Holiday Events 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 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 this holiday season 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.
What: Come “move your feet before you eat” at the Frontwave 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 adult entry fee is $38 and the 5 Mile adult entry fee is $40. Youth options are available.
When: Thursday, November 28, 2019, 6am-10:30am
Where: Oceanside Civic Center, Pier View Way & North Ditmar Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: O’side Turkey Trot
- Course Options: There are two options for this event, a 5K or 5M distances. This event is family friendly and offers shorter 1 mile and 1/5 mile distances for children 12 and younger.
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 30, 2019, 10am-4pm
Where: Rancho Guajome Adobe, 2210 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083
More Info: Rancho Guajome Adobe Christmas
Shop Local Holiday Passport Program
What: Shop local for the holidays and win! Whether you’re a longtime O’sider or just visiting for a few days, pick up an official Shop Local Holiday Passport highlighting all participating Oceanside businesses. Shoppers earn one stamp for visiting any participating location listed on the passport and a second stamp for making a purchase of $20 or more. After receiving 10 stamps, shoppers can submit their completed passport at MainStreet Oceanside, California Welcome Center – Oceanside, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce or Reap & Sow for a chance to win prizes. The passports will be available at all participating locations. Prize drawings will be held weekly. All completed passports must be submitted by Friday, December 13, at noon.
When: Saturday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Where: Oceanside, CA
More Info: To learn more visit Shop Local Oceanside
What: Come discover an array of handcrafted and artisanal goods by local makers at this free, two-day holiday pop-up market in Artist Alley in Downtown Oceanside. Shoppers can browse jewelry, candles, art, glassworks and more while exploring Artist Alley shops and eateries and listening to live holiday music.
- Saturday, November 30, 2019, 10am-4pm
- Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10am-2pm
Where: Artist Alley, Downtown Oceanside
More Info: To learn more visit Shop Local Oceanside
What: Enjoy tastings from your favorite Oceanside breweries, wineries and craft beverage makers while you explore shops and listen to live holiday music! Two Sip and Shop events will be taking place to kick off and conclude Shop Local Oceanside. This will be located in downtown Oceanside on Saturday, November 30th from 1-4pm.
Tickets are $15 when purchased in advance or $20 the day of. Purchasing tickets in advance for both Sip and Shop events is $25. Don’t forget to fill up a Shop Local Holiday Passport along the way, you can receive up to two passport stamps per Sip Stop!
When: Downtown Oceanside
Where: Saturday, November 30, 2019, 1-4pm
More Info: To learn more visit Shop Local Oceanside
‘Tis the Season Window Decorating Contest
What: Enjoy festive holiday window displays throughout Oceanside while you shop, as businesses decorate their storefronts to the theme of ’Tis the Season. A panel of judges will view the displays from December 1 to 7 and vote for first-, second- and third-place winners. The holiday window displays will remain in place through the end of December.
When: Sunday, December 1 through Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Where: Visit Shop Local Oceanside or reference your Shop Local Holiday Passport for a list of participating locations.
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 Gift 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 5, 2019, 5pm-9pm
Where: Regal Cinema Plaza, 403 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Call (760) 435-5041
What: Why go to the mall? The Holiday Gift Market has it all! Every Thursday in December come enjoy the Sunset Market turned Holiday Gift Market, featuring unique, fun and exotic holiday gifts from 200 artisans and merchants as well as live music and nearly endless rows of delicious food and sweet treats. In addition, Santa will be making a stop on December 5th, 12th and 19th from 5:30pm-7:30pm for pictures!
When: December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019, 5-9pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
More Info: To learn more visit Holiday Gift Market
What: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Oceanside Friends of the Arts, and ToysforTots are excited to bring the First Friday Art Walk for a special holiday event that is FREE and open to guests of all ages! Please bring a donation for Toys for Tots and get your holiday shopping done! Artist presentations will include culinary expressions by local chefs, music & dance performances, live art, an interactive section for kids, and more. There will also be local brewery, winery, and cocktail tastings for the adults. Join us for ‘Art of Local’, a self-guided exploration of Oceanside and San Diego artisans brought to you by Springhill Suites.
When: Friday, December 6, 2019, 5pm-9pm
Where: SpringHill Suites Oceanside, 110 N Myers St, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Oceanside Art Walk
What: Mission San Luis Rey will be hosting a special two-night Christmas Concert on December 6th and 7th 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 6th, there will be a dessert reception in the Sacred Garden surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights. Saturday December 7th an encore performance will take place at 2pm, with all seats available on a first come first serve basis.
When: Friday, December 6, 2019, 7pm and Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2pm
Where: Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057
More Info: 9th Annual Christmas Concert
What: North County Transit District’s COASTER Holiday Express is back! The family-friendly COASTER Holiday Express departs from the Oceanside Transit Center and takes passengers on a 65-minute non-stop round-trip tour down the coast and back. During the event, passengers will experience a decorated train complete with Victorian carolers singing Christmas classics, a visit from Santa Claus and his elves, and a chance to interact with the beautiful princesses. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while your kids write their wish list for Santa and play reindeer games.
When: December 7-8 & 14-15, 2019, 10:00am, 12:00pm & 2:00pm
Where: Oceanside Transit Center, 235 S Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Special-event tickets go on sale Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. for $20 per person. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and are expected to sell out quickly! Visit NCTD Holiday Express for more details.
What: Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises is offering 20 minute boat rides with Santa this holiday season! No reservations are required, to participate a $3 donation to Friends of Oceanside Parks per person is required. Children 2 & under are FREE.
When: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 11am-3pm
Where: Oceanside Adventures, 256 Harbor Dr So., Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Boat Rides with Santa
What: Join the Brooks Theatre as they broadcast the Charles Dickens classic tale of miserly curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. An Oceanside Theatre Company original adaptation. Great fun for the whole family!
When: Wednesday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22, 2019
Where: 217 N Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: For more information, call (760) 433-8900 or visit the Brooks Theatre Box Office.
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 14, 2019, 7pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
What: Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and it’s Oside Music Fest Committee are pleased to present” Sounds of the Season: A Gift of Song For the Community”, a free holiday concert! In keeping with this season of giving they are excited to offer this wonderful gift of music. They have selected a wide range of singers and dancers, both student and professional, including “Melody Maker”, “Untitled” as well as Oceanside High Advanced Vocals and El Camino High Dancers and other scheduled performers.There will even be cookies and cider, and candy canes for the kids!
When: Monday, December 16, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
Where: 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: To learn more visit Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation
What: To end the first year of their Brown Cup Residency, The Soto Six has put together a joyful, exciting night of holiday jazz tunes in what is sure to be a fun night of holiday cheer and music. Come on down to Brown Cup Friday, December 20 from 6-8PM to ring in the holiday season, and to send 2019 off with a bang! As always, show is free to attend and all ages are welcome.
When: Friday, December 20, 2019, 6pm-8pm
Where: 401 N Coast Hwy Ste E, Oceanside, CA, 92057
More Info: To learn more visit Holiday Jazz Extravaganza