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Fireworks Display at the Annual Parade of Lights

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 6, 2015

This year marks the 30th Annual Parade of Lights and the City Waterfront Department wants to make it a memorable one. A special theme of "A Red, White & Blue Holiday" is a tribute to our local veterans as well as a link to the special location for our Parade of Lights awards celebration held after the event. This year the awards will be given out at the Veterans' Memorial Building on Cabrillo Boulevard with an appearance from special D-Day veterans.

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. 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!
2014 Winners Listed Below:

Grand Prize Winner Friedman  Perseverance Gone for Fishmas!
Commercial Fishing
 1st Place Friedman  Preserverance Gone for Fishmas!
 2nd Place Moreno Knotty Girl "Fish On!"
 3rd Place Liquirnik Abreojos Going Diving
 Commercial Other      
 1st Place  Williams Channel Cat
 2nd Place  SB Channelkeeper Channelkeeper Fishing - Dolphin Style
 3rd Place Haake Ranger Gone Fishin'
 Human Powered      
 1st Place Engelm & Foote Santa's Fishmas Santa's oat is pulled by koi!
 2nd Place Longaberger Red Kayak No Man Fishes Like a Snowman
 3rd Place David Sea Mermaid Silver-white-blue
 1st Place DeLorie Arboleda Monkey Business - Gone Fishin'
 2nd Place Hughes Honeymoon Reelin in the Holidays
 3rd Place Christman Amanda Fish On
1st Place Ives Feather Moon Gone Fishin'
2nd Place MacRae Okiva 2015 Ocean Odyssey
3rd Place  Rodriguez Rejoice Schooling Fish
Golden Bilge Pump Award
Last Place Overall Barlett Bountiful Catch the Spirit of Christmas

Last Updated: Nov 9, 2015