112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is canceled

To all the members of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade community,
After diligent, thoughtful and thorough consultation with City of Newport Beach officials, our Parade committee members, Chamber Commodores Club, Board of Directors and health professionals, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has made the painful but prudent decision to cancel this year’s 112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. We realize this decision has impacts on many levels for our sponsors, businesses, residents, visitors to our community and especially our dedicated boat owners and home participants. It is one of the most cherished traditions in Newport Beach, relying upon hundreds of donated volunteer hours and expertise and has become a signature event in Southern California.
Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill recognized the difficult decision by the Chamber to cancel the Parade this year. “I know how much the tradition of the Boat Parade means to the Chamber, the residents, business owners, and visitors to the City. Even so, the Chamber is to be commended for their leadership and sacrifice. I look forward to a bigger and better celebration in 2021.”
The decision to cancel was not made lightly. Clearly, many people will be disappointed, including us. Unfortunately, these are unprecedented times and the deep impact from COVID19 has affected almost every large event in Southern California and around the nation, including parades and festivals. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steven Rosansky noted, “It was our hope that conditions would improve or at least remain static. However, looking at what is happening across the country, as well as in our own backyard, that is simply not the case. Governor Newsom made it clear at his recent press conference that conditions are worsening across the State of California and that we need to put on the “emergency brake” to slow the spread of coronavirus.”
One bright spot is that the sister event to the Parade, The Ring of Lights, will still go forward. Homeowners around the harbor who decorate their homes and enter will still be judged and eligible to win in a number of categories. The winners will be announced on December 15th. Homes interesting in registering for the the Ring of Lights can register HERE.
Parade Co-Chair, Larry Smith reflected on the meaning of the Boat Parade, “The Parade has a century long tradition of being Newport Beach’s “Christmas Card to the World.” This year, our message must clearly reflect the safety and well being of all concerned. To all our partners, participants and supporters of this rich holiday tradition, we hope you will agree.”

Marie Case, Skipper of the Commodores Club, stated, “We want to thank all of those boaters who have signed up for the Parade and the Boat Parade Committee volunteers for all the time and effort they have already invested in this year’s Parade. The spirit of our Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade tradition will be felt this year as lights shine for the holiday season around the harbor and will shine even more brightly in 2021.”

Enter Your Home in the Ring of Lights

How to Register Your Home for the for the 2020 Ring of Lights.


In addition to the beautiful boats sailing through the harbor, all waterfront homes, businesses and yacht clubs are encouraged to participate in the “Ring of Lights.” In past years, many homes, businesses and yacht clubs have gone to great extents to decorate their properties and add to the festive feel of the boat parade.

Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, all homes, businesses, and yacht clubs lining the harbor are invited to enter. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the Ring of Lights has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself. In addition for the chance to win an award, registrants have a chance to appear in the live broadcast of the parade.

For specific entry questions, please call the Chamber at (949) 729-4400.

Entry fee is $35.

Boat Launching and Guest Slips

The Newport Dunes Resort is Orange County’s premier boat launch facility, featuring a seven lane boat launch ramp at the north end of the resort, located next to the Back Bay Bistro. If you can’t – or don’t – want to launch the boat yourself, allow our expert staff to lessen the stress of launch and recovery.

Our custom vehicle ramp has been designed to speed up the launch process, allowing you and your guests to get right to the day’s activities. The marina staff can be reached at (949) 729-1100 or visit their web page at

Looking for a caterer for your boat or home? Here are several Chamber Members ready to help you!

A Restaurant

Avila’s El Ranchito

Back Bay Bistro

Bristol Farms

Cannery Seafood of the Pacific

Cappy’s Cafe

Champagnes Bistro & Deli

Circle Hook Fish Company

Colette’s Catering & Events

Delightful Bites
Dori Deli

Edible Arrangements- Costa Mesa

Filomena’s Italian Kitchen & Market

Five Crowns Restaurant

Gelson’s Market

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop


The Healing Chef & Bible Salt

Helmsman Ale House

The Lighthouse Bayview Cafe
(949) 933-1001

Mama’s Comfort Food & Cocktails

Morton’s the Steakhouse

Newport Rib Company

Nobu Newport Beach

Panini Kabob Grill Corona Del Mar

Picante Martin’s Mexican Restaurant

Playa Mesa Mexican Restaurant

Prego Restaurant

Red O Restaurant Taste of Mexico

Rockin’ Baja

Rose Bakery Cafe

Ruby’s Diner-Balboa Pier

Ruby’s Diner-Corona Del Mar

Sabatino’s Lido Shipyard Sausage Co.

Seasons 52

Stag Bar & Kitchen

Sugar ‘N Spice

Sushi Roku Newport Beach

The Country Club

The Dock

The Great Maple

Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille

Vicci Bakery Cafe

The Village Inn Restaurant