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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade 2024 with Newport Landing is the event of the season!

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 2024 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.

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A complete guide to the Newport Beach Christmas Parade:

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The Event: Newport Beach Boat Parade & Ring of Lights

If you particularly enjoy Christmas lights and you want to do something with the family, or if you are planning a holiday office party, and you want something different, then it is time to consider the Newport Beach Boat Parade 2024. Whether you have heard of it before or not, this is an event that you do not want to miss. After all, it is more than 100 years in the making. That's right. This tradition began over one hundred years ago. The humble beginnings included only about a dozen boats that sailed the water with decorations. Things certainly have changed now. If you attend the 2024 Newport Beach Boat Parade, here is what you can expect: hundreds of boats are a part of the event, and they include unique and extravagant displays. It is not uncommon for yacht owners to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the decorations. Along with holiday lights, special effects and themes make decorations much more than just the light displays you may be accustomed to. Ships of all sizes enter the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from multimillion dollar yachts to kayaks and canoes. Everyone certainly loves to get involved.

The Homes: Newport Beach Boat Parade & Ring of Lights

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.


The Specifications: Newport Beach Boat Parade

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 2024 takes place once a year from the Third Wednesday in December to the third Sunday in the month. For 2024, the parade is from Wednesday December 18, 2024 to Sunday December 22, 2024. That means there will be five nights of parading for you to enjoy. Additionally, the opening night Wednesday Dec 18, 2024 and closing night Sunday December 22, 2024 ceremonies will include fireworks and other festivities. The Newport Beach Boat Parade 2024 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 2024 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


The Cruises: 2024 Newport Beach Boat Parade

If you contact Newport Landing, you will find the ideal way to enjoy the 2024 Newport Beach Boat Parade is by a decorated ship that views both parade and bayfront estates while traveling with the boat parade each night. What better way to experience the 2024 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade than by being a part of the parade. Newport Landing offers three cruise times a night for each of the five nights of the 2024 parade. The Newport Beach Boat Parade cruise times are 5:30, 7:05, and 8:30. Each boat parade cruise is from 60-90 minutes in length and will travel with the boat parade viewing both ships and estates and celebrating with the many shore bound events taking place around the bay.

The 2024 Newport Beach Boat Parade Cruises with Newport Landing are very popular and it is always recommended to make advance reservations. Just give Newport Landing a call at 949-675-0551 or request reservation online.

For those of you that can’t make the December 18, 2024 - December 22, 2024 parade, you can see most of the decorated parade ships and all the estates and landscapes in full décor from November 29, 2024 - January 1, 2025 nightly with the exception of the Newport Beach Boat Parade 2024 dates. Three times a night for the month of December, holiday lights cruises are offered.

Families and loved ones come to view the Newport Beach Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises from throughout Southern California as well as neighboring states and throughout the country for this nationally recognized event. The 2024 Newport Beach Boat Parade & Ring of Lights events are sure to not disappoint.

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  • Leslie J. Newport Beach

    "It was a wonderful experience for me and my whole family. We couldn't stop smiling. The night was perfect...full of Christmas wonder and feel-good feelings. We can't wait for next year!"

  • Kim L. Orange County

    "One of our favorite things to do at Christmastime. Will be there for sure in 2024."

  • Jason F.. Santa Barbara, CA

    "My wife has been talking about the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade for years. So I surprised her last December with tickets to the parade. She was so ecstatic. It totally made her holiday. She wants to make it an annual tradition...and I can't complain. I loved it, too!"

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Where should you park? What type of clothing should you wear that night? What time does the parade start? Learn all that and more in our Frequently Asked Questions section.


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