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2018 Winter on the Waterfront & Lighted Boat Parade| All Ages| Free

 Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 2:00pm - 6:30pm | Berkeley Yacht Club
This day of free winter-themed family fun features real snow and culminates in fireworks and a lighted boat parade!
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Join us to experience the wonder of the Berkeley Waterfront and the magic of the winter season all in an outdoor setting. The City of Berkeley's free Winter on the Waterfront and Lighted Boat Parade features fun for everyone. The event will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 2:00pm - 6:30pm at the Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive. Bring your friends and the whole family, and bundle up!

There will be plenty of children's activities, including face painting, and carnival games with prizes.  A tot play area will keep the little ones entertained. Sip hot chocolate, decorate cookies, and, new this year - play in Real Snow with the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop. Santa will be on-hand to visit, read stories, and create photo ops galore. All this while listening to holiday music and enjoying some of the best views around the Bay.

After the sun sets, join us for the Berkeley Marina's second annual Lighted Boat Parade, where boats dressed in holiday lights will sail, motor, or paddle in a loop just outside the harbor.  Great viewing of the boat parade and small fireworks display is available along Seawall Drive. Bring clothes to keep you warm and dry so you can enjoy snow play and the Lighted Boat Parade. This event promises to be a lively and festive way to spend a winter day.

2018 Lighted Boat Parade Registration

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 The City of Berkeley Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department, Berkeley Yacht Club and the Berkeley Marine Center, invite all boaters to join the 2nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade.

• No Entry Fee • Free T-Shirts for Captain & 1 Crew • Hosted Post-Parade Chowder Feed for Parade Participants • Prizes •

Register by November 20, 2018 at 4pm to guarantee your T-Shirt sizes (late Registration will be accepted until December 5, 2018). Registration forms may be submitted via:

2018 Lighted Boat Parade Information:

 Lighted Boat Parade Invitation and Map

Lighted Boat Parade Key Dates and Times

  • Registration Due: December 5th, 4:00 p.m. (please submit prior to November 20th to guarantee your requested T-Shirt sizes)
  • Captain's Meeting: Saturday, December 8th, 3:00 p.m.
  • Parade: Parade begins with the launch of fireworks on Saturday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony and Chowder Feed hosted by the Berkeley Yacht Club: Saturday, December 8th, after the parade.

2017 Winter on the Waterfront & Lighted Boat Parade Highlights:

In 2017, the City hosted Berkeley’s inaugural Winter on the Waterfront event nestled on Yacht Club point, between the beautiful San Francisco Bay and the Berkeley Marina. Families and kids found magic everywhere, from waterside visits with Santa, hot cocoa, cookie decorating, and winter-themed carnival games. The event culminated in a gorgeous fireworks display over the Bay and a lighted boat parade along the Waterfront, with the San Francisco Skyline, Bridges, and Mount Tam as the backdrop. The lighted boat parade featured over 30 boats, with winners in several categories.

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