Santa Barbara Holiday Parade of Lights

Dec 11, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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! The theme for this year’s event is “Deck the Hulls” where you can expect a day full of festivities:
  • 12:00 PM – Winter Wonderland on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor with holiday elves, 10 tons of snow, and holiday music. It is rumored Santa may make an appearance!
  • 4:00 PM – The Human-Powered category competition begins with dozens of standup paddlers and kayakers dressed in festive attire who will loop Stearns Wharf spreading holiday cheer.
  • 5:00 PM – Holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held on the shoreward finger of Stearns Wharf next to the Sea Center.
  • 5:30 PM – 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.

**Photo by Ron Williams**