California Christmas Boat Parades

SANTA BARBARA Parade of Lights

Boat Parade Canceled in 2020

December 8, 2019, 5:30 p.m.


3 p.m. the celebration begins with activities
Event admission is free!
Harbormaster's Office (805) 564-5531


The Annual Parade of Lights festivities begin with a Santa's Village event at 3 p.m. on the City Pier. There will be a visit from Santa and tons of snow for kids to play in. Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa's Village, the event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m. The boat parade is preceded by Santa's Village activities beginning at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor (by the boats).

At 5:30 p.m. distinguished judges, along with thousands of spectators will cheer on 25-30 boats as they parade the Santa Barbara coastline. A short fireworks display will follow the boat parade, followed in turn by an awards ceremony. Admission is free.

holiday spirit. The first 200 children receive free goody bags from Santa's helpers! At 5:30 p.m. the annual boat parade will begin with approximately 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging takes place at Stearns Wharf and boats are awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Then stay for the fireworks show after the parade to end your night with a bang.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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