Huntington Harbour Christmas Boat Parade

lit up boat on the water in long beach for the parade

The annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade is coming back to Orange County this December for its 57th annual event. This is where surf city turns into light city on the water. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the gorgeous sparkling LED lights draping the harbor in festive holiday colors. Continue reading to learn more about the event and its details.

Huntington Harbor Philharmonic Committee Huntington Beach

The annual Huntington Harbour Light Parade is an all-volunteer event run by the Philharmonic Committee of Huntington Beach and it’s the committee’s way of saying thanks to the local residents for decorating their homes. This coincides with the Cruise of Lights fundraiser on December 17-23, which raises funds for youth music education programs. Funds are then administered based on the needs of local schools and programs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is The Huntington Harbour Boat Parade?

The event is scheduled for December 14 & 15 with the lineups starting at 4:30 pm and officially kicks off at 5:15 pm.


Does the event cost money? 

The parade is free to watch, but donations are strongly encouraged. Donations of $50 or more will also be listed and featured in the Harbour Light Magazine 


What is the theme? 

This year’s theme is ‘Rock & Roll Fantasy’ 


Can you win anything? 

There are 16 separate trophies to award the participants for their work and showmanship. Some of the categories include the most religious and most commercial entry. 


Where can I sign up for an entry? 

Click here to view the boat and home entry form 


Where can I view the parade? 

The public viewing areas lie only on surrounding beaches and parking is extremely limited. Click here to download a map of the parade and see what time the parade will pass your location. 


What is the difference between the Boat Parade and the Cruise of Lights? 

Keep in mind, the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade and the Cruise of Lights are two completely separate events. The Cruise of Lights is an event that takes people out on boats to admire the lights on homes, whereas the Boat Parade is where people watch the decorated boats from the land. More specifically, the Boat Parade is the Philharmonic Committees’ way of saying thank you for the Cruise of Lights Fundraiser. 


Staying in Orange County over the Holidays and need some fun recommendations? The Hotel ATRIUM is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and close to every major destination and December holiday events. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County this holiday season, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!


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