Parade Schedule

The San  Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in  December. The Parade  proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport  Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.

  Sunday, December 11, 2016

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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

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

Parade Route & 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 p.m.
  • Harbor Island                                   6 p.m.
  • The Embarcadero                            6:30 p.m.
  • Seaport Village                                 7:00 p.m.
  • The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park    7:15 p.m.
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado          7:30 p.m.



  • Begins at 5:00 p.m. from south end of Shelter Island
  • Proceeds from south end to north end of Shelter Island
  • Proceeds from north end of Shelter Island across       America’s Cup Harbor entrance to west end of Harbor Island
  • Proceeds from west end of Harbor Island to east end of Harbor Island
  • Proceeds from east end of Harbor Island to just west of Maritime Museum’s ferry, Berkeley
  • Proceeds past Berkeley and Star of India
  • Parallels the Embarcadero to the “G” St. Mole
  • Proceeds past Seaport Village and the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina
  • Proceeds past Marina Park and new in 2016, down to the new Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and turns south to cross the Bay to the Marriott Coronado Hotel
  • Proceeds west to the Coronado Ferry Landing
  • Finishes at buoy 22a

Important Parking Information for the Parade

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights  is seen by approximately 80,000 people every year. As a result, parking will be  limited in and around the Bay.

Attendees to the event are  encouraged to utilize San Diego Public Transit, such as the San Diego Trolley.  All three trolley lines and several Bus lines serve Stations with parking lots that provide convenient service to the North  Embarcadero area include Fashion Valley, Old Town and America Plaza.

To get within a short walk of Harbor Drive, take the Green Line to the Santa Fe Depot, or the Orange or Blue Line to the American Plaza stop. On Sundays, two children ages 12 and under ride free on MTS Trolley and Bus with each paid adult, and an Adult Day Pass fare is only $5 on a Compass Card.

For more  information go to

Another Alternative is to park  downtown and utilize San Diego Pedicab service for transportation to the  Embarcadero. Fares run about $1 per minute.

The following outlines other free  and paid lots:

Metered spaces along Harbor Drive Metered – 7 Days a week
Allright Parking (Broadway &  Harbor Dr.) Paid
Seaport Village Paid (Two hours free with purchase)
Parking Lot in front of Fish Market Restaurant north of Seaport Village Metered
Harbor Island Free but limited
Shelter Island Free


One of the best places to view the  Parade is from the water! A good area for boaters wishing to view the Parade is where the Parade turns west for Coronado, near the 10th Street  Terminal.

For landlubber viewers, the north  and south ends of the Embarcadero are great areas for viewing, as well as the  pathway along Coronado as these areas tend to be less crowed. Another excellent  viewing point is the park behind Seaport Village and the new pier at Ceasar Chavez Park.

If you plan on viewing the parade  from Harbor Island, get there early and be aware that parking is at a premium.

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