The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.
Join us for the 47th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, brought to San Diego by the boating community. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!
Parade Dates and Times
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays:
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Approximate Times at Locations Around the Bay
The parade takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route. The approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations are:
Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:00 PM
Harbor Island: 5:30 PM
The Embarcadero: 6:00 PM
Seaport Village: 6:30 PM
The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park: 6:45 PM
Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:00 PM
Best Viewing Locations
For those viewing the parade from the water, the best vantage point for viewing is where the parade turns west to Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those on land, try the north and south ends of the Embarcadero, as well as the pathway along Coronado, as these areas tend to be less crowded. Other excellent viewing points are the park behind Seaport Village, Harbor Island, Shelter Island and the pier at Cesar Chavez Park. If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early as available parking spaces fill up quickly.