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Fireworks Display at the Annual Parade of Lights

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 10, 2017

The 2017 event marks the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights. Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa's Village, the event culminates with a 5-minute fireworks display. 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 will come out to play in 10 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 begins with approximately 30 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 visitors enjoy a fireworks show after the parade, ending their night with a bang.

Event admission is free! For more parade information contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531.

Want to be in the parade? We'd love to have you! Mark your calendars for next year's event, which will be on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Click here for a Photo Gallery of last year's event!
2016 Winners Listed Below:

CATEGORY ENTRANT VESSEL BOAT THEME
Grand Prize Winner Friedman  Perserverance Merry Wild West "Mas"
Commercial Fishing
 1st Place Friedman  Perserverance Merry Wild West "Mas"
 2nd Place  -   -  -
 3rd Place  -   -   - 
 Commercial Other      
 1st Place  Williams Channel Cat Santa Got Him Some New Wheels
 2nd Place  SB Channelkeeper Channelkeeper Hold 'em up - octo
 3rd Place Herschnan Whisper Wild West Holiday
 Human Powered      
 1st Place Lane Peddle Boat Casino Casino
 2nd Place Brown Kayak of the Island Heigh Ho Silver
 3rd Place Montano Wet & Wild West Christmas Western
 Power      
 1st Place Delorie Arboleda Christmas Cactus
 2nd Place Boneck Isla "Save a Dolphin, Harness Santa!"
 3rd Place Chrisman Polaris Christmas at Redneck Yacht Club
Sail
1st Place Hahn Could Be Trouble Wild West Shoot Out at the Saloon
2nd Place Hughes Eclipse Grinch Round-up
3rd Place Ficker No Agenda West World
Golden Bilge Pump Award
Last Place Overall Lenci Bad Seaman Floating Xmas

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017