An event to remember

Boats, carnival rides, snow and fireworks. Photos by Patrcia Schallert and others

Ventura Harbor’s 46th Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks was an event to remember and boasted 56 boats in total that participated in the parade – the most in recent history!

Each night, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 & 16, more than 42 boaters wowed visitors and Harbor residents alike with a spectacular display of lights. Following the parade at the Boater’s Award Reception, a 2024 theme was voted on by the boaters themselves – “Candy Land.”

Ventura Harbor Village welcomed guests with carnival rides, a ferris wheel, and games, a photo opp with Grinchmas, LED light dancers, faux snowfall, and holiday shopping.

Plus, Hawaiian hula dance by local Ka Hale Hula ‘o Pilialohaokalani o Hilo, and Anacapa Ukulele who paid homage to the “Hula Holiday” Parade of Lights theme, all capped off by a dazzling fireworks show!

Ventura Harbor Village’s Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on December 16 saw a record number of attendees with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer, costumed carolers, a toy solder band, crafts, shopping at coastal boutiques, and much more!

The Annual Ventura Harbor Santa Paddle on Sunday, December 17 drew more than 45 paddlers dressed in holiday attire, plus Santa, of course, who paddled from Ventura Boat Rentals to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.

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