Annual Boat Parade of Lights & Festival
The Channel Islands Harbor will kick off the holidays with its 54th annual holiday Parade of Lights, themed “Musical Notes & Holiday
Floats.” Entrants are asked to decorate their vessels based on their
favorite holiday tunes. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m..
The parade starts at 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade while listening to
carolers sing holiday songs.
Beginning at 10 a.m., families can play in tons of snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park, off Harbor Blvd. near Marine Emporium
Landing, 3600 Harbor Blvd. Santa will be there from noon – 4 p.m. and will take pictures with
families free of charge. There will also be holiday arts and crafts
vendors starting at 10 a.m.
At 6 p.m., head over to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and watch the Holiday Lighting of the 75-foot “Tallship Mast” in front
of the museum. This event takes place just before the Parade of Lights
starts. There will be carolers, sing-alongs, a visit from Santa and the
official mast lighting.
The parade starts at 7 p.m. in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Kiddie Beach, loops in front of the launch
ramp then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the
route for a second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways
that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants. Boat
charters are available for those who want to watch the parade from the