53rd Annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade Sets Sail

53rd Annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade Sets Sail

(Photo by Gregory Ori)

Now in its 53rd year, the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade returns mid-December to light up local waters in a brilliant musical spectacular. And it's free.

As a thank you to harbour residents who deck out their homes for the annual Cruise of Lights, the parade invites luminescent "singing" vessels to sail the waters during the weekend before the cruise. With the theme "Songs from the Silver Screen…A Tribute To Hollywood," this year's parade takes place on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13. Boats start lining up at 4:30 p.m., and the parade sets sail at 5:15 p.m. sharp. It's free, open to the public, and entertains until roughly 8:30 p.m.

Organizers are changing the tune this year by encouraging participants to not only select a favorite movie soundtrack and decorate their boats accordingly, but to also dress the part. More than 75 boats are expected to join the festive fleet this year.

Prime viewing spots include Seabridge Park, the bridges and park on Trinidad Island, and Sunset Marina. Complete parade route map below.

The 53rd Annual Cruise of Lights sets sail December 17 and continues through December 23, raising funds for youth music programs throughout Orange County. Narrated 45-minute tours are hosted by the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee and launch every hour from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $12 and $19 and are available online.

Follow the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade on Facebook, and the Cruise of Lights on Facebook for updates.

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