Frequently Asked Questions

About the Parade

How Many Boats Are In The Parade?

It varies from year to year, but as many as 100 boats of all sizes, shapes and colors make up the parade. Everything from kayaks to over 100-foot super-yachts participate each year.

Is There An Official Program For The Parade?

Yes. The Daily Pilot produces the official program for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Free copies are available around the harbor and at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce offices at 20351 Irvine Ave., Ste. C-5.

Who Organizes The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade?

The parade is organized by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Commodores Club, one of its five councils. Chamber staff and volunteers put in many hours planning and executing the parade for the enjoyment of its almost one million viewers.

How Long Has The Parade Been Running?

2017 marks the 109th year for the parade, making it one of the oldest running holiday traditions in the country.

AWARDS

Are There Awards For The Different Boats and Homes?

Yes! All registered boats and homes are eligible to compete for a number of awards from most humorous to best theme presentation, and more. All winners are invited to the annual Awards Dinner and Auction in January 2018.

The public is invited to attend as well and the event raises funds for next year’s parade.

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Are There Caterers That Can Help Me With Food For My Boat Or Party During The Parade?

Yes! Just visit www.newportbeach.com, click on the “Find a Business” section and look up caterers. You will find dozens of Member caterers ready to serve your needs.

How Can I Enter My Boat?

You can register online or download the form on the ENTER page of this site. You can also call (949) 729-4400. Cost to enter is just $35. You will recieve official numbers and will be eligible for the many awards that will be presented.

How do I Enter My Home Or Business Into The Ring Of Lights Contest?

You can register online or download the form on the ENTER page of this site. You can also call (949) 729-4400. Cost to enter is just $35.

Is It Mandatory For Me To Register My Boat To Be In The Parade?

Yes. In order for parade control to operate smoothly, your boat needs to be registered to be part of the parade. Participants receive official numbers and order and will be eligible for the many awards that will be presented. Even if you cannot participate all nights of the parade, registration is still required.

Viewing

What Are The Dates & Times For The Parade?

The 2017 parade will run Wednesday, December 13 through Sunday, December 17, 2017. The parade starts at 6:30 pm each evening off of Lido Isle, with the parade ending at approximately 9:00 pm. A complete site map with times the parade passes various points is on the VIEWING page of this web site.

Is there Reserved Bleacher Seating

Yes! Please visit the VIEWING page.

Can I View The Parade Aboard A Boat?

Yes, our local boat charters offer all types of cruises during the parade, including dinner and dancing cruises, or simple viewing cruises. Be sure to book early, though, as these cruises fill up fast. Visit the Viewing page of this web site to download a list of boat charters.

Can I View The Parade From A Restaurant?

Yes! There are many restaurants on the parade route. However, book your reservations early, as they tend to fill up quickly. Visit the VIEWING page of this web site for more information, or call (949) 729-4400.

Does It Cost Money To View The Parade?

No. The parade is FREE for the community and tourists to enjoy. However, a great way to see the parade is aboard a boat charter or in a waterfront restaurant. Visit the VIEWING page for referrals.

Does The Weather Affect The Parade?

What if it rains?The parade will run rain or shine. However, in the interest of safety, upon the issuance of a small watercraft advisory notice from the Coast Guard, the parade would be cancelled for that evening. This decision will be made at 6:00 pm each evening. A message will be posted on the web site at www.christmasboatparade.com in the extremely rare case of the parade being cancelled.

Are There Fireworks?

Yes! Fireworks will be featured on opening night, Wednesday, December 13 at approximately 6:15 pm from the Newport Pier and on the final night, Sunday, December 17 at approximately 9:00 pm from the Balboa Pier.