Your Oceanside, CA Holiday Guide

From Hanukkah happenings to Santa sightings, we have all your holiday family fun in Oceanside

By Jessica Huebner, Publisher of Macaroni KID Oceanside, CA November 23, 2021

It's time for holiday family fun in Oceanside, CA and we can hardly wait! We are lucky to have so many holiday attractions and events in Oceanside where families have been making memories for years. From Santa sightings to Hanukkah happenings to craft fairs... Macaroni KID Oceanside has all the details for you and your family to make the most of this holiday season in Oceanside, CA.

Last updated: 11/23/21

Macaroni KID Oceanside is adding holiday events regularly as we find them, so check back often for updates! Have an event to submit to our calendar? Submit events here! Submit Your Event | Macaroni KID

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Hanukkah happenings in Oceanside and around town

11/30/21 4-6 pm FREE

πŸ•―Chanukah Celebration and Menorah, Carlsbad Forum: Visit here for more information.

12/05/21 4-6 pm FREE

πŸ•―Grand Menorah Boat Parade;  San Marcos, CA:  Visit here for more information.

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Santa sightings in Oceanside, CA and surrounding cities

See Santa all season long in Oceanside:


πŸŽ„Holidays at Legoland; Carlsbad, CA

Details: Come celebrate the season with a large giant Lego Christmas tree, seasonal shows, holiday characters, lights, treats, and more.  Visit here for more information.


πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…Sea World Christmas Celebration; San Diego, CA

DetailsSee a new cirque show, visit with real reindeer, meet Santa, drink hot chocolate while walking through a tunnel of lights. There will be holiday fireworks, Sesame Street friends, and take pictures next to the 30 foot Christmas tree with sparkly lights.  Visit here for more information.


πŸŽ…Safari Park Wild Holidays; Escondido, CA

Details: Come bring the family and experience holiday lights, Christmas music, and treats to eat.  Santa will be there for pictures and other special guests.

12/04 5-8 pm

πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…πŸŽ„Holiday at the Rancho; Carlsbad, CA

Details:  The whole family can enjoy Christmas lights, decorating holiday cookies, crafts, a plush snowball fight, an outdoor movie-"Rise of the Guardians", sledding on a 'snow' hill, and pictures with Santa (extra cost).  For more event information click here. 

12/02   5-8:30 pm 

πŸŽ„πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony; Oceanside, CA

Details: Come out and enjoy Oceanside's annual holiday tree lighting with a visit from Santa, fire truck display, milk/cookies, zip line, obstacle course, jump houses, inflatable slides, coconut tree climb, music and carols, crafts and more.  Santa will arrive on a fire truck and there will be a fire truck display.  πŸš’  For more information click here. 

12/04-12/05  11 am -10 pm

πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…πŸŽ„Balboa Park December Nights (Drive-Thru); San Diego, CA

Details:  Come enjoy a "drive thru" festive fun experience with food vendors, lights, music and more.  The setting will be at Inspiration Point at Balboa Park.  For more information click here. 

12/05 12:30-3:30

πŸŽ„Christmas Market:  Calvary Chapel Oceanside

Details:  Come enjoy food, crafts, gifts to buy, and a KID ZONE!  $5/child for the Kid Zone.  For more information click here. 


πŸŽ„πŸ¦’πŸ¦“πŸ¦§ Jungle Bells Aurora at the San Diego Zoo:  San Diego, CA

Details:  Go on a North Pole adventure through out the zoo with 4-D effects, twinkling light trolleys, ride on the Polar Express, see light displays, and get to know winter-loving animals and more.  Click here for more information.

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Other holiday events in Oceanside and surrounding cities:

12/04   All day

πŸŽ„ Living Nativity; Carlsbad, CA, Carlsbad Christian Academy

Details:  Experience a live nativity with people and animals.  Click here for more information.

12/04 3-7 pm and 4-6 pm

πŸŽ„πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…πŸ¬2021 Jingle Jam; Gingerbread house build and pictures with Santa, Oceanside, CA; First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside.

Details: Come out and enjoy a fun North Pole experience for the whole family!  Come and bring the family for a good ol' fashioned gingerbread house build.  Great family fun!  All supplies are provided.  Click here for more information. 

12/11/21 7-9 pm FREE

πŸŽ„βœ¨β›΅β­πŸ€ΆOceanside Harbor Light Parade; Oceanside Harbor

Details: Come on out and bring the family for a great local holiday tradition.  Come see boats decorated with lights to celebrate the festive holiday season.  Click here for more information.  

Do you know of a 2021 family-friendly holiday event or attraction in Oceanside that isn't listed here? Please submit your event here Submit Your Event | Macaroni KID and we will add it to our Macaroni KID Oceanside Holiday Guide!