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Santa Claus Display on Balboa Island Newport Beach Marine Avenue



Balboa Island's Marine Avenue shops really put you in the mood with their holiday displays. In the photo above you can see jolly Saint Nick with his sleigh standing from a rooftop on a second story view above the busy shopping street in this Newport Beach, California shopping destination.


Oh you better watch out because Santa Claus is in town. Santa statues surround you as you shop and dine on Balboa Island's Marine Avenue.  One store even featured two santas for double the fun. Show in the photo above, look carefully to notice tropical Santa from the first floor, and the roof top traditional Santa overlooking Marine Avenue.


Along with the artificial Santa Claus display, you'll see a huge stuffed teddy bear with a toy drum, a snowman riding a bright red airplane, and a variety of flocked trees, red bows and artificial poinsettias decorating the storefront of a shop selling Hawaiian and tropical themed gifts.


After visiting many cities along the coast, we have to say that Newport Beach and Balboa Island very well could win awards for their holiday spirit and public Christmas displays.  The touches of Christmas are everywhere from Fashion Island with the nation's tallest cut tree on display to the island with its cute decorations and graceful tree in front of the Fire Station, to the Ring of Lights on the Bay, Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and cruises and parties that fill the bay with merriment during Christmas.


John Wayne Airport is only a few minutes from all the attractions and shopping, making for a great fly-in for a weekend or weekday excursion. Grab a rental car and check out the local area for an escape. It's easy to get around, and during the holidays it is so much fun. (Hornblower Cruises offer dinner and dancing on the bay with the backdrop of the beautifully-decorated homes).






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Marine Avenue and surrounding streets are filled with more than 70 gift shops, galleries and restaurants.





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