Dec 13, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
Since 1908. As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor this December, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, with the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, announces its new parade starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 13 – 17. Parade participants will start from the east end of Lido Island following the celebrated route, with the first public viewing destination now at the new 10.5-acre Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, 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. Residents and visitors will have optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine and Watch waterfront and Dine and Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots. The new start and end location will adjust previous pass-by times along the parade route. - - - Beautifully decorated boats, yachts, kayaks, canoes, if it floats and it's decorated you just might see it. One of the most spectacular sights at the holidays. Homes along the 14 miles of the harbor decorate for the occasion as well. For the child in all of us. 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. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century. The Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by the New York Times, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.