Boat Parade to Light Up Lake Perris

You’ve probably been to parades where you’ve seen marching bands and floats proceeding down a city street but you have probably never seen a parade on top of a lake. This month, visit the Lake Perris State Recreation Area for its 20th Annual “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade. This dazzling event is the perfect opening to the holiday season and sure to bring cheer to the whole family.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st at the Lake Perris Launch Ramp 6. Spectators are encouraged to come early, make themselves comfortable on the shoreline and cheer on the participants. Boats of all sizes will be draped in twinkling lights and other decorations to entertain and compete in separate categories to see who can bring the most yuletide. Festivities during the evening include a DJ spinning the jolliest of jams, a charitable toy drive, and delicious food for sale.

Own a boat and want to participate? Contact Ranger Ken Gordon at to enter your vessel. Entry is free!

Lake Perris is located in the Santa Ana River Watershed. Temps can dip below 50 degrees on winter evenings at Lake Perris so pack a thermos of hot cocoa and a couple of warm blankets. Start the holiday season with the “Lights on the Lake” Boat Parade.

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