We excitedly look forward to another favorite time in Newport Harbor and we invite you to save December 13-17 on your calendar for The 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Coordinated by the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, which is guided by the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, this year’s parade will both commence and finish at the tip of Lido Isle. As in previous years, the parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night. The new start and end location will adjust previous pass-by times along the parade route by about 30 minutes.

Each year the beloved holiday tradition lights up the harbor and draws holiday enthusiasts from across the region. Residents and visitors can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including the new 10.5-acre Marina Park, which offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route. Another favorite option to see the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes are the numerous Dine & Watch waterfront restaurants, or Dine & Walk from one of the harbor-adjacent restaurants to one of the convenient viewing spots.

Whether you are planning a lavish holiday feté on your private dock or looking forward to making a reservation at your favorite harbor establishment, visit for a map that includes approximate times the route will pass each destination point. And don’t forget to check back often as more details will be available, including this year’s Grand Marshal. If you are looking for a place to stay overnight, here’s an array of hotels and resorts.

Visit our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to enter to the #MyBoatParadeNB contest to win a one-night stay in a Villa Suite at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, invitation to the Christmas Boat Parade VIP kick-off event, ride in the parade, and breakfast at SHOR. Valid for up to four guests, prize to be redeemed on opening night Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Opening Night Festivities at Marina Park

Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including numerous waterfront restaurants and the new 10.5-acre Marina Park. The park will be a fantastic location for families to watch the parade, especially on opening night with festivities that include an appearance by the Charger Girls (5-6 p.m.), a Los Angeles Charger football toss area, photo opportunities with Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, a performance by Orange County School of the Art’s Performance Ambassadors MONTAGE!, caricature artists, face painters and a variety of food vendors. The parade should pass Marina Park just after 6:45 p.m. each evening and on opening and closing nights, spectators will have an ample view of the fireworks from the park.

Schedule Of Events

The boat parade will start and finish at Lido Isle.

Wednesday, December 13

6:15PM – Fireworks at Newport Beach
Grand Marshal: Vicki Gunvalson from “The Real Housewives of Orange County”.

Thursday, December 14

6:30PM –  Parade Begins
Grand Marshals: Hometown Heroes – Newport Beach Police Officer, Firefighter, and Lifeguard of the year.

Friday, December 15

6:30PM – Parade Begins
Grand Marshals: Orange County School of the Arts Montage Dance Troupe.

Saturday, December 16

6:30PM – Parade Begins
Grand Marshals: LA Charges Cheerleaders.

Sunday, December 17

6:30PM – Parade Begins
9:05PM – Fireworks at Balboa Pier (just after parade concludes)
Grand Marshals: USC Trojan Marching Band

Boat Parade Route

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