California Christmas Boat Parades

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 12 & 19, 2021, 5-9 p.m. 

Theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas


Cost: Free to watch

Route: Beginning at 5 p.m. each night, the parade starts at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado. The parade takes about an hour to pass any given point and there are many comfortable waterfront viewpoints along the route. Viewers can watch the parade from near the announcer areas at the Maritime Museum on the Embarcadero and at Coronado Landing. As each boat passes these viewing points, the announcers offer a brief history and description of the participating vessels.

  • More than 80 decorated boats signed up for the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights last year.
  • More than 100,000 people watch.
  • Held annually in San Diego Harbor since 1971.
  • Two hours to pass most spots.
  • Multiple viewing areas along the route.
  • Sponsored by Port of San Diego

Spectacularly lighted boats in the San Diego Harbor Parade of Lights is an annual tradition including a procession which takes around two hours. The best spots to get a good view are Shelter Island (at the start of the route), Harbor Island, The Embarcadero, Seaport Village and the Ferry Landing on Coronado. The Port of San Diego presents the Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

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