Residents of Newport Beach, California know that Christmas time means two things: slightly colder weather that the rest of the nation would laugh at (50 degrees is cold for Californians!) & the Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Harbor.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade runs December 16-20, 2015 and will welcome about a million viewers. Beautifully decorated yachts, boats, and even kayaks will sail across Newport Harbor for the 107th year in a row. This year’s theme: “Seas the Holidays”.
The parade begins in Bay Island at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, December 16th and ends at around 9 PM through Sunday, December 20th. The whole parade travels about 14 miles, with some boat owners spending up to $50,000 to deck out their vessel for the Parade.
In order to further highlight the Boat Parade, the home surrounding the Parade area normally decorate their homes with elegant light displays. This is called the “Ring of Lights”.
Get more information, register your home/boat, and see the Parade route by visiting the Boat Parade website. You can also find out where to watch the Parade, how to reserve seats, and hotel/parking information.
The schedule is below. Parade begins at 6:30 PM nightly and runs through around 9 PM.
Christmas Boat Parade Schedule
Opening Night-Wednesday, December 16
6:15pm Fireworks @ Newport Pier
Grand Marshal: Arte Moreno, Owner Of The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Thursday, December 17
Grand Marshals: Members Of The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
Friday, December 18
Grand Marshals: Contestants From Season 8 Of “The Voice”
Saturday, December 19
Grand Marshals: 2016 Tournament Of Roses Royal Court
Closing Night-Sunday, December 20
9:00pm Fireworks @ Balboa Pier
Enjoy the Boat Parade!