105th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade



Nepwort Beach Christmas Boat ParadeJoin over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 105th 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 “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!”

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.


As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 18 and ending Sunday, December 22, 2013. 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.

Best Viewing Locations:
The Fun Zone/ExplorOcean/Balboa Village
Yacht Charters
Reserved Seating & More

Click here for Parade Route and Schedule.

There will be two nights of Fireworks this year! Opening night December 18th starting at 6:20pm and closing night December 22nd starting  at 9pm.

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.

Awards Dinner and Auction
Both the Boat Parade and the Ring of Lights competitions culminate at the annual Awards Dinner & Auction to be held on January 24, 2014 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. For more information on the dinner and auction click here.

For more information on the 105th Annual 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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