55th Annual Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor
December 12 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Channel Islands Harbor will kick off the holidays with its 55th annual holiday Parade of Lights, themed “Jingle Jungle.” Entrants are asked to decorate their vessels with a jungle theme and with a holiday twist. 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 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 and sing-along to Holiday favorites. At 6:30 Santa will arrive to flip the switch and light up the Mast. This event takes place just before the Parade of Lights starts.
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 water.