For those of you who love a parade, the Ventura is staging one you won’t want to miss. It’s the city’s 38th Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks, Friday & Saturday, December 12 and 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. complete with a bonus Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 13 2014 from 1- 5 p.m.
The double day festival features decorated boats, a Parade of Lights Carnival & Rides on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn, visits by Santa & Mrs. Claus for last minutes gift requests at the Carousel Stage and waterfront dining. Children’s eyes will open wide as they witness Santa and his sleigh flying across the Harbor on Saturday evening, December 13, 2014 around 6:45, while everyone will enjoy the nightly fireworks at 8 o’clock. Enter the prestigious People’s Choice Award, on Ventura Harbor’s Facebook page. View parade entries on the “2014 People’s Choice Award” album, posted December 13, 2014 and vote for your favorite.
- Arrive mid-day on Saturday, December 13 for Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace from 1- 5 p.m. at Ventura Harbor Village.
- Enjoy free visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer (bring your camera), Victorian carolers, Toy Soldier Band, faux snowfall, craft stations with Macaroni Kid Camarillo, holiday characters, and boutique shopping.
- Dine at Harbor restaurants. Stop by the Ventura Harbor Village booth near Coastal Cone Ice Cream to get a pair of 3D glasses to watch the fireworks display.
Admission to the Parade of Lights on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, along with Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on December 13, 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.
The 2014 Parade of Lights sponsors include Ventura Port District, Four Points by Sheraton Resort and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ventura Harbor, Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, Ventura West Marina, Ventura Harbor Marina & Yacht Yard, Rhumb Line Restaurant, Vessel Assist- Channel Watch Marine, Ventura Harbor Boat Yard, Boatyard Café, Ventura Harbor Marine Fuel, Brophy Brothers Restaurant and Clam Bar, Island Packers, Ventura Boat Rentals, Ventura Yacht Club, Ventura Marina Community, Dave’s Fuel Dock, The Greek at the Harbor, Milano’s Italian Restaurant, Cumulus Broadcasting, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Ventura County Star, VC Reporter, Ventura Breeze, Aspen Helicopter, Sunbelt Rentals, and RP Barricade.
Boater Applications are available by calling (805) 477-0470 or online at VenturaHarbor.com and VenturaHarborVillage.com. There is no charge to enter a decorated watercraft and includes an 8 x10 keepsake photo, awards, prizes, and Boaters Brunch courtesy of The Greek at the Harbor Restaurant!
Visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com/Parade or call (805) 477-0470 for more information or get updates on Ventura Harbor Facebook and Twitter.