Join over a million viewers this holiday season to witness beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes as they sail along the harbor in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13th, at the southern end of Lido Isle. It will open with a spectacular fireworks show launched from the Newport Pier at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The festivities will run the following four nights at the same time. On the final night, Sunday, December 17th, enjoy another fireworks show at 9 p.m., launched from the Balboa Pier.
In contrast to previous years, this year’s parade will have a new starting point: parade participants will convene at the southern end of Lido Isle following the same celebrated route as in the past, but with the first public viewing destination now at the new 10.5-acre Marina Park. With the new starting point, the parade will pass homes, businesses, restaurants, yacht clubs and public viewing areas at different times than in previous years.
Marina Park, the city’s newest bayfront park, offers 177 parking spaces, a nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce—a dedicated group of members who provide support for the chamber’s special events.
Closing out the parade, the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. A fun night of food, wine, dancing and one of the best live and silent auctions of the year. This event will also to celebrate the winners of the 2017 Boat Parade and Ring of Lights.
If you are seeking accommodations near the Newport Beach Boat Parade, Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa is within close proximity.