Best Viewing Locations and Reserved Seating

On a Boat

There are a number of 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.

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Balboa Village, Home of the Fun Zone

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.


Reserved Seating and More



Enjoy the parade while dining at Waterline Newport Beach, A&O Kitchen+Bar, or from the comfort and privacy of your own bay front guest room. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade starts at 6:30 pm and passes by the shore at approximately 8:34 pm.


215 15th St., NEWPORT BEACH

Join us on the patio of the American Legion on Balboa Peninsula for epic viewing of the Boat Parade on the patio. The Sons of the American Legion-Squadron 291 are hosting all five nights of the parade.  Please Make Your Reservations Now! Call (949) 386-0489

  • Mexican Christmas Fiesta with Mariachi’s and Santa visiting each evening!
  • Catered Dinner Buffet Menu by Taco Revolution
  • Community Seating Will Be Pre-Assigned On The Patio- Most tables accommodate 6 guests, however can pre-pay for multiple tables near each other. If you are a small group you will be sitting with other people at the table. (Early reservations get priority!)
  • Adults: $30 and Children 2-10 years of age: $15. Donations are 100% tax deductible, include a complimentary dinner and most importantly, the proceeds go to help our local Troops, Veterans & their Families throughout the year!!
  • All Five nights we will have: a Mariachi Band, a Visit by Santa, Face Painting for the kids to enjoy, and most nights Caricature cartoonist!
  • Cocktails & Wine: No Host Bar for Adult Beverages & $10 corkage fee (for wine only).  No outside food or hard liquor will be allowed on the premises.
  • Gates open at 4:00pm, Dinner starts at 5:00pm and the Boat Parade passes our viewing location around 6:45 pm. Please don’t be late and the entertainment will follow the Parade.
  • Parking: Everyone please arrive early!!! For Non-Members- There will be parking on the grass at the Veteran’s Park next to the American Legion. There will be parking staff to guide you. However this will fill up by 5:30pm. Also Street Parking, or may we suggest carpooling, and taking LYFT or UBER)

Reservations Are Required- No tickets will be sold at the door- Call (949) 386-0489
Leave a message and Donna will return your call promptly. Dress warmly for this event on the patio with great dockside views of the Parade!

Restaurants – Dine & Watch or Dine & Walk

Many waterfront restaurants in Newport Beach offer exceptional views of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. There are also a variety of choices within walking distance. Take a look at our Dine & Watch and Dine & Walk options. Most restaurants sell out early, so call soon to make reservations.

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Davey's Locker

Boat Parade Cruises - Davey's Locker

Holidays Lights Cruises Dec 1- Dec 31. View Amazing Light Displays.
Get The Full Parade Experience.
Tickets $36 Adults / $32 Junior. $20 Cruise Special!
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