San Diego Parade of Lights boat decorated in holiday lights

Where to See the Parade of Lights in San Diego

One of the city’s favorite traditions is the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This 48th annual event features over 80 boats and yachts festively decorated with twinkling holiday lights for spectators on the shore to enjoy. This years theme is San Diego Comic-Con and we can’t wait to see the participating boats! Held December 8th and December 15th, this is one holiday tradition you won’t want to miss. The parade begins on Shelter Island, making the festivities just steps away from your hotel room. Here is the approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations:

  • Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:00 PM
  • Harbor Island: 5:30 PM
  • The Embarcadero: 6:00 PM
  • Seaport Village: 6:30 PM
  • The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park: 6:45 PM
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:00 PM

Our own Blue Wave Restaurant is getting in the holiday spirit with our Parade of Lights Feast!
On each parade night, enjoy a 3-course meal and complimentary to-go hot cocoa or hot spiced apple cider before you head out to watch the parade. Stop by and enjoy a fun festive night at Best Western Plus Island Palms.