14-Mile Floating Festival of Christmas Lights and Decorations Returns to SoCal Yacht Town

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2018) – Celebrating its 110th year, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will take place Dec. 19-23. One of the longest-running holiday traditions in the country, the parade has been hailed by The New York Times as one of the nation’s top ten holiday happenings and earning Newport Beach the rank of “#2 City in the Nation for Holiday Lights” by Yahoo! Travel. Home to the world’s largest small-yacht harbor, Newport Beach pays homage to its iconic boating culture through a fleet of wonderfully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes motoring along a 14-mile course.

Hosted by The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the boat parade draws millions of people annually and has become a cherished tradition for residents and visitors alike. For five consecutive nights, the parade begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. at the tip of Lido Isle. The parade opens with a sparkling fireworks display from the Newport Pier at 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 19. Closing out in the same spectacular fashion, there will be special fireworks show from the Balboa Pier on the final night of the parade at 9 p.m. on Dec. 23. Celebrity Grand Marshals will be announced soon.

“The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a holiday institution,” said Steve Rosansky, President and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. “From a lineup of special guests, to the two fireworks displays, and of course, the more than one million twinkling lights across our beautiful harbor, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is five unforgettable nights of festive fun.”


The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade began at the turn of the century when John Scarpa, an Italian gondolier; and Joseph Beek, developer of Beacon Bay, the Balboa Ferry Line, and the principal force in the early development of Balboa Island, started the tradition of lighting boats in the harbor. Now in its 109th year, the largest harbor parade in California now features as many as 100 boats. The festively decorated yachts, dinghies and kayaks vie for the top prize in categories including Best Animation/Special Effects, Best Humor/Originality, Best Music, and Best Lights.

Serving as the backdrop for the parade is the annual “Ring of Lights.” A marvel all its own, bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor display their Christmas spirit and compete for prizes for the best decorations.

Presenting sponsors of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights are Simple Green, Meguiar’s, Wells Fargo, and the City of Newport Beach, with marketing and promotional support from Newport Beach & Company. For more information about the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, please visit www.christmasboatparade.com.

Boaters interested in participating in the parade can find out more information at https://www.christmasboatparade.com/enter/. 

About the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is a business organization of almost 700 members representing over 20,000 employees. The Chamber, with its five councils, committees, staff and valuable members, works with city officials, local businesses and the community at large to promote the local economy. More information can be found at www.newportbeach.com.

About the Commodores Club

The Commodores Club is a council comprised of actively involved members of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce providing leadership, organization and fundraising support on business, social and community special events that promote the overall mission of the Chamber.


About Newport Beach & Company 
Founded in January 2013, Newport Beach & Company is a non-profit organization established to serve as the official marketing agency for the city of Newport Beach. The agency brings together all of the marketing entities connected to the Newport Beach brand and is designed to oversee separate business units that include Visit Newport Beach, Dine Newport Beach, Celebrate Newport Beach, Enterprise Newport Beach and Newport Beach TV. For more information, please go to