On the Waterfront: Where to See the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Save your spot for the Parade of Lights! This 47th annual holiday tradition, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights has over 80 boats and yachts festively decorated with twinkling Christmas lights for spectators on the shore to enjoy. Held December 9th and December 16th, 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. Or, head just a few minutes down the road to watch the parade from the San Diego Bay.

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

Check out some pictures from last year’s Parade of Lights!