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9 Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in Newport Beach

December 2, 2021

December is here, which means it’s time to spread some holiday cheer! This month, Newport Beach is all things merry and is eager to make your season bright with a slew of festive activities. From dazzling light displays to tree lightings and holiday markets, we’ve rounded up nine can’t-miss events and places to explore this month in our charming coastal town. We may not have snow, but we sure have spirit!

113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Date: December 15-19 at 6:30 p.m.

Experience the magic of the holidays with the 113th anniversary of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade! This merry celebration will take place from Dec. 15-19 at 6:30 p.m. nightly and will showcase a variety of beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. Cozy up and watch as the boats “jingle on the waves” this year in true Newport Beach fashion. This is one you won’t want to miss!

Ring of Lights Competition

Date: December 15-19

In addition to beautiful boats sailing the harbor, all waterfront homes, businesses and yacht clubs are encouraged to participate in the Ring of Lights Competition. This annual decorating competition adds to the festive feel of the boat parade and gives locals and visitors of Newport Beach a chance to explore the beautiful and festive displays. Take a stroll around Balboa Island and see the lights, then enjoy a meal at one of Newport Beach’s many bayside restaurants to watch the boats cruise by.

42nd Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

Date: December 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For over 42 years, the Corona del Mar Christmas Walk has proudly celebrated the local shops and restaurants of Corona del Mar Village with a spectacular holiday celebration! This special event is fun for all ages and draws thousands of friends, neighbors and business owners into the neighborhood of Corona del Mar! This year’s festivities will include live entertainment, photos with Santa, beer and wine gardens, unique vendors, activities for the kids and more.

Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus

Date: December 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Gather the kiddos and enjoy a meal with Santa this month at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island.

This event will feature both a kids and adults breakfast menu along with holiday music, a balloon artist and all sorts of holiday cheer! Tickets cost $65, and be sure to get some Christmas shopping done after the event!

Roger’s Gardens “Celebration of Christmas” Boutique

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Experience the enchanted spirit of the season at Roger’s Gardens Christmas Boutique! In December, Roger’s Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland filled with festive decor. Take a stroll through the lush gardens, then wander through the boutique to shop their collection of wreaths, garlands, whimsical ornaments and cherished gifts for all ages.

Holiday Vintage Market

December 12 from noon to 5 p.m.

Before you head to the nearest department store to get your holiday shopping done, stop by Lido Marina Village’s Holiday Vintage Market! On Sunday, December 12, from noon to 5 p.m. on the Lido Deck, you can sift through a variety of one-of-a-kind vintage items that’ll make for the perfect holiday gifts. Guests will also enjoy live music and candy from The Candy Coach!

The Fernweh Holidaygarten

December 17-19

Gather this December at Lido Marina Village to experience authentic European holiday traditions! On the Lido Deck, Fernweh will offer a morning Kindergarten for the kids to enjoy with their parents, complete with crafts, music and more. In the afternoon and evening, the Lido Deck will transform into a German-inspired Biergarten for adults 21 and over, filled with festive holiday vibes, live music, food and beer.

Here Comes Santa Claus: Arriving at Lido by Boat!

December 4 starting at noon

This year, Santa will be trading in his sleigh for an electric boat! Don’t miss his epic arrival by boat at Lido Marina Village! Gather by the water on the Lido Deck to greet jolly old St. Nick and stay for some live music, face painting, a visit from the Candy Cart and more. Santa will also be stopping by Lido every Thursday through Sunday to meet and greet the kids and spread holiday cheer!

Fashion Island’s Annual Tree Lighting

A 90-foot-tall, white fir tree has made its way to Fashion Island to officially kick off the 2021 holiday season. The tree will be lit every night at 5 p.m., but you’ll want to stay to witness Fashion Island transform into a magical winter wonderland with endless lights and sparkling red and green decor. Get some gifting done and enjoy the festive atmosphere of this one-stop shopping destination.

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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