107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Celebrate the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, for five jam-packed nights on December 16-20, 2015.

Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 107th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, we invite you to celebrate this year as we feature the theme “Seas the Holidays.”

Beautiful multi-million 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 Newport Beach 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.

This year we have a spectacular Grand Marshal lineup for the five-night holiday tradition. Opening night, join Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Thursday starts with Christen Press, Amy Rodriguez and Whitney Engen of the championship U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. They will be signing autographs from 4:30-5pm at ExplorOcean on the Newport Beach Peninsula before heading out on the parade.

Friday brings former contestants from season 8 of “The Voice”, while Saturday is hosted by the Tournament of Roses Queen and Court. Sunday wraps up a week of festivities with a firework finale show at the Balboa Pier at 9pm.

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.


As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 16 and ending Sunday, December 20, 2015. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Viewing Parade
As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves it way through the Newport Harbor, you can view the parade from almost any place on the shore FREE of cost. View Parade Route Map here.

More information on viewing locations here.

Ring of LightsRing Of Lights
Beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go “all out” with their own holiday spirit, featuring everything from roof-top animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the “Ring of Lights” has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself.

For more information on the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade click here.

Make Newport Beach your holiday getaway destination so that you and your loved ones can experience the parade in all its holiday glory. With hotel options to fit each individual style, Newport Beach is the ideal destination for you and your loved ones this holiday season. Many of the Newport Beach hotels have holiday specials and packages.


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