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2017 CHRISTMAS (Dates are not final) BOAT PARADES

In California


This list includes parades held in the various marinas’ (in water) and land boat parades. Please call or visit the websites to verify the dates. This comprehensive list was built in 2015.

Most parades are in the Southern California area.



Boats on land Boats in the water




Bethel Island, CA – San Joaquin Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015 / 5:00 P.M.

Location: 550 Riverview Place
Bethel Island, CA 

Contact: (925) 684-9985 /

Comments: Santa & Mrs. Claus will be on board a yacht, waving to all along the Delta waterways.


Chino Hills Boat Parade – (On land not water)

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015 / 7:00 P.M.

Location: along Peyton Drive (north of Eucalyptus Avenue) or Boys Republic Road before the Police Department

Comments: All you need is a boat, a tow vehicle, a flair for holiday decorating, a generator, and proof of insurance. The number of entries is limited. For information call: The coordinator at (909) 573-3824.


Dana Point, CA – 41st Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Date: December 11, 12, and 18, 19 2015 at 7:30 P.M.

Comments: Boats rides with Santa, Friday Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 18, 2015, boarding at Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks. Call or visit the website for details. (949) 923-2255 /


Long Beach, CA – 32nd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights at Shoreline Village

Date: December 19, 2015 / 5:0 0 P.M.

Comments: The parade will begin outside the Shoreline Marina and go towards the sand White, circle near the beach, move into and through Shoreline Marina and on to Rainbow Harbor past Parker’s Lighthouse Restaurant, Pine Avenue Pier, Gladstone’s departing Rainbow Harbor passing by the Queen Mary.  For Info: (562) 434-3066 /


Long Beach, CA – Naples Island 69th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015 / 6:00 P.M.


Comments: Some people describe it as one of the coziest, friendliest and coolest places in Southern California for a Christmas parade on the water.


Marina Del Rey, CA – 52nd Annual Boat Parade
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015 / 6:00 P.M.
(Rain or Shine)

Contact: (310) 670-7130 /

Comments: This year’s theme is “Happy Birthday Marina Del Rey”. Fire works show will start at 5:55 P.M. Followed by the boat parade (6:P.M. t0 8:P.M.). Free parking available in county lots. The second largest boat parade on the Westcoast.


Morro Bay, CA – Lighted Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 / 6:30 P.M.

Location: Morro Bay

Contact: (805) 772-4467

Comments: Join the hundreds of people at this annual event. Boats of all sizes and shapes and are decorated for the holiday season. This is sure to be a spectacular sight.


Newport Beach, CA - 105th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Tickets here

Date: December 16 - 20, 2015 / Time 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Contact: (949) 675-0551 /

Comments: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 16 and ending Sunday, December 20, 2015. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening, with fireworks at Balboa Pier Firework show on the final night of the parade, December 21nd @9:PM


Oakland, CA – Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade

Date: December 5, 2015 / 5:30 P.M.

Location: Oakland Yacht Club and Marina Village Yacht Harbor


Comments: Hundreds of spectators gather along the waterfront at specified viewing areas or at restaurants that afford them a view of the estuary. In 2009 thirty-five boats participated in the parade, and this year's organizers expect even more.


Oceanside, CA – Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Date: December 12, 2015 / 6:00P.M. to 9:P.M.

Comments: Boats of all sizes, decorated in holiday lights and ornaments circle Oceanside Harbor. On lookers will be in the restaurants and along the beach. Come out bring the family and find a fire pit to sit around and enjoy the parade. Contact: (760) 722-5751 /



Oxnard, CA - Oxnard Parade of Lights

Date: December 12, 2015 / 7 - 9:00 P.M.

Location: Marine Emporium Landing 
3600 S. Harbor Blvd. Oxnard, CA

Contact: (805) 985-5828 /

Comments: This time-honored tradition kicks off the holidays with Snow Play at 12:00 p.m. and Santa and Mrs. Claus from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. There will be arts & crafts and food vendors starting at 12:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. you can enjoy the thousands of sparkling lights dancing on the water and the magical moment when Santa flies across the sky marking the beginning of the parade.


Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 / 5:00 P.M.

Location: Petaluma River Turning Basin 
Petaluma, CA

Contact: (707) 765-9725 

Comments: The parade starts at the Petaluma Marina at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in the Turning Basin between 6 and 6:30 p.m.  Best viewing is on Water St., Jack Balshaw Bridge, Golden Eagle Shopping Center or at the Yacht Club.


Redondo Beach, CA – 24th Annual King Harbor Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015 / 5:30 P.M.

Comments: The theme of this year parade is “A Christmas Wish” the grand marshal this year is Bo Derek. For information call (310) 376-2459.


San Diego, CA – Mission Bay Christmas Boat of Lights Parade

December 12, 2015 / 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Contact: (858) 488-0501 /

Comments: The boat parade begins at 6:00 p.m. from Quiver Basin. The two recommended viewing spots are Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island. The parade ends with a firework show and the lighting of the SeaWorld Sky tower Tree of Lights at 9:00 p.m.


San Diego, CA – 44th San Diego Harbor Parade of Lights (travels five Islands)

Date: Sunday, December 13 & 20, 2015 @ 5:30 – 9:00 P.M.

Contact: (619) 823-5220 or

Location: Shelter Island; to Harbor Island

Comments: Fireworks 5.30pm; parade immediately following. The San Diego Harbor Parade of Lights is an annual tradition that begins with fireworks before the illuminated boats parade through the harbor. This years theme is: “Children’s Stories”. The parade starts at Shelter Island; to Harbor Island; The Embarcadero; Seaport Village; ends at Ferry Landing on Coronado. Visit: for time and parade route.


San Francisco, CA – Holiday Lights & Sights Parade

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015 / 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Location: Fisherman's Wharf

Contact: (415) 673-3530 /

Comments: Between 75 - 100 boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront, starting at PIER 39 and traveling to the Marina Green. After the parade, the best viewing is on Jefferson Street between Jones & Taylor Streets at the Sportfishing Harbor.


San Francisco, CA – 27th Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade

Date: Friday, December 12, 2015 / 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area


Comments: The spectacular display of decorated yachts and boats parade will be followed by a fireworks show.



San Pedro, CA – 53rd Annual Harbor Boat Parade

Date: December 5, 2014 / 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Location: L.A. Harbor, on Harbor Blvd.

Comments: This year's Theme for the parade is "Holidays Treasures". The Holiday Afloat Parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the East Basin Channel of the Port of Los Angeles.  Thousands of spectators watch the mile-long procession from public viewing stations along the route, including the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Ports O’ Call Village.


Santa Barbara, CA – Parade of Lights Sunday

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2014 / 5:30 P.M.


Comments: The Annual Parade of Lights will take place Sunday, December 7th. Festivities will begin with a Santa's Village event at 3:00 PM – 8:00 P.M. on the City Pier. There will be a visit from Santa, and he's bringing 10 tons of snow for children to play in, plus holiday music. The event is free and everyone is invited.


Santa Cruz, CA – 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 / 5:30 - 9:30 P.M.

Location: Santa Cruz Harbor, 135 5th Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Contact: (831) 421-0690 /

Comments: The parade will feature over 50 decorated power and sailboats.


Stockton, CA – 34th Annual Delta Reflections Boat Parade

Date: December 5, 2015 / 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Location: McCloud Lake at the Downtown Waterfront


Comments: The boat parade starts at 5:00 P.M. near Buckley Cove, and will arrive in Downtown Stockton around 6:00 P.M. The event will be hosted by Marina West Yacht Club; there is no fee to watch the parade. Boats enter downtown and pass the Stockton Marina to Weber Point.


Venice, CA – Holiday Boat Parade

December 14, 2015 / 4:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Location: The Canals in Venice


Comments: The holiday spirit with a brilliantly lit display of small boats, canoes, kayaks and costumes from Admiralty Way, turn right on Via Marina, then left onto Washington Boulevard. Go 1/4 mile, turn right onto Dell Ave. Park, and then walk toward the beautiful holiday lights!


Ventura, CA – Venture Harbor Village Parade of lights

Date: Saturday, December 18 - 19, 2015 / 7:00 P.M.

Location: Ventura Harbor

Comments: The two-day fun filled event includes a carnival, seaside shopping and dining followed by the lighted boat parade & fireworks show in the evening. or (805) 477-0570


The above events are subject to change without prior notice. Please check website to confirm dates and times.





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