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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

From Sunday, December 10, 2023 to Sunday, December 17, 2023 December 10, 2023 December 17, 2023 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 10 and December 17, 2023. 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.

Parade Times

  • Shelter Island (Parade Start): 5:30PM
  • Harbor Island: 6PM
  • The Embarcadero: 6:30PM
  • Seaport Village: 7PM
  • The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park: 7:15PM
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:30PM

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. 

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