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The 47th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
The dates for 2018 are December 9 and December 16, 2018
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 47th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 9 and 16, 2018. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, Tropical Island Christmas.
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. There is no cost to view the parade.
This year, for the 3rd 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 9 & 16, 2018
The procession will start at 5:00 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade route.
2018 Theme: Tropical Island Christmas
Whether a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!
Awards Presentation Dinner
The Awards Presentation dinner will be at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island on January 10, 2019 at 6pm. Your parade registration includes two tickets to the award presentation dinner that will be held at the door in your name. Additional Awards Banquet admission tickets are available for purchase online here for $35/each until January 1. After January 1, the cost will be $50. In the past, the Awards Dinner has filled to capacity.
The 47th 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.
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
Everyone who participates in both nights of the parade, passes both sets of judges and the southern mark by Chavez pier will be eligible to win 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!