newport beach christmas parade
Newport Beach photo Christmas bay

Newport Beach Boat Parade Pictures for Newport Beach California Christmas Events -- Newport Beach Annual Christmas Boat Parade is one of the most popular boating events and holiday celebrations in Southern California.


While many stand at vantage points dockside in Newport Harbor, the ride is on a boat, traveling the bay, being part of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. In a unique parade that allows visitors to participate, it's a double bonus--like nearby Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights, you can enjoy the lit homes along the channels and waterways, but in addition, you are part of the parade in a holiday-lit vessel. While the Huntington Beach, San Diego and other boat parades offer great viewing, they don't specifically offer boat rides in the boat parades, themselves, like Newport Beach does.


Equipped as a pleasure harbor, Newport Beach offers boat rides through several companies. Newport Landing is the company we've taken rides with. They are located across this bay shown in the photo above. Situated next to the Balboa Pavilion, they offer trips throughout the year that include whale watching, sport fishing, and the popular holiday cruises for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.


What to do to book your cruise. You can click on the link above and purchase tickets. Or research the various boat rides that all charge about the same price for a decorated yacht that participates in the Christmas Boat Parade.


Bring a jacket, gloves if it is cold, camera, comfortable shoes, and be prepared that restaurants will be busy for dining, so check ahead for reservations or dining availability. Last year we dined at Ruby's on the Pier and had to wait a while to get served.


Plenty of public parking is available next to Balboa Pier.