Top 5 Things to do in Ventura for the holidays!

by Fiorella Calderoni

‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations and there is no shortage of them in Ventura! Check out our list of the top 5 holiday happenings.


Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 4 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm

The annual Downtown Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony enjoys a magical setting in front of Old San Buenaventura Mission. There will be pre-ceremony fun including an interactive snow globe photo booth and dancing! The ceremony includes local choirs and dancers leading up to the arrival of Santa on his very own fire truck. And as soon as the lights come on, get ready for snow!



Holiday Street Fair

December 5 @ 12:00pm-8:00pm

Ventura’s Holiday Street Fair has become a popular tradition that celebrates local artists and beautiful downtown Ventura. Holiday go-ers are invited to enjoy Main Street car-free as vendors and live entertainment line the street. This magical day is free and open to the public at noon.

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Winter Wine Walk

December 5 @ 4:00pm-7:15pm

One of Ventura’s most popular events of the year is back! The Winter Wine Walk is set to takeover downtown Ventura with 60 tasting locations showcasing world class wineries and breweries in your favorite downtown businesses. Each guest receives a tasting cup and a map of participating tasting sites to do the walk at your own pace surrounded by a holiday ambiance of live entertainment, beautiful holiday lighting and snow fall from 6:45 pm-8 pm on Main Street. Ventura Visitor Center will feature a live acoustic guitarist, and unique pours from BlendZ winery paired with Watermark on Main’s special roasted tomato soup with gourmet grilled cheese squares on top. Definitely a stop you don’t want to miss.


Don’t forget that the Visitor Center is also the best place to buy your tickets for this event without paying any extra fees, and since we know you’ll be hooked on local wines, you’ll also want to remember the Visitor Center as the starting point for Ventura’s Sip & Savor wine tour.


39th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks

Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 6:30pm

Celebrate the holidays California style on a boat out on the water! Island Packers is offering Parade of Light cruises for holiday-goers to participate in the parade or watch on a nearby boat. This year’s theme is “Surf, Sand & Santa -Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura.” The shops in the village will also be open and restaurants will welcome you for festive seaside dining. The Main Lawn will offer free visits with Santa and carnival rides that the kids are sure to love. And don’t forget to stay for the fireworks!

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Visit Ventura’s Holiday Elf Giveaways & Shopping

Have you spotted Ventura’s visiting elf? Our holiday elf is full of surprises and that’s why our top choice for ways to celebrate the holidays in Ventura is by participating in Ventura’s Holiday Elf Giveaways! Why do 12 days of giveaways when you can do 24? That’s right, 24 days of amazing giveaways for you and a friend building up to one spectacular grand prize. All you have to do is follow @VisitVentura on Instagram and tag a friend. Keep an eye out for our visiting elf. Giveaways start December 1st!


If you happen to miss out on the giveaways, at least know you can come by the Visitor Center and enjoy a free reusable Ventura canvas bag for every $25 spent. The Visitor Center has all your holiday gifts including popular items like Ventura apparel for all sizes, local art and photography, and unique sand dollar gift tags, as well as brand new items like Ventura water bottles, beach towels, sunglasses, koozies, and wine accessories! Stop by and add a little more Ventura in your holidays.