Christmas in California

VENTURA Nativity

December 6, 2019, 5 p.m.

The festivities begin at  5 p.m. A live Nativity sponsored by San Buenaventura Mission's Holy Cross School is held on the front steps of the Mission. At 6:45 p.m. Ventura Mayor and the Pastor of the Mission welcome Santa Claus.

Experience the wonder of the season as the Christmas story comes to life through  live actors, live animals, carolers and more! This is a FREE event. Narration is provided in both English and Spanish.

A family tradition for more than 75 years, two historic Norfolk Pine Trees come alive with festive lights while carolers sing and entertain the 2,500+ people who gather in front of Mission San Buenaventura, Figueroa Plaza and in Mission Park.

When Santa lights the trees the magic begins with snow and festive music. Activities for children of all ages are sponsored by the businesses of the Downtown District. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening.

Main Street is closed between Ventura Avenue and Palm Street. The festivities include a Christmas Village with a variety of booths including food and beverages for the family in Figueroa Plaza and canned food Christmas trees sponsored by Food Share.


Attend Downtown Ventura's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of the Mission! Enjoy caroling from local choirs, meet Santa and countdown to the lighting of the Mission's historic Norfolk pines.

The festivities include a Christmas Village with food and beverages sold in Figueroa Plaza and canned food Christmas trees sponsored by Food Share. Main Street is closed in front of the Mission. Parking is available in the Mission Main Street lower lot, at the Ventura County Museum, and in the Mission upper parking lot off Palm Street.

Ventura is one of the most event-filled cities for its size in California and annual events you won't want to miss include Halloween celebrations, among the countless events.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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