Enjoy Spectacular Los Angeles Holiday Parades

Santa lands in Hollywood, holiday boat parades, and the world-famous Rose Parade

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Everyone loves a parade! During the holidays in Los Angeles, you can welcome Santa Claus when his sled lands on Hollywood Boulevard, watch a procession of colorfully decorated boats, and experience the world-famous Rose Parade.


Hollywood Christmas Parade
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Christmas Parade, Facebook

Every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Santa Claus arrives in Tinseltown along with floats, celebrities, and marching bands along Hollywood Boulevard. The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is taking place on Sunday, Nov. 26. The Grand Marshal is Dr. Oz, the Daytime Emmy Award winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and health expert for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for six seasons. The parade will once again be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, with celebrity guest hosts Dean Cain and Montel Williams, along with Garrett Clayton and Elizabeth Stanton.

Starting on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange, the U-shaped parade route travels east to Vine Street, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard, and west on Sunset back to Orange. To get to the parade, Go Metro and take the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Vine or Hollywood/Highland Station.

L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade (Dec. 2, 2017)

Photo courtesy of The Port of Los Angeles, Facebook

Celebrating its 55th year with the theme "Peace Around the World," the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat marks the beginning of the holiday season for harbor boaters, the surrounding communities of Wilmington, San Pedro, and the beach cities of the South Bay. Representing the 4th District, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn is this year’s Grand Marshal. The Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, the official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles, will participate in the parade along with vessels of all shapes and sizes, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft.

The Holiday Afloat Parade starts at 6 p.m. in the East Basin Channel of the Port of Los Angeles. Thousands of spectators watch the mile-long procession from public viewing stations along the route, including the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Ports O’ Call Village.

Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade (Dec. 3, 2017)

Timmy the Duck at the Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade
Timmy the Duck at the Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade | Photo courtesy of San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District present the 37th Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3. This year's Grand Marshal is KOST 103.5 DJ, Mark Wallengreen. The Community Grand Marshal is Coach Domenic Costa, San Pedro's Honorary Mayor (2016-18).

The parade takes place from 1-3 p.m. in Historic Downtown San Pedro. Thousands line the parade route each year to cheer on the bands, drill teams, schools and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and celebrities as they make their way through downtown San Pedro. The parade will start at 13th Street and Pacific Avenue, turn on 6th Street and end at 6th and Palos Verdes Streets.

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 10, 2016)

Marina Yacht Club at Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Marina Yacht Club | Photo courtesy of Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Now in its 55th year, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade kicks off at 5:55pm on Saturday, Dec.9 with a traditional fireworks display, followed by the parade from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine. Inspired by this year's theme, "Let's Dance!" the parade boats circle the Marina’s main channel several times as spectators watch from popular viewing spots like Burton Chace Park, Fisherman's Village and other waterfront venues. The 2017 Grand Marshal is award-winning journalist Carol Costello, the host of HLN’s Across America with Carol Costello.

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 10, 2016)

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade | Photo courtesy of King Harbor Yacht Club, Facebook

With a "California Christmas" theme, the 26th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade is taking place on Saturday, Dec. 9. The entire harbor along Harbor Drive lights up with festively decorated boats and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) parading with sparkling, colored lights and seasonal decorations. This year's Grand Marshal is KTLA 5 Meterologist Vera Jimenez, who co-owns the Hermosa Beach Fish Shop.

The parade starts with SUP/paddlecraft at 4:30 p.m. and the decorated boats follow at 5:30 p.m. The Holiday Boat Parade is free and can be viewed from popular locations like the King Harbor Marina / Moonstone Park, Portofino Hotel and Seaside Lagoon Seawall.

129th ROSE PARADE (JAN. 1, 2018)

The 129th Rose Parade is taking place on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units. One of 39 float entries, the City of Los Angeles has been in the Tournament of Roses Parade for 120 consecutive years, making it the longest-running float in Rose Parade history. The 129th Rose Parade theme is "Making a Difference." Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, best known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, is the 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal.

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