Channel Islands Harbor: 2019 Facebook in Review

Meet the H2O bus, a refurbed electric boat that looks like a turquoise 1967 Volkswagen Kombi Van

Taking a trip down memory lane is always fun, especially when it’s at the Channel Islands Harbor. Based on your engagement (likes/comments/shares/clicks), we’ve compiled the top 10 Facebook posts from 2019 for you to enjoy and reflect. Without further ado, check them out! 10. Tall Ship Arrives We are one of the largest recreational Harbors…

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54th Annual Parade of Lights Winners Announced

#18 entry in the annual Parade of Lights festival

Forty vessels took to the water at the 54th Annual Parade of Lights but only one took home the Sweepstakes prize, an award that goes to the entry with the highest overall score at the parade. This year’s theme was Musical Notes & Holiday floats and the winning vessel, entered by the Channel Islands Yacht…

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Music To Play a Big Part in the 54th Annual Parade of Lights

A boat draped in purple and white Christmas lights cruises the harbor at the Oxnard Parade of Lights

The Harbor’s Parade of Lights is always a magical, musical display. This year, however, you can expect to hear more tunes than ever. That’s because the theme, Musical Notes & Holiday Floats, encourages parade participants to decorate their vessels based on their favorite holiday tunes. With dozens of vessels already entered, we’ve compiled a short…

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Have Fun All Day at the 54th Annual Parade of Lights!

Boats of all sizes decorated for the Oxnard Parade of Lights

The second Saturday in December marks a special tradition at the Channel Islands Harbor as the community kicks off the holiday season with the annual Parade of Lights. This is more than just an event – it’s an awesome, can’t miss experience.

Here’s why you need to bring your family and friends.

Our floats will be musical boats!

Your children and family will be in awe as fantastic festive boats light up the night as the procession winds through the Harbor. This year’s theme is Musical Notes & Holiday Floats. Vessel owners will be decorating their entries based on holiday songs! Not only will the Harbor be well lit with lights, there will be some great tunes you and your family and friends can sing along to.

Boats of all sizes decorated for the Oxnard Parade of Lights

Free pics with Santa and 36 tons of snow

Kids play in snow during the Parade of Lights festival

Festivities at the Harbor begin at noon near Marine Emporium Landing. Take your family and enjoy a variety of food options, a holiday artists’ market, live music, and children’s activities. There will be more than 36 tons of snow moved in for your family to play in. Plus, Santa will be there to take pictures, free of charge, with your children.

Treat your family

Relish the opportunity to dine and shop in your favorite establishments in the Harbor prior to the parade. From pizza to fine dining, there’s a lot to choose from. Plus, if you can’t make it out to the parade in time while dining, there’s a great chance you can see the parade from the restaurant of your choice!

Toppers Pizza, lit up for the holidays

Mast Lighting at the Maritime

A crowd gathered to watch the 2019 Holiday Lighting of the Tall Ship Mast

At 5 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.  Enjoy live music, a visit from Santa, and sing-along to Holiday favorites.   At 6:30 p.m. Santa will arrive to flip the switch and light up the Mast. This event takes place just before the Parade of Lights starts.

Where to watch the Parade of Lights?

The parade starts in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie 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 water.

Viewers line the harbor for the Oxnard Parade of Lights

Closeup: 2019 Parade of Lights viewing map

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published November 25, 2019.

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Where to Watch the 54th Annual Parade of Lights

Dozens of brightly lit ships docked in Channel Islands Harbor for the Parade of Lights

Residents and visitors who plan to attend the Harbor’s 54th Annual Parade of Lights on December 14, 2019 have a variety of indoor, outdoor, and on-the-water options to catch a glimpse of this magical event. This year’s parade theme is “Musical Notes & Holiday Floats” and viewers will be dazzled by the sights and sounds…

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