The 50th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights returns on December 12 and 19th to light up the bay with holiday cheer. The iconic parade has been a San Diego tradition since 1969, with thousands of spectators coming out to see the magic — and this year’s event is sure to be as dazzling as ever.
With past themes ranging from “Tropical Island Christmas” to “Comic-Con,” this time-honored tradition returns with the 2021 theme, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The light parade will feature over 80 brilliantly designed and decorated boats, all up for various awards and prizes, ranging from best decorations to most on theme. For those wanting to participate in the event with their boat rather than watch, there is a $75 registration fee covering both nights of the parade. The event begins at 5:30 at Shelter Island and will finish at Ferry Landing.
Once Shore House is completed, owners will enjoy quick access to some of the island’s best parade-viewing spots. Snag a front-row seat along the waterline, by the Ferry Landing, along the north and south ends of the Embarcadero or at Cesar Chavez Park. Wherever you choose, you’re in for a spectacular night of entertainment.