below! To see the rest of the Holiday events we couldn’t fit on this list, as well as everything else going on in Oceanside, be sure to visit our Oceanside Event Calendar.
PMCU O’side Turkey Trot
What: Come “move your feet before you eat” at the Pacific Marine Credit Union O’Side Turkey Trot, recognized as one of the Top Trots in the country by Runner’s World Magazine. Free digital photos, medals, shirts, and timing are available to all registered participants. The 5K Walk adult entry fee is $36 and the 10K Run/Walk adult entry fee is $38. Youth options are available.
Additionally, for seniors 65 and older there is a special 1 mile O’Side Turkey Trot experience held the day prior, November 22nd from 9am-11am. Family members are welcome to participate to provide assistance if needed. Please see website for complete rules and qualifications.
- Festival of Senior 1 Mile Run or Walk: Wednesday, November 22nd, 9am-11am
- O’side Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 23rd, 6:30am-12pm
Where: Oceanside Civic Center, Pier View Way & North Ditmar Street, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA
More Info: O’side Turkey Trot
- Course Options: There are two options for this event, a 5K Run/Walk or a 10K Run. This event is family friendly and includes fun contests and competitions, as well as live entertainment along the course. Join one of the fastest growing holiday traditions!
What: Take a trip back in time and experience what the holidays were like in the mid-1800s. Rancho Guajome Adobe welcomes you to its annual Rancho Christmas celebration where you can see and tour the historic 28 room adobe and 2 large courtyards dressed with festive wreaths, garlands and centerpieces. The celebration will also include tractor rides, Native American storytelling and Christmas carolers! Tickets are $5 for ages 13+, $3 for ages 4-12, and kids 3 and under are free.
When: Saturday, November 25th, 10am-4pm
Where: Rancho Guajome Adobe, 2210 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083
More Info: Rancho Guajome Adobe Christmas
‘Tis the Season to Shop Local
What: Returning to Oceanside for the second year, ’Tis the Season to Shop Local is a fun, distinctly local holiday celebration inviting the community to explore Oceanside retail establishments and to shop local this holiday season. Starting on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, this unique and dynamic lineup of holiday programs and events features a shopping passport, a beer and wine tasting event, a makers fair featuring handcrafted goods, and a tree lighting celebration — all amid decorated shop windows, the glow of holiday lights and the cheerful sounds of live holiday music and carolers.
When: Saturday, November 25th through Friday, December 22nd
Where: Oceanside, CA
More Info: The following are events taking place during ‘Tis the Season to Shop Local that you wont want to miss! To learn more visit Shop Local Oceanside.
- Sip & Shop Downtown Oceanside: Taking place Saturday, November 25th, this ticketed event offers local beer and wine tastings inside select participating downtown Oceanside Locations.
- Merry Makers Fair: Taking place Saturday through Sunday, November 25th-26th, this two day holiday pop-up market will feature artisanal businesses selling handcrafted products, including jewelry, home goods, flowers and succulents, woodwork, clothing, accessories, bath and body products, paper goods, and art.
- Window Decorating Contest: Local businesses will be participating in a holiday-themed window decorating contest. Decorating will be completed by December 1st, with a winner selected by December 7th. The themed windows will be on display through the end of December.
- Shop Local Holiday Passport Program: Taking place November 25th through December 22nd, this program is stamp based in which shoppers will receive stamps by visiting and shopping at participating locations. Participate for a chance to win prizes!
Holiday Tree Lighting & Oceanside Art Walk
What: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Oceanside Friends of the Arts, and ToysforTots are excited to bring the First Friday Art Walk and the 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony together for a special holiday event that is FREE and open to guests of all ages! Doors will open at 5:00pm and the tree lighting will take place at 6:00pm. Please bring a donation for Toys for Tots and get your holiday shopping done at the First Friday Art Walk which will be held exclusively at SpringHill Suites Oceanside for December’s event. The Art Walk will include artist presentations, culinary expressions by Chef Davin Waite & Chef Jared Hills, musical performances by Celeste Barbier, live art, an interactive section for kids and more. There will also be local brewery, winery, and cocktail tastings for the adults.
When: Friday, December 1st, 5pm-9pm
Where: SpringHill Suites Oceanside, 110 N Myers St, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Holiday Tree Lighting & Oceanside Art Walk
What: Mission San Luis Rey will be hosting a special two-night Christmas Concert on December 1st and 2nd in the beautiful historical church. Enjoy an evening of traditional holiday music performed by the 60 person San Luis Rey Chorale. Following the concert on December 1st, there will be a dessert reception in the Sacred Garden surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights. Ticket prices for December 1st range from $40-$60, with the proceeds benefiting the preservation and operation of Old Mission San Luis Rey. Saturday December 2nd an encore performance will take place at 2pm, with all seats available on a first come first serve basis for $30.
When: Friday, December 1st, 7pm and Saturday, December 2nd, 2pm
Where: Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057
More Info: 7th Annual Christmas Concert
Holiday Tree Lighting & Sunset Market
CANCELED Due to Lilac Fire
What: Oceanside kicks off the Holiday Season with a splash! The annual Tree Lighting event is back, once again taking place in conjunction with the Holiday Sunset Market. Enjoy beautiful decorations, live music, family-friendly entertainment and games including bounce inflatables, rock climbing, crafts and more, as well as a jolly surprise special guest who will arrive by fire truck!
When: Thursday, December 7th, 6pm-8pm
Where: Regal Cinema Plaza, 403 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Call (760) 435-5041
Christmas Light Helicopter Tours
What: This approximately 30 minute helicopter ride will give you a brand new vantage point to see all of the beautiful Christmas lights and maybe even a Santa sighting! On this ride guests will fly over the beach towns between Oceanside, Solana Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe for a beautiful unforgettable holiday helicopter adventure.
When: December 8th – January 1st with four one-hour time slots available everyday between 5pm and 9pm.
Where: Waverider Helicopter Tours, Oceanside Municipal Airport, 480 Airport Road Oceanside, CA 92058
More Info: This tour requires a minimum of two riders. Add a third rider and their ticket is half off with the purchase of two full fares. Children under 24 months ride free. Active and retired military receive a 5% discount using code military at checkout, please bring valid ID when you ride. The maximum weight limit per seat is 300 pounds, and the total weight between all passengers cannot exceed 500 pounds. For additional information call (760) 691-9144 or visit Waverider Helicopter Tours, select any date between December 8th and January 1st and scroll down to the Christmas Lights Tour for more details and availability.
Coaster Holiday Express
What: North County Transit District’s COASTER Holiday Express is back this year with five trains to choose from for a whole weekend! Visit with the Ice Princess and the Snow Queen, and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Get pictures with the characters, write a letter to Santa Claus, and sing along with the carolers while enjoying the coastal views on this one-hour round-trip train ride from Oceanside to Solana Beach.
When: Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th
Where: Oceanside Transit Center, 235 S Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Special-event tickets go on sale Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. for $10 per person. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and are expected to sell out quickly! Visit NCTD Holiday Express for more details.
Boat Rides With Santa
What: Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises is offering FREE 20 minute boat rides with Santa this holiday season! A $3 donation to the Friends of Oceanside Parks is suggested, no reservations are required to participate.
When: Saturday, December 9th, 10am-2pm
Where: Oceanside Adventures, 315 Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Boat Rides with Santa
Parade of Lights
What: Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate and pick a comfortable spot to watch this years Parade of Lights celebration in the quaint Oceanside Harbor. Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag and circling Oceanside Harbor enchanting onlookers along the harbor and at the neighboring restaurants. Many of the boats even feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd! One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice! The concrete walkway that surrounds much of the harbor is also good for viewing the parade.
When: Saturday, December 9th, 7pm-10pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Parade of Lights in Oceanside Harbor
Chanukah Menorah Lighting
What: The Chabad Jewish Center of Oceanside/Vista is hosting the annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza. The ceremony will include the lighting of a 15 foot menorah, Oceanside’s largest public Menorah. Guests will also enjoy hot latkes and hot coco, music, Chanukah songs and more! This event is free and open to the public.
When: Tuesday, December 13th, 5:30pm
Where: Civic Center Plaza, 300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA
More Info: 2017 Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Miracle on 34th Street
What: This is an encore of last year’s popular radio version of the classic film, as done in 1947 as part of the Lux Radio Hour. In this Christmas classic, single mother Doris Walker doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. This charming holiday favorite is transformed into a live staged radio broadcast straight from the 1950’s, complete with manual sound effects, holiday carols, original classic commercials, a cast of all ages, and of course, Santa Claus! Bring the whole family for this special event that is not to be missed! Tickets are $9 for children 3-12, $15 for military and seniors 55+, and $19 for adults.
When: December 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd at 7:30pm and December 16th, 17th, and 23rd at 2pm
Where: Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Tickets are available for order now at Oceanside Theatre Company Tickets
What: The South Morro Hills Holiday Mercato features a farmers market selling fresh in-season South Morro Hills produce, goods and services from Mraz Family Farms, Tracker Trucks, Southern Draw Cigar, wine from local Beach House Winery and more!
When: Sunday, December 17th, 11am-4pm
Where: Beach House Winery, 1534 Sleeping Indian Road, Oceanside, California 92028
Rose Bowl Parade Trip
What: Oceanside Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a trip to the 129th Rose Bowl Parade! The group will meet at 4:00 am at the El Corazon Senior Center to head to the parade which begins at 8am. Afterwards the bus will return to El Corazon Senior Center by around 4:00 pm. This trip will include breakfast, a round trip bus ride, souvenir seat cushion, lunch, program, souvenir official pin and admission for $200.00 per person.
When: Monday, January 1st, 4am-4pm
Where: El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive Oceanside
More Info: Pre-registration is going on now at 129th Annual Pasadena Rose Parade. This trip is limited to the first 40 registrants so register early so you don’t miss this very special Southern California traditional event!