Photos courtesy of Marv Sloben Photography

We are sad to announce that due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, this year’s San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is cancelled.  We are disappointed that the parade cannot take place this year but we would like to do our part to minimize the spread of the virus. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. See you next year!

The 49th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

2020 Theme:  The Twelve Days of Christmas

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 49th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 13 and 20, 2020. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme.

Due to Covid 19, several changes have had to be made. Due to county and state health regulations, there will be no Awards Dinner this year. We are sorry, but it is completely out of our control due to current health regulations.

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.

When: December 13 & 20, 2020

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


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



Royal Caribbean Cruises

The Moorings

Seaport Village

Participant Testimonial

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

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