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Newport Christmas Boat Parade

400 Main Street
Newport Beach, CA  92661
(949) 673-5245
FAX: (949) 673-8340

Christmas Boat Parade Balboa Pavilion in December
Official 2005 Logo.

Balboa Pavilion in December. 
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Watch beautifully decorated and lighted multi-million dollar yachts, small boats, kayaks and canoes parade Newport Harbor in Newport Beach. 
This annual event has occurred for nearly 100 years. 

In 1908, Italian gondolier John Scarpa staged the first illuminated night boat parade through the harbor, starting a tradition that lasts to this day.

The parade normally occurs over a period of five consecutive nights in mid December.  The parade normally starts off Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at the same site at approximately 8:30 pm on a Wednesday and Thursday and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Two separate routes are run on different evenings.)

Beautiful yachts, small boats, kayaks, canoes and other small boats light up the harbor with a "dazzling array of holiday lights and music."  A number of boats include animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers.

The Christmas floats wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor.  The New York  Times called the parade "One of the...Top Ten Holiday Happenings in the Nation!"

Further, decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor compete in the “Ring of Lights” contest "featuring everything from roof-top animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees."

The Catalina Flyer and Pavilion Paddy (docked at the Balboa Pavilion) offer public runs.  Call (949) 675-5245 for reservations.  All tickets are prepaid.

    Catalina Flyer:

          Dates:  December 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18
          Times:  5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
                       7:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
          Prices:  $15.00 Adult
                        $10.00 Child (3-12)

     Pavilion Paddy:

          Dates:  December 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18
          Time:   6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          Prices:  $15.00 Adult
                        $10.00 Child (3-12)

Davey's Locker sportfishing boats are also available for charter and may offer public Christmas Parade runs.   Call (949) 673-1434 for more information.

The Harborside Grand Ballroom, located upstairs at the Balboa Pavilion, is also available to banquets (advanced booking for December required).  For more information, call (949) 673-4633.

Balboa Pavilion at Night
Harborside Restaurant - Downstairs
Grand Ball Room - Upstairs

Photo courtesy of TalesofBalboa.com

                                           All businesses at the Balboa Pavillion are independently owned and operated.