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Hot tamales, world-class wines and visits from Santa are part of what is in store during December in VenturaCountyWest. Make a weekend of it and discover all that Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura have to offer.

(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - November 15th, 2014 - Hot tamales, world-class wines and visits from Santa are part of what is in store during December in VenturaCountyWest. Make a weekend of it and discover all that Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura have to offer.

Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair

Saturday, December 6, noon - 8:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. (wine tasting)

Downtown Ventura

Admission: $50 (admission to the Street Fair is free)

The wine walk showcases award-winning local wineries. Each guest receives a tasting cup and a map of the participating tasting sites in downtown Ventura. As you stroll down Main Street on your wine excursion you can browse holiday items at stores and the annual Ventura Winter Street Fair and be surrounded by a winter holiday ambiance of live jazz and blues entertainment and beautiful holiday lighting. Real snowflakes fall takes on the corner of Main and California Streets from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

14th Annual Cowboy Christmas

Saturday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Camarillo Ranch, Camarillo

Admission: $85

Put on your finest cowboy and cowgirl attire and head to the historic Camarillo Ranch House for the 14th Annual Cowboy Christmas. Taste local wines from Ventura County Winery Association members including Herzog Wine Cellars, Magnavino Cellars and Sunland Vintage Cellars and sample dishes and desserts from Ventura County’s premiere caters and bakeries. The ranch’s Victorian home will be adorned in period-authentic holiday decorations. All proceeds go to the Camarillo Ranch Foundation’s educational programs. Call 805-389-8182 for more information.

6th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Saturday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Plaza Park, Oxnard

Admission: Free

Get the tastiest tamales in town, from sweet to savory, traditional to gourmet. Learn tamale making with live demonstrations. Take part in tamale eating contest, a holiday crafts fair, kids’ activities and enjoy music from Chico and Tierra. Call 805-766-4906 for more information.

38th Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks

Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13, Parade - 6:30 p.m., Fireworks - 8:00 p.m.

Ventura Harbor, Ventura

Theme: “Holidays Across the World”

Admission: Free

Pack up the kids and come down to Ventura Harbor for the 38th Annual Parade of Lights. On Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., kids can play in real snow and hop on carnival rides at Ventura Harbor Village.

49th Annual Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 13, Noon - 8:00 p.m., Parade - 7:00 p.m.

Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard

Theme: “A Buccaneer’s Holiday”

Admission: Free

Kick off the holidays with a full day and evening of family fun, thousands of sparkling lights dancing on the water and the magical moment when Santa flies across the sky marking the beginning of the parade. Children’s activities and an artists’ market will take place at Marine Emporium Landing. The parade begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed throughout the harbor. Waterfront viewing is available from some restaurants and boat charters.

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Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA)

The Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA) is comprised of lodging facilities and destination marketing organizations in the California cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura. VCLA represents 60 members including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, RV Resorts, resort rentals, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau. Its "VenturaCountyWest" marketing campaign is designed to attract overnight leisure and business visitors to the region.


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