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Dock Party and view the Start of the 108th Annual Newport Parade of Lights

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  • Let's watch the Opening night of the Parade of lights , up close from the Dock harbor side in Newport Beach ! Here we will have an up close view as all of the boats come by the dock. I will have limited seating and hot cocoa drinks for those attending. Feel free to bring anything you like as well. It will be fun evening so bring your camera too!  The Boat Parade is Wednesday Dec 14th thru Sunday December 18 so plenty of opportunities to come out and enjoy the show!

    Please only RSVP for one night so others can have an opportunity to come out as well.!


    Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, we invite you to celebrate this year as we feature the theme “Seas the Holidays.”

    The Parade

    Welcome to the Official Site for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 14 and ending Sunday, December 18, 2016. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

    Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

    The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.

    The Ring of Lights

    In addition to the beautiful boats sailing through the harbor, all waterfront homes, businesses and yacht clubs are encouraged to participate in the “Ring of Lights.” In past years, many homes, businesses and yacht clubs have gone to great extents to decorate their properties and add to the festive feel of the boat parade. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the Ring of Lights has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself. 

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  • Captain J.

    For the Start of the Newport Boat Parade, this year's Grand Marshall is Mickey Mouse and Disneyland Ambassador Allie Kawamoto. Also, Disney will be entering their amasing decorated boat in the Parade - truly a sight to see. Plus the opening night and the Finale will feature Fireworks! Come on out for this fantastic event!

    2 days ago

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