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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade 2019

Enjoy the sparkling lights of hundreds of beautifully decorated vessels. There's always the chance to participate in a parade with your own boat or as a passenger too

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in California 2019 - Best Time
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This glittering event was rated as one of the top holiday happenings in the state. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights usually takes place in mid-December. During this time, local boat owners decorate their vessels with lots of holiday lights to make them the most beautiful and shining in order to join the festive floating parade through the Newport Harbor.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in California - Best Season 2019

Any kind of a vessel is welcome to join the parade, thus, you can see luxury yachts and sailboats together with cruisers, canoes, and kayaks. Hundreds of ships of all sizes compete with each other in order to be nominated in one of the prize categories. Bayfront estates also compete for the best light displays and all together with the boats they create adorable Christmas atmosphere.

View from Balboa Island 2019
View from Balboa Island

Over 1.5 million people come to watch this spectacular evening boat paraders each season. This event has made the Newport Beach legendary. Holiday cruises last throughout the month of December. It is a great chance for visitors to enjoy the view over amazing light displays of bayfront estates from the water. There's also an opportunity to participate in the parade as a passenger on one of the vessels. This event makes Newport Beach one of the most unique holiday destinations in southern California.