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Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights 2019

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  • Date December 13 - 14, 2019
  • Time Start Time: 6:30 PM End Time: 8:00 PM
December 13 - 14, 2019

Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 43rd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks!

The 2019 theme pays homage to all things imaginary and magical – SEAing is Believing. We are looking forward to a very colorful Boat Parade and Harbor Village festivities!

Have a boat? Want to bring holiday cheer to the Ventura County Community? Join our parade! Entering as a boater is FREE! Being a boater comes with a handful of perks including cash prizes and a boater brunch following the parade! Contact us at marketing@venturaharbor.com for more details on how to participate.

Friday Schedule:

(NOTE: All activities are weather pending)
4:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel Open
5:00 pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus Roam the Village for Free Photos
6:30 pm – Boat Parade Begins
8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

Saturday Schedule:

(NOTE: All activities are weather pending)
4:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel Open
5:00 pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus Roam the Village for Free Photos
6:30 pm – Boat Parade Begins
8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

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!

Parade Pro Tips:

  • Come early for best parking, get the kiddos on a few rides early & enjoy coastal boutique shopping for the holidays
  • Don’t wait! Make your reservations now for a Parade of Lights public boat cruise or a restaurant reservation
  • At 5 PM both Friday & Saturday night- catch up with Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Promenade for free photos
  • Additional parking at Ventura Isle Marina & end of Spinnaker Drive
  • Following the Fireworks, stick around in the Village to enjoy food & cocktails, to allow for less cars/traffic on Spinnaker Drive

Be in the Parade!

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 13

4pm to 9pm – Kids Rides & Festivities | 5pm to 7pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus roam the Village | 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 14

4pm to 9pm – Kids Rides & Festivities | 5pm to 7pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus roam the Village | 6:30pm – Parade |  8pm – Fireworks (weather pending)

NOTE: Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace will not be on the same Saturday as the Parade of Lights in 2019. It will instead take place the following weekend on December 21st from noon to 4pm. Come back on Saturday the 21st for festive carolers, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, holiday characters, faux snowfall, holiday gift shopping!

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 13th & Saturday, December 14th
Departures: There is one departure on Friday at 6:20pm 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 13th & Saturday, December 14th
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!

PARKING AVAILABLE AT THESE LOCATIONS:

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

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS:

  • Catch a ride with Uber & Lift – 1583 Spinnaker Dr. Ventura, CA 93001

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 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 Bros Restaurant & Clam Bar 805.639.0865
Harbor Cove Café 805.658.1639 (near National Park Visitor Center)
Le Petit Café & Bakery 805.642.1191
Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant 805.654.7906 (limited)
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)
The Parlor 805.658.2837

Sweet Treats

Coastal Cone Ice Cream 805.658.2837
Le Petit Bakery 805.642.1191
Top This Chocolate 805.535.4167
Village Carousel & Arcade (Candy Counter with Fresh Fudge) 805.644.3234

  • Date December 13 - 14, 2019
  • Time Start Time: 6:30 PM End Time: 8:00 PM
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