As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves it way through the Newport Harbor, you can view the parade from almost any place on the shore FREE of cost. With thousands of people viewing the parade each evening, please allow extra time for travel and arrive as early as possible. All city parking lots will be open throughout the parade to accommodate viewers.
The 2012 Parade will utilize the same starting and ending point as last year, located off Bay Island, and follow the same route as last year. Click the icon in the right column to download a color PDF of the parade route with the time it passes various points on the harbor.
If this is your first time to see the parade, a great place to view the parade is at the Fun Zone. Admission is FREE and there is plenty of nearby parking.
American Legion Post 291 at 215 15th
Street - Outside water's edge viewing
includes a variety of delicious soups, angus beef hot dog and a
tasty dessert. Food service begins nightly at 6 pm. Full bar
service available. Admission is $10, with food service at $5 per
meal. Hosted by the Sons of the American Legion, Newport Harbor
Squadron 291. Call (714) 721-5796 to reserve your spot today as it
usually sells out in advance.
Newport Sea Base at 1931 W. Coast Hwy
- The Newport Sea Base invites you to join them on their lawn
for an incredible view of the 104th annual Newport Beach
Christmas Boat Parade. Bring your friends, family and a
blanket - we provide the chairs and the Sea Scouts will be
selling food and beverages. Bring your friends and family, and
snuggle under a blanket, as the acclaimed parade illuminates
the harbor. Weekends tend to sell out quickly so call early. Call
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Balboa Boat Rentals offers narrated Parade & Waterfront Home Tours with 30-foot Parasail Power Boat with no enclosure
Don't want to be crammed onto a large boat with 50 or more strangers? We have the answer…sit back and relax as our Coast Guard Licensed Boat, Captain and crew take you, your family and friends throughout Newport Harbor, where you will see beautifully decorated homes and magnificent boats parading through the harbor. Our narrated Harbor Tours run from December 15th to December 30th. Seating capacity is 12 per tour which offers a much more personalized and intimate experience. Hot chocolate and pastries will be served during your cruise.
$30.00 per person- Reserve Today! Click the link below
or call 949-673-7200
Additionally, many waterfront restaurants in Newport Beach offer exceptional views of the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. Most restaurants sell out early, so call soon to make reservations.
|Chamber Member Restaurants with a view of the Parade (PDF)|
There are a number of charter boat companies that offer public and private cruises on the harbor during the parade. Most charter boats sell out early, so call soon to make reservations.
|Chamber Member Yacht Charter companies(PDF)|
Seating is available at the American Legion Post 291 located at
215 15th Street. Hosted by the Sons of the American Legion, Newport
Harbor Squadron 291, this venue features meal service, bar and
more. It usually sells out, so call (714) 721-5796 and to reserve
your spot today.
In addition, the Newport Sea Base at 1931 W. Coast Hwy. invites
you to join them on their lawn for an incredible view of the
Parade. Bring your friends and family as the acclaimed parade
illuminates the harbor. Sea Scouts will be selling food, drinks,
snacks and glow sticks - all you need to provide is a blanket to
keep warm. Contact the Newport Sea Base at (949) 642-5031 for more
details, as they also fill up in advance.
A great place to view the parade is from luxury of a bay front
room at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort. Or maybe spend the night
in a courtyard room and watch the Parade at Duke's Place or on the
beach. There is even a Barbeque each evening for you and your
guests to enjoy. Guests of the hotel are guaranteed parking. Call
Blue Star Yacht Charter and Palm Terrace Catering and Private
Events are pleased to announce the opportunity to experience
the Christmas Boat Parade aboard a private luxury yacht
complete with world-class cuisine and service! The gorgeous
Passage West 2 motor yacht is located at the Balboa Bay Club
in Newport Beach with unparalleled views of the parade, while
Palm Terrace is sure to satisfy the most discerning
There is parking available in all City Parking lots. Additionally, street parking along the parade route is also available. As the parade draws thousands of people, please allow extra travel time to find parking! For more information about the Christmas Boat Parade, please call (949) 729-4400.