Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the nation’s longest running lighted boat parade during the holidays.  It takes place for five consecutive nights in December near Christmas.  The Festival of Lights has been called one of the “World’s Best Christmas Parades”  by Conde Nast Traveler,  and one of “Top Ten Christmas Happenings in the Nation” by the New York Times,

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade -2016

Newport Beach Boat Parade - Image Courtesy of YoTut CC-2.0

Newport Beach Boat Parade – Image Courtesy of YoTut CC-2.0


Newport Beach Harbor transforms for these five nights as over 100 vessels of all sizes are decorated from top to bottom with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers, music and more!

Beautiful multimillion dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

The Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.

Date: Wednesday, December 17 – Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time: The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Location: Newport Beach Harbor

Theme:  Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly. “

Cost: Free  (Special locations at Restaurants, etc are available at additional cost)

Viewing Map for the Newport Beach Boat Parade

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