32nd Annual - Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm

This year the 32nd Annual - Lighted Boat Parade is on Saturday December 2, 2017.  This year's theme is "Holiday Magic!" The parade begins at 5:30, but the fun in the harbor starts much earlier.  The fun begins when you make the decision to enjoy the parade!  Plan ahead for food, parking, and any weather that might come on that day.  By the way, there will be road construction leading to the harbor on the Crow's Nest side so plan for that.

Please check the Santa Cruz Harbor website for more announcements.

Volunteers: We are looking for more help this year, especially in the area of social media and live-streaming on Facebook.  We can use all the help we can get!

General Information for the Public.

Where To Watch

The parade takes place in the South Harbor between Murray Street bridge and the gas dock. Boats do not exit the harbor and generally do not travel as far as the light house. While offering spectacular nighttime views of the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz shoreline, the lighthouse is not suitable for watching the parade. 

Limited viewing is available from the Murray Street bridge, from the East Harbor launch ramp,  and from a variety of harbor paths. 

How to Get Here

Limited pay parking is available on both the East and West sides of the harbor. Please plan to arrive early to park at the harbor.

Walking paths follow Arana Gulch South to both the East and West side of the harbor.

Accessibility Parking

Limited accessible parking is available on both the East and West sides of the harbor. Please plan on arriving early if you anticipate requiring parking with accessibility. 

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are available in select areas throughout the harbor.


Please check the Santa Cruz Harbor website for additional harbor access information.

Fun Facts

Santa Cruz is at the North end of the Monterey Bay. In the center of the Monterey Bay is the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon, which is 3,250 meters deep at it's deepest point! The Bay and it's canyon are home to 26 species of Marine mammals, 94 species of Seabirds, 354 species of Fish, 4 species of Turtles, 31 phyla of Invertebrates, 450+ species of Marine algae (plants), AND approximately 21 endangered and threatened animals spend all or part of their lives in the Sanctuary. What a wonderful place!

Learn more interesting facts about the Monterey Bay

Don't Forget Your Reusable Mug For Hot Chocolate & Reusable bottle for water.

In the ocean, plastics constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. Help us reduce this by using a brining a mug and water bottle on the 2nd. Locate and use appropriate recycling & trash receptacles, and help to protect our harbor, our bay, and our oceans by pick up litter you may see on the ground. 


Thank you to all our sponsors who have provided us with the funding, equipment, labor, media exposure, and participant prizes for this years "Holiday Magic" Lighted Boat Parade. 


Bay Photo Aptos

Beach St Pizza and Bar

Brittania Arms

Capitola Boat and Bait

El Jardin

Kayak Connection

Lindas Seabreeze Café

Loards Ice Cream

Manuels Mex Rest

Nut Kreations

O’Neill Sea Odyssey

O’Neill Yacht Charters

Pacific Cookie Company

Palapas Restaurant

PPD Multimedia

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Dive Service

Santa Cruz Marine

Santa Cruz Port District Yard

Santa Cruz Port District

Shadowbrook & Crow’s Nest

Signs Up

Interested in sponsoring the 2017 Lighted Boat Parade?

Download a LBP Sponsorship Packet (Sponsorship Packets available for download soon. In the mean time, please contact us for sponsorship information)

Photo Gallery

Look here for photo uploads during and after the event.


Find links to event videos here and on your YouTube Channel.