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The Beauty of Carmel Mission

The church at Carmel Mission. Saint Junipero Serra's remains are entombed in the alter area of the church (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The church at Carmel Mission. Saint Junipero Serra’s remains are entombed in the alter area of the church (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

I visited several missions along California’s Central Coast this year, and San Carlos de Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, better known as Carmel Mission, really stands out.

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We visited on Christmas Day and the museums were closed. But, mass was just letting out so we had a chance to tour the church and the grounds. The church basilica is beautiful, with a large golden alter and Spanish Colonial religious paintings lining the walls. In addition, there are several shrines depicting religious figures tucked into quiet corners of the church.

Parishioners can light candles next to an alter area at the church at Carmel Mission (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Parishioners can light candles next to an alter area at the church at Carmel Mission (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Saint Junipero Serra, who led the efforts of Spanish Franciscian priests to eventually establish 21 missions in California (1769-1833), lived and died at Carmel Mission. His remains are buried in the alter of the church and there are several statues of his likeness across the courtyard and on the mission grounds.

Religious statues and relics are nestled into garden areas on the grounds of Carmel Mission (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Religious statues and relics are nestled into garden areas on the grounds of Carmel Mission (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Related: Listen to my radio story on Central Coast Native American Indians’ take on Junipero Serra sainthood

The gated mission grounds are spacious, with several garden areas featuring religious statues and monuments. Just outside the church is a cemetery with grassy graves lined in abalone shells.

There are two museums, which we didn’t get to see because they were closed for the holiday. If you are interested in California history, or religious artifacts, be sure to make time to tour Carmel Mission the next time you are in the Monterey area.

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Traffic411 Insiders Tip: Take a walk along Carmel beach. There is a path along the ocean offering stunning views of the rugged shoreline and the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course in the distance.

Carmel Mission

This mission, in Carmel, CA, was home base for Saint Junipero Serra during the time he and his Spanish Franciscan brothers were establishing religious outposts up and down the state. These photos were taken on Christmas Day 2015, when the church and mission grounds were decorated for the holidays (Photos: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).

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The cemetery at Carmel Mission features graves outlined with abalone shells in honor of Native American Indians who dedicated their lives to building the mission (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The cemetery at Carmel Mission features graves outlined with abalone shells and mentions Native American Indians who spent years building the mission (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

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2015 Holiday Boat Parade Guide

The Getty Yacht docks at Burton Chace Park, giving guests a front row spot to see the Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The Getty Yacht docks at Burton Chace Park, giving guests a front row spot to see the Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

December is barely here, yet boaters in Santa Barbara and up and down the coast are already decking their bows with colorful Christmas lights! Attending a boat parade is a fun (and often free) way to celebrate the holidays in true California style.

Santa Barbara’s Parade of Lights takes place on Sunday, December 6th at 5:30 PM. Claim your spot somewhere between the City Pier and Stearn’s Wharf to see the colorful watercraft of all sizes glide along the water. Be sure to stay til the end for the fireworks show. And, get there early and head to the City Pier (near the Maritime Museum) to see revelers playing in tons of snow and enjoying other kid-friendly activities.

Just up the coast, Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo is holding its Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 6:30pm.

The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade is on Saturday, December 12th. I’ll be your host at Burton Chace Park, offering colorful commentary at the passing boats. It’s always fun and, if there’s a lull in the parade, we’ll recruit some kids to lead us in a round of Christmas Carols.

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'Santa's Helpers' assist boat parade announcers Lisa & Mickey Lazslo with holiday carol singalongs at Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey.

‘Santa’s Helpers’ assist boat parade announcers Lisa & Mickey Lazslo with holiday carol singalongs at Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey.

Colorful fireworks will light up the Marina del Rey harbor at 5:55 PM, and the parade starts at 6 PM. The theme this year is “Adventures on the Sea,” and “Brady Bunch” mom, Florence Henderson, will serve as grand marshal.  You should find free parking in the L.A. County lots (Burton Chace Park is located at the end of Mindanao in Marina del Rey).

Redondo Beach and the community of Naples are also holding their parades on December 12th. Redondo Beach’s parade isn’t as elaborate as Marina del Rey’s, but it will still be plenty of fun. If you are in the South Bay, Click here to check out some of the prime viewing spots. The Naples Holiday Boat Parade in Long Beach starts at 7pm, but nearby streets close at 5pm, so plan to arrive early.

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Dana Point‘s parade expands to two weekends this year, Fri/Sat Dec 11, 12, 18 & 19th. And, the Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights and fireworks show takes place December 18-19th. Ventura Harbor Village is ground zero for all the Santa Fun.

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The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the grand daddy of Southern California boat parades, running for five nights, December 16-20th. Calling itself ‘the nation’s longest running lighted boat parade,’ some boaters spend $50,000 decorating their yachts and watercraft, vying for bragging rights and some wonderful prizes.  This parade has been going on for more than 100 years and the harbor is expected to be wall-to-wall boats again this year. I don’t know how the captains manage to keep from bumping into each other!

If you plan ahead, you might still be able to get a reservation at a waterside restaurant with a view. But, it can be just as much fun to watch the parade outdoors, it’s free and what a fun family Christmas activity!

Traffic411 Insider’s Tip: Dress warmly – it might feel cooler than the temperature outside sitting waterside to view the parade.

Enjoy this photo gallery of the 2013 Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, photos by Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade 2013

It's a holiday tradition that I've had the honor of hosting for more than a decade, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. For the first time, my co-host Mickey Czegledy and I broadcast from Fisherman's Village. Thanks to Ken Pfeiffer for sharing these beautiful photos.

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Colorful boats sparkle in the harbor next to Fisherman's Village, all decked out for the 51st Annual Holiday Boat Parade. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Lisa Osborne & Mickey Czegledy announcing the boats in the 51st Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. This is the first year we were at Fisherman's Village. Normally we announce the parade from Burton Chace Park. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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The Killer Shrimp (restaurant) boat (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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(Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Santa Monica Wind Jammers Yacht Club is usually a big winner at the parade. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Our friend Donna Leeds joins me and Mickey at the VIP party at Del Rey Yacht Club. It was fun to see this year's grand marshals, L.A. Lakers president Jeannie Buss and NBA Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.
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That's a Wrap!! Thanks for the property managers at Fisherman's Village for hosting us while we announced the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. (l-r Debbie Talbot with LA County Beaches & Harbors, Lisa Osborne, Mickey Czegledy, former MDR Holiday Boat Parade president Diane Barretti (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

 

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