Huntington Beach home owners look forward to the annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade and Cruise of Lights each year to ring-in the holiday season, and 2013 was no exception. The annual event was borne by a group of local residents 51 years ago and the tradition has never been stronger.
The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee continues to oversee the annual boat parade, which raises money for school music programs around Orange County. Eva Kilgore, the organization’s spokeswoman, said: “The boat parade now has dozens of boats. It’s a ‘Thank you’ to our residents for decorating [their Huntington Beach homes] for the Cruise of Lights.”
The 2013 event took place on December 7 and 8 with the theme of “Music Around the World.” Huntington homes and boats large and small were decked out with lights and decorations that celebrated the holiday season and the theme. Boat owners came from as far away as Los Angeles to get in on the action.
For holiday revelers who prefer to stay on land, the Cruise of Lights event offered them the chance to see a variety of waterfront Huntington Beach homes decorated for the holidays over two weekends, December 14-15 and 19-23. The fundraising event sells tickets annually for the 45-minute narrated tour around the harbor, and proceeds from the event are also donated to various student music programs at schools around Orange County.
It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holiday season, and many Huntington Beach home owners look forward to December all year because of these exceptional events. Adds, Kilgore: “We’ve had guest as far as New Zealand take the Cruise of Lights. We’ve also had two marriage proposals on the cruise.”
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