December 14th – 18th, 2016

108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

Proudly Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Join The 2016 Christmas Boat Parade or Ring of Lights

Register your boat for the Parade or home in the Ring of Lights waterfront decorating competition. Participants receive special commemorative items and are elegible for awards.

Register Your Boat or Home

Share your Parade Memories and win a ride in the Christmas Boat Parade!

Embrace those special holiday traditions that permeate generations. Ones that bring people together, create lasting memories and celebrate the most meaningful moments. Share with others how this incredible parade has helped shape some of your greatest holiday memories!

Submit your photo from your best Christmas Boat Parade memory and you will be entered for a chance to win a ride for two in this year’s parade on Saturday, December 17th, 2016!

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WED – Dec 14

Opening Night with Fireworks

6:15pm Fireworks @ Newport Pier
6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshal – Mickey Mouse from the Disneyland® Resort

Mickey Mouse and the resort’s Ambassadors, along with a colorful Main Street Electrical Parade-themed boat…


THURS – Dec 15

6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – Salute to Local Olympians

The official Grand Marshal boat leads the parade with three local water polo USA Olympians who grew up in Southern California…

FRI – Dec 16

6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – Alumni from the hit NBC singing show “The Voice”

Former contestants will lead Friday’s nights spectacular…

SAT – Dec 17

6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – A Special Salute to Hometown Heroes

Join our salute to those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our local communities…

SUN – Dec 18

Closing Night with Fireworks

9:05pm Fireworks @ Balboa Pier (just after parade concludes)
6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band

A perennial crowd-pleaser for their performances and showmanship…

#myboatparade videos

Hear some real stories from real people who have experienced the Boat Parade over the years…


2016 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Route

The 2016 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.


On the opening night of the parade on Wednesday, December 14 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 18, 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 27, 2017 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.

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National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree to be Displayed at Marina Park

The GOLD RIBBON TREE will be covered in thousands of gold ribbons, each ribbon bearing the name, age and state of a child who has been diagnosed with cancer.

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