The 52nd Annual Parade of Lights, “Fairy Tales Afloat,” and daytime activities are planned to be held as scheduled on December 9th, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced today.
“After consulting with weather and public safety officials regarding potential impacts from the Thomas Fire, we have determined that we can proceed with this much-loved community tradition,” said Ventura County Harbor Department Director Lyn Krieger. “With this week’s tragic wildfires, we hope this event will bring some much needed holiday cheer to Oxnard and surrounding communities.”
Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade while listening to carolers sing holiday songs. Families can play in 36 tons of snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park, located off Harbor Blvd. near Marine Emporium Landing, beginning at noon. Santa will be there from noon – 4 p.m. and will take pictures with families free of charge. There will also be holiday arts and crafts vendors starting at 10 a.m.
The Parade of Lights, themed “Fairy Tales Afloat,” will begin at 7 p.m. The lighted boat parade is visible from many Harbor locations, including parks and walkways that line the route along the west side (Harbor Boulevard) from Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club to Channel Islands Yacht Club, along the walkways on the west side of Peninsula Road (Peninsula Park to Porpoise Way), and Victoria Avenue from Hobie Beach to the Public Launch Ramp, as well as from most Harbor restaurants. The boat parade makes two circuits to maximize viewing opportunities.