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 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 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 $37 and the 10K Run/Walk adult entry fee is $40. Youth options are available.
Additionally, for seniors 65 and older there is a special 1 mile O’Side Turkey Trot experience held after the 5k and 10k. The 1 mile senior event will cost $30. Family members are welcome to participate to provide assistance if needed. Please see website for complete rules and qualifications.
- O’side Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 6am-11am
- Festival of Senior 1 Mile Run/Walk/Push: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10:20am
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 24, 2018, 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 third 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. 24, 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 24 through Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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 24th, this ticketed event offers local beer and wine tastings inside select participating downtown Oceanside Locations.
- Merry Makers Fair: Taking place Saturday through Sunday, November 24th-25th, 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 24th through December 12th, 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!
What: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Oceanside Friends of the Arts, and ToysforTots are excited to bring the First Friday Art Walk and the 4th 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 First Friday Art Walk 5:00pm – 9:00pm. 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.
When: Friday, December 7, 2018, 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 7th and 8th 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 7th, there will be a dessert reception in the Sacred Garden surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights. Saturday December 8th an encore performance will take place at 2pm, with all seats available on a first come first serve basis.
When: Friday, December 7, 2018, 7pm and Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2pm
Where: Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057
More Info: 8th Annual Christmas Concert
Holiday Tree Lighting & Sunset Market
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 6, 2018, 5pm-9pm
Where: Regal Cinema Plaza, 403 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Call (760) 435-5041
What: North County Transit District’s COASTER Holiday Express is back! This year visit with Santa Claus and his elves, get pictures with holiday characters and princesses, and sing along with the carolers while enjoying the coastal views on this round-trip train ride from Oceanside to Solana Beach.
When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2018
Where: Oceanside Transit Center, 235 S Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Special-event tickets go on sale Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. for $14 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 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 8, 2018 11am-3pm
Where: Oceanside Adventures, 315 Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Boat Rides with Santa
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 8, 2018, 7pm-9pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
What: Based on the Charles Dickens classic, enjoy the Oceanside Theatre Company’s original adaptation of the tale of curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future!
When: December 14-23, 2018
Where: Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: For more information visit Oceanside Theatre Company – “A Christmas Carol”