The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, filled with love, hope, and joy. What could possibly make it any better? Boats, of course! If you've never seen the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, you have to check it out this year. It's sure to get you in the holiday mood, and beyond that, it's simply beautiful. 

Every year, yacht owners around the Bay illuminate their vessels with all sorts of holiday lights and decorations, in accordance with the theme of the year. This year, the theme is Tropical Island Christmas. The yachts will follow a route that leads to Cesar Chavez Park before turning around and heading to Coronado, so there are plenty of spots for viewing the parade from the shore. 

If you're a yacht owner and want to participate, you can sign up online to be part of the procession for $100. The fee includes the chance to win several prizes, including the grand prize for Best Decorated Boat, which last year was a cruise for two with Royal Caribbean. And of course, even if you don't win, the event is an unforgettable experience. 

The two dates for 2018's 47th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights are December 9th and 16th, with the parade starting at 5:00 PM sharp both nights. Watching the event is free, so make sure to check out this famous nautical holiday spectacle! 

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