People Photos copyright 2016 Gigi Ebert. Boat Photos copyright 2016 Marv Sloben

The 46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!

2016-poster600x927The 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 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 10 and 17, 2017. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, which will be announced in the fall.

Presented by the Port of San Diego, 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.

This year, for the 2nd 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.

When: December 10 & 17, 2017

The procession will start at 5:00 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade  route.

2017 Theme:  To be announced

Whether a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

Win Incredible Prizes for Participating

Anyone can join the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights (but you will need a boat to float upon)! Click here for Skippers Instructions and Online Signup Forms.

Cruises, 5 Star Hotel Stays and much more



This year’s grand prize is:
A luxury cruise package for two with Star Clippers, whose fleet includes three of the largest full-rigged sailing ships in the world – each with all of the amenities of a private mega-yacht.


uncruise-adventures-logo-450x300The “Best in Theme” award is from Uncruise Adventures and will be a cruise to their newest destinations, Costa Rica or Panama.

Everyone who participates in both nights of the parade and passes both sets of judges will be eligible to win the above prizes.

There are dozens of other prizes donated from our sponsors that participants can win. Don’t miss the parade fun and a chance to win a great prize!

Awards Presentation Dinner

The Awards Presentation dinner will be at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. Your parade registration includes two complimentary tickets that will be held at the door in your name. Additional Awards Banquet admission tickets can be purchased on the website by clicking here. These tickets will also be held at the door in your boat name / name.

The 46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will announce winners of the best decorated boats at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights’ Awards Dinner held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in January, 2018, exact date and time to be announced.

 Click here to visit our Sponsors Page and show them your support!

A San Diego Local Favorite

Best of Parade Winner Testimonial

Come Join the Fun

Growing up in San Diego, the parade has always been one our family’s traditions over the holidays. Only once had we been guests on a boat in the parade and it was great fun! When we became boat owners, we couldn’t wait to enter.”

~ Jeanne & Devin Scott, 2012 ‘Best of Parade’ Winners

Join the parade - win fabulous prizes.

Show off your lighting talents to all of San Diego and win prizes for just participating.

You'll never find better odds of winning a fabulous prize while having so much fun!

Have a blast leisurely cruising your lit boat down San Diego Bay, and also get a chance to win the Grand Prize from Star Clippers, just for entering both nights. You can also win 5-star resort stays, local gift certificates, local hotel stays, and many other fabulous prizes. Join the parade today!