PARADE OF LIGHTS WEATHER UPDATE (12/9/2023, 10:20 a.m.): We have been monitoring the weather forecast and it appears as if the strong winds will diminish in the late afternoon and will not be significant enough to cancel the 7 p.m. event. We will continue to monitor the winds and keep you updated.
Residents and visitors who plan to attend the Harbor’s 57th Annual Parade of Lights on December 9, 2023 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 “Santa’s Workshop” and viewers will be dazzled by the sights and sounds the procession, which can be viewed from almost anywhere in the Harbor.
Longtime parade watchers have surely staked out their special spots. We’ve put together a downloadable map to help those first-timers watch the parade.
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Please note: these are the “prime” spots to watch the Parade of Lights, so consider bringing your comfy chairs, warm blankets, cooler, and family early.
Watch Aboard the Mystic Whaler
Perhaps one of the most unique ways to watch the Parade of Lights is aboard the Mystic Whaler, a New England tall ship located behind the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Join the crew of the Mystic Whaler for a unique viewing opportunity. Learn more here: https://centralcoastoceanadventures.org/events/
The Harbor has a variety of restaurants that offer breathtaking views of the Parade. If you want to get in to one of these, you better book early! Here they are:
Parade of Lights Viewing Party at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum
If you don’t want to watch from a restaurant, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum is hosting a viewing party from its 2nd floor. This will probably be one of the best places to watch the Parade of Lights. Tickets for the event cost $75 and includes appetizers, desserts, complimentary champagne, beer, wine and sparking juices. Purchase tickets here: https://www.cimmvc.org/events-activities