Newport Beach lights it up right after Thanksgiving and by the first of December the entire harbor glows in all its glory for all to see, free. But if you don’t act as early as now, you’ll miss the best deals for viewing — becoming part of the 2012 boat parade itself, with half price tickets.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights is free to enjoy from a number of spots along miles of shoreline, all lit up for the holidays.
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 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. –Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
WHAT: The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights is FREE to view from the shoreline.
CRUISE DEALS: Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Cruise Discount Tickets are available for 50% Off — UPDATE: Sold out for now.
WHEN: Check back soon for 2014 deal updates.
WHERE: Cruises launch from Newport Landing, Newport Beach CA 92661. (At the Balboa Pavilion, within walking distance of the Fun Zone.)
SAVVY TIP: Parking to view the parade from shore can be problematic, so plan to get there early. In general, the public lot next to the Balboa pier is your best choice. Here’s a detailed rundown of parking during the Newport Beach Boat Parade.