Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 44th 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!
Friday, December 17 & Saturday, December 18
4pm & beyond – Kids Rides & Carnival Games on the main lawn!
5:30pm - 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 - 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 seaside harbor shops to receive stamps & be entered to win prizes (ask a retailer for a passport).
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!
You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to participate.
Parking & Event are FREE!
Parking Available at these Locations:
Ventura Harbor Village Parking Lots
Harbor Cove Beach
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
Helpful Parade Tips
- Come early for best parking, get the kiddos on a few rides early & enjoy coastal boutique shopping for the holidays
- Don’t wait! Make your reservations now for a Parade of Lights harbor cruise or a restaurant reservation
- Parking lots will fill up quick - don't forget there is additional parking at Safe Harbor Ventura Isle & end of Spinnaker Drive
- 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
Ventura Boat Rentals
Only private charters available
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
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
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