Photos courtesy of Marv Sloben Photography


The 53rd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

When: December 10 and December 17, 2023

2023 Theme:  Christmas Traditions around the World

Awards Dinner for Participants

Come join us for the 2023 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Awards Banquet Dinner at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on San Diego Bay on Wednesday, January 17th at 6pm. It will feature a buffet dinner and no host bar, along with an awards ceremony. Cost is $20 per person. If you were on a boat in the parade, you can attend this Award Dinner Banquet with no host bar. Click here to purchase your Award Banquet Tickets.

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 53rd 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.

This year, for the 6th 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.

The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade  route.

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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)   5:30 p.m.
  • Harbor Island                                   6:15 p.m.
  • The Embarcadero                            6:45 p.m.
  • Seaport Village                                 7:15 p.m.
  • The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park    7:30 p.m.
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado          7:45 p.m.

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

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2022 Winning Entries


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