San Diego Bay Parade of Lights


With more than 80,000 spectators expected, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights takes place on December 9, 2012. It features boats decorated for the holiday season. This year’s event celebrates “The Sounds of Christmas” with boats of all kinds judged for creative lighting, decorations and crowd-engaging fun. More than 100 vessels will take to the water for the parade.

Led by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights begins at the east end of Shelter Island and runs eastward, past Harbor Island to North Embarcadero.  From there, the lit boat concession turns south along the Embarcadero near to the 10th Street Terminal. Then the parade turns toward Coronado, crossing the bay to the Marriott Coronado Hotel and west to Ferry’s Landing, finishing at bouy22a.

For boaters wishing to view the boat light parade, a good viewing area is where the parade route turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For landlubbers, good viewing areas are Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Embarcadero Marina Park North or South near Seaport Village.

The boat concession takes about one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route. For additional information, visit

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