You might be thinking, “Cut to the chase, Andy.” Okay! Here’s a map of everything mentioned: the Candy Cane Lanes, light shows, and the “Santa-In-Lights” Christmas Eve helicopter.
“Candy Cane Lanes,” light shows, and a Santa Chopper
With five days left until Christmas, I expect most people who are going to decorate have already put up their lights. I check each year if any of my friends want to drive around looking at lights. We haven’t gone yet, and I’m out of state visiting family, but that shouldn’t stop any of you from checking out these annual Ventura County Christmas lights traditions.
Camarillo Christmas Lights (2013)
Gemini Street in Camarillo is always decked out. The Camarillo Acorn just released an article on the annual Camarillo tradition that also mentions the Christmas tree on top of the water tower in Old Town and The Christmas Pig. To get to the Gemini Street lights, go north on Arneill past Ponderosa (this would be toward the hills in Cam, away from the water tower Christmas tree). You’ll come to a stop sign that intersects with Dunnigan, turn right. Go down the street a bit and turn right on Gemini. Many drivers turn off their lights. Consider parking to walk around. (GPS protip: Search for the “Dunnigan St. and Gemini St.” intersection in Camarillo.)
Oxnard Christmas Lights (2013)
Downtown Oxnard has another Ventura County “Candy Cane Lane.” From 6 pm to 10 pm until the 25th, head to the display on F and G Streets between Fifth and First Streets. According to the Ventura County Star these started in 1992 after the Candy Cane Lane in Ventura closed up. Some residents sell hot chocolate, there is often live music, and last year I recall an extensive model train set. (GPS protip: Search for the “5th St. and G St.” intersection in Oxnard.)
Moorpark Christmas Lights (2013)
Moorpark also joins in the holiday cheer. This Candy Cane Lane is near the Arroyo Vista Community Park off Tierra Rejada Road. The streets, according to an author on Macaroni Kid, are Pinedale Rd, Clearwood Rd, Cedardale Rd. (I personally have not been to these lights and cannot verify that they still go on, but it seems likely they exist.)
Newbury Park Christmas Lights (2013)
There is a choreographed light–music display in Newbury Park at 5309 Via Jacinto. Head over between 5 pm and 10 pm until January 1st. Be sure to tune into 99.1 FM to hear the music! Also in Newbury Park is an animated display at 538 Brisbaine Avenue; 100.5 FM. There may still be lights near the intersection of Via Patricia and Via Ricardo in Dos Vientos (on Via Patricia) as they have been happening the past six years; 99.1 FM. Sandra Court in Newbury Park may have a good number of decorated homes, too (GPS protip: search for the “S Dewey Ave. and Sandra Ct.” intersection). The following is a video from one of these houses:
Thousand Oaks Christmas Lights (2013)
At 1566 El Dorado Drive in Thousand Oaks, there is a nightly light display from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday). The Conejo Valley Guide has a great article on their almost 30 minute show. Bring some canned goods and other non-perishables to put into a collection can for the Manna Canejo Valley Food Bank. Apparently this display is interactive!
Simi Valley Christmas Lights (2013)
A few houses have some stuff going on in Simi Valley: the corner of Timberlane and Fearing and a second one at Highland and Sinaloa.
Other Ventura County Christmas Lights (2013)
And finally, Aspen Helicopters will fly Santa-In-Lights, “an 800-pound, 35-foot long Santa Claus light display,” around west county from 6 pm to 7:40 pm on Christmas Eve. It’s called Santa-In-Lights. The VC Star scheduled out the route. Camarillo will be around 6:25 to 6:45 pm; Riverpark and The Collection at 6:50 pm; and then downtown Ventura from 7:18 to 7:30 pm.
The Canejo Valley Guide has even more Christmas and holiday events.
This is a map of all the things mentioned in this post.
As a quick aside, the most striking display I’ve seen just driving around was coming into Camarillo via Santa Rosa Road. On the right, just about into the city limit, there are blue and white lights flashing “LET IT SNOW.” It may not snow in Ventura County, other than in the mountains, but it has snowed at my family’s in Ohio!
What Christmas lights do you go see every year? Let me and your neighbors know by commenting below, tweet me @itsandyking, or send an email to andy.king977 at gmail dot com.
This is cross posted at Venture Ventura, a “living guide book” to Ventura County that I help with. Check it out here.