Channel Islands Harbor Lights Up In Holiday Spirit
Community gets involved in home and dock decorating contests

OXNARD, Calif. — Areas surrounding the Channel Islands Harbor will sparkle extra bright this holiday season as neighborhoods, marinas and shops compete in home and dock decorating contests. The contests take place during the month of December in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Parade of Lights at the Channel Islands Harbor.

Eight neighborhoods will compete this year for individual prizes in three categories – Whimsical, Most Creative and Best Decorated Overall. For more information on the home decorating contests, contact Susan O’Brien at 805-207-9579.
The dock decorating contest is open to boaters in all public marinas in Channel Islands Harbor, Westport and Seabridge. The contest is judged on total participation from the boats on each dock. The winning dock is treated to a catered dock party. For more information on the dock decorating contest, contact Gary McLaughlin at 805-815-4520. Judging for both the home and dock decorating contests takes place from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Businesses in Channel Islands Harbor will also decorate the street and watersides.
The public is welcome to enjoy the beautiful light displays. The Channel Islands Water Taxi is a great way to cruise the bay and see the homes, condominiums and apartments. Bicycles and walking are the best way to cruise the beaches.
Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, the museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.