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San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade

at San Rafael Creek, San Rafael CA

Dec 09 2017
San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade

The annual lighted boat parade in the San Rafael Canal brings together Marin Yacht Club, San Rafael Yacht Club, Loch Lomond Yacht Club and Classic Yacht Association to benefit Community Action Marin

Parade route:  Outside the San Rafael Canal the parade launches, passing by Marin Yacht Club.

The turning basin is in front of San Rafael Yacht Club.

Four yacht clubs come together to create a holiday spectacle seen along the banks of San Rafael Creek from these locations:

Montecito Mall –  back of mall 200 to 400 3rd Street
The San Rafael Yacht Club – 200 Yacht Club Drive
Pickleweed Park / Community Center – 50 Canal Street

San Rafael Canal lights up with nearly 100 boats and yachts illuminating the water with flashing, dancing lights in the shapes of dolphins, buildings and everything under the sun that can be portrayed with small lights. The 6 p.m. launch of the parade features a grand entrance with Santa and his reindeer and the San Rafael Police.

The parade started as separate celebrations organized by the three major yacht clubs in San Rafael in the 1960s with only a handful (8-10) boats. 8 turned into 80 boats and traffic jammed the highway. Boats often come from  Vallejo, Sausalito, Emeryville, Antioch, San Francisco and Bay Area marinas and yacht clubs.

Event planners claim this is the third largest Lighted Boat Parade in the country. Action Marine says it is one of the largest boat parades in the Bay Area, which is more likely. Free to see, dress warm and have fun!

The annual lighted boat parade benefits Community Action Marin, Marin County’s oldest and largest provider of family support services.



Contact: 415-453-9366

    Official Website

Additional time info:

5:30 - 8:30 pm


San Rafael Creek

200 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901