Christmas Parades!

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It’s officially holiday time, which means plenty of fun events will be happening. Whether taking place in a towns historic area or out in the harbor a Christmas Parade is a great family holiday event. There are so many awesome parades coming up soon, so I made a list of ones that look really fun!

Riverside County

  • Temecula
    Santa’s Electric Light Parade– Friday December 5th at 7pm. The parade travels through the center of Temecula’s Old Town district. Old Town will be a glow during this light parade, which is also commemorating Temecula’s 25th Anniversary.
  • Murrieta
    Festival of Trees and Push Cart Parade– Saturday December 6th from 3 to 8:30pm. This is more than just a parade it’s also a Festival. So there will be crafts, vendors, and a chance to take a photo with Santa. All the fun will be taking place at Town Square Park. If you wish to see the Push Cart Parade only that will begin at 5pm, starting at Kalmia St./Washington Ave and ending at Town Square Park.
  • Norco
    Horsetown Parade of Lights and Winter Festival– Saturday December 13th starting at 9am and ends at 9pm. Another parade and festival combination. Norco’s 10th annual Horsetown parade will feature carnival games and rides or enjoy a special breakfast with Santa all for a minimal cost. The parade itself is FREE and begins at 5pm.
  • Perris
    26th Annual Christmas Parade– Saturday December 13th at 10am. The parade will begin on “D” St/4th St and will finish at City Hall. There will also be visits and photos with Santa in the Bob Glass Community Room from 1pm-2pm.

San Diego North County

  • Fallbrook
    Fallbrook Chritmas Parade– Saturday December 6th at 5pm. One of the largest parades in the area which features ten marching bands from San Diego and Riverside counties as well as 100 entries that travel a mile-long route on Main Street through Downtown Fallbrook.
  • Encinitas
    Droppin’ In For The Holidays– Saturday December 6th beginning at 5pm. This not your average holiday parade since Encinitas is well known for it’s surf and skate. The floats will be representations of the action sports lifestyle, so expect to see plenty of big name athletes from these action sports. The parade will go down South Coast Highway 101, beginning at “D” Street and ending at “J” Street.
  • San Marcos
    Kiwanis Club of San Marcos Holiday Parade– Sunday December 7th at 1pm. The parade’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas”. So all floats will be influenced by holiday favorites. Parade begins at Palomar College and will end at the Civic Center. The Civic Center’s Holiday Village will also be going on. The Holiday Village features FREE children crafts, arts/crafts and food vendors, entertainment and visits and photos with Santa.
  • Oceanside
    Parade of Lights– Saturday December 13th at 7pm This is a parade on the water happening in Oceanside Harbor. Come see sail boats, yachts, fishing boats, kayaks and dingys all covered in holiday lights as they cruise the harbor. It’s suggested to watch the parade from the fishing dock near the police station as the best location to see the parade go through twice. There is also seating areas throughout the harbor as well as restaurants that have good views.

San Diego

  • La Jolla
    La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival– Sunday December 7th at 1:30pm. Following the parade will be a fun holiday festival. The parade go down Girard Street and turn onto Prospect Street which will end at the Holiday Festival at the La Jolla Recreation Center. The festival will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment and photos with Santa. The festival is from 3:30 to 5pm and concludes with a Tree Lighting Ceremony to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the La Jolla Recreation Center.
  • San Diego Bay
    43rd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights– Sunday December 14th and 21st at 5:30pm. This years theme is “Children’s Stories” which is sure to delight spectators. More than 80 boats will be decorated and cruising the harbor. The parade travels from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado. So there are plenty of different locations to pic a spot to view the parade.

Orange County

  • Dana Point
    40th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights– Fridays and Saturdays December 5th, 6th , 12th and 13th at 7:30pm Another parade that takes place on the water. View boats that have been decorated for the holidays as they cruise Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy the views from a local restaurant or seating near the harbor shops. Or why not enjoy the parade by joining it! Tickets are available through Dana Wharf Sportfishing for boat rides. The parade is just one of the wonderful holiday events going on for Dana Points FantaSEA Holiday.
  • Laguna Nigel
    Laguna Nigel Holiday Parade– Saturday December 13th at 10am. Laguna Nigel will be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary this year, so the parades theme is “Silver Bells ~ Golden Dreams”. The parade takes place on Crown Valley Parkway.
  • Newport Beach
    The 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade– December 17th through 21st from 6:30pm to 9pm. Yachts, canoes, kayaks and boats will light up the harbor during the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The Christmas boats will cruise about 14 miles around the harbor. This is a top holiday event with people traveling far and wide to check it out.

Hope this helps in planning out which holiday events to attend this month!

Cruzin Mama

Weekend Events: Tall Ship Festival in Dana Point

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Ahoy Mateys! Did you get a chance to check out the Tall Ship Festival this last weekend in San Diego? Well if not here is another chance to see some vintage ships in action. This weekend is the 30th Annual Tall Ships Featival happening in Dana Point.

The Festival is a perfect chance for your little buccaneers to experience the life of a pirate. The Festival will feature 9 ships to explore, a cannon battle, vendors, live music, workshops, Pirates, storytime and much much more! Entrance to the Festival also includes admission to The Ocean Institute, which will also have plenty of activities and entertainment for your little swashbucklers.

Tall Ship Festival

    • Friday September 5th Sunset Parade – watch the ships sail into the harbor between 5-7 pm and shop some of the Festival vendors.
    • Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th -Enjoy the Festival activities and entertainment from 10am to 5pm
    • General Admission
      • Ocean Institute Members $5 /ages 3 and up
      • Non-members $8 /ages 3 and up

*There are other ticket options available such as ship cruises and to be on a ship during the cannon battle, prices vary. All Festival tickets include admission to The Ocean Institute. Click here to purchase your tickets.*

    • Parking – parking is free but limited in the harbor. There is other off site parking with free shuttle service. For directions and more parking and shuttle information click here.

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If you can’t make the Festival try and make a day to check out all The Ocean Institute has to offer. The Institute is a hands-on marine science center, which of course is a big plus in my book. The Institute is only open to the Public on the weekends. The Harbor also has a nice calm beach perfect for little ones.

Check out the Festival and beautiful Dana Point this weekend.

Cruzin Mama