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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

July 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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This year will be the 108th Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach. Started over 100 years ago with Japanese lanterns and a gondola, the parade has been a fun and exciting event for all ages to enjoy each and every year.

If you want to be included in the parade of fun, enter your boat and get decorating! There is an entry fee of $35 and you can register online and download the form or call 949-729-4400. Attend the skipper’s meeting on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 pm to receive your registration number. The meeting will be held in the Bay View Room at Newport Dunes Resort and Marina (1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach).

Participants will be put into categories including Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Best Music, Best Lights, and Best Decorations, etc. The public will be able to vote on their favorite.  All winners receive a banner and two complimentary tickets to the Awards Dinner & Auction on January 27, 2017. If you are interested please fill out the form here:

There are 5 nights of parades starting December 14 all the way through December 18th. On average there are at least 100 boats ranging from multi-million dollar yachts to kayaks in each parade. Parades begin at approximately 6:30 pm. On the first and last day of the parade, there will be fireworks.

For the best viewing sights, there is the Balboa Village, most waterfront restaurants, or reserved seating that may require purchasing of tickets.

Don’t miss out on the coolest decorations! In the past, some boats were fully covered in a Disney’s Frozen theme with Olaf and Elsa, Santa and his reindeer running off a tower, a beach scene with palm trees, and lights of cool sea creatures. As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade community would say, “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly”!

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