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39th Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks

Surf, Sand & Santa
Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura
Friday & Saturday
December 18 & 19, 2015

6:30 pm Parade
8:00 pm Fireworks


Boater’s Application CLICK HERE (805) 477-0470

Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace Saturday, December 19, 1 – 5 pm

Santa & Live Reindeer / Carnival Games & Rides
Victorian Carolers / Faux Snowfall / Kid’s Crafts / Holiday Shopping

2015 Nov VHV Winter Wonderland VCB 22 x 28 CMYK Poster

Looking to make a full weekend of holiday memories in Ventura?

Book a room harbor side at Four Points by Sheraton Resort (805) 658-1212 or Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Ventura Harbor (805) 856-9533.

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Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland Schedule

Friday, December 18

5 pm: Holiday Carnival Rides & Games (Main Lawn)
5 – 8 pm: Santa and Mrs. Claus at Carousel Stage
6:30 pm: Parade of Lights
8 pm: Fireworks over the water (approx. time – weather pending)

Saturday, December 19

1 – 5 pm: Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace, Santa & Mrs. Claus / Holiday Carnival, more info click HERE
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Santa and Mrs. Claus at Carousel Stage
6:30 pm: Parade of Lights
6:45 pm: Santa flies over the Harbor in a Lighted Sleigh (weather pending)
8 pm: Fireworks over the Water (approx. time – weather pending)

Parade of Lights Route

Boat Parade starts 6:30 pm from directly in front of Rhumb Line -The Sunset Restaurant, and makes two twinkling laps through Ventura Harbor. Lead Boat is TowBoatU.S/ Channel Watch Marine.

Click here to view Parade Route

The parade can be viewed at the following locations: Ventura Harbor Village, at waterfront along Spinnaker Drive, dirt lot at Navigator (limited space) & Rhumb Line- The Sunset Restaurant

Public Cruises

Public cruises Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19 offered by Island Packers (Reservations: 805-642-1393) and Ventura Sportfishing (Reservations: 805-676-3474) to view the lights and be in part of the Parade.

Vote For Favorite: People’s Choice Award

View parade entries on the “2015 People’s Choice Award” Facebook album, posted December 19, and LIKE to vote for your favorite. People’s Choice Award sponsored by Boatyard Cafe

View Fireworks with 3-D Glasses*

Both nights Zambelli, fireworks will follow the two laps of the Parade (approximately 8:00 pm) Weather pending. Fun 3-D glasses* available at booth near Coastal Cone Ice Cream in Harbor Village. *While supplies last.

Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus

Located at the Carousel Stage in Harbor Village from 5 – 8 pm FRIDAY. Then, 1 – 5 pm for Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace, and 5:30 – 6:30 pm Saturday. Free
photo opportunity, bring your camera!

A fun-filled carnival with rides and games is on the Harbor Village Main Lawn both nights. Purchase tickets at Carnival.

Parade of Lights Dining

Accepting Seating Reservations:

Rhumb Line Restaurant 805.642.1200
Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant 805.654.7906 (large parties)
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)

Open Dining Seating

Alexander’s Lounge 805.658.1212
805 Bar & Grilled Cheese 805.642.9463
Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market 805.654.0546
Baja Bay Surf & Taco 805.658.0411
Boatyard Café 805.850.0202
Brophy Brother’s Restaurant & Clam Bar 805.639.0865
Harbor Cove Café 805.658.1639 (near National Park Visitor Center)
Le Petit Café & Bakery 805.642.1191 (Friday only)
Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant 805.654.7906 (limited)
Milano’s Italian Restaurant 805.658.0388
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood 805.650.5350 (limited)
The Parlor 805.658.2837

Sweet Treats

Coffee Dock & Post 805.658.7678
Coastal Cone Ice Cream 805.658.2837
Village Carousel & Arcade (Candy Counter with Fresh Fudge) 805.644.3234

Parade of Lights Parking

Parking is complimentary and is available along Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village parking lots, beach parking lots & end of dirt lot off Navigator Drive (limited).



Special Thank You to our Parade of Lights Sponsors Making this Community Event a Success

Admiral Sponsor

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Ships Captain Sponsor

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Starboard Sponsors

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  • ventura harbor marina yacht yard
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Sweepstakes Award Sponsor

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People’s Choice Award Sponsor

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Best Use of Lights & Best Animation Award Sponsor

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Stern Sponsors

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In-Kind Sponsors

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Media Sponsors

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