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Holiday Afloat Parade- Viewing Party

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Holiday Afloat Parade- Viewing Party

December 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

56th Annual Holiday Boat Parade Aboard Battleship IOWA

Experience this year’s “Holiday Magic” parade theme aboard the West Coast’s only battleship. Walk the deck of the World’s Greatest Naval Ship and get the best parade photos in the harbor! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. 

This family-friendly event includes a Hot Cocoa Bar where kids of all ages can get creative. Happy Diner San Pedro will be grilling up some hot dogs with all the fixings. There will be professional face painters on board, Santa Claus, carolers, and special entertainment by Spanish guitarist, Rico Espinoza. Enjoy a magical evening on the L.A. Waterfront!

The Battleship IOWA Museum is owned and operated by the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2008. After the Battleship IOWA (BB-61) spent 21 years rusting in “mothballs” on the East and West coasts, citizens from the states of Iowa and California came together to support a monumental refurbishment of the ship and its relocation from Northern California to the Port of Los Angeles waterfront in San Pedro, California. The ship is now a community platform focused on Education, Veterans, and Arts & Culture.

Please note:
Member pricing refers to current members of the Battleship IOWA Museum.
Lifetime members should RSVP to
If you would like to become a member to receive member pricing, please visit our website first before purchasing your tickets.
Online ticket sales end November 30, 2018. Add $10 to each ticket price if purchased at our Ticketing Window on December 1st.
No chairs or outside food and drink allowed. Reusable water bottles permitted.
Main deck bench seating is on a first-come, first served basis.
Check-in will be at the aft (rear) gangway of the ship starting at 5:30 pm for general admission tickets.
Check-in will be at the forward (front) gangway near Ticketing at 5:30 pm for VIP tickets.
Dress warm and wear flat, soft-soled shoes.
Children must be under the supervision of an adult 18 or older at all times.
We are not the producers of the boat parade and are not responsible for any delays in start or end times.
A rest area will be available to senior citizens if needed.
Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Blvd. The first hour is free, and each additional hour is $2. We share a parking lot with the World Cruise Center which is operated by the Port of Los Angeles. We encourage carpooling!
This is a unique venue and your safety is a top priority. Please walk cautiously around the ship and enjoy the parade!


Battleship IOWA
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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