Top holiday parades in every San Diego neighborhood
‘Tis the season for holiday parades around every corner. From Coronado to Encinitas, North Park to Oceanside and everywhere in between, these San Diego neighborhoods are set to host festive celebrations marching down the streets.
12.2 CORONADO CHRISTMAS PARADE
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado, coronadochamber.com
Santa shows up in style on a ferry, followed by a festive parade down Orange Avenue and tree lighting by Ol’ Saint Nick himself in Rotary Plaza.
12.2-3 BALBOA PARK DECEMBER NIGHTS
Balboa Park, balboapark.org/decembernights
Balboa Park lights up with holiday cheer as more than 350,000 expected attendees enjoy festive food and complimentary admission to the museums over two evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.
12.3 LITTLE ITALY TREE LIGHTING
India Street, Little Italy , littleitalysd.com
Christmas magic arrives on the streets of Little Italy in the form live music, holiday beverages and a meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus.
12.3 ENCINITAS HOLIDAY PARADE
Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, ci.encinitas.ca.us
At this year’s parade down Coast Highway 101, Encinitas celebrates 30 years of cityhood with themed floats and awesome ‘80s costumes.
12.3 NORTH PARK TOYLAND PARADE & FESTIVAL
University Ave., North Park, toylandparade.com
Bundle up for this annual parade that glides down University Avenue with marching bands, dance groups, vintage cars, beauty queens and more.
12.3 CHULA VISTA STARLIGHT PARADE
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista, starlightparade.com
Celebrate the season in downtown Chula Vista with a snow hill at this cheerful neighborhood parade.
12.3 37TH ANNUAL OB HOLIDAY PARADE
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach , oceanbeachsandiego.com
See Santa surfing the streets during this annual Ocean Beach parade, which brings out the Point Loma Marching Band, motorcycles, brightly lit floats and bands filling the beach with live music.
12.4 LA JOLLA CHRISTMAS PARADE & HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Girard Ave., La Jolla, ljparade.com
Themed “Christmas in the future,” this year’s La Jolla Christmas Parade is packed with equestrians, floats and music.
12.10 OCEANSIDE HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, visitoceanside.org
Watch Christmas lights float across the water at this nautical parade of decorated boats and costume-clad captains.
12.11, 18 SAN DIEGO BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
San Diego Bay, sdparadeoflights.org
The 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights dazzles bayfront crowds over two weekends with a procession of nearly 100 boats decorated to this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar - San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.”
12.11 THE GASLAMP HOLIDAY PET PARADE
Hilton Gaslamp Park, downtown, gaslamp.org
Furry and feathered companions of all shapes and sizes are invited to don festive costumes and strut in this jolly pet parade.
12.27 PORT OF SAN DIEGO HOLIDAY BOWL PARADE
North Harbor Drive, downtown, sandiegobowlgames.com
Enormous balloons fill the sky during this parade along downtown’s waterfront as marching bands, floats and drill teams entertain more than 100,000 street-side spectators.
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