Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony, Boat Parade

Posted on Dec 6 by SEASONS Magazine

Stearns Wharf Christmas Tree, courtesy photo.

Stearns Wharf Christmas Tree, courtesy photo.

Kick off the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Stearns Wharf. Before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will switch on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir to officially open the holiday season for the waterfront.

Harbor Parade of Lights, courtesy photo.

Parade of Lights, courtesy photo.


The 32nd Annual Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m. with some 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara coastline. Judging for the parade takes place from the east side of Stearns Wharf.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf (if parked prior to 3:30 p.m.) as well as at the city’s Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots. The first 90-minutes of parking on the wharf is free. For more information, visit


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