Newport Beach Holiday Guide

Happy Holidays

Celebrate the holiday season in Newport Beach, California! Enjoy tree lighting ceremonies, photos with Santa and so much more holiday fun to get your spirits merry and bright. We mapped out all the holiday activities happening in Newport Beach!

Holiday Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Spectacular light displays illuminate Newport Beach during the holidays. From traditional tree lighting ceremonies to waterfront homes, here are the best holiday light displays in Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Holiday Tree LightingFashion Island’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

This annual ceremony will take place on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 6pm in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. After the tree is aglow, enjoy a visit from Santa, a magical snowfall. If you can’t make the ceremony dates, you can see the tree illuminate every evening this holiday season. More details here.

Lighting of the Bay Newport BeachLighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes

The 28th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration takes place on Friday, November 23 from 3-8 p.m. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor screening of a “Elf” will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. More details here.

Celebrate Crystal Cove’s Tree Lighting at The Beachcomber CafeCrystal Cove 22nd Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar

Annual Holiday Bazaar and Tree Lighting take place on Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 am – 5:30pm. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk. As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. More details here.

Balboa Island’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2 head to Balboa Island for cider, cookies and snow! Santa and Mrs. Santa arrive at 4:00 p.m. Tree lighting and caroling at dusk Fire Station

Newport Beach HolidayBalboa Bay Resort’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Watch the Resort come to life with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor on December 2 at 6pm. More details here.

Fashion Island’s Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Enjoy Fashion Island’s Menorah Lighting Ceremony December 2 with the children’s choir, Chanukah crafts, dreidels and doughnuts, gifts for the kids and other festivities. If you’d like to spread the joy of Chanukah, bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive. More details here.

1000 Lights Sherman Gardens Newport BeachNights of 1000 Lights at Sherman Library & Gardens

An all-inclusive holiday celebration featuring a dazzling display of lights, live music, visits with Santa, hot chocolate and ‘smores! Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 from 6 – 9 pm.
More details here.

Christmas Light Walk at Sherman Library & Gardens

From December 14 through December 22 stroll through the Gardens and enjoy unique holiday light displays and festive decorations. More details here.

Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade makes its way through the Newport Harbor this December, with its parade route starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 19 – 23. More details here.

Newport Beach HolidayRing of Lights

Serving as the backdrop for the hundreds of lighted boats in the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the annual “Ring of Lights” contest, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. 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. View these homes by walking around Balboa Island.

Santa Sightings

Santa’s arrival grows closer and closer. If you can’t quite hold out and the eagerness gets the best of you and your loved ones, Santa is making an early stop to Newport Beach. Here’s where you can find him.

Santa Clause Newport BeachPhotos with Santa at Fashion Island

It’s that time of year again! Beginning Friday, November 16 young visitors can meet with Santa to share their holiday wishes and take a photo at his custom-designed house on Atrium Lawn through December 24. More details here.


Holiday Activities

You’ll find holiday fun around every corner in Newport Beach with festive events for your enjoyment all season long!

Newport Dunes Tree Lot

Newport Dunes Tree Lot Opens November 23rd and runs through December 23. Bring the Family November 24th or 25th for more Photo Ops. with Santa! Get high quality, fresh trees from Oregon. These are some of the most beautiful trees available in Orange County. Tree Lot Open Daily: 10am – 9pm. More details here.

Santa Newport Beach40th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit! Join in on the fun December 2. More details here.

Balboa Island Home walking TourBalboa Island Holiday Home Tour

The 22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour will be held on Sunday, December 9th, from 11:00am until 4:00pm. Tour nine uniquely holiday decorated bayfront and island homes. More details here.

It’s a Wonderful Life Showing at Lido Theater

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 17, shown at 1 pm and 7 pm each day. More details here.

Gary's Harbor Historical SeaportGrays Harbor Historical Seaport

On December 21, 22, and 23 watch the Chirstmas Boat Parade from the dockside of Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State. Viewing 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ($5 donation). More details here.

Newport Beach holiday dining
Holiday Dining

Eat, drink and be merry! Newport Beach restaurants have Christmas Eve & Day dining options for you and your family to enjoy. View menus here.

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