There’s nothing better than watching a parade during the holiday season. Wait!…maybe there is. It’s a boat parade!
You can’t help but get into the spirit of the season with lights gleaming off the cool ripples of the water and the holiday sounds coming from the lavishly decorated vessels. That’s why at SoCal Field Trips, we have created an extensive list of Holiday Boat Parades in Southern California for your enjoyment!
From Santa Barbara to San Diego, we have listed over 14 spectacular events. You can either attend a large one like the L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade with over 100 boats or a smaller one such as the Naples Island Annual Boat Parade, which has a hometown feel.
So spend the evening with your family and friends down at the water front enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season!
Holiday Boat Parades in Orange County
Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights, Dana Point (Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16) ~ FREE
Boat parade by water’s edge at 7:30 pm. 100 boaters compete in the categories of style, intricacy and outlandishness. Past years’ entries have featured towering light displays and inflatable snowmen riding motorcycles and planes. In 2008, one boater even outfitted his craft with rotating wooden attachments that gave the appearance of dolphins swimming alongside.
Huntington Harbor Boat Parade, Huntington Beach (Dec. 9-10) ~ FREE
‘Symphony of Lights’ is this year’s theme which means decorators will have a wide list of motifs to choose from. There are certainly many different forms and traditions of music from different cultures. Pick your favorite and ‘run with it.’ Beside the fun and excitement, they have 16 trophies to award in categories ranging from ‘Most Religious’ to ‘Best Commercial Entry’.