Photos courtesy of Marv Sloben Photography

The 51st Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

2022 Theme:  To be announced

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 11 and December 18, 2022. 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.

2021 Parade Award Results

Award NameBoat NameBoat Type
Best Self Powered The Little Kayak that Could15’ Self Powered
Best Sail 32’ & Under Alicante30' Sail
Best Sail 33’- 45’Wha’ Happen? 36’ Sail
Best Sail 46’ & Over America 141’ Sail
Best Power 32’ & UnderFrequent Wind 1975, A Journey to Freedom 30' Power
Best Power 33’– 45’ Get Knotty 38’ Power
Best Power 46’ & OverDolphin 85’ Power
Best of ParadePlaya Grande 40’ Sail

Click here to view the winning boats.

When: December 11 and December 18, 2022

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                                   6:00 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.

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



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