Viewing – On a Boat

As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves it way through the Newport Harbor, you can view the parade from almost any place on the shore FREE of cost.

With thousands of people viewing the parade each evening, please allow extra time for travel and arrive as early as possible. All city parking lots will be open throughout the parade to accommodate viewers.

Special Thanks to Davey’s Locker, Official Sponsor of the 2016 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Click below for special cruise options.

A great way to view the parade is from one of our great yacht charter companies. Call them or visit their web sites for information about how you can experience the parade from on the water.

Company Details
Balboa Boat Rentals
(949) 673-7200

Rent a boat in Newport Beach from Balboa Boat Rentals! Our mission is to provide customers the best service and value by offering a variety of recreational boating opportunities in clean, safe, reliable craft and to do it better than anyone else.

Captain Newport Boat Rentals

Founding Captain Newport was all about our love of California, its beaches and its islands. We bought these boats because we believe that renting a boat in California is the ultimate way to spend a day or two – clearing your head and focusing on nature’s beauty, life’s leisure and beyond all – pure unadulterated fun.

Catalina Passenger Service
(949) 673-5245

Our Catalina Flyer, the largest passenger-carrying catamaran on the West Coast, features a richly appointed interior, sweeping sun decks, full-service cocktail lounges, stately viewing windows and Ride Control.

Classic Yacht Excursions
(949) 612-8767

At Classic Yacht Excursions, we provide the unique combination of a classic yacht with all its history, beauty and first-class service. From a choice of classic yachts charters, to the destinations, catered food and activities, we let our clients make the decisions. That’s the advantage of coming aboard with us.  Our yacht rentals have the flexibility to create the trip you want and make an itinerary to suit your interests.

Davey’s Locker Boat Tours
(949) 673-1434

When you go on a scheduled cruise with Davey’s Locker, you will get to see everything, and that includes the boats that have been decorated beautifully as well as the homes, businesses, and other properties that have extravagant displays. Davey’s Locker provides three cruises a night throughout the five day event so that you can go on the day that is most convenient for you. Additionally, you can rent private boats if you would like. Here is the best part: all of the boats at Davey’s Locker during this time will be decorated for the Christmas season too. You won’t just be watching the boat parade. You will feel as if you are a part of it in an immersive experience. You don’t have to go on the scheduled Christmas cruises either since you can rent a boat for you and your family. It will feel like you are a part of the parade and you get all the benefits without actually having to own a boat yourself.

Tickets: $36 Adult $32 Junior

East Meets West Excursions
(949) 201-5650

Join East Meets West Excursions for Newport's 2016 Christmas Boat Parade, December 14-18.

  • Charters available for small groups (up to 6 persons), to provide the comfort and personal attention you desire.
  • Our 24' Topaz/Bimini center console is the perfect vessel to guide you along Newport Harbor for a front row seat to the beautifully decorated yachts and ornate houses.
  • We have 2 trips (90 min) departing each night of the boat parade, 6p and 8p.
  • Booking online has never been easier. Visit us at and book your boat parade charter today before they all fill up !
  • 5 star on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google
Electra Cruises, Inc.
(949) 723-1069

Stroll from deck to deck, sipping lively libations and snacking on scrumptious hors d'oeuvres as the DJ or live band fills the air with holiday cheer. Cruise the waters of beautiful Newport Harbor while viewing hundreds of elegant vessels decked out in amazing displays of lights and peek in on lavishly decorated estates along the water's edge. Afterwards, dine on a feast prepared by our executive chef while you bask in the holiday cheer this event creates in every participant.

Gondola Adventures
(888) 446-6365

Cruise through spectacular Newport Harbor in one of the world's most beautiful gondolas... All of Gondola Adventures' rowing gondolas are imported from Venice, Italy.

Hornblower Cruises & Events
(949) 650-2412

This year, celebrate the holidays with a new tradition: a toast-worthy celebration on a Hornblower cruise. With unparalleled Christmas Boat Parade views, delicious meals and affordable adventures, Hornblower Newport Beach holiday cruises are a departure from the ordinary for holidays.

Newport Coastal Adventure
(949) 922-8784

Avoid the crowds and consider viewing the Christmas Boat Parade aboard Newport Coastal Adventure's unique six-passenger 23' Zodiac inflatable boat. On our boat you will find comfortable seating and a maneuverable platform that allows for an up-close and personal viewing of the whole parade! Your captain will provide festive music and be able to accommodate all your questions and requests. $48.00 Adults, $38.00 Children

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina
Jason at (949) 279-4507 or Sherri at (949) 999-3181
Newport Landing Cruises
(949) 675-0550

Enjoy the Parade by a decorated ship that views both parade and bayfront estates while traveling with the boat parade each night. What better way to experience the 2015 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade than by being a part of the parade. Newport Landing offers three cruise times a night for each of the five nights of the 2015 parade. The Newport Beach Boat Parade cruise times are 5:30, 7:15, and 8:30. Each boat parade cruise is from 60-90 minutes in length and will travel with the boat parade viewing both ships and estates and celebrating with the many shore bound events taking place around the bay.

Newport Pontoons
(949) 631-3333

Newport Pontoons is the best way to enjoy a harbor cruise. Whether you are socializing with friends, spending the day with family or just basking in the sun, Newport Pontoons  are the most versatile rental boats on the water. Looking for a fun way to entertain clients or team members?

Our boats accommodate up to 12 guests and of course you can rent multiple boats if you have a bigger group. We can arrange a catered dinner on the boat or make a reservation at a local restaurant and you can dock and dine.

Our spacious interior will allow your entire group to stand up, walk around and enjoy everybody's company. Want a boat of your own? Newport Pontoons is also an authorized Avalon dealer if you are interested in purchasing the best pontoon boat on the market.

Newport Sailing Adventures
(949) 244-3031
Newport Yacht Rental LLC
(949) 274-8521

Join us this Christmas holiday to spread the cheer aboard the Kayla Lynne! The Kayla Lynne is a 75 foot Matthews yacht with 4 levels to relax and unwind on. As we cruise the harbor and enjoy the lights you will be able to explore 4 different levels and take in the panoramic views of the Newport Harbor and the Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights. Please contact us directly to reserve your space soon as these dates will fill up quickly!

O.C. Boat Rentals
(949) 534-6227
  • Cruise at a relaxing max 5MPH making these boats easy to navigate throughout the harbor, even for first time operators.
  • Bold aesthetics & coherent branding make our fleet the pride of any commercial marina.
  • 100% electric & emission free.
Pacific Avalon Yacht Charters
(949) 673-8545

Pacific Avalon Yacht Charters offers you the opportunity to participate in the merriment by chartering one of our yachts during the parade. Contact us for a quote on this once in a lifetime experience!

Sail Elysium
(949) 698-2141

Sail Elysium is an opportunity to view  the Newport Beach Christmas Parade from the center of all the action.

Your experience starts at 3:30 with a tour of  Newport harbor. After spending about an hour cruising the harbor we anchor in the center at the end of Lido island. Now there is time to enjoy cocktails, wine, beer and all cuisine you have brought aboard. From that location the parade route passes on both side of Elysium.

After dark the show begins with music, lights, and Christmas cheer. The evening is not over yet. After the parade has passed we take another tour of the harbor to enjoy all of the Christmas decorations on the homes.

This is a night that you will long remember and come back again to really start the holiday season.

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