When: Sat., Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m. 2013
This year, Oakland’s annual holiday yacht parade rings in the season with a global theme. Stake out a spot at Jack London Square, the Oakland Yacht Club (1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda), the Encinal Yacht Club (1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda), or any waterside restaurant along the Oakland/Alameda estuary and watch boats adorned with lights and festive decorations — such as giant inflatable Santas, lit-up reindeer and snowmen, holiday bands, and symbols representing holidays around the world — glide by. Owners of vessels from canoes to sailboats will go all out to compete for the “best decorations” distinction. If you’d like a closer look at the craftsmanship, you can participate in the parade yourself by donating a toy and earning a ride on the San Francisco Bay ferry for free. All proceeds will go toward the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.