The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Proudly Hosts the 106th Year of this Spectacular Holiday Tradition

Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 106th 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 “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly.”

The Event

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 17 and ending Sunday, December 21, 2014. 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.

News and Events

New this year! Registered Boat Participants honored with commemorative burgee and plaque

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Leslie Mann and Mark McGrath selected as 2014 Grand Marshals

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2013 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Winners

2013 Winners Sweepstakes

The Last Hurrah

2013 Ring of Lights

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2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Route

The 2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will utilize the same starting and ending point as last year, located off Bay Island, and follow the same route.

View the map here or download the map to view locations and parade route schedule.

2014 Parade Route

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Ring of Lights

Serving as the backdrop for the hundreds of lighted boats in the parade is the annual “Ring of Lights” contest, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go “all out” with their own holiday spirit, featuring everything from roof-top animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the “Ring of Lights” has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself.

2014 Presenting Sponsors

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2014 Official Parade Sponsors


On the opening night of the parade on Wednesday, December 17 at approximately 6:15 pm, a special opening fireworks display will take place off the Newport Pier to kick off the parade.

Then, on the final night of the parade, Sunday, December 21, a special fireworks display will close out the parade from the Balboa Pier. Beginning at approximately 9:00 pm, the fireworks will be visible from all around the harbor.

Awards Dinner and Auction

Both the Boat Parade and the Ring of Lights competitions culminate at the annual Awards Dinner & Auction to be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the beautiful Island Hotel Newport Beach. Open to the public, this gala event will honor award winners from both competitions. Additionally, the party will feature live entertainment, dancing and an incredible live and silent auction. Details on how your business can support the auction and the parade, will be available shortly.

For more information about these events, or to request information about viewing areas, restaurants and boat charter companies, please call the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at (949) 729-4400. For a complete listing of member restaurants and boat charters please see the Viewing Page.