Parade of Lights 2017


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

Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 41st Annual Holiday Parade of Lights. Enjoy a festive outing for the whole family with a parade of boats lit up for the holidays with this year’s theme of “When you Wish Upon A Star”, harbor cruises, a carnival!

5pm – Carnival & Festivities | 6:30pm – Parade 

*The Fireworks display has been postponed to 2018. Thank you for your understanding as our City heals and rebuilds.*

For air quality updates and information for the Ventura area please visit:  http://www.vcapcd.org/

(NOTE: All activities are weather pending)






Event Details

Friday, December 15

5pm – Carnival & Festivities | 6:30pm – Parade

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.

Friday Night Special: FREE Rides to Children 12 & Under from 5- 7 PM on Friday, December 15 only (Courtesy of Ventura Port District)

The Fireworks display both nights has been postponed to 2018. Thank you for your understanding as our City heals and rebuilds.

Saturday, December 16

11am to 9pm – Carnival & Festivities | 1pm to 5pm Winter Wonderland | 6:30pm – Parade 

Just ADDED: Tinker Bell will be at the Harbor for Saturday Night's Parade

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!

VOTE People’s Choice Award on Ventura Harbor Facebook page!

Check out pictures from the Friday night parade boats and “like” your favorite. People’s Choice Award given on Sunday to the boater!



For this weekend we are instilling the following philanthropic aspects into the activities:

  • The Ventura Post District has invited emergency and local fundraising organizations regarding the Thomas Fire to have a booth to increase awareness, answer questions and gather donations (gift cards/money towards Thomas Fire relief funds). They will be present during the day at Winter Wonderland on Saturday December 16 and possibly in the evening for the Parade of Lights.
  • Friday, December 15 from 5-7 PM there will be free carnival rides for the local community kids and visitors children ages 12 and under.
  • The Ventura Harbor booth (set up by coastal cone) will offer complimentary postcards to write a Thank You Letter to a firefighter or first responder from the #ThomasFire. These postcards will be given to the Thank You Card Project organizers to send out to the appropriate places (Ventura Harbor will pay the postage!)


Parade of Lights Public Cruise Tickets to View the Parade

Island Packers: (805) 642-1393 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

*Island Packers currently sold out for FRIDAY & SATURDAY Night

Ventura Boat Rentals: (805) 642-7753 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO



Parking & event are FREE.

PARKING: Available in Ventura Harbor Village, harbor beach parking lots, Spinnaker Drive, new Village parking area near Ventura Isle Marina
Come early to shop & dine by riding the FREE Downtown – Harbor Trolley from downtown, Pierpont area and local hotels. Ride the Downtown – Harbor Trolley to the event.
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:

Rhumb Line Restaurant 805.642.1200
Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant 805.654.7906 (large parties)
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)

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 Café 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)
Milano’s Italian Restaurant 805.658.0388
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

Parade Route


Special Thank You to our Parade of Lights Sponsors Making this Community Event a Success

Admiral Sponsors

Ship’s Captain Sponsor

Starboard Sponsors

Sweepstakes Sponsor

Award Sponsors

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