Dec 11, 20223:00 - 7:00 PM
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Santa Barbara Harbor Parade of Lights


On Sunday, December 11th, come enjoy one of Santa Barbara’s signature holiday events – the 36th Annual Parade of Lights. All event activities are FREE!

The theme for this year's event is Deck the Hulls!

Beginning at 3pm families can visit a Winter Wonderland on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. There will be holiday elves, 10 tons of snow, and holiday music. It is rumored Santa may make an appearance! 

Kids play on snow pile
Kids play on pile of snow

The Human-Powered category competition will be held during daylight at 3:30 p.m. Dozens of standup paddlers and kayakers dressed in festive attire will loop the harbor and Stearns Wharf spreading cheer for all to hear. At 5 p.m. a tree lighting ceremony, complete with holiday tunes sung by the Dos Pueblos Jazz Choir, will be held on Stearns Wharf next to the Sea Center. Then, at 5:30 p.m., around 30 illuminated watercraft, will light up the night as they make their way from Ledbetter Beach down the coast to the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, then back along the coast to Stearns Wharf.

The parade will be capped off by a brief fireworks show. Best viewing locations for the boat parade and fireworks include Stearns Wharf, the breakwater, West Beach, and East Beach.

Fireworks explode over harbor
Photo by Ron Williams

Registration for the competition is now open and, as always, it’s free to enter! Participants can enter one of five categories: human-powered, power, sail, commercial fishing, or commercial other. Pick up your entry form at the Harbor Market, Harbor Fuel Dock, Waterfront offices, or click here to fill it out and submit online.

This year’s event is sponsored by the 2022 Parade of Lights Committee, City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants Association, Stearns Wharf Business Association, and Santa Barbara Yacht Club.

So mark your calendars to get in the holiday spirit Santa Barbara style and head down to the Waterfront for an afternoon and evening of fun at the 36th Annual Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 11th.

For more information, contact Waterfront Public Information Officer Chris Bell

Phone: 805-618-8642