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108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Celebrate the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, for five jam-packed nights on December 14-18, 2016.

Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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.

As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the boat parade will turn the harbor into a sparkling wonderland for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 14 and ending Sunday, December 18, 2016. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening. For more information on the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade click here.

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.

Exciting festivities include fireworks and an amazing all-star Grand Marshal line-up as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 14Mickey Mouse, from the Disneyland® Resort. The Disneyland® Resort’s magical Main Street Electrical Parade – which will be returning to the Anaheim park for a limited run in early 2017 – is celebrated on the opening night of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade as Mickey Mouse and the resort’s Ambassador serve as Grand Marshals for that evening. The Disneyland® Resort also is kicking off the boat parade with its own colorful Main Street Electrical Parade-themed boat, sure to delight the locals and visitors who cherish the sights and sounds of the famous parade. Two traditions combine to create one of the most sparkling Christmas presents ever!

Fireworks help to kick off this year’s event and can be seen lighting the sky over the Newport Beach Pier at about 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15Salute to Local Olympians: The official Grand Marshal boat leads the parade with local USA Olympians who grew up in Southern California…

  • Three-Time Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor 
  • Gold medalist Kaleigh Gilchrist
  • Gold medalist Maddie Musselman
  • Two-time gold medalist Courtney Mathewson
  • Three-time Olympian and silver medalist Merrill Moses

Friday, Dec. 16“The Voice” Season Contestants: Alumni from the hit NBC singing show “The Voice” lead Friday’s nights spectacular. The former contestants include…

  • Nick Hagelin – award-winning singer/songwriter whose soulful voice and loving spirit earned him a strong run on Season 10
  • Peyton Parker – a contestant on Season 10 where she earned a three chair turn and a spot on Team Blake
  • Kylie Rothfield whose music was called unique, honest, and expressive
  • Adam Wakefield – finished second overall on Season 10 of The Voice and became the highest charting artist on The Voice Season 10. His original song, “Lonesome, Broken and Blue” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 songs chart.
  • Will Champlin – holds his own from playing Piano on Michael Jackson’s last record, reaching top 3 of season 5 of The Voice, to most recently co-writing ‘Wolves’ from One Directions ‘Made in The AM’ record. His songwriting work on Heather Headley’s 2010 “Audience of One” earned him 2 Grammy wins.
  • Paxton Ingram – artist best known as a finalist on The Voice, Season 10. His debut EP, Recover is available digitally now and Paxton is as bold as ever. Debuting at #90 on iTunes’ highly coveted Top 200 Albums Chart. Paxton sings with a maturity far beyond his years, revealing a more adventurous and vulnerable version himself throughout the EP. With introspective and openhearted stories layered with complex and cinematic pop production. Recover serves up brave confessions (“Folding my hands – I’m praying to forget” he admits on Barricade). Making Paxton Ingram a definite must watch artist of 2017.

Saturday, Dec. 17A Special Salute to Hometown Heroes. The closing night performance of the spectacular boat parade features a salute to the Newport Beach local heroes – those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our local communities.  Cheer as these selfless professionals lead the parade.

Sunday, Dec. 18Members of USC Trojan Marching Band. A perennial crowd-pleaser for their performances and showmanship, this night’s Grand Marshal duties are given to “The Spirit of Troy” — the most dynamic and innovative collegiate band in the nation. Named among the 8 best marching bands in the country by USA Today, the USC band provides tireless support of USC athletic teams and leaves crowds cheering wherever they perform. This will be a great way to help kick off the closing night’s fireworks.




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