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. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights takes place annually in December. The event 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 spend more than $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event.
DEALS: Want to see the Christmas Boat Parade of Lights from the water? Check out this SoCal Cruise Deals post where I’ll update any available Newport Beach Boat Parade cruise discounts (they won’t last long).
WHEN: December every year. Follow the link above for schedule updates.
WHERE: Newport Harbor, Newport Beach, California.
- Parking — All city parking lots will be open throughout the parade to accommodate viewers. 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.