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What’s Up Downtown Oceanside

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Gift Market

Dec. 1, Regal Cinema Plaza and Sunset Market

Oceanside will welcome the holiday season Thursday with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Gift Market Downtown. Watch Santa arrive by fire truck at 6 p.m.and be there when the tree lights up! This annual holiday event will be filled with activities and expanded amusements for the whole family. From 5-8:30 p.m., kids can enjoy free visits with Santa, kids craft tables, milk & cookies and more. Before and after the Tree Lighting, Sunset Market attendees can shop the first Holiday Gift Market of the Year. Read more.

Oceanside Holiday Challenge

Through Dec. 11, Oceanside

It’s not too late to take our challenge to shop, eat and play local this holiday season! Register and download our scavenger hunt mobile app. Then visit Oceanside businesses, destinations and events for a chance to win local prizes! Once again this year, you can earn points at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Gift Market by completing bonus missions like taking a selfie with Santa. Our 2022 Grand Prizes are a $500 Downtown shopping spree and staycations at Mission Pacific Hotel and The Brick Hotel. No purchase necessary to participate. Shop local for the holidays and get rewarded. FIND OUT MORE

‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

Through Dec. 11, Oceanside

’Tis the Season to Shop Local continues with the Oceanside Holiday ChallengeHoliday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Gift Market on Thursday, the Holiday Gift Markets every Thursday in December and a variety of In-store Events at participating ‘Tis the Season to Shop Local businesses. These events and specials are sure to add some festive fun and Christmas cheer to your holidays. FIND OUT MORE

Holiday Gift Markets 

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sunset Market

EVERY THURSDAY IN DECEMBER! Discover eclectic holiday gifts from 200 artisans and merchants at San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street market! Enjoy one-stop holiday shopping and dining a the Sunset Market with hot foods from around the world, gourmet gifts, kids activities, live music and free visits with Santa Dec. 1, 8 and 15. FIND OUT MORE

Gift Giving Toy Drive 

Dec. 1-12, MainStreet Oceanside

MainStreet Oceanside is partnering with Friends of Oceanside Dia de los Muertos for our Annual Gift Giving Toy Drive, which provides toys for Oceanside children at Balderrama Child Development Center in Eastside and at Club Crown Heights. Our goal is to get all 80 children on our two Christmas trees at least one item on their holiday list during the toy drive. Pick up an ornament and drop off a $20 gift certificate or a new $20-and-under gift per the ornament’s instructions at the MainStreet office at 701 Mission Ave. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more info, please call the office at 760-754-4512. FIND OUT MORE

Teeny Tiny Art Mart Preview and Virtual sale

Preview Dec. 1, Sale Dec. 4-19, Oceanside Museum of Art

OMA’s Teeny Tiny Art Mart is back with more than 1,000 miniature masterpieces for sale for only $25 each. Starting today, preview the artworks, which remain anonymous until sold, online or in the lobby during museum hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Then starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, purchase online to support your Downtown Oceanside art museum. 100% of the proceeds help to support OMA’s ongoing education initiatives. FIND OUT MORE

First Friday Art Walk & Holiday Tree Lighting

Dec.2, SpringHill Suites Marriott

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Oceanside Friends of the Arts and Toys for Tots are bringing the First Friday Art Walk and the hotel’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony together from 5-9 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots. FIND OUT MORE

First Friday at Tremont Collective

Dec. 2, SpringHill Suites Marriott

Tremont Collective’s First Friday event this month will feature Santa stopping in for photos, music from DJ Michaela and a raffle to benefit the North County Food Bank. The fun starts at Friday at 5 p.m. at the Downtown Oceanside retail and restaurant collective, which will be open late for shopping and dining. FIND OUT MORE

Winter Wreath Workshop

Dec. 3, Siren Floral Shop

Don’t miss out on Siren Floral Shop’s Winter Wreath Workshop. Join the Downtown floral shop on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon for a hands-on class, in which you will learn how to make your very own unique winter wreath, using fresh greenery, berry branches, dried elements and more. Registration includes a medium-size wreath for you to take home, all tools and materials, snacks and drinks and instruction. REGISTER

Rising Co. Holiday Warehouse Sale, Holiday Fete & Flea,

Dec. 3, 4, Rising Co.

Shop Rising Co. Saturday for heavily discounted merchandise at a Warehouse Sale hosted by Feather 4 Arrow featuring Rais Case, Raen, Thrills, Stance Socks, Roark, RicherPoorer and more from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Then visit the Holiday Fete & Flea on Sunday featuring thrifters, makers, live music, hot tamales, a make-and-take station and Santa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See more Rising Co. events here. FIND OUT MORE

Goblin Shark December Gallery Opening & Ugly Sweater Contest

Dec. 3, Goblin Shark Emporium

This Saturday get your party on from 6-9 p.m. at the December Goblin Gallery Opening Reception for featured artist Dani Marschall. Win prizes from the shop in an ugly holiday sweater contest and dance to DJ Dream City Discotech. FIND OUT MORE

Señor Grubby’s Oceanside Christmas Party 

Dec. 7, Señor Grubby’s

From 5-8 p.m. next Wednesday, come to Señor Grubby’s in Downtown Oceanside for this annual community Christmas party. Enjoy free photos with Santa, elves, raffles and hot cocoa. Bring your camera and and support Oceanside-based Got Your Back San Diego. FIND OUT MORE


Dec. 8-11, Star Theatre

For one weekend only, America’s most beloved musical will once again be presented at the historic Star Theatre. At 7:30 p.m. next Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, this Downtown Oceanside production will give a new generation the chance to experience the Broadway classic about never giving up hope. BUY TICKETS

Books Galore and More!

Dec. 10, Civic Center Library 

Next Saturday in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will be selling gift items, gently used books, artworks, puzzles and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Doors open to Friends members at 9 a.m. Shoppers will have the opportunity to meet renowned author and linguist Richard Lederer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FIND OUT MORE

Holiday Artisan Market

Dec. 10, Rising Co. and Pacific Coast Spirits

Creative Communal returns to Rising Co. and Pacific Coast Spirits next Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Along with a variety of handmade artisanal goods from area makers, this free outdoors event will include live music, food and drinks in the parking lots of both Downtown Oceanside businesses, which would appreciate your support. FIND OUT MORE

Pacific Coast Spirits 4th Anniversary Celebration 

Dec. 10, Pacific Coast Spirits

Join Pacific Coast Spirits next Saturday for a celebration of craft spirits. The Downtown Oceanside grain-to-glass distillery will start the day with the Holiday Artisan Market in outside and continue the celebration with an evening of festivities. Enjoy live music by Dulaney and Company starting at 6 p.m., complimentary welcome cocktail, complimentary bites from Chef Louis Laterza, and cocktail and bottle specials.FIND OUT MORE

Artist Awakening XXII and Movie Night

Dec. 10, Artist Alley Oceanside

Experience a celebration of art, culture and humanity at Artist Awakening XXII. This free monthly community-based pop-up hosted by Downtown Oceanside body jewelry shop Ikigai Artifacts Co. will feature live music and live art from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. next Saturday and a movie at Ikigai Artifacts Co. from 7-9 p.m. FIND OUT MORE

Oside Handmade Handmade Holiday

Dec. 11, Artist Alley

Join the shops of Artist Alley next Sunday for Handmade Holiday in Artist Alley presented by Oside Handmade. From noon-6 p.m., this free, family-friendly event has something for everyone. Enjoy live music while you shop, along with hot cocoa, photos with Santa, date night crafting and a mistletoe arch photo op. FIND OUT MORE


Holiday Art Shop Opening

Dec. 3, Studio ACE

Studio ACE will open its Holiday Art Shop Saturday from noon-7 p.m., offering 10% off for all items in the shop. Shop holiday cards, ornaments, artwork, clothing and holiday treat and more. Studio ACE will offer Holiday Art Kits for purchase, and ACE instructor and artist Theresa Fullmer will host a free Community Holiday make and take workshop from 2-4 p.m. FIND OUT MORE

Seaside Flowers & Gifts Local Artists Pop-up

Dec. 3, Seaside Flowers

Shop local artists on Saturday at Seaside Flowers. Receive a free flower with pop-up purchase of $25 or more. On Dec. 10, receive 10% off fresh-flower Christmas centerpiece purchases and orders. View more ‘Tis the Season to Shop Local In-store Events and Specials. FIND OUT MORE

Brand-X Grand Opening

Dec. 3, Brand-X Skate Shop & Lounge

Join Brand-X Skate Shop & Lounge Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Saturday for the store’s grand opening at 3320 Mission Ave. near Prince Skate Park. A free shirt and stickers will be given away with the first 20 decks sold. Enjoy giveaways, beer and wine, snacks and refreshments.


Holiday Mercato

Dec. 10, Beach House Winery

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday, shop for local and delicious artisanal gifts at this free annual event, including poinsettias, honey, gourmet olive oil and vinegar, and wine gift baskets. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and receive a 50% discount on your first glass of wine. FIND OUT MORE

Boat Rides with Santa

Dec. 10, Oceanside Harbor

Join Santa on a 20-minute cruise around the Oceanside Harbor next Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dress up in your holiday attire and bring your cameras. There will also be a photographer on board to take photos, which will be posted on Oceanside Adventures Facebook page for you to download and share for free. Cost to ride is $5 per person ages 3 and up ($3 per person age 2 and under ). All proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Club of Oceanside. Reservations required. BOOK

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Dec. 10, Oceanside Harbor

Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate for the Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights next Saturday. Starting at 7 p.m., this free and fun spectacle will showcase boats of all shapes and sizes decorated in their finest holiday attire, including lights, ornaments and lots of holiday trimmings. Many of the boats even feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. FIND OUT MORE


Toasted Gastrobruch + Dinner

Toasted Gastrobrunch + Dinner is now open at 339 N. Cleveland St., the former location of Carte Blanche, in the SALT Apartments building. The restaurant is serving brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner from 3-8 p.m. and happy hour from 3-6 p.m. FIND OUT MORE


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