Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 2021 Annual

Parade of Lights & Fireworks!

The 2021 theme pays homage to all things ocean and sea – Back to Seality!
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 17 & Saturday, December 18

4pm & beyond – Kids Rides & Carnival Games on the main lawn (arrive early on Saturday, carnival starts at 2pm on 12/18!), Holiday Shopping Passport.

5:30pm - Faux Snowfall, 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! 

Plan to Stay all Day - Extra Festivities Include:

Be Entertained - Carnival rides and games on Friday 12/17 from 4pm to 10pm, and Saturday 12/18 from 2pm to 10pm. Rent a boat, kayak, or paddle board - try an escape room - catch a comedy show - try something new at a harbor restaurant - sample sweet treats - explore Village shops for local treasures & more.

Holiday Shopping Passport - Visit at least 6 Ventura Harbor Village shops to receive stamps & be entered to win prizes. Ask a participating retailer for a passport. (Shops stay open until 6pm)

Magical 3D glasses - Stop by the visitor table and subscribe to our newsletter to receive your 3D glasses for an extra magical experience (while supplies last).

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
Public Parking at Schooner and Harbor Blvd.
Harbor Cove Beach
Surfer’s Knoll
Designated spots along Spinnaker Dr.
Safe Harbor Ventura Isle (Dolphin Parking Section only)


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 the Village Carousel & Arcade.

Ventura Boat Rentals - Sold Out 

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
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. 17 & Saturday, Dec. 18
Departures: 5:45pm & 6:00p.m - cruises are 2 ½ hours, boat stages to watch the parade, cruise to view holiday lights, and end with fireworks (weather permitting)
Cost: $36 for adults, $33 for seniors and $26 for children under 12. Group rates available.
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
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
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)
The Parlor 805.658.2837

Accepting Seating Reservations:

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
Sugar Lab Bake Shop 805.765.4292
Top This Chocolate 805.535.4167
Village Carousel & Arcade (Candy Counter with Fresh Fudge) 805.644.3234

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

Admiral Sponsors

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Sweepstakes Sponsors


Ship’s Captain Sponsors


Starboard Sponsors

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Award Sponsors

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island packers
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the greek
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Stern & In-Kind Sponsors

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