Short List

Victorian Holiday Boutique at the Dudley House

December 3 – 5 & 10 – 12 | Dudley House, Ventura

Celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The boutique features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles, homemade candies, and a tearoom with silent auction, refreshments, bargain items, and a kids’ craft table. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood Street in Ventura. For more information, visit

Holiday Home Tour Fundraiser

December 5 | Various Homes in Camarillo

Meadowlark Service League presents its 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour. View homes dressed in holiday attire. The Camarillo Ranch Barn will host a variety of Christmas boutiques, as well as complimentary refreshments and opportunity drawings. Get in the Christmas spirit and spend a fun filled afternoon viewing an amazing selection of homes ranging from English Tudor to contemporary. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; 1 - 5 p.m. For more information, call 805.987.4095 or visit

Nature’s Palette: The Art of Meredith Brooks Abbott

December 5 – February 13 | Museum of Ventura County

Atmospheric landscapes, garden paintings, and portraits by California Impressionist Meredith Brooks Abbott will be on solo exhibition. Abbott has spent most of her 50 years as a painter in the South Coast region; she is a founding member of the Oak Group of painters dedicated to preserving open spaces, and exhibits regularly with the California Art Club. This museum exhibit draws from collections in Ventura and Santa Barbara, and showcases her ability to capture the natural world around her with quick brushstrokes and subtly related colors. 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, call 805.653.0323 or visit

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

December 10 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

After first gaining mainstream popularity with their breakthrough performance in Swingers, Ventura’s Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has gone on to become one of the most popular touring bands on the road today. Having put the swing craze that briefly dominated Alternative radio in 1998 behind them, BBVD now carries on the tradition of the legendary Big Bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, performing over 100 retro-cool concerts each year around the world. And as a twist, the band collaborates with symphonies in more than 15 cities, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Air Force Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Hartford Symphony in Hartford, CT, and the Atlanta Symphony. 8 p.m. Kavli Theatre. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Olivas Adobe Holiday Tour

December 12 | Olivas Adobe Historical Park

Discover how the holidays were celebrated on Rancho San Miguel in Old California. Costumed guides lead small group tours into the Adobe courtyard to observe vignettes of how the Olivas family prepared for its holiday celebration in the 1860s. Enjoy costumed historical skits, live entertainment, and refreshments. Tours take place every hour from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit or call 805.658.4726.

Leading Ladies

Through December 19 | Santa Paula Theater Center

From the writer of “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor” comes Ken Ludwig’s sidesplitting comedy of mistaken identity, as two English Shakespearean actors who are stuck performing on the Moose Lodge Circuit in 1950s Amish Pennsylvania decide to impersonate the long lost English nephews of a local dying heiress. However, they soon discover that the beloved relatives are actually nieces! Donning outfits from their costume trunk, the two arrive at the estate as “Maxine and Stephanie” to collect the inheritance. Romantic entanglements abound when they fall head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece and her best friend. 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. For more information, call 805.525.4645 or visit santapaula

Christmas Tree Holiday Train & The North Pole Express

Through December 27 | Fillmore

Every Saturday and Sunday through December 29, visitors are invited to hop onboard Fillmore & Western’s Christmas Tree Train and journey through Ventura County’s picturesque Heritage Valley on the way to select and cut down their own Christmas tree. Trains depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the rides cost $24 for adults, $22 for seniors 60+, $14 for kids 4-12, $10 for kids 2-3; kids under 2 are free on lap. The North Pole Express journeys to the “North Pole” to “pick up Santa.” The ride includes storytellers dressed as elves and chocolate milk and cookies. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their teddy bears. The North Pole Express runs Wednesday through Sunday, through December 27. $29 for adults, $19 for kids 2-12; kids under 2 are free on lap. For more information, call 800.773.8724 or visit

Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks

December 17 & 18 | Ventura Harbor

This two-day celebration marks the 34th anniversary of this yearly event. The parade starts at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks show. Themed “Holiday in Whoville – Who’s Your Favorite Seuss?” guests can view boats adorned with Christmas lights and decorations illuminate the Ventura Harbor and watch as colorful fireworks fill the night sky. The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch will be wandering the Promenade for photo opportunities. Guests can also do some Christmas shopping and eat at one of the Harbor restaurants. Free parking and admission. For more information, visit or call 805.477.0470.

Home for the Holidays

December 17 & 18 | Conejo Players Theatre

“Home For The Holidays” is a festive night of cabaret, when performers from the current season and seasons past come together in an evening of song to share glad tidings and spread holiday cheer. Performers will regale guests with renditions of holiday classics both old and new. There will be a champagne reception following each performance. This event is for two nights only. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805.495.3715 or visit


Master Harold and the Boys

February 9 – March 6 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura

This powerful play set in South Africa in the 1950s follows 17-year-old Hally and two black servants, Sam and Willie. Sam has become a father figure to Hally, helping him with schoolwork, making him a kite, and teaching him important life lessons. Hally (“Master Harold”), upon learning that his tyrannical father is coming home from the hospital, unleashes his fear and anger on his friends. This production has much to say about how racism and bigotry is passed from one generation to the next. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play and London’s Evening Standard Award. Reserved seating. For more information, visit


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