Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lit Christmas Tree

Join us on Stearns Wharf, December 9th to kick off the holiday season!

Before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will switch on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir on Stearns Wharf to officially open the holiday season for the waterfront.

The 32nd Annual Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m. with some 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging for the parade takes place from the east side of Stearns Wharf. Take advantage of the opportunity to start your holiday season by having dinner, a treat, or do some holiday shopping for your family and friends. Gift Certificates are available at Wharf businesses.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf (if parked prior to 3:30 p.m.) as well as at the Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots. The first 90-minutes of parking on the wharf is free!

Sponsored by the Stearns Wharf Merchants. For more information, visit

Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President
Phone: 805.962.6010



Stearns Wharf is located adjacent to the harbor in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.

Stearns Wharf