Parade of Lights


Annual Parade Of Lights Dinner Hosted At Maritime Museum Of San Diego Celebrates 50 Years Of Comic-Con

Maritime Museum of San Diego will again host the 2019 Parade of Lights Dinner Sunday, December 8 and 15. Parade judges are stationed aboard the Museum’s 1904 steam yacht Medea and the brightly decorated boats will this year dawn the fun theme of Comic-Con On The Bay as they pass by the Museum located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive along the north embarcadero between Ash and Grape Streets.

Maritime Museum of San Diego has been known for years as the best place on the waterfront to view the annual Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay from the Museum’s historic 1898 steam ferry boat Berkeley located along Star of India wharf. A delicious dinner will be served and no-host bar will be open on the upper deck of the Berkeley from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $60 for adults, and $25 for children ages 3-12. Advance reservations are recommended. Children under 2 are free. Tickets to the dinner and parade include Museum general admission.

Dec 15, 2019 – SOLD OUT!



Dec 8, 2019 – Sales have ended.

  • If I buy a ticket to the dinner do I have to stay in the dining area to watch the parade? No, we strongly recommend you watch from the other ships for the best viewing.
  • Does my dinner price include admission to the museum? Yes it does.
  • Can I arrive early and visit the museum? Yes, the check in table opens at 3pm so you can get your wristband and enjoy the museum before your dinner.
  • Are there high chairs for babies? No, unfortunately we do not have high chairs.
  • Can I bring in my own food or beverages? No, dinner, water and coffee are included with your holiday dinner ticket price.
  • What beverages are included with the dinner? Water and coffee are complimentary. There is a cash bar for sodas or alcohol.
  • Can I visit the holiday buffet more than once? No, your ticket allows you one trip to the buffet.
  • Is there alcohol available? Yes, alcohol is available for purchase at the dinner or out on the mooring platform behind the Berkeley ferryboat.
  • Can I bring my food or drinks from the dinner outside to watch the parade? No, all food and beverages must remain in the dining area.
  • Can I reserve a table for my family? Yes, however tables hold 8 guests so you may be sharing a table with other families if your party is less than 8.
  • Can I see the parade from the dining room? Yes, however we recommend you go outside for the best viewing.
  • Can I bring my own chairs to sit and watch the parade? No, we do not allow any outside chairs to be brought in.
  • Where can I go to see the parade? You are welcome on any of our ships that are open that day. Some may be closed for maintenance purposes.
  • Can I visit the museum after the parade? No, the museum closes after the parade and then all guests must exit the museum.
  • Where can I find the menu of what will be served? The menu will be posted on our website weeks before the event.
  • Are there any accommodations made for people with disabilities? We have a “lift” for guests who have difficulties with stairs; however, not all our ships are accessible.
  • I do not have a printer for my email confirmation. No problem, we can confirm your reservation from your smart phone or picture ID.

Parade of Lights entry

Parade of Lights entry

Parade of Lights entry


  • Tables seat 8, smaller parties share a table.
  • Assigned with your ticket purchase by zone.

The Parade of Lights check-in starts at 3pm, doors open 5pm. Check-in table is located inside the Berkeley. Plenty of food, no need to rush.
Dinner available 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. only
The Parade of ships arrives at approximately 5:30 p.m.
For the best parade viewing you are welcome to leave the dinner area and view the parade from any of our open ships.
Warm casual attire suggested.

• San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Website

toys For Tots

Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program.

Glassware, alcohol, and your own chairs are not permitted.

*Note: the Berkeley doesn’t leave the dock.

General admission to Maritime Museum of San Diego includes freedom to explore the entire historic vessel fleet including the world’s oldest sailing ship Star of India, Soviet submarine, USS Dolphin submarine, Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley, galleon replica San Salvador, schooner Californian, and PCF 816 Vietnam-era military Swift boat plus fascinating exhibits found among an array of below deck galleries. The Museum is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Book now! General Admission.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.