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Lighted-Boat Parades

The Southwest Sparkles Once Again

One of the favorite traditions nationwide and beyond are the holiday boat parades; three of the most-loved in the Southwest are in Lake Havasu, Tempe, and San Diego.


Lake Havasu, Ariz. - "Light Up the Lake"!

32nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Dec. 5-6 @ 6:30pm


For the past 32 years the Annual Boat Parade of Lights has been the must-see event of the holiday season. Many boats brightly decorated in their holiday best will delight children and adults alike. This year's theme: "Light Up the Lake!"

Watch the boats cruise through the Bridgewater Channel beginning in Thompson Bay and continuing under the London Bridge to the north end of the Channel, with a turnaround at Windsor Beach and back. Bundle up and take a stroll through the Channel - the only time you'll see the Channel packed full of boats and boaters in winter gear at night. Come cozy up with family and friends and create treasured memories of a favorite holiday tradition!

Boat parade participants and sponsors invite you to visit the docks in front of the London Bridge Resort where parade floats will be lit up nightly beginning at dusk.

Bonfires will be permitted throughout the Channel on the island side beach areas but must be contained in a portable, self-contained fire pit. All ashes must be removed entirely and the area left clean. Absolutely no digging of fire pits in the sand and no dumping of ashes in the water. The area will be patrolled throughout the evening.

There will be great viewing at the Nautical Beachfront Resort (the starting point of the Parade of Lights),Rotary Beach, throughout the Channel on both sides between Rotary Beach and Windsor Beach, the English Village, across the London Bridge, and at any of the restaurants along the Channel. (If you do plan on watching from the Channel restaurants, early reservations are recommended.)

There is no charge to view The 32nd Annual Boat Parade. Plenty of free parking is available at the English Village and in the parking areas on the island near the Channel. Plan to get there early as traffic around the London Bridge can become congested.

More information is available at http://www.lbycboatparadeoflights.com/

Tempe, Ariz. - "Fantasy of Lights"

The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade is one of several annual winter holiday events hosted by the Mill Avenue District in downtown Tempe.

Where is it?

The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade takes place on Tempe Town Lake in Downtown Tempe.

When is it?

The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade and associated activities take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at 5 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. and the Boat Parade starts at 7 p.m. The Boat Parade is a rain-or-shine event.

What kind of festivities will there be at the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade?

About 50 lighted and decorated watercraft will parade in front of the shores of Tempe Town Lake for the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. The METRO Light Rail LED installation on the Tempe Town Lake Bridge will provide a special display.

About one hour prior to the start of the boat parade, Santa Claus will make his appearance at Tempe Beach Park. Radio Disney presents live entertainment for families and kids. The fireworks finale will take place following the end of the boat parade. No viewing will be allowed from Mill Avenue bridges.

How much will it cost to get in?

Nothing! Spectators at the Tempe Holiday Boat Parade are admitted free.

Where should I park?

You'll find the most convenient parking at the following locations:

Hayden Ferry Lakeside Parking Garage – Rio Salado, just east of Mill Avenue

Hayden Square Garage - 3rd Street between Ash Street & Mill Avenue; located under Hayden Square Condominiums

City Hall Garage - 5th Street between Mill Avenue and Myrtle

Centerpoint Surface Lot -5th Street between Ash and Maple

Don't want to pay for parking?

Try METRO Light Rail.

What if I have more questions?

Visit Downtown Tempe online, or for event information call (480) 355-6063.


San Diego, Calif. - "Children's Stories"

The 43rd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Join us this December for our annual Parade on San Diego Bay, with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated according to a new theme each year.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in December, this year on Sunday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 21.

The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.

Whether a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all! The theme for 2014 is "Children's Stories."

For more information, visit http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/


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