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42nd Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks 2018

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  • Date December 14 - 15, 2018
  • Website Visit Website
  • Phone 805-477-0470
2017 Parade of Lights Best in Show Boat
December 14 - 15, 2018

Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks!

The 2018 theme pays homage to all things 70’s. We are looking forward to a very colorful Boat Parade and Harbor Village festivities! 70’s attire encouraged!

Friday Schedule:

(NOTE: All activities are weather pending)
4:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel Open (new location near Andria’s Seafood)
6:00 pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus Roam the Village
6:30 pm – Boat Parade Begins
8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

Saturday Schedule:

(NOTE: All activities are weather pending)
Noon – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel Open (new location near Andria’s Seafood)
1:00 pm – Winter Wonderland & Holiday Market Place Begins (Free visits & photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus near Lost in Socks, Live Reindeer near Hats Unlimited until 4:30pm, Carolers & Live Bands Roam the Village, Faux Snowfall near Coastal Cone, Holiday shop in Coastal Boutiques)
1:00 pm – KHAY Radio Station will be on site, as well as free kids crafts with Macaroni Kid & Lake Shore Learning
5:15 pm – 70’s Dance Party with  DJ Darla Bea with free glow stick giveaways
6:30 pm – Boat Parade Begins
8:00 pm – Fireworks Display


Parade of Lights


Winter Wonderland


Soak up some holiday cheer at the Ventura Harbor Village with shimmering lights, whirling kid carnival rides, boutique gift shopping, delicious dining, and more! We’ll see you there!



Be in the Parade!

Click the image below to access the 2018 Boater Application! If for any reason the link does not work for you, please contact [email protected] to send you a Parade of Lights Boater Application 2018

boaters application to be a part of the parade of lights in ventura harbor village

NOTE: Boaters will be judged on the following categories on a point scale voted on individually by each  judge:

Decoration | Creativity & Artistry | Use of Lights/Holiday & Theme | Enthusiasm & Spirit

Parade of Lights judges do not confer on the winners.  Winners are based on a tabulation of the points received by each judge in the first round of boats.  Judges only vote once in the first round near the Ventura Port District /Harbor Patrol offices.  Winners are announced at the Boater’s Brunch  on the Sunday following the Parade of Lights. People’s Choice Award is open ONLY to those boaters that participate in the Friday night parade as the photos are taken then to post to Facebook. The People’s Choice Award is open on Saturday ONLY and closes about 30 minutes after the Parade has ended.  It’s an online contest, in which the most votes received wins.

Event Details

Friday, December 14

5pm – Kids Rides & Festivites | 6:30pm – Parade | 8pm – Fireworks (weather pending)

First night of the boat parade! Dine seaside and take a harbor cruise to see the lights or relax on the promenade with a hot cocoa to watch the twinkly boats.

Saturday, December 15

1pm to 9pm – Kids Rides & Festivties | 1pm to 5pm Winter Wonderland | 5pm-6:30pm – 70’s Dance Party | 6:30pm – Parade |  8pm – Fireworks (weather pending)

Arrive early to partake in Ventura Harbor Village’s Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace with festive carolers, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, holiday characters, faux snowfall, holiday gift shopping, European Christmas Marketplace with artisans, and more!

Parade of Lights Public Cruise Tickets to View the Parade


Island Packers

Details: Ventura Parade of Lights Harbor Cruises with Island Packers are Friday, December 14th & Saturday, December 15th (SOLD OUT FRIDAY)
Departures: There are 2 departures on Friday at 6:20pm & 6:40pm and 3 departures on Saturday at 6pm, 6:20pm, & 6:40pm.
Cost: $35 for adults, $32 for seniors (55+) and $25 per child (12 & under). Approximate 1.5-2 hour cruise.
Book: Visit IslandPackers.com or call (805) 642-1393

Ventura Boat Rentals

Details: Public Parade of Lights Tours with Ventura Boat Rentals are Friday, December 14th & Saturday, December 15th (SOLD OUT SATURDAY)
Departures: There are two departure times at 5:30pm & 7:30pm.
Cost: $35/Credit Card or $31.50/Cash Per Person. Approximate 1.5 hour cruise.
Book: Visit VenturaBoatRentals.com or call (805) 642-7753 to reserve.

Parking & Event are FREE!



  • Ventura Harbor Village Parking Lots
  • Harbor Cove Beach
  • Surfer’s Knoll
  • Spinnaker Dr.
  • Ventura Isle Marina (Dolphin Parking Section)


Please NOTE: Parking for the parade and for large vehicles will no longer be available on the dirt lot on Schooner & Navigator Road due to Portside Ventura Harbor development in progress.

Parade of Lights Dining

Love Local – Shop & Dine Local!

Accepting Seating Reservations:

Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant 805.654.7906 (large parties)
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)
Water’s Edge Restaurant (formerly known as Rhumb Line) 805.642.1200

Open Dining Seating:

Alexander’s Lounge 805.658.1212
805 Bar & Grilled Cheese 805.642.9463
Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market 805.654.0546
Baja Bay Surf & Taco 805.658.0411
Boatyard Pub 805.850.0202
Copa Cubana 805.642.9463
Brophy Brother’s Restaurant & Clam Bar 805.639.0865
Harbor Cove Café 805.658.1639 (near National Park Visitor Center)
Le Petit Café & Bakery 805.642.1191 (Friday only)
Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant 805.654.7906 (limited)
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)
The Parlor 805.658.2837

Sweet Treats

Coffee Dock & Post 805.658.7678
Coastal Cone Ice Cream 805.658.2837
Village Carousel & Arcade (Candy Counter with Fresh Fudge) 805.644.3234

  • Date December 14 - 15, 2018
  • Website Visit Website
  • Phone 805-477-0470
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