The 2016 event marks the 31st Annual Parade of Lights. This year's theme of "A Wild West Holiday" will be a fun and festive one 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.
Click here for a Photo Gallery of last year's event!
2015 Winners Listed Below:
|Grand Prize Winner||Chrisman||Polaris||Stars and Stripes|
|1st Place||Friedman||Preserverance||Shine Free Holiday Liberty!|
|3rd Place||Vaughan||Mission Impossible||Christmas Possible|
|1st Place||Williams||Channel Cat||Thank you for serving!|
|2nd Place||SB Channelkeeper||Channelkeeper||Red, white, and blue water holidays|
|3rd Place||McNary||Green Flash||Stars and Stripes|
|1st Place||Foote||SUPS UP!||Human Fireworks Salute to Veterans!|
|2nd Place||Engelman||Uncle Sam's Nutcra||Honoring America's Veterans|
|3rd Place||Longaberger||"Yak 'n it"||Fishing USA Holiday|
|1st Place||Chrisman||Polaris||Stars and Stripes|
|2nd Place||Seagoe||Sea Goer||Blue Christmas|
|3rd Place||DeLorie||Arboleda||Celebrating America with Lights|
|1st Place||Mullen||Sirocco||Lights Ahoy Matey|
|2nd Place||Ficker||No Agenda||May the Force be with us|
|3rd Place||Hildestad||Browser||Anchors Away|
|Golden Bilge Pump Award|
|Last Place Overall||Decent||Sea Trek||Dingy Tree|