San Diego Bay Parade of Lights


The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 52nd annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during 2 evenings on December 11 and December 18, 2022. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme: FantaSEA on the Bay. There is no cost to view the parade.

This year, for the 6th time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade.

How to get to the event using public transportation:

Attendees are encouraged to utilize San Diego Public Transit, such as the San Diego Trolley. All three trolley lines and several bus lines serve stations with parking lots that provide convenient service to the North Embarcadero area, including Fashion Valley and Old Town.

Park & Ride at our Transit Stations

To get within a short walk of Harbor Drive, take the Green or UC San Diego Blue Line to the Santa Fe Depot station, or the Orange Line to the Courthouse station. On Sundays, two children ages 12 and under ride free on MTS Trolley and Bus with each paid adult. Youth 18 & under also ride free with the Youth Opportunity Pass. Be sure to load your PRONTO card or app in advance to avoid ticket lines. Remember to tap or scan before every ride!


12/11 & 12/18


5:30 pm – 7:30 pm




The parade takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route.  The approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations are:

  • Shelter Island (start of parade)      5:30 p.m.
  • Harbor Island                                   6:00 p.m.
  • The Embarcadero                            6:30 p.m.
  • Seaport Village                                 7:00 p.m.
  • The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park       7:15 p.m.
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado             7:30 p.m.

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1492 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

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