Boats Shine at Bay Parade of Lights

80 vessels will float across San Diego Bay on Dec. 9 and 16

Were you bummed by this year’s fireworks disaster – aka: the Big Bay Bust? Well don’t worry – there’s another chance to see the bay radiate with lights this holiday season.

This year’s San Diego Bay Parade of Lights gives you not one, but two chances of seeing 80 lavishly decorated boats float across the water.

The parade will meander from Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado. It takes about two hours to complete, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with friends and family while watching the display.

Want to know the story behind the participating boats? Then sit near the announcer’s area, just north of the Maritime Museum at the Embarcadero.

And if you want to dine with a view, plenty of bayfront restaurants, including Bali Hai and Harbor House, have tables that let you gaze directly at the glittering procession.

This year’s Parade of Lights will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 16 with a procession of more than 80 vessels. The event is free and open to the public.

So grab your scarves, mittens and warm clothes – it’s time to watch the bay glow with Christmas spirit.

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