Oceanside Holiday Tree Lighting

Community and Visitors Enjoy Tree Lighting, Music Concerts,
Parade of Lights and more

 Oceanside, Calif.- November 26, 2012– Oceanside, San Diego’s north shore, will buzz with holiday fun throughout December. Events include:

Oceanside Tree Lighting at Regal Center Plaza
Thursday, November 29
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Oceanside kicks off the holiday season with a grand Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on November 29 at downtown’s Regal Center Plaza at 401 Mission Street. This free event includes holiday music, milk and cookies, fun family crafts and a surprise special guest. For information, visit www.oceansiderec.com.

Holiday Jazz Concert at Oceanside Museum of Art
Thursday, December 6, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit at Oceanside Museum of Art’s next 333’s Jazz at the Museum featuring Allison Adams Tucker on Thursday, December 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Playing with her quartet featuring Danny Green on piano, Evona Wascinski on upright bass and Julien Cantelm on drums, Tucker will be playing a selection of world jazz, weaved together with a fun holiday mix of classic jazz songs and stories from around the world.

Join OMA and 333 Pacific Restaurant for this dynamic jazz series with a new improved cocktail format. Guests will enjoy gourmet appetizers, desserts and specialty wines throughout the show with plenty of room for dancing and mingling. Admission to the concert is $20 for OMA members and $30 for non-members. Visit www.oma-online.org or call (760) 435-3721 for reservations, or get your tickets at the door the night of the event. Seating is limited.

2nd Annual Christmas Concert at Mission San Luis Rey
Friday, December 7, 2012
7:00 p.m.

Jump start your Christmas spirit by enjoying your favorite Christmas Carols! The Old Mission San Luis Rey is hosting its 2nd Annual Christmas Concert, performed in the Historic Church by LEGACY and the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir, conducted by James Drollinger, on Friday, December 7th from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception in the Sacred Garden. Tickets range in price from $40 to $60 per person. Register online at  www.sanluisrey.org or call (760)757-3651, ext. 161. The mission is located at 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside.

Parade of Lights at Oceanside Harbor
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dress up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats 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.

Holiday Home Tour
Sunday, December 9, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library are pleased to present the annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 9, 2012 with self-guided tours taking place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature five enchanting Oceanside homes festively decorated for the holidays.  The highlight will be two Roberts Cottages at one destination location.

Tour participants are invited to stop at the Civic Center Library, located at 330 North Coast Highway, for refreshments, a variety of holiday shopping opportunities at the better-than-ever Gift Boutique, and dancing and singing entertainment.  There will also be chances to win amazing auction prizes. Tickets are $20 each. They can be purchased at the Civic Center Library at 330 North Coast Highway or at the Mission Branch Library at 3861 Mission Avenue. Ticket purchases are tax deductible and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library. For more information, please call (760) 435-5600.

Holiday Sunset Market- Downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way
Thursdays in December
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Each Thursday in December, shoppers at the Sunset Market will be treated to the Downtown Holiday Gift Market with hundreds of unusual and exotic gift ideas from around the world. The Certified Farmers Market section features farm fresh produce and floral items plus a myriad of gourmet food items to take home for holiday parties. Strolling carolers add to the merriment. Kids are delighted by pony rides, face painters and a jump house. Sunset Market is located in downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way. For information, contact Main Street Oceanside at (760) 754-4512 or visit www.msoceanside.com.

Chanukah Festival at Oceanside Civic Center
Wednesday, December 12
5:30 p.m.

The Chabad Jewish Center presents the annual Chanukah Festival at the Oceanside Civic Center that includes a giant 15 foot Menorah, performance by the children of Chabad Hebrew School, craft activities, hot latkes, decorate-your-own donuts and special popcorn activities. Free admission. Civic Center is located at 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information, visit www.jewishoceanside.com.

Tsunami Skydivers First Annual “New Year’s Revolution” Boogie
December 26–31, 2012

Oceanside’s Tsunami Skydivers offers a week of fun promotions including a complimentary freefly skills camp for all levels on December 26 and 27, beach jumps for experienced skydivers on December 28, and helicopter jumps for experienced skydivers on December 30. For more information, visit www.tsunamiskydivers.com.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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