Newport Beach Boat Parade Comes to SoCal

About 7 month(s) ago by Ayres Hotels

Sail away with Christmas spirit at the Newport Beach Boat Parade, a traditional holiday event that has been around for over 100 years now.

The boat parade in Newport Beach originally began as a nine-boat event at the beginning of the 20th century and that number has now expanded into hundreds of ships and homes in full décor.

Today, over two million people come to watch the Newport Beach Boat Parade every year and hosts several types of events to celebrate the season.

Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Landing has five ships that offer 75-minute cruises around the Newport Harbor three times per night throughout December.

  • Christmas Boat Parade, December 14th to December 18th: Parade run times include 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., and 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Cruises, December 2nd to December 13th and December 19th to January 1st: Departure times include 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

Marvel at the spectacularly decorated and brilliantly lit homes throughout the city of Newport Beach.

Host your office or family holiday party on a famous Newport Landing ship, as the ships offer private boat rentals. Make your reservation online.

After taking in all of the awe of the holiday décor around Newport Harbor, stop in one of the area’s top dining restaurants:


  • 21 Oceanfront
  • A La Carte
  • Amelia’s
  • Back Bay Café
  • Barolo By the Sea
  • Basilic
  • Bayside Restaurant
  • Benihana
  • Bistro Le Crillon
  • Blue Coral Seafood
  • Bluewater Grill
  • Cabo Cantina
  • California Pizza Kitchn
  • Ciao Italian Eatery
  • Champagne French Bakery Café
  • Daily Grill
  • El Tarasco
  • El Torito Grill
  • Harbor Side Restaurant and Grand Ballroom
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
  • Francoli’s Gourmet Emporio
  • Gallery Café
  • Islands Restaurant
  • Kitayama 101
  • Marrakesh
  • Muldoon’s
  • Newport Landing Restaurant
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
  • Pain Du Monde
  • Palm Terrace
  • Picante Martin’s
  • Pick Up Stix
  • Ristorante Mamma Gina
  • Roly Poly
  • Roy’s
  • Ruby’s Diner
  • San Shi Go
  • Shanghai Pine Garden
  • Tapas Restaurant
  • Ten Restaurant Group
  • The Ritz Restaurant
  • Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille
  • Viewshi Lounge Marriot Hotel
  • Village Inn Restaurant
  • Wilma’s Patio
  • Yankee Tavern

Dazzle through a Christmas, seafront postcard at the Newport Beach Boat Parade and area’s holiday attractions this winter season.

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