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SF’s 2023 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (Fisherman’s Wharf)

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Friday, December 15, 2023 - 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Pier 39 | Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA

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Come out and see the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on the San Francisco Bay. Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront on December 15, 2023.

A holiday tradition since 1994, the parade typically includes members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Fleet, Golden Gate Yacht Club, PIER 39 Marina, and the Sea Scouts.

2022 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Friday, December 16, 2022 | Festival (4-8p), Boat Parade (6-8 p)
Pier 39 / Fisherman’s Wharf, SF

  • Santa Arrives at 4:30p
  • Holiday Train Ride for Kids
  • Lighted Boat parade starts at 6pm
  • Photos with Santa 5-6:30p
  • Live blues w/ Blind Lemon Pledge
  • San Francisco Ukulele Rebellion plays and sings holiday songs
  • Bring a new unwrapped toy for the SFFD Toy Drive

SF Marina Small Craft Harbor Holiday Event on December 15

The San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor’s (3950 Scott Street) lighted boat parade and holiday event returns on Friday, December 15, 2023 from 4 to 8 p.m. Come out for family fun at this event that will feature refreshments, live music, train rides and Santa. There will also be donation bins for the San Francisco Fire Department’s annual toy drive so bring a new unwrapped toy. See you dockside! 

Typical Parade Route and Best Viewing Locations

The parade route typically begins just off of PIER 39, proceeding west past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason and the St. Francis Yacht Club, and will turn around off of Crissy Field to return along the waterfront.

Spectators can enjoy wonderful views from Aquatic Park, PIER 39, the Marina Green, and Crissy Field. In addition to offering a fantastic vantage point, restaurants along the Wharf will be featuring traditional holiday menus.


Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Fairs & Festivals, In Person, Kids & Families, San Francisco, Tree + Holiday Lightings
Venue: Pier 39
Address: Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA