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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!

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights 2022
parade of lights

Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17

4:00pm & beyond – Kids Rides & Carnival Games on the Ventura Harbor Village lawn (NOTE - carnival starts earlier at 2pm on Saturday)

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

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

8:00pm – Fireworks* (Look Northwest for best viewing) *display is weather pending


Stay all day! Extra festivities include:

Enjoy holiday shopping at Ventura Harbor Village's coastal boutiques and art galleries, indulge in sweet holiday treats, dine along the waterfront, sip on seasonal cocktails or local wines, rent an electric or pedal boat, try your hand at The Ultimate Escape Rooms, get a festive mani + pedi at Frenchies Modern Nail Care, take holiday selfies in front of the SEAson's Greetings sign, warm up with a latte or hot tea, and watch a 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.

carnival rides

Parking & Event are FREE!

Park at these locations:

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


Catch a ride with Uber or Lift

1583 Spinnaker Dr. Ventura, CA 93001

Complimentary Shuttle Bus Available

Park in the lot on Schooner and Harbor Blvd. (Directly across from Four Points By Sheraton Ventura Harbor)
Wait time is approx. 20 minutes.
Drop off Locations: Portside Ventura Promenade (for viewing the parade) and Safe Harbor Ventura Isle Marina (which is a 5-8 minute walk along the promenade to Ventura Harbor Village)
Shuttle Times: 4:00pm – 10:00 pm (last pick up is 9:45 pm)
Shuttle Rides are free courtesy of Ventura Port District
*Please note - ADA parking available at Ventura Harbor Village

Ventura Harbor Parade Route

parade route

Helpful Parade Tips

  • Parade Tips BulletVisit Ventura Harbor Village for pre & post festivities, including dining, shopping, and fun carnival rides on the lawn.
  • Parade Tips BulletDon’t wait! Make your reservations now for a your favorite restaurant or Parade of Lights harbor cruise.
  • Parade Tips BulletParking lots will fill up quick - don't forget there is additional lots around the harbor and a shuttle. See parking section for details.
  • Parade Tips BulletFollowing the Fireworks, stick around for 20-30 minutes and enjoy food, dessert, & cocktails to allow for less cars and traffic exiting Ventura Harbor.

View by Land or Water!

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights 2022
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Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights 2022

Viewing by Land is Free!

Find a good viewing spot on land along the parade route to enjoy the lights. Ventura Harbor has a large walking promenade in which the parade can be viewed or buy a ticket to watch from the water. Entertainment, dining, treats, and parade announcers will be located in Ventura Harbor Village. The fireworks display is to the Northwest of the Harbor Village each night.

Ventura Boat Rentals

Private Boat Tour of the Parade of Lights for up to 24 passengers
Departures: Friday, Dec. 16 5:30pm or 7:30pm (sold out) / Saturday, Dec. 17: 5:30pm (sold out) or 7:30pm (sold out) 
Cost: $1190 credit/debit or $1080 Cash
Book: Visit venturaboatrentals.com or call (805) 642-7753 to reserve

Character Pedal Boat Rentals (lit Swans, Ducks & Dragons)
Departures: Friday, Dec. 16 6:30pm - 8:30pm  / Saturday, Dec. 17 6:30pm - 8:30pm (sold out) 
Cost: $140 debit/credit or $120 Cash
Book: Visit venturaboatrentals.com or call (805) 642-7753 to reserve

Island Packers 

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

Ventura Sportfishing

Holiday Harbor Cruises are open to the public on two boats, Island Spirit and Californian.
Departures: Friday, Dec. 16 at 5:30pm and Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5:30pm, boats leave at 6:30pm.
Cost: $30 all ages
Book: Visit venturasportfishing.com/booking or call (805) 676-3474

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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Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights 2022
Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights 2022

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Award Sponsors

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