December 13 – 17, 2017

109th 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 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

2017 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Route

As the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor this December, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, with the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, announces its new parade starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 13 – 17.

Parade participants will start from the east end of Lido Island following the celebrated route, with the first public viewing destination now at the new 10.5-acre Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities.

Residents and visitors will have optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots. The new start and end location will adjust previous pass-by times along the parade route.

Please reference the site map with times the parade passes various destination points.


December 13

Opening Night with Fireworks

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

Grand Marshal
Vicki Gunvalson from the hit show “Real Housewives of Orange County”

With a new start location at the tip of Lido Isle leaving promptly at 6:30pm, viewers can marvel at the holiday magic from the shore at multiple locations along the way. However, for families especially, opening night at Marina Park has a little extra sparkle…

Marina Park Details

December 14

6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – Salute to Hometown Heroes

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

December 15

6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – Orange County School of the Arts Celebrated Performance Ambassadors – “MONTAGE!”

Live performance by talented singers, dancers, musicians and actors

December 16

6:30pm Parade begins

Grand Marshals – Charger Girls: The LA Chargers’ Cheerleaders

The LA Chargers Cheerleaders will bring the holiday spirit alive…

December 17

Closing Night with Fireworks

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

Grand Marshals – Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band

A perennial crowd-pleaser for their performances and showmanship…


On the opening night of the parade on Wednesday, December 13 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 17, 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 26, 2018 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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