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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

From Sunday, December 12, 2021 to Sunday, December 19, 2021 December 12, 2021 December 19, 2021 Days Inn By Wyndham San Diego Hotel Circle Every Sunday ...

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 50th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during 2 evenings on  December 12 and December 19, 2021. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region. There is no cost to view the parade.

This year, for the 5th time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade.

Parade Dates and Times

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays:

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Approximate Times at Locations Around the Bay

The parade takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route. The approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations are:

Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:00 PM
Harbor Island: 5:30 PM
The Embarcadero: 6:00 PM
Seaport Village: 6:30 PM
The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park: 6:45 PM
Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:00 PM

Best Viewing Locations

For those viewing the parade from the water, the best vantage point for viewing is where the parade turns west to Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those on land, try the north and south ends of the Embarcadero, as well as the pathway along Coronado, as these areas tend to be less crowded. Other excellent viewing points are the park behind Seaport Village, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, and the pier at Cesar Chavez Park. If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early as available parking spaces fill up quickly. If you view over at Shelter Island, visit our sister hotel a little earlier to take advantage of their "Parade of Flights" appetizer special before the event starts!

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