VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura Harbor presents the 40th Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks, Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 17 from 1- 5 p.m. Decorated boats and holiday décor kick off this year’s “Parks on Parade” themed parade, in celebration of 100 years of our National Parks.
The two-day celebration includes decorated power and sail boats as they cruise twice throughout the entire Harbor, the Parade of Lights carnival and rides on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn, and waterfront dining offering delicious cuisine throughout Ventura Harbor. Saturday evening, December 17, at approximately 6:30 p.m., watch for Santa and his sleigh fly across the sky above the Harbor, kicking off the boat parade, courtesy of Aspen Helicopters. A fireworks display lights up the night Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17 at approximately 8 p.m.
This year’s parade celebrates 100 years of our National Parks with the theme “Parks on Parade.” From stunning national parks to historic sites and monuments, the Find Your Park campaign has elevated the visibility of these outstanding destinations and landmarks. This is one of the final centennial celebrations for in the Channel Island National Park, headquartered in Ventura Harbor.
Arrive mid-day on Saturday, December 17 for Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace from 1- 5 p.m. at Ventura Harbor Village. Free visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer (bring your own camera for photos), Victorian Carolers, Toy Soldier’s Band, faux snowfall, craft stations with Macaroni Kid Camarillo and Lakeshore Learning, holiday photo booth with Costco, holiday characters, and boutique shopping make Winter Wonderland a fun traditional holiday experience for all ages. Enjoy festive fun at this free event and explore the sixteen seaside boutiques and art galleries stores for holiday finds – Love Local – Shop Local. Plus, Harbor restaurants are overflowing with good cheer for lunch and dinner.
Get up close and on the water for the spectacular display of lights with public cruises offered by Island Packers (reservations: 805-642-1393) and Ventura Sportfishing (reservations: 805-676-3474). Ventura Boat Rentals, 805-642-7753.
Admission to the Parade of Lights on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, along with Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on December 17, is free. Parking is free in Ventura Harbor Village, along Spinnaker Drive, and in the Ventura Harbor beach lots. Ventura Downtown – Harbor Trolley will be running with complimentary rides from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. from downtown, hotels, and Pierpont neighborhood. Arrive early for best parking and shopping throughout the Ventura Harbor Village. Dinner reservations are recommended or arrive early to dine in venues throughout Ventura Harbor.
Visit www.VenturaHarbor.com or call 805-477-0470 for more information or get updates on Ventura Harbor Facebook and Twitter #Venturaharbor.