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109th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

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12/13/2017 - 5:30pm to 12/17/2017 - 10:00pm
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Happy Holidays!

What will you be doing this Christmas? The holiday season is a time to spend with family, eat big & delicious meals, exchange gifts, and go to holiday office parties. Of course, you won't want to miss out on festive holiday lights and decorations either.The answer, The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights 2017 has it all. Elaborate Christmas light displays of bayfront estates with their Ring Of Lights competition and one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country. Hundreds of decorated ships of all sizes compete for top awards in over a half dozen categories. The Newport Beach Boat Parade is viewed by over 1.5 million people each season and is one of the largest boat parades you will likely ever see. Millions of holiday lights are a part of the Newport Beach Boat Parade and Ring Of Lights decorations making Newport Bay a "must see” for the holiday season.


Of course, if you want to be a part of the Newport Beach Boat Parade, you need to know all of the specifics: The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade 2017 takes place once a year from the second Wednesday in December to the third Sunday in the month. For 2017, the parade is from Wednesday December 13, 2017 to Sunday December 17, 2017. That means there will be five nights of parading for you to enjoy. Additionally, the opening night Wednesday Dec 13, 2017 and closing night Sunday December 17, 2017 ceremonies will include fireworks and other festivities. The Newport Beach Boat Parade 2017 takes place from around 6 pm to 10 pm every night.

All of those would be good viewing options, but think about something. If you stay on the shore, you will only be enjoying part of the event. Yes, you will see the decked out yachts, but what about all of the homes and docks? It will be impossible for you to enjoy them when you view the Newport Beach Boat Parade from the shore. So, what other option do you have? Consider Newport Landing Cruises.

If you own your own boat and you enjoy decorating, then you can certainly enter it into the Newport Beach Boat Parade Contest, but not everyone has that option. So, how can you enjoy the 2017 boat parade? According to the event website, you can view the parade from shore at such locations as:

  • The Fun Zone
  • Balboa Village
  • Reserved Seating at the American Legion
  • Reserved Seating at the Newport Sea Base
  • Harborside Restaurant
  • Rusty Pelican Restaurant



Bayfront estates and their landscapes take part in their own competition called the "Ring Of Lights”. You will see bayfront homes/docks/yards in extravagant holiday lights displays and decor. Yachting companies and other business that line the bay also get into the spirit creating a ring of lights around most of Newport Bay. It truly is a community-wide activity. Are you starting to see why the Newport Beach Boat Parade is considered one of the top ten holiday events in the whole country? It is a competition for both ship owners and homeowners and prizes are given out for the best boats and home displays. For that reason, the decorations get better and better every year. That's why so many people make going to the Newport Beach Boat Parade a tradition each holiday season.