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Sunday December 9, 2018
3:00 PMParade of Lights and Santa's Village

The 2018 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 400 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 to the theme of Hollywood Holidays. 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! Submit your registration to the Harbormaster's Office or email the completed form to DSamario@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

Saturday May 11, 2019
8:00 AMHarbor Nautical Swap Meet

The 10th Annual Harbor Nautical Swap Meet will take place May 11, 2019 attracting hundreds of treasure-seekers to the Main Harbor Parking lot from 8 am to noon. Dozens of vendors sprawl out their tackle & gear, surfboards, fishing poles, inflatable boats, boat motors and other marine/nautical items ready to make a deal. Thanks to the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants Association, free coffee & refreshments are provided to the public. Event admission is always free. For vendor information and registration details for next year's event call (805) 897-1962.

Saturday October 12, 2019
10:00 AMHarbor & Seafood Festival

The annual Harbor and Seafood Festival is Santa Barbara’s signature Autumn event. Timed with the opening of lobster season, the festival is presented by the City, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc., Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants’ Association, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Festival-goers will meet local fishermen and enjoy fresh lobster, crab, prawns, and other local-caught seafood. Live entertainment and other family-oriented activities round out a full day of fun. Event admission is free. For more festival information, including vendor lists and directions and parking, contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 897-1961 or visit our website at www.HarborFestival.org.

Sunday December 8, 2019
3:00 PMParade of Lights and Santa's Village

The 2019 event marks the 33rd 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 300 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 to a special theme. 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.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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