Holiday parades marching through San Diego this season

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Now that Halloween has passed, the holiday season is upon us here in San Diego.

This, of course, means holiday music and parades will fill our streets any day now.

San Diego routinely gets in the holiday spirit with some creative parades and festivals celebrating the season and showcasing our county's unique landscape. The popular Bay of Lights returns to our shoreline, with boats getting the Clark Griswold treatment as they sail through the bay.

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Chula Vista's Starlight Parade and Children's Faire also returns and the always adorable Gaslamp Pet Parade hits downtown's streets in December.

Here are some of San Diego's most anticipated parades running down our streets this season:

Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon

When: Nov. 19; 1 p.m.

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El Cajon's Mother Goose parade is billed as the largest parade in San Diego County. Held every Sunday before Thanksgiving, thousands will line the streets to watch Santa, marching bands, and more as the parade begins on Main St. at El Cajon Blvd. marching toward First St.


42 annual Coronado Christmas Parade in Coronado

When: Dec. 1; 6 p.m.

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Coronado's annual parade will kick off at 8th St. and Orange Ave. as spectators await Santa's arrival in a fire engine and sing along to holiday carolers.


22nd annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights and Snow Festival in Alpine

When: Dec. 1; 6 p.m.

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Santa arrives in Alpine on Dec. 1 during the city's Parade of Lights. Kids looking for some frosty fun won't be disappointed as "snow" also arrives during the holiday kickoff.


54th annual North Park Toyland Parade in North Park

When: Dec. 2; 11 a.m.

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North Park's annual parade begins on University Ave. between Utah and Iowa Streets, bringing it's traditional creation of a "Winter Wonderland" to San Diego. Vintage cars, music, dancers, and the Big Jolly man himself will also parade through North Park.


Encinitas Holiday Parade in Encinitas

When: Dec. 2; 5 p.m.

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Encinitas joins in the holiday spirit on Dec. 2, as their parade runs down Coast Highway 101 spreading cheer and smiles.


Starlight Parade and Children's Faire in Chula Vista

When: Dec. 2; 6 p.m.

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Chula Vista's favorite parade will bring holiday magic to the South Bay with a children's fair capping off the festivities, including a bounce house, holiday story times, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.


38th annual OB Holiday Parade in Ocean Beach

When: Dec. 2; 5 p.m.

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Ocean Beach kicks off its annual parade at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Newport Ave. with the theme "California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love."


La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival in La Jolla

When: Dec. 3; 1:30 p.m.

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The holidays hit La Jolla during the city's Christmas parade and holiday festival on Girard Ave., featuring family-friendly activities, entertainment, and photos with Santa Claus.


Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights in Oceanside

When: Dec. 9; 6 p.m.

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Bring a blanket and pick a spot along Oceanside Harbor for the annual Parade of Lights, where fishing boats, sail boats, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag.


Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade in Mission Bay

When: Dec. 9; Time: TBD

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Mission Bay's Christmas Boat Parade will see dozens of vessels take to Mission Bay for a parade of lights and holiday magic on the water.


46th annual San Diego Bay of Lights in San Diego

When: Dec. 10, Dec. 17; 5 p.m.

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San Diego's annual show of holiday magic hits the bayfront, with 100,000 expected to enjoy the magic of dozens of vessels dressed up under the theme "Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas."


10th annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade in San Diego

When: Dec. 10; 1 p.m.

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WOOF. Pets enjoy the holidays just as much as the rest of us and will take to downtown to celebrate the season in December. Owners and their furry friends will dress up in holiday clothing and march from to and from MLK Promenade Park at Fourth Avenue and K Street.


San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade in Mission Valley

When: Dec. 28; 10 a.m.

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San Diegans can enjoy the sights and sounds of world-class marching bands, drill teams, and massive ballons at the annual Holiday Bowl parade.

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