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
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 14, at noon.
When: Saturday, November 24 through Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Where: Oceanside, CA
More Info: To learn more visit Shop Local Oceanside
Sip and Shop
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. The first will be located in downtown Oceanside on Saturday, November 24th from 2-5pm and the second will take place in South Oceanside in conjunction with the South O Walkabout on Wednesday, December 12th from 5-8pm.
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 and Where:
- Downtown Oceanside, Saturday, November 24, 2018, 2-5pm
- South Oceanside, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5-8pm
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 24, 2018, 10am-5pm
- Sunday, November 25, 2018, 10am-2pm
Where: Artist Alley, Downtown Oceanside
More Info: To learn more visit Shop Local Oceanside
What: Why go to the mall? The Holiday Gift Market has it all! The last Thursday in November and 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 13th and 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm for pictures!
When: Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, 5-9pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
More Info: To learn more visit Holiday Gift Market
*This event may be canceled due to rain. Visit MainStreet Oceanside for updates*
‘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: Saturday, December 1 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Where: Visit Shop Local Oceanside or reference your Shop Local Holiday Passport for a list of participating locations
Christmas Light Helicopter Tours
What: Sure, you see Christmas lights every year…but have you ever seen them from the perspective of Santa and his reindeer?! Tired of driving around searching for all the Christmas lights? Get ready to be dazzled by the Christmas lights from the air as you fly over the beach towns between Oceanside and Del Mar! At Del Mar, the helicopter will turn around and fly over the eastern edge of the coastal beach towns on its way back to Oceanside. All tours are private and the helicopter can fit up to three passengers. The helicopter has heat, air conditioning, leather seats, and Bose noise-canceling headsets to enjoy this flight in comfort and luxury. Enjoy this 30 minute Holiday helicopter adventure with your loved ones and cherish an unforgettable memory of flying over all the Christmas lights while listening to traditional Christmas music through your individual headsets!
When: Friday, December 7th – Saturday, December 22nd, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm, 8-9pm
Where: Waverider Helicopter Tours, 480 Airport Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058
More Info: Book your trip here!
What: This year’s Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Regal Cinema Plaza. In addition to the lighting ceremony there will be glow in the dark sand art, glow in the dark face painting and more!
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6pm
Where: Regal Cinema Plaza, 401 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Call (760) 806-7765 for more details.
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
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, 256 Harbor Dr So., 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
Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
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: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2018, 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 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.
Rescheduled Due to Weather
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 13, 2018, 5pm-9pm
Where: Regal Cinema Plaza, 403 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Call (760) 435-5041
*This event has been rescheduled from December 6th to December 13th, 2018 due to weather*
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”