Illuminated boat parades are a great holiday tradition of Southern California. Without snow and ice, this is what Golden State Christmas looks like. Waterfront restaurants and cafes are booked a long time in advance by spectators. Parking is very hard to find on the parade night. Naples Island in Long Beach, about an hour drive from LA, hosts one of these sparkling events.
Large boats decorated with lights parade along the peninsula at 6 p.m. Small boats float at 6:30 p.m. from the Appian Way Bridge. Interestingly, large and small boats go in opposite directions. The best spots to view the parade are bridges and waterfronts along the canals around Naples Island. The 2nd Street Bridge, Appian Way Bridge, and Alamitos Bay Marina are good locations to see larger boats.
Houses on the Naples Island are famous for extraordinary displays of Christmas and Hanukkah lights. It makes the island a great Christmas destination in Southern California.