Some things are just quintessential holiday experiences--looking at lights, singing Christmas carols, and, of course, enjoying a holiday parade. This holiday season, the Bay Area is bringing you parades to enjoy, whether it's a traditional parade with light-up floats down the street or a parade of decorated boats. No matter the type, parades are sure to make for a fun day to help get you in the Christmas spirit.
Half Moon Bay Night of Lights
Dec. 1 @ 6 p.m.
Main Street - Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Enjoy a parade of lights down Main Street in Half Moon Bay, along with live music, activities, and Christmas staple snacks like roasted chestnuts. You can even squeeze in some Christmas shopping, as most stores will stay open later during the festivities.
Deck the Hulls
Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Boat parades are an awesome, fun twist on a traditional parade, and in Oakland, spectators can enjoy the 41st annual Deck the Hulls parade. Staging will be between the Public Pier at Fortman Marina and Wind River Buildings, with the parade starting at dark and heading west past Encinal and Oakland Yacht Clubs.
Parol Lantern Festival and Parade
December 9 @ 5 p.m.
Jessie Square - San Francisco, CA
With the theme of "Let Tradition Be Our Light," the San Francisco Lantern Festival returns this year. Each year, the festivities begin as communities make their own parol lanterns, "the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, peace, and light during the holiday season." And they even host workshops and sell kits to help. The lanterns then go on parade, with awards for the best lanterns. The parade processes through Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane and Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.
Fisherman's Wharf Lighted Boat Parade
Dec. 15 @ 6 p.m.
The oldest and largest boat parade returns this year, presented by the Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club. The parade will begin at Pier 39 and will move west. The Fisherman Wharf's own fleet will remain decorated throughout the holiday season.