Most people know Venice, California isn't the average beach town, so why would we have the average holiday boat parade?
It was a rainy evening, so I'm sure that's why the reindeer slipped on the rooftop above. Ho. Ho. Ho.
Here's a long shot of the canals, originally built in 1905 and put on the National Register of Historical Places in 1982. After decades of severe deterioration, the canals were dredged and rehabilitated in the 1990s. If you study the above photo, you'll see saltbush barriers that serve as guardrails between the water and pedestrian walkways.
I wish you all joy and peace over the holidays. May you find adventure and good cheer wherever you may go.