The parade will start before dusk with the line up in the Bahia , the lead boat will then take the parade around Indian head and out to sea to loop back into the bay adjacent to El Mar and The Palapa Greiga, a large loop will be executed there followed by further travel in the channel landward of Honymoon Island to again loop in the area of Charley’s Rock. The return route will depend on seas and other conditions determined by the lead boat and pilot in charge. Eventually the boats will return to Marina San Carlos and dock for the night.
All boats are invited to “deck out” your vessels with holiday decorations and cruise in the Parade of Lights.
Registration is now open for all boats to participate. Register here to enter your boat — the community thanks you!
On Christmas Eve, watch the Boat Parade of Lights at:
- La Palapa Griega: Celebrate Christmas Eve and watch the Boat Parade of Lights beachfront at La Palapa Griega. Vote for your favorite boat while you enjoy La Palapa Griega’s famous All-you-can-eat BBQ baby back ribs served with Greek salad and baked potato for 280 pesos. Several other items off the menu will also be available, like shrimp tequila, lamb shank or ribeye. Reservations are recommended by calling 622-227-3751 or 226-1888, or stop by the restaurant.
- El Mar restaurant: Join us at El Mar Restaurant on Christmas Eve for a special dinner and to watch the Annual Parade of Lights. Call for reservations at 622-226-1008.
- Los Arbolitos de Cajeme: On Christmas Eve, enjoy a delicious dinner buffet at Los Arbolitos de Cajeme. What a perfect spot to watch the Lighted Boat Parade while enjoying a variety of all-you-can-eat buffet dishes including marlin quesadillas, sailor’s rice, salad, Spaghetti Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken, breaded shrimp, fish filet, and dessert. You’ll also enjoy all-you-can-drink Margaritas, red or white wine, and yellow shots. The dinner and drinks buffet is available from 5:00pm – 8:00pm (prior to 5:00pm, the regular menu is available). Tickets are $25 USD or 500 pesos, and can be purchased from the restaurant. Call today for your reservation at 622-226-0076.
- Turquesa: On Christmas Eve, we want you to enjoy the traditional San Carlos Boat Parade with the very best views from our terrace at Turquesa Restaurant! From 5:30pm – 7:30pm, we are offering two special dishes for Christmas Eve only! 1. Rib-eye, salad, and a glass of wine (red or white): $399 pesos. 2. Lasagna, salad and a glass of wine (red or white): $280 pesos. Make your reservation by calling us at 622-103-0416 or come into the restaurant.