Channel Islands Parade of Lights photos

By  George Miller

Every  year, on the second Saturday evening of December, the Channel Islands Parade of Lights boat procession is held. Entrants vie to outdo each other with boat decorating artistry. This year we were between rainstorms and had beautiful weather. The shores were lined with thousands of people, enjoying the free show.  2014’s theme was “Yo-ho-ho- it’s a pirate’s Christmas.”

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Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club’s (PCYC) entry was a contender. (Photo:

The three biggest local yacht clubs, Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club (the fancy yacht club), Anacapa Yacht Club (claim to be the REAL sailors) , Channel Islands Yacht Clubs (the Party club) provided quite a few entries. Many more boats around the harbor were also decorated and did not enter the contest.


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The Channel Islands Yacht Club entry. (Photo:


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PCYC, on Harbor & Channel Islands Blvd., is a good viewing spot. (Photo:


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This sailboat is between the gym and Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. (Photo:


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Boat leaves its Anacapa Marina slip to join parade. (Photo:


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Some entries were more modest and tasteful. (Photo:


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There were lights all over the harbor. (Photo:


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Santa in helicopter, followed by duck. (Photo:


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Many non-entrant boats were lit up on Saturday. (Photo:


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Residential Christmas lighting displays in nearby Mandalay Bay are nice. People go on walking and boat tours of the area. (Photo:



George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.


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