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Fireworks Display at the Annual Parade of Lights

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

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 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 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

Click here for a Photo Gallery of last year's event!
2016 Winners Listed Below:

Grand Prize Winner Friedman  Perserverance Merry Wild West "Mas"
Commercial Fishing
 1st Place Friedman  Perserverance Merry Wild West "Mas"
 2nd Place  -   -  -
 3rd Place  -   -   - 
 Commercial Other      
 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
 Human Powered      
 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

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2019
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