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   

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 

San Rafael Lighted 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

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade Always the first Saturday in December  4:30 p.m. Not confirmed in 2015
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!

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

Events and details are subject to change. Please confirm before going.

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