Holiday Events in Oceanside

Season’s greetings from Oceanside, CA! Even with the winter months approaching, we’re still building snowmen in the sand! Enjoy a fun, unique and eclectic atmosphere in Oceanside when you enjoy holiday events around town. From traditional celebrations to unique outdoor holiday markets – the city is home to a variety of festive fun perfect for the entire family to enjoy. For a complete list of events happening this holiday season and beyond, visit our Oceanside Event Calendar.

In addition to continuing to ring in the holiday season at fun upcoming events in Oceanside, make the most of the season by enjoying Christmas lights and seasonal decorations around town. Head to Downtown Oceanside to see our O’side Christmas Tree and Menorah lit up in front of Regal Cinema Theatres. Cruise down Pacific St heading into the Oceanside Harbor to see North County Village’s trees wrapped in merry and bright lights as well! Docked boats at the Harbor often boast impressive holiday lights in the evenings too. If you’re ready to head a little beyond Oceanside’s city limits for the day, take a trip to close holiday attractions like San Diego Zoo’s Jungle BellsSeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and Holidays at LEGOLAND. Oceanside’s close proximity to premiere SoCal attractions make it the best place to visit for a fun and memorable holiday itinerary with the whole family.

What: This holiday season, participate in Shop Local Oceanside. This socially distanced MainStreet program will run from Sat, Nov. 26-Sun, Dec. 11, 2022. Support participating local businesses safely and early in store and online by shopping with the new digital coupon book, entering our social media contests and giveaways, attending in-store socially distanced events as permitted by the County of San Diego Health Order, enjoying the Downtown Oceanside window decorations, attending the Fifth Annual Merry Makers Fair.

When: Saturday, November 26 through Sunday, December 11, 2022

Where: Oceanside, CA

More Info: Shop Local Oceanside

What: Oceanside kicks off the Holiday Season with a splash! The annual Tree Lighting event is once again taking place in conjunction with the Holiday Sunset Market. Music and festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy beautiful decorations, live music, family-friendly entertainment and games, amusement rides, zip lines, bounce houses and more. There will be free cookies and milk for children and free holiday arts and crafts projects. At 6:00 p.m. a special guest will arrive on a vintage Oceanside fire truck, and will assist city officials in the tree lighting count down! Santa will stay for photos after the tree lighting, so please bring your camera to snap your family photos. Come and enjoy this family tradition! 

When:  Thursday, December 1, 2022, 6pm

Where: Regal Plaza, 401 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Holiday Tree Lighting

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. Discover eclectic holiday gifts from 200 artisans and merchants at San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street market. Enjoy one-stop shopping and dining with hot food from around the world, plus gourmet holiday goodies, live music, kids activities and more!

When:  Thursdays, December 1-29, 2022, 5pm-9pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside, 311 N Tremont St Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Holiday Markets

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! 

When:  Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10am-4pm

Where: Rancho Guajome Adobe, 2210 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083

More Info: For more information please call (760) 724-4082.

What: Head to Rising Co. for a Holiday Fete and Flea for the whole family! Enjoy Thrifters, Makers, Live music, Hot Tamales, Make and Take Station, and Santa!

When: Sunday, December 4, 2022, 10am-2pm

Where: Rising Co., 332 Coast Highway, Oceanside, Ca, 92054

More Info: Rising Co.

What: Leapin’ lizards! America’s most beloved musical ANNIE will once again be presented at the Historic Star Theatre in downtown Oceanside, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s a Hard Knock Life”, “Easy Street”, “Never Fully Dressed without a Smile”, and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow”, ANNIE is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family!

When: December 8-11, 2022, 2pm & 7:30pm showings

Where: The Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Star Theatre

What: Grab the whole family for the inaugural SnowSide Winter Festival. Experience this one of a kind holiday event never seen before in North County! SnowSide will take place Friday – Sunday, December 9-11, 2022. Hosted at the beautiful Emerald Isle Golf Course in Oceanside, PierClub and Emerald Isle welcomes all to this family-friendly event. There will be REAL SNOW and sledding, Christmas trees, live entertainment, jumpys, glow golf putting course, silent disco, food, drinks and much more!

When:  Friday, December 9, 5-9pm, Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11, 4-9pm

Where: Emerald Isle Golf Course, 660 South El Camino Real

More Info: PierClub Presents SnowSide

What: Take a boat ride with Santa this holiday season around Oceanside Harbor, bring your own camera for a photo op with Santa – Tickets are $5 per person and $3 for infants and toddlers 2 and under and all proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Oceanside. 

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11am-3pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor

More Info: Oceanside Adventures

What: Join Rising Co. and Pacific Coast Spirits for a day of fun for everyone – pet friendly + kid friendly. Saturday, December 10, from 11am-3pm in Oceanside—Come out and enjoy some fun in the sun and shop small from the local community!

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11am-3pm

Where: The Rising Co., ​332 Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA, 92054

More Info: Holiday Artisan Market

What: The annual Holiday Mercato is back at Beach House Winery! Sip, shop and be social shop while supporting your local farms, businesses and community while enjoying live music from local musicians and Wood Fired Pizzas!

When:  Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11am-4pm

Where: Beach House Winery, 1534 Sleeping Indian Road, Fallbrook, California 92028

More Info: Beach House Winery

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 10, 2022, 7pm-9pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA

More Info: Parade of Lights

What: Playful, colorful, rhythmic, and wonderfully light-hearted, “Not Your Normal Nutcracker” will entertain and delight fans of the beloved ballet, as well as new audiences seeing the story for the first time. Megill & Company’s “Not Your Normal Nutcracker” flips the script on the classic holiday favorite set to Tchaikovsky. 

When: Saturday, December 16-18, 2022, 2pm and 7:30pm

Where: Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, Ca. 92054

More Info: Oceanside Theatre Company

What: Mark your calendars for our Holiday Market on Saturday Dec. 17th from 11am-4pm! Whether you’re looking for a last minute gift or an outfit to wow at your family festivities, one of our amazing vintage vendors will sure to be have just what you’re looking for. 

When:  Saturday, December 17, 2022, 11am-4pm

Where: RANSACK, 1639 S Coast Hwy unit b, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: RANSACK’s Holiday Market

What: Join O’side Handmade for holiday fun in Artist Alley! Enjoy live music, pictures with Santa, DIY gift station, vendors and Holiday shopping, snowball fights, hot cocoa bar, and more! Tons of fun for families, couples or anyone looking to have some fun and get in the holiday spirit!

When: Sunday, December 18, 2022 12-6pm

Where: Artist Alley, Oceanside

More Info: Handmade Holiday

What: Join five-time Grammy-nominated composer and performer David Arkenstone and some of his special friends for an enchanting holiday performance. Arkenstone will perform chart-topping favorites, glorious traditional holiday songs, and new neoclassical and crossover compositions featuring strings and percussion, promising a magical, family-friendly night to remember.

When:  December 21, 2022, 7:30pm-10pm

Where: Brooks Theatre, 219 North Coast Highway, Oceanside CA 92054

More Info: Oceanside Theatre Company 

What: Clever comedy and a nerdy audience make this sober New Year’s Eve one-of-a-kind. Come support comedy that got beat up in high school but ended up getting a great job. Humor + Intelligence = Fun Night Out. Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee hosts the show with several top nerd comics in the state The show concludes with the Nerd Olympics, a game show where audience members compete to answer nerdy questions.

When:  Saturday, December, 31 2022, 7pm

Where: Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 

More Info: Oceanside Theatre Company

What: PierClub Presents: Club12 A New Years Eve, Casino Night & Double Countdown Event! Enjoy two floors of entertainment at Hello Betty. Dance the night away with 2 stages of music, get your game on with black jack and roulette tables for a chance to win awesome prizes and indulge in TWO hosted champagne countdowns at 9pm and 12pm. There is no better place to be than Club12 on New Years Eve!

When:  Monday, December 31, 2022, 9pm-1pm

Where: Hello Betty, 211 Mission Ave., Oceanside, Ca, 92054

More Info: Club 12 New Years Eve

Published: December 1, 2022

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