Holiday Street and Boat Parades 2016
in Los Angeles County
& Southern California
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
BOAT PARADES, LOS ANGELES COUNTY
The Rose Bowl Parade isn't the only parade in LA during the holidays! From small town children's parades to lighted boat parades, there's fun ways for
the whole family to enjoy the Christmas season. Bring the children, because many of these events are kid friendly fun!
Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Approximately 70 elaborately lighted boats.
Long Beach Christmas Boat Parade of a Thousand Lights
Long Beach Downtown Marina
Naples Island Christmas Parade, Canals in Naples Island--Long Beach
The second oldest boat parade in Southern California. A spectacular display of decorated boats and gondolas sail through the charming canals of Naples Island. (826/B3)
Redondo Beach Boat Parade, Redondo Beach
STREET PARADES, LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena
Yes, this is the granddaddy of all parades, with floral floats and marching bands...the one that millions of viewers across the country tune in to see every year. Living this close, about 40 minutes from the event, lends lots of exciting opportunities to become involved. In addition to the parade, you may purchase tickets to view the floats in their final stage of preparation--and you may even be able to help decorate them. For a few days after the parade, the floats are on display and you can get so close you can almost touch them. Other events are scheduled the week leading up to the parade.
Hollywood Christmas Parade
866-727-2331 for grandstand tickets
The largest celebrity parade in the world is located where else but in Hollywood - right at our back door! It's free if you'd like to choose a spot among the 1,000,000 spectators anywhere along the two-mile parade route that begins at Grauman's Chinese Theater or you may purchase advance tickets for grandstand seating. The evening ends with the arrival of Santa Claus on his reindeer-guided sleigh. The parade will be broadcast on KCAL 9.
Montrose Christmas Parade
Recommended as one of the top things to do for the holidays by the LA Convention & Visitors Bureau, this small town parade draws over 100 entries and 20,000 spectators. Celebrities and government officials join Santa Claus, who arrives via a Glendale police helicopter and rides in the parade on a Glendale fire truck.
Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, Long Beach
Attracting more than 45,000 spectators, the parade features over 100 entries, including bands, homemade floats and Santa Claus.
Whittier Christmas Parade, Uptown Whittier
For over 50 years, this parade has been going on with marching bands, drill teams, floats, and antique & classic cars.
A Southern California Christmas, City of Industry Homestead Museum
626-968-8492 Reservations recommended.
Historic Californian Christmas traditions are presented in workshops and historic house tours.
Las Posadas at Olvera Street, Los Angeles
A traditional Mexican festival depicting Mary and Joseph's nine-day journey to Bethlehem. Presented each evening with singing and a candlelight procession. Live entertainment, Champurado, Pan Dulce, Hot Punch and Plenty of Candy. (634/G3)
BOAT PARADES, ORANGE COUNTY
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Over one million people will view this 5-night parade and according to the New York Times, this is "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation." In addition to the lighted boats and million-dollar yachts, the homes surrounding the harbor form a "Ring of Lights" as they are decorated with animated scenes on rooftops and dancing Christmas trees. Enjoy the parade aboard Hornblower Cruises.
Dana Points' Christmas Boat Parade
Nearly 100 decorated boats join the parade.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
BOAT PARADES, SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Bay Parade of Lights, San Diego
619-224-2240 (Oct-Dec Only)
Fireworks kick off the event, followed by a parade of over 75 decorated boats.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
BOAT PARADES, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Santa Barbara Parade of Lights
Thirty boats dress up in colored lights and parade around the Harbor. Bring your camera and visit Santa's Village beginning at 3 p.m. for a photo op with Santa and friends. Located on the City Pier in the Harbor (below Brophy's), Santa's Village will feature 12-tons of snow from the North Pole, holiday music and special treats. Come early to cheer on your favorite boats as they prepare for the Parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the Breakwater in the Harbor. Bring warm coats. Finally, join us for a Fireworks display at the parade's end. Harbor & Stearns Wharf
STREET PARADES, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade
For over fifty years more than 40,000 spectators line downtown Santa Barbara to cheer a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and the most anticipated appearance of the evening... the annual arrival of Santa Claus, dispensing holiday cheer from atop his festive sleigh. Plus, watch the Holiday Prince and Fairy light up the giant Christmas tree at State & Victoria Streets. Downtown Santa Barbara - State Street, from Sola to Cota Streets
Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights
The Parade of Lights will continue its Christmas tradition with bands, floats, children, and Santa Claus Broadway and Stowell, Santa Maria
BOAT PARADES, VENTURA COUNTY
Channel Islands Parade of Lights, Oxnard
Many beautifully decorated and lighted boats float through Channel Islands Harbor. Afternoon activities include musical entertainment, snowplay for the kids, horsedrawn carriages with sleigh bells, kiddie rides, strolling carolers, Santa's village, visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus, pony rides, petting zoo, and an arts & crafts boutique.
STREET PARADES, VENTURA COUNTY
Hometown Holiday Parade, Oxnard
Colorful floats, classic cars, and musical bands proceed from 9th and "A" Streets, wind through Plaza Park at 5th Street, and end at "C" Street and Palm Drive.
Ventura Holiday Street Fair, Ventura
Over 400 artisans, food vendors and entertainers.