Christmas Parades in San Diego County

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Festive Christmas parades are coming to town! Take the family to enjoy sparkling lights, stunning floats and sleighloads of ho-ho-holiday cheer!

Kiwanis San Marcos Holiday Parade. This year’s theme: “A Season of Caring, Sharing and Giving.” Parade steps off from Palomar College and travels east on Mission Rd. to the San Marcos Civic Center. Dec. 1, 1-3 pm. www.lsmkiwanis.org

Alpine Parade of Lights & Snow Festival. On Dec. 6, parade steps off at 6:30 pm at the corner of Alpine Blvd. & W. Victoria Dr., and ends at Tavern Rd. Festival is at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd.) and includes a Santa visit, music, food, vendors and lots of snow. 6-9 pm. www.alpinechamber.com

Coronado Holiday Parade. Dec. 6, 6-9 pm. Parade travels along Orange Ave., from 5th St. to R.H. Dana Place. Come early to Rotary Plaza to sing carols from 5-6 pm, and wait for Santa’s arrival via fire truck. www.coronadochamber.com

Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Children’s Faire. On Dec. 7, the parade kicks off at 5 pm along the western side of Third Ave., and travels north from H to E Sts. The Children’s Faire will be held at Memorial Park from 2-5 pm and includes photos with Santa, snow sledding, free crafts and more. www.starlightparade.com

Encinitas Holiday Parade. This year’s theme: “Encinitas on the Move!” Parade travels along S. Coast Hwy. 101. Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm. Before the parade, see Santa at the Lumberyard courtyard (near Starbucks) at 5 pm. www.encinitasca.gov

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade. This year’s theme: “Miracle on Newport Avenue.” Dec. 7, 5:05 pm. Parade travels along Newport Ave. www.obtowncouncil.org

Fallbrook Christmas Parade. This year’s theme: “A Storybook Christmas.” Parade travels down Main Ave., from Ammunition Rd. to Ivy St. Dec. 7, 5 pm. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Vista Christmas Parade. Dec. 7, 1-3 pm. Historic downtown Vista Village. www.vistachamber.org

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. See approximately 80 boats lavishly decorated for this year’s theme, “Comic-Con on the Bay.” Parade starts at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Dec. 8 & 15, 5 pm. www.sdparadeoflights.org

Pacific Beach Holiday Parade starts on Garnet Ave. & Haines St., and travels down to Bayard. Dec. 14, 1-3 pm. www.pacificbeach.org

Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade. This year’s theme: “A Quest for Christmas.” Parade travels south on Broadway, from Escondido High School to Grape Day Park. Dec. 14, 9:30 am. www.escondidojaycees.org

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights. See festively decorated boats in the Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 14, 7-9 pm. www.oceansideyc.net

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade steps off at 2 pm from under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway, continues up to Fifth Ave., turns left at E St., then down Fourth Ave., ending at MLK Promenade Park (401 K St.) where the Holiday Pet Market is held from noon-5 pm on Dec. 15. www.holidaypetparade.com

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Presented by Hilton. See world-class marching bands, impressive floats and drill teams, and giant balloons in America’s largest balloon parade. Dec. 26, 3 pm. www.holidaybowl.com/parade

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Updated: November 2019

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