Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade | December, 2012

by Sharon Paxson on November 25, 2012 · 5 comments

The 105th Christmas Boat Parade begins on December, 18 – 22, 2013

The 104th Christmas Boat Parade which is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is going to be held from December 19, 2012 to December 23, 2012. Join the spectators as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes cruise along the Newport Beach Harbor.

Newport Harbor Parade of Lights

The Newport Beach Parade of Lights begins at 6:30 pm right near Bay Island in Newport Beach and heads out towards the entrance to the Harbor, and then circles back around Balboa Island, down the main channel and around both sides of Lido Island.

Newport Harbor Parade of Lights

There are many great locations to view this incredible event. If you have not seen the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, then I encourage you to visit. The decorations are incredible, and no detail is left overlooked. The yachts utilize generators to power the lights, and effects.

Click here for the complete route of the Boat Parade in Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

This years theme for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is Surf, Sand and Santa! In addition to the boat parade, there is also the “Ring of Lights” which are the homes which decorate for the parade, and they are also amazing to see. Additionally, at 9:00 pm at the conclusion of the parade, there are fireworks.

I would recommend obtaining reservations as soon as possible, as restaurants fill up in advance. Also, if you are planning on watching it along one of the bay side beaches, be sure to arrive early and dress accordingly (and maybe bring a thermos full of hot chocolate).

Some restaurants and locations include:

Billy’s at the Beach

Balboa Bay Club

Rusty Pelican

Harborside Restaurant at the Balboa Pavillion

Hope to see you at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade!

Sharon Paxson

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Debe Maxwell November 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Love all that you have in your area, Sharon. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade looks like something that I would definitely want to partake in! LOVE the marinas in your area!

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Michelle Gibson November 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Sharon – I’d love to see the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, what a cool event.

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Jane Peters November 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Having seen where these boats pass by, I would love to be in one of those Newport Beach homes watching.

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Thom Abbott November 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Ok, give me a couple bottle of some good wine, and I want to be ON one of the boats IN the parade! I attended one of these years and years ago in Ft. Lauderdale and it was soooo much fun! I can just imagine that Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade would be even better!

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Larry Brewer November 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

This is way cool. I’ve never seen a boat parade, and I’ll bet the weather is nice enough to wear shorts. I keep saying that I need to visit, but this is even better than I expected.

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