May 2 - Harbor Clean Sweep
May 9 - Harbor Nautical Swap Meet
July 4 - Independence Day Fireworks Display
October 17 - Harbor & Seafood Festival
December 6 - Parade of Lights
Sunday December 11, 2016
31st Annual Parade of Lights
The 2016 event marks the 31st Annual Parade of Lights. This year's theme of "A Wild West Holiday" will be fun for boat participants to decorate to and should make for a packed entry list with lots to see and enjoy for everyone viewing the parade.
Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa's Village, the event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities beginning at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor (by the boats). Hundreds of families come out to play in tons of snow and take photos with Santa to get into the holiday spirit. The first 200 children receive free goody bags from Santa's helpers!
At 5:30 p.m. the annual boat parade will begin with approximately 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging takes place at Stearns Wharf and boats are awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Then stay for the fireworks show after the parade to end your night with a bang.
Event admission is free! For more parade information contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531.