Holiday Parade Highlights
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Join us this December for our annual Parade on San Diego Bay, with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated according to a new theme each year. This year, the theme is “Christmas around the World.”
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in December. The Parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Parade of Lights Route
Led by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights begins at the east end of Shelter Island and runs eastward, past Harbor Island to North Embarcadero.
From there, the lit boat concession turns south along the Embarcadero near to the 10th Street Terminal. Then the parade turns toward Coronado, crossing the bay to the Marriott Coronado Hotel and west to Ferry’s Landing, finishing at bouy22a. (map)
Best Viewing Areas
For boaters wishing to view the boat light parade, a good viewing area is where the parade route turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For landlubbers, good viewing areas are Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Embarcadero Marina Park North or South near Seaport Village. Best to arrive early for good parking and a good spot.
The boat concession takes about one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route.
Approximate Arrive Locations
Watch the Parade Aboard the Berkeley
View the Parade of Lights from the Maritime Museum ship Berkeley. Your Parade of Lights Party ticket includes: Paid admission to the Maritime Museum, explore our historic collection of ships while you’re at the party or before. One of the best views of the Parade on San Diego Bay. Seasonal Music. Holiday menu of slow roasted carved roast beef, smoked pit ham, scalloped potatoes, winter blend salad, fresh cut steamed vegetables and dinner rolls/butter. Assorted holiday desserts, coffee hot tea, hot chocolate, eggnog, and a no host (cash)bar. You must have a reservation for this event.
San Diego Trolley
- Metered spaces along Harbor Drive Free on Sunday
- Allright Parking (Broadway & Harbor Dr.) Paid
- Ace Parking at B St. Pier Paid
- Seaport Village Paid (Two hours free with purchase)
- Parking Lot in front of Fish Market Restaurant north of Seaport Village Metered
- Ace Parking at the County Administration Building Paid
- Harbor Island Free but limited
- Shelter Island Free