Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with

Parade of Lights & Fireworks 2022!

The 2022 theme pays homage to all things outer space – Out of This World!
We are looking forward to a very colorful boat parade and Harbor Village festivities! Soak up some holiday cheer with shimmering lights, whirling kid carnival rides, boutique gift shopping, delicious dining, and more. We’ll SEA you there!

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Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17

4pm & beyond – Kids Rides & Carnival Games on the Village lawn

5:30pm - Faux Snowfall, Photos with LED Performers Twinkle and Shine along the Harbor Village Promenade

6:30pm – Boat Parade Begins (two laps throughout Ventura Harbor)

8pm – Fireworks (weather pending) - look Northwest for best viewing

Stay all Day - Extra Festivities Include:

Festive carnival rides, holiday shopping at coastal boutiques and art galleries, sweat holiday treats, dine waterfront & sip holiday cocktails,  rent an electric boat or character pedal boat (both nights these are available for pedal boat lit reservations at night too!), try your hand at The Ultimate Escape Rooms, get a holiday mani or pedi at Frenchies Modern Nail Care, grab warm drinks, take holiday selfies in front of the SEAson's Greetings sign & decor, watch the colorful sunset over the Harbor.

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 award reception following the parade!

Boaters Apply Online!

You can also contact us at [email protected] for more details on how to participate.

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Parking & Event are FREE!

Parking Available at these Locations:

Ventura Harbor Village Parking Lots
Designated spots along Spinnaker Dr.
Surfer’s Knoll
Harbor Cove Beach
Safe Harbor Ventura Isle (Dolphin Parking Section only)
Lot at Schooner and Harbor Blvd. (opposite the hotel)


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

Ventura Harbor Parade Route

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Helpful Parade Tips

  • Parade Tips Bullet Come early for best parking, get the kiddos on a few rides early & enjoy coastal boutique shopping for the holidays
  • Parade Tips Bullet Don’t wait! Make your reservations now for a Parade of Lights harbor cruise or a restaurant reservation
  • Parade Tips Bullet Parking lots will fill up quick - don't forget there is additional parking at Safe Harbor Ventura Isle & end of Spinnaker Drive
  • Parade Tips Bullet Following the Fireworks, stick around in the Village for 20-30 minutes and enjoy food, dessert, & cocktails to allow for less cars/traffic exiting the harbor

View by Land or Water!

Ventura Keys Holiday Lights Island Packers Dan Harding (4)

Viewing by Land is Free!

There is no entry, just find a good spot on land along the parade route to enjoy the lights.
Ventura Harbor Village is the most popular viewing location. Parade announcers will be located near Sugar Lab Bake Shop.

Ventura Boat Rentals

Details: Book a Private Boat Tour of the Parade of Lights for up to 24 passengers
Departures: There are two departure options at 5:30pm or 7:30pm (SOLD OUT) 
Book: Visit VenturaBoatRentals.com or call (805) 642-7753 to reserve

Details: Rent the lit Character Pedal Boats (Swans, Ducks & Dragons)
Departures: Both nights reserve for a specific time slot available
Book: Visit VenturaBoatRentals.com or call (805) 642-7753 to reserve

Island Packers 

Details: Parade of Lights Cruises are open to the public on Friday, Dec. 16 & Saturday, Dec. 17
Departures: 5:45pm, 6:00p.m, & 6:15pm - and cruises return by 8:30. Boat stages to watch the parade, cruise to view holiday lights in the marina, and end with fireworks (weather permitting)
Cost: $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $28 for children under 12.
Book: Visit IslandPackers.com or call (805) 642-1393

Parade of Lights Dining

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Open Dining Seating:

805 Bar & Grilled Cheese 805.642.9463
Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market 805.654.0546
Baja Bay Surf & Taco 805.535.4160
Boatyard Pub 805.850.0202
Copa Cubana 805.642.9463
Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room 805.321.9463
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
On The Alley 805.413.4367
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350
The Parlor 805.658.2837

Accepting Seating Reservations:

The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350
Water’s Edge Restaurant 805.642.1200

Sweet Treats:

Coastal Cone Ice Cream 805.658.2837
Le Petit Bakery 805.642.1191
Sugar Lab Bake Shop 805.765.4292
Top This Chocolate 805.535.4167

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