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45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade Of Lights


  • WHEN Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • WHERE San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

The following events takes place at multiple locations in San Diego. The parade will start at Shelter Island both nights. Visit the Parade Schedule & Route web page for detailed information.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 11 and 18, 2016. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.”

Presented by the Port of San Diego, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region.

This year, for the first time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade.

The procession will start at 5 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade route.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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