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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

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Do you like the look and atmosphere of holiday parades? Well, what if the floats actually floated? The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is rapidly approaching. If you’d be interested in seeing beautifully decorated boats traveling the bay, you’ll want to get the details so you can attend!

We’re here to give you the inside scoop on this fun event that San Diego residents look forward to every year!

What Is the Parade of Lights?

Christmas BoatThe Parade of Lights is a holiday parade in San Diego Bay that features boat owners decking their hulls instead of the halls! It’s a chance to see some lavishly decorated boats cruising the bay while their captains and crews perform in full costume to fit the theme!

This year is the 48th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, so it’s become quite the time-honored holiday tradition. More than 80 boats participate, and roughly 100,000+ San Diego residents attend. You can relax on the shores with your family and friends to enjoy this festival of lights reflecting on the dark water.

Parade of Lights Event Details

Christmas BoatIf you’re interested in attending the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, there are two dates that this bright and fun event will take place in 2019: December 8 and December 15. The Parade will set sail at 5 p.m. each night.

The parade route begins at Cesar Chavez Park and will make a turn to Coronado, giving spectators another place to view the beautifully decorated boats!

Plan Ahead for the Parade

While the weather in San Diego is nearly always perfect, you’ll want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt to stay warm along the water at night. Also, bring along chairs or a blanket so you can enjoy the Parade comfortably. Once the final boat passes by on the opposite side, you can visit some of the amazing restaurants, bars, and breweries in the Sigsbee Row and Barrio Logan areas!

Are you excited to see the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights? Follow the Parade on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on what you can expect during this fun and festive holiday event in the San Diego area!

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