Parade of Lights and Channel Islands Harbor Food & Toy Drive Unite for Spectacular Holiday Extravaganza

The 57th Annual Parade of Lights is joining forces with the 4th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Food & Toy Drive to create a festive spectacle like never before.

On Saturday, December 9th, the enchanting lights of the parade will twinkle alongside the warmth of holiday giving, making it a day to remember for the entire community.

This marks first time in history that these two events will share the spotlight on the same day, creating a magical synergy that promises to elevate the holiday spirit for residents and visitors.

Channel Islands Harbor Food & Toy Drive

The Ventura County Harbor Department and Harbor & Beach Community Alliance (HBCA) are teaming up to spread the holiday cheer by hosting the food and toy drive, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbor View Park parking lot, located off Harbor Boulevard at the Harbor.

The food and toy drive will benefit Food Share of Ventura County and the Spark of Love, an annual effort coordinated by local fire departments which provide toys to thousands of children each year.

On the day of the event, donations will be accepted at the Harbor View Park parking lot. Volunteers will be there safely accepting donations and providing them to Food Share and the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Santa’s Village at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Residents and visitors interested in providing donations to the food and toy drive after 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th are in luck!

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum will be accepting donations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of its “Santa’s Village” event. The museum courtyard will be transformed into a family-friendly area with live music and a mast lighting ceremony starting promptly at 6 p.m.

57th Annual Parade of Lights to Honor Spark of Love Toy Drive

“Santa’s Workshop Creates a Spark of Love” will be the title of the 57th Annual Parade of Lights at the Channel Islands Harbor. Boater’s are encouraged to decorate their entries with a “Santa’s Workshop” theme.

The boat parade brings thousands of residents and visitors to the waterfront each year. The procession of more than 50 decorated boats has become one of the most iconic holiday events in Ventura County.

Ventura County Harbor Department Director Michael Tripp said the title of the Parade of Lights is meant to pay tribute and raise awareness of the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

“We are thrilled to bring together two iconic events for the first time,” Director Tripp said. “This collaboration not only enhances the festive atmosphere but also amplifies our community’s generosity. It’s a unique opportunity for everyone to come together, celebrate, and make a positive impact on the lives of those in need.”