“When is the Lighted Boat Parade?”

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It’s the first Saturday of every December and it’s part of the annual Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration. It’s also a great excuse to abscond to Morro Bay in the middle of winter. Festivities start around 4:30 in Old Town, at the City Park, with song and dance performances, a tree-lighting countdown, and a reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” by the man himself.  After that everyone heads down to the Embarcadero to take up spots along the waterfront (between Tidelands Park and the South T Pier) where they get ready to watch a procession of some of the most beautifully-decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts, fishing boats, cutters, sailboats, and kayaks ever to grace water. Entrants put a lot of time and effort into the event and there’s no telling what you might see. You could see surfing Grinches, red-nosed dolphins, or seahorse-driven sleighs, or just about anything floating by.  The Lighted Boat Parade drives kids bonkers and there’s usually food and music at Tidelands and/or the South T Peir.  It all ends at the Morro Bay Yacht Club with an awards ceremony. The Lighted Boat Parade is a great family event but another fun way to enjoy it is from the coziness of a waterfront restaurant  table, with a friend, and a couple glasses of vino. Try places like Windows on the WaterRose’s Landing, Dutchman’s, or The Great American Fish Company, and others.  Some may offer Lighted Boat Parade packages.

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