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Best holiday boat parades in Southern California

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From San Diego to Marina Del Rey, we’ve got maps and tips to get you to the harbor on time.

Dana Point

December 7—8
4:30-7:30 p.m. Family Festivities at Mariner’s Village and Dana Wharf, 
7:30 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights

December 14—15
4:30-7:30 p.m. Family Festivities at Mariner’s Village and Dana Wharf
7:30 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights

Best viewing spots Island Way and Dana Drive
Info — 949-923-2255; danapointharbor.com/boat-parade

Huntington Harbour

December 8—9
5:15 p.m. — Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Best viewing spot — Trinidad Island
Info — 714-840-7542; hhboatparade.org

Long Beach

December 15
5:30 p.m. — Boat Parade of 1,000 Lights

Best viewing spots — Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor, and Queen Mary
Info — 562-436-3645; tinyurl.com/1000lights

Marina del Rey

December 8
12-6 p.m. —
 Snow Wonder at Burton Chace Park
5:55-6 p.m. — Fireworks show on the jetty near the entrance of the main channel
6-8 p.m. — Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Best viewing spots — Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village
Info — 310-670-7130; mdrboatparade.org

Naples (Long Beach)

long beach boat parade

Photo by Craig O. Ryan

December 8
5 p.m. —
Entrance roads to Naples Island close
6 p.m. — Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade

Best viewing spots: Along the Naples Canals, outer walks, and surrounding restaurants
Info — 562-436-3645; naplesca.com

Newport Beach

December 19
6:15 p.m. —
 Fireworks at Newport Pier
6:30 p.m. — Newport Beach Boat Parade

December 20—22
6:30 p.m. —
 Newport Beach Boat Parade

December 23
6:30 p.m. —
 Newport Beach Boat Parade
9 p.m. — Fireworks at Balboa Pier

Best viewing spots — Balboa Fun Zone, Peninsula Point Beach, Lido Park, and many restaurants
Info — 949-729-4400; christmasparadeboats.com

Redondo Beach

December 8
4:30 p.m. —
King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade

Best viewing spots — Moonstone Park, and the Portofino Hotel and Marina
Info — 310-376-6911; kingharborboatparade.org

San Diego

san diego boat parade

Photo courtesy of San Diego Visitor’s Bureau

December 9
5 p.m. —
 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 16
5 p.m. —
 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Best viewing spots — Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, the Embarcadero along downtown San Diego, and Ferry Landing on Coronado
Info — 619-222-1181; sdparadeoflights.org

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