Insider’s Guide to the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Insider’s Guide to the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The 115th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is just around the corner, promising five enchanting nights of festivities from December 13th to 17th, 2023, in beautiful Newport Beach, California. This iconic event has been illuminating Newport Harbor for over a century, and once again, a fleet of 100 exquisitely decorated yachts and boats in all shapes and sizes will cast their radiant glow upon Newport Beach each evening. Our team at Domaine Luxury Properties is giving you an insider scoop on how to take advantage of these five magical nights and immerse yourself in the splendor of America's most iconic holiday celebration.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade at Newport Landing

Nestled in the heart of Newport Beach, home to the West Coast's largest recreational harbor, the Christmas Boat Parade pays homage to the city's rich boating culture. A magnificent array of decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes embark on a spectacular 14-mile journey through Newport Harbor. It's a sight to behold, a true testament to the area's vibrant maritime heritage.
The heart of the Newport Beach Boat Parade is, of course, the impressive lineup of boats that grace Newport Harbor. Hundreds of vessels participate in the event, each offering a unique and extravagant display that captivates the imagination. These boats are not just ordinary watercraft; they are transformed into floating works of art, each vying to outdo the other in creativity and holiday spirit.

Experience the Magic By Ship 

The 2023 Newport Beach Boat Parade, scheduled from Wednesday, December 13th to Sunday, December 17th, 2023, is set to light up Newport Harbor with its dazzling holiday spectacle. And if you want to experience this magical event like never before, Newport Landing offers an exclusive opportunity to join in on the festivities.
For each of the five nights of the 2023 Newport Beach Boat Parade, Newport Landing provides three cruise times to choose from – setting sail at 5:30 pm, 7:05 pm, and 8:30 pm. This flexibility allows you to pick the ideal time that suits your schedule, ensuring that you won't miss a moment of the nautical wonder.
What makes these cruises truly extraordinary is that they are aboard one of Newport Landing's fully decorated ships, which are a part of the actual parade. This means that you get to become a part of the parade, witnessing the splendid displays up close and personal. 
So, whether you're a local or visiting Newport Beach for the first time, don't miss your chance to be a part of this iconic holiday event. Choose your preferred cruise time, step aboard a beautifully decorated vessel, and immerse yourself in the magic of the 2023 Newport Christmas Boat Parade. Make sure to reserve a cruise before the event takes place. 

The Dazzling "Ring of Lights"

Homes along the parade route participate in a decorating contest known as the "Ring of Lights." Each house showcases extravagantly themed decorations, from lights adorning every façade to rooftop animated scenes and dancing Christmas trees. The Ring of Lights competition has grown to be as beloved as the boat parade itself. Visitors can explore these stunningly adorned homes by taking leisurely strolls through the charming waterfront neighborhoods of Newport Beach, such as Balboa Island and Balboa Village. Alternatively, you can opt for a boat charter or boat rental to view these remarkable displays from the water, gaining a unique perspective on the festivities. Our team at Domaine Luxury Properties are no strangers to the beautiful homes for sale in Newport Beach and are here to assist you with more information about the area.

Experience the Magic By Shore 

If you prefer solid ground beneath your feet, there are numerous options for watching the Newport Beach Boat Parade from the shore. You can stake out a spot at one of the public access areas along the harbor, ensuring a front-row seat to the festivities.
Here are some popular shoreline locations for experiencing the Newport Beach Boat Parade:
  • The Balboa boardwalk on the Balboa Peninsula
  • East Balboa Blvd (specifically the non-residential harbor access points)
  • Peninsula Point Beach
  • Pirates Cove at the southernmost tip of Newport Bay in Corona Del Mar
  • Along Bayside Drive (again, specifically the non-residential harbor access points)
  • All around Balboa Island
  • Little Island
  • Collins Island
  • Lido Park
  • Lido Isle
  • Most of the numbered streets on Balboa Peninsula (primarily at public access points)

Dine + Watch

Newport Harbor boasts over a dozen restaurants that offer a front-row view of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Additionally, dozens more are located near the water, allowing you to dine in style before indulging in the spectacle.

In Newport Beach, this time-honored tradition unites residents and visitors alike to celebrate the season's joy. If you're considering making Newport Beach your home, explore the enchanting Newport luxury real estate and Newport waterfront properties for sale.

Community Spirit

What truly sets the Newport Beach Boat Parade apart is the community spirit that permeates the event. Ship owners and enthusiasts come together to celebrate the holiday season in style. The parade provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to showcase their creativity and share their love for the sea, boating, and the magic of Christmas. We encourage you to get involved in all that the community of Newport Beach has to offer. 

About Domaine Luxury Properties

Domaine Luxury Properties, a sibling duo, melds intimate local knowledge with unparalleled luxury services, prioritizing genuine relationships and client needs. If you're looking to buy or sell a home this holiday season or have any questions about the Newport Beach real estate market, contact Domaine Luxury Properties today. 

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