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Fireworks Display at the Annual Parade of Lights

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 11, 2016

The 2016 event marks the 31st Annual Parade of Lights. Get ready for a rip-roaring good time with this year's theme of "Wild West Holiday." It's sure to 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.

Want to be in the parade? We'd love to have you! Please review, print, and submit this boater registration form to the Waterfront Administration offices or email it to

Click here for a Photo Gallery of last year's event!
2015 Winners Listed Below:

Grand Prize Winner Chrisman  Polaris Stars and Stripes
Commercial Fishing
 1st Place Friedman  Preserverance Shine Free Holiday Liberty!
 2nd Place Hepp Plumeria Flagship
 3rd Place Vaughan Mission Impossible Christmas Possible
 Commercial Other      
 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
 Human Powered      
 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

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2016