Who says holiday sleigh rides have to be on terra firma? Ventura Harbor has decked out boats with lights and decorations to take you on a horse-less ride. Boat parades are scheduled at Southern California sites to keep the seagoing tradition afloat.
1. California Sleigh Ride in Ventura Harbor
One-hour cruises take you on a tour of decorated boats and homes in the harbor and the Ventura Keys area. While on board, you'll sip hot chocolate while listening to holiday music.
Rides aboard Ventura Boat Rentals start at the floating dock with a giant gingerbread house and candy canes.
You can reserve a spot on nightly rides at 6 and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 31, including Christmas Day and New Year's Eve; there's only one 6 p.m. sailing on Christmas Eve. Tickets cost $16 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Reservations required.
There's a parade too: The Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19.
4. Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade in Long Beach