The 53rd annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is set for Dec.10 and 17. Photo courtesy of Marv Sloben.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community, and the 53rd annual event is set for two evenings in December.

Organizers say the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds on Dec. 10 and 17.

Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, organizers say.

More than 100,000 residents, visitors

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each year.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is celebrating its 53rd year on Dec. 10 and 17. Photo courtesy of Marv Sloben.

The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region, and there is no cost to view the parade, organizers say.

This year, for the sixth 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.

Procession starts at 5:30 p.m.

The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade route.

The parade takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to pass any given point along the route.  The approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations are:

  • Shelter Island (start of parade)   5:30 p.m.
  • Harbor Island                                   6:15 p.m.
  • The Embarcadero                            6:45 p.m.
  • Seaport Village                                 7:15 p.m.
  • The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park    7:30 p.m.
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado          7:45 p.m.

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