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Theme: Fairy Tales Afloat
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Admission: Free
Hours: 10am - 8pm: Day time activities. Parade starts at 7:00 p.m.
Address: Various Channel Islands Harbor locations

The Channel Islands Harbor is pleased to present its annual Parade of Lights, themed “Fairy Tales Afloat.” This time-honored tradition kicks off the holidays with a full day and evening of family fun, thousands of sparkling lights dancing on the water and the magical moment when Santa flies across the sky marking the beginning of the parade. Children’s activities and artists market will take place at Marine Emporium Landing, meet Santa (12 p.m. - 4 p.m.), snowplay in the morning and strolling carolers (5:30 pm - 8:30 pm). Parade begins at 7 p.m. and can be viewed throughout the harbor. Waterfront viewing is available from some restaurants & boat charters.

For more information on how to become a vendor please visit or call (818) 591-8161

Many harbor businesses have views overlooking the parade route, including:

The Lookout Bar & Grill
Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine
Sea Fresh Channel Islands
Toppers Pizza Place
The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar

Attention Boat Parade Entrants:

Come Join the Fun! Let’s make this the most successful Parade of Lights the Harbor has ever seen! Registering your boat not only makes you officially part of the parade, but automatically enters you into the competition for some great awards, the most coveted award being the perpetual “Sweepstakes Trophy.” All registered boats will be positioned between the Lead Boat and the End Boat.

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Home Decorating:

For information on the Waterfront Homes Decorating Contest (Westport, Seabridge, Mandalay Bay), please e-mail Sheldon Berger at

Please note that we will not be having the dock decorating contest or business decorating contest this year. We thank you for your participation in the past years.

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