Christmas parades are coming to town! Sprinkle some magic into the season with sparkling lights, stunning floats and sleighloads of ho-ho-holiday cheer!
Alpine Christmas Parade of Lights. Dec. 1, starting at 6:30 pm on Alpine Blvd. at West Victoria Dr., and ends at the Alpine Creek Town Center (1347 Tavern Rd.) where you can attend the free Snow Festival with real snow for sledding, vendors, Santa Claus and entertainment from 7-9 pm. www.alpinechamber.com.
Holiday Parade & Open House in Coronado. Parade travels down Orange Ave. from 8th to R.H. Dana. Dec. 1, 6-9 pm. Please bring a new stuffed animal for the Coronado Police Department’s teddy bear drive to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. www.coronadochamber.com.
Vista Christmas Parade. Dec. 2, 1-3 pm. Historic Downtown Vista Village. www.vistachamber.org.
North Park Toyland Parade travels down University Ave., between Utah & Iowa Sts. Dec. 2, 11 am. www.toylandparade.com.
OB Holiday Parade. This year’s theme: “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love.” Brightly-lit floats, bands, vintage vehicles, eye-catching costumes, Santa Claus and more. Dec. 2, 5:05 pm. Along Newport Avenue. www.obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays.
Encinitas Holiday Parade. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Arts” will showcase amazing and creative floats, performance art and music. Remember to say a jolly hello to Ronald McDonald during the parade! Travels along Coast Hwy. 101. Dec. 2, 5:30-7:30 pm. Before the parade, attend the 5 pm tree lighting ceremony with an appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard. www.encinitasparksandrec.com.
Starlight Parade & Children’s Faire. Parade starts at 6 pm on Dec. 2 in the historic Third Avenue Village in Chula Vista. Also, special attractions at the Children’s Faire in Memorial Park from 2-5 pm. www.starlightparade.com.
Kiwanis Club of San Marcos Holiday Parade. This year’s theme: “California Christmas.” Dec. 3, 1 pm. Along Mission Ave., between Comet Circle & San Marcos Blvd. Details at www.kiwanisclubofsanmarcos.com.
Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade. This year’s theme: “Christmas at the Cinema.” Starts at 9:30 am on Dec. 9 at Escondido High School and travels south on Broadway down to Grape Day Park. www.escondidojaycees.com/parade.
Parade of Lights in Oceanside. See festively decorated boats in the Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 9, 7 pm. www.oceansideyc.net.
Pacific Beach Holiday Parade travels down Garnet Ave., from Haines to Bayard St. Dec. 9, 1 pm. www.pacificbeach.org.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Don’t miss a procession of approximately 80 boats lavishly decorated for this year’s theme, “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas.” Awards are presented to the best decorated boats and those that truly capture the event’s theme. Dec. 10 & 17, 5 pm. Spectators can view the parade from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Coronado Ferry Landing. www.sdparadeoflights.org.
The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Presented by Blue Buffalo. Steps off at 3 pm from MLK Promenade Park, continues up 4th Ave. to E St., then down 5th Ave., ending under the Gaslamp Quarter Archway. Dec. 10, 3 pm. www.holidaypetparade.com.
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade. World-class marching bands, impressive floats, drill teams, dance troupes and giant character balloons! Dec. 28, 10 am. Along Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For parade route, visit www.holidaybowl.com.
Published December 2017