Enjoy Spectacular Los Angeles Holiday Parades
Santa lands in Hollywood, holiday boat parades, and the world-famous Rose Parade
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 (Nov. 27, 2022)
Every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Santa Claus arrives in Tinseltown along with floats, celebrities, movie cars, marching bands, and equestrians. The 90th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is taking place at 6pm on Sunday, November 27. This year's Grand Marshal is Danny Trejo - actor, producer, author, and the restaurateur behind Trejo's Tacos, Trejo's Cantina, and Trejo's Coffee & Donuts.
Boasting "the largest red carpet in the world," the U-shaped parade route starts on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange Drive, 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 B Line (Red) to Hollywood/Vine or Hollywood/Highland.
There are numerous spots along the route to watch the parade for free, or you can purchase VIP Grandstand Seats at Ticketmaster.
Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade (Dec. 4, 2022)
The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District present the 42nd Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 4.
Led by "Timmy" the Duck, 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, 2022)
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade kicks off at 5:55pm sharp on Saturday, December 10 with a traditional fireworks display, followed by the parade from 6-8pm. This year's Grand Marshal, Holly J. Mitchell is a third generation Angeleno and currently serves as Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
As the colorful parade boats circle the Marina’s main channel several times, spectators watch from popular viewing spots like Burton Chace Park, Fisherman's Village, and other waterfront venues.
King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 10, 2022)
For more than a quarter-century, the annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade lights up the Redondo Beach harbor along Harbor Drive with festively decorated boats and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) parading with sparkling, colored lights and seasonal decorations. The 2022 theme is "Into the Lights," honoring first responders and the medical profession for their sacrifices during the COVID era.
Taking place on Saturday, December 10, 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. The parade starts with SUP/paddlecraft at 4:30pm and the decorated boats follow at 5:30pm.
134th Rose Parade (Jan. 2, 2023)
The 134th Rose Parade is taking place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is the 2023 Grand Marshal. Gabby’s remarkable recovery from traumatic injuries epitomizes the Rose Parade's 2023 theme, "Turning the Corner."
For detailed information on tickets, locations and schedules, visit the Rose Parade website.
LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade (2022 TBA)
The annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade 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. Led by the Grand Marshal, the parade of dozens of boats, tall ships and harbor craft are festively decorated in keeping with each year's theme.
The Holiday Afloat Parade starts 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 LA Waterfront, including the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the SS Lane Victory.