Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 43rd Annual

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

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14

4pm to 9pm – Kids Rides & Festivities

5pm to 7pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus roam the Village

6:30pm – Boat Parade

8pm – Fireworks (weather pending)

Happy Holidays! Return next weekend, Saturday, December 21st from Noon- 4 PM for the popular Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace featuring festive carolers, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, holiday characters, faux snowfall, holiday gift shopping, kids crafts & more!

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!

Boaters Apply Online!

You can also contact us at for more details on how to participate.

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)


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

Parade Route

parade route

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 At 5 PM both Friday & Saturday night - catch up with Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Promenade for free photos
  • Parade Tips Bullet Parking lots will fill up quick - don't forget there is additional parking at Ventura Isle Marina & 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

Parade of Lights Harbor Cruises on the Water

Island Packers

Details: Parade of Lights Cruises are Friday, Dec. 13 & Saturday, Dec. 14
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)
Book: Visit or call (805) 642-1393

Ventura Boat Rentals

Details: Parade of Lights Tours are Friday, Dec. 13 & Saturday, Dec.14th
Departures: There are two departure times at 5:30pm & 7:30pm
Cost: $35/Credit Card or $31.50/Cash Per Person
Book: Visit or call (805) 642-7753 to reserve

Parade of Lights Dining

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

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

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

A special thanks to the sponsors who make this community event possible

Admiral Sponsors

Ship’s Captain Sponsors

Starboard Sponsors

Sweepstakes Sponsors

Award Sponsors

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