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Fireworks Display at the Annual Parade of Lights

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 8, 2019

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 the theme of Deep Space 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

Click here for a Photo Gallery of a previous year's event!
2018 Winners Listed Below:

Grand Prize Winner Hughes S.S. Minnow
Merry Wild West "Mas"
Commercial Fishing
 1st Place Friedman  Perserverance Merry Wild West "Mas"
 Commercial Other      
 1st Place  Albritton Channel Cat Lights, Camera, Action
 Human Powered      
 1st Place Dumong Santa Santa Barbara Sea Take 1
 1st Place Hughes S.S. Minnow Gilligan's Island

1st Place Mullen
The Naughty "Nautical" Nine

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2019
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