California Christmas / Boat Parades


Christmas Boat Parades in California Information

With 1,000 miles of Pacific Ocean and much more inland lake, delta and river frontage, California is the capital of Christmas boat parade celebrating.

The holiday tradition of lighting up your vessel with decorations and lights doesn't span just the decades, but is a 100 year tradition. Newport Beach is credited with having one of the oldest Christmas Boat Parades that launched in the early 1900s.

Bethel Island  Lighted Boat Parade

Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights 

Discovery Bay Parade of Lights 
The Lighted Boat Parade heads toward Bays of Discovery

Huntington Beach Christmas Boat Parade  

LA Christmas Boat Parade (San Pedro) 

Long Beach Parade of 1,000 Lights

Marina Del Rey  Holiday Boat Parade 

Morro Bay Christmas Boat Parade    - Local boats, of all sizes, decorate with lights for the holiday season and cruise the harbor. The Morro Bay White Caps and the San Luis Obispo City Band will be playing Christmas music at the South T-pier. Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce (805) 772-4467.  Holiday Tree Lighting December 1, 2012 The city of Morro Bay will be hosting the Holiday Tree Lighting at City Park with a special appearance by Santa! Starting at 4:30, Pacific Dance Company will perform while cookies and cider are served to all.

Naples Christmas Boat Parade 

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade  
Cartoon Christmas!

Oceanside Parade of Lights Boat Parade  Parade of Lights & Holiday Craft Fair hosted by OYC - harbor boat parade of holiday lights. Contests held for best decorated power, sail and small craft

Oxnard Parade of Lights  

Petaluma Holiday Lighted Boat Parade 

Redondo Beach  

Redondo Beach  King Harbor   
Christmas Boat Parade is sponsored by King Harbor Yacht Club.

San Diego Parade of Lights

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Lights & Sights Boat Parade 

San Joaquin Boat Parade 

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights  

Santa Cruz Harbor Boat Parade  

Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks  

Stockton Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade  

Ventura Parade of Lights Boat Parade 37th Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks When: Friday & Saturday, December 20 - 21, 2013, 7 pm

"Seaside Tinsel Town" ~ Commemorating 50 Years Ventura Harbor open for public enjoyment & recreation. - See more at:  6:30-8:45 p.m.

Tours depart at 6:30 p.m. and return about 7:30 p.m.
 (805) 642-1393

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade Always the first Saturday in December  4:30 p.m.
Join all the fun at the Venice Canals as this creative mirror-image of Italy expresses its 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, then walk toward the beautiful holiday lights!


Continuing to be one of the top Christmas celebration tourist draws, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade touts around one million visitors just over a one-week event.  Colorful, festive fun, the boat parades are pure holiday magic! Lighted boats navigate the channels among decorated homes, restaurants and shops, and provide vantage points for onlookers from dry docks. Some boat parades offer rides, as well.

One of the best ways and companies providing holiday boat magic is Hornblower Cruises and Events. They have yachts in the major harbors--San Diego, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Francisco.

Boat and yacht owners participating in the lighted parades can spend large sums to decorate their vessels with lavish designs. We've seen TV monitors, top notch bands, Santa on board with cute elves in little red skirts, and event designs to mimic an entire city skylight. Money and the imagination limit what can be done on these power hungry ventures that often require extra voltage for the venture.

Whatever your passion, you won't want to miss this special time of year in California, when the boats are extra lively & bright!


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