Tag archives: Parade of Lights

36th Annual Parade of Lights
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 20, 2022

On Sunday, December 11, the 36th Annual Parade of Lights Boat Show was held at Stearns Wharf and seen along the city beachfront from West to East beaches. The parade was founded by Captain Don Hedden, a former president of the Stearns Wharf Business Association, in 1985 and has since become a holiday favorite.  The […]

The Lone Ranger
By Richard Mineards   |   March 22, 2022

The flagship Ranger, which is familiar to many for leading the annual Parade of Lights at Yuletide, has rejoined the Classic Yacht Association’s Southern California fleet. Originally the vessel was readmitted to the association in 2020, in time for the 20th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, but the pandemic delayed her rededication ceremony. […]

Light It Up!
By Richard Mineards   |   December 28, 2021

After a two year break the 35th Annual Parade of Lights was back with a bang — and 10 tons of snow! City Pier was turned into a Winter Wonderland complete with holiday elves as more than 30 colorfully illuminated sailing boats and dozens of stand-up paddlers and kayakers in festive attire embarked on a […]

35th Annual Boat Parade of Lights: Pure “Magic”
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 21, 2021

The annual beloved boat parade was back in the harbor for live viewing with social distancing and masks along Cabrillo Boulevard and Stearns Wharf. The theme for this year’s parade was “Magic Under the Moonlight.” A double-bell salute rang out to City of Santa Barbara’s Christopher Bell, the Waterfront Department’s administrative analyst and public information […]

1st Annual Montecito Car Parade of Lights
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 14, 2021

With the theme “Holiday Magic,” it was indeed a magical evening for the 1st Annual Montecito Holiday Car Parade. Huge nod to the co-chairs Sharon Byrne, Mindy Denson, and Dana Newquist, along with their committee members, for a most upbeat treat for our town and its annual visitors.  Kids from 1 to 92 lined the […]

Holiday Magic Parade
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 2, 2021

This Saturday, December 4, Montecito Association presents the first annual Holiday Magic Parade of Lights. Twenty-five cars and vehicles, decked out in their holiday finery, will parade through Montecito beginning at 5:30 pm.  The parade route will leave Upper Manning Park, turn onto North Jameson and onto Coast Village Road, through the roundabout onto Hot […]

A Virtual Vessel Contest for the Ages
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 24, 2020

You’ve got to hand it to Christopher Bell, the administrative analyst and public information officer for the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department. Instead of tossing a bilge pump into the harbor when city holiday events were cancelled due to the new lockdown orders, Bell turned the beloved annual holiday Parade of Lights into a virtual contest […]

Festival of Lights
By Richard Mineards   |   December 20, 2018

Dynamic duo Roger and Sarah Chrisman took the harbor Christmas Parade of Lights to heart decking out their 78ft. cruiser Polaris II with a light show worthy of Las Vegas. Three dozen boats took part in the maritime show, which had a Hollywood Holidays theme for its 32nd year, concluding with a spectacular five-minute show […]

32nd Annual Parade of Lights 2018
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 20, 2018

On Sunday, December 9th, the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights Boat Show was held at Stearns Wharf and seen along the city beachfront from west to east beaches. This year marked the return of the event from 2016, as SB Waterfront decided for the safety of our citizens to cancel it last year due to […]