“Lights, Camera, and Christmas in Newport Beach!” That’s the theme of the 102nd Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Dubbed “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times, this year’s floating spectacle of lights pays tribute to the city’s popular movie and film heritage. For five nights beginning on Wednesday, December 15 and ending Sunday, December 19, 2010, viewers can watch brightly decorated vessels, ranging from kayaks to multi-million dollar yachts, light up the harbor.
The parade begins the 14-mile route each evening at 6:30pm off Bay Island and ends at the same site around 9:00pm. Over 200 entrants will dazzle and delight and even homes, estates and businesses along the harbor front join in the merriment by decorating and putting on a light display of their own. Holiday music will fill the air and a special fireworks celebration will close out the parade on Sunday.
This premier Southern California event attracts thousands of spectators each night, so arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot. One such spot is the Fun Zone, where admission is free and parking is plentiful. No matter what your viewing location, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a festive, colorful way to ring in the holidays.