Thank you to all our boat and home participants, volunteers, Commodores, staff, event partners and sponsors, restaurants, boat charters and local businesses, viewers and the entire community for making this year’s parade and Ring of Lights one to remember!

Pictures of the 2016 Winners…

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.

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.

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

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…

Grand Marshal Details

Marina Park will also be hosting a festive evening to kick off the Parade…
Marina Park Festivities Details

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…

Grand Marshal Details

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…

Grand Marshal Details

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…

Grand Marshal Details

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…

Grand Marshal Details

#myboatparade videos

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


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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Hosted By


2016 Presenting Sponsors

2016 Community Sponsors


2016 Feature Sponsors


2016 Official Sponsors


2016 Parade Sponsors