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Public Invited to View 46th Annual Parade of Lights Presented by the Port of San Diego Sunday December 10th and 17th

Dec 07, 2017 09:41PM ● By Paul Spear

 Public Invited to View 46th Annual Parade of Lights Presented by the Port of San Diego Sunday December 10th and 17th!

Residents and visitors of the region are welcomed to experience a captivating display of holiday lights during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, taking place Sunday, December 10 and Sunday, December 17, 2017.  Presented by the Port of San Diego, this unique and inspiring event will feature approximately 80 vessels festively lit for the holiday season and three free public viewing areas with seating.

This year, the parade kicks off at 5 p.m. both Sundays at Shelter Island. The route proceeds to Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero area, Seaport Village, Cesar Chavez Park and then turns south to the Ferry Landing on Coronado. The entire procession takes about two hours, typically ending around 7 p.m.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights can be viewed from almost any area along the north and central parts of San Diego Bay. Ideal viewing areas include Shelter Island Park, Harbor Island Park, Spanish Landing Park, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, and Coronado Tidelands Park. 

The Port of San Diego will provide free public viewing areas with seating at Harbor Island Park, 1879 Harbor Island Drive; Cesar Chavez Park Pier, 1449 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway and Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive. There will be free refreshments at the Cesar Chavez Pier location. Both the Harbor Island and Broadway Pier viewing locations will have food and beverages available for purchase. Musical entertainment will be provided at Broadway Pier and Cesar Chavez Pier.

There is no public parking on Broadway Pier and parking along many areas of the San Diego Bay waterfront fills up very early in the day. The Port of San Diego encourages attendees to use public transportation. The San Diego Trolley has convenient stops near the San Diego Bay waterfront at the Santa Fe Depot, Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center and Barrio Logan. Trolley stations with parking and service to the North Embarcadero area are located in Fashion Valley and Old Town. For more information on the San Diego Trolley routes, go to

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Port of San Diego through its Tidelands Activation Program. It is one of 72 sponsored events taking place during fiscal year 2018.  The events are community-based, represent many diverse interests and take place in all of the Port’s member cities.
For more information on the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights or to enter your vessel in the parade, please visit

About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port Experiences:
Port of San Diego Experiences welcomes businesses, residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy and prosper from our dynamic waterfront.

A treasured destination, the Port provides unique opportunities to captivate visitors and ensure everyone is welcomed, connected and inspired by our beautiful waterfront.


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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 



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