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 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! 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:
|Grand Prize Winner||Friedman||Perserverance||Merry Wild West "Mas"|
|1st Place||Friedman||Perserverance||Merry Wild West "Mas"|
|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|
|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|
|1st Place||Delorie||Arboleda||Christmas Cactus|
|2nd Place||Boneck||Isla||"Save a Dolphin, Harness Santa!"|
|3rd Place||Chrisman||Polaris||Christmas at Redneck Yacht Club|
|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|