Avail of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Discount Tickets, only $5 to $20 versus paying full price of $10 – $38. Experience the annual parade by being part of the parade on a decorated boat. Hop on a holiday lights cruise and travel along miles of waterfront estates catching spectacular views of both estates and yachts in full holiday décor with festive light displays.
Boat Parade Tickets (Full Price)
Adults: $36 (ages 13+)
Juniors: $32 (ages 3 – 12)
Note: A supplement charge of $2 per person applies
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Discount
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Discount: $5 Infant, $16 (3-12), $20 (13+)
Note: $2.50 – $5 service fee applies.
Groupon Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade deal: $15 child, $19 one adult ticket, $36 two adult tickets
What is Newport Beach Boat Parade
The tradition began over one hundred years ago. The humble beginnings included only about a dozen boats that sailed the water with decorations. Now? If you attend the Newport Beach Boat Parade, you’ll see elaborate Christmas light displays of bayfront estates with their Ring Of Lights competition and one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country.
If you attend the 2019 Newport Beach Boat Parade, expect to see hundreds of boat with unique and extravagant displays. It is not uncommon for yacht owners to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the decorations. Along with holiday lights, special effects and themes make decorations much more than just the light displays you may be accustomed to. Ships of all sizes enter the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from multimillion-dollar yachts to kayaks and canoes.
Bayfront estates and their landscapes take part in their own competition called the “Ring Of Lights”. You will see bayfront homes/docks/yards in extravagant holiday lights displays and decor. Yachting companies and other businesses that line the bay also get into the spirit creating a ring of lights around most of Newport Bay.
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade 2019
For 2019, the Newport Christmas Boat Parade will be from Wednesday, December 18, 2019, to Sunday, December 22, 2019. That means there will be five nights of parading for you to enjoy.
Additionally, the opening night Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019, and closing night Sunday, December 22, 2019 ceremonies will include fireworks and other festivities.
The Newport Beach Boat Parade 2019 takes place from around 6 pm to 10 pm every night.
Newport Landing offers three cruise times a night for each of the five nights of the 2019 parade. The Newport Beach Boat Parade cruise times are 5:30, 7:05, and 8:30.
Each boat parade cruise is from 60-90 minutes in length and will travel on the boat parade viewing both ships and estates and celebrating with the many shore-bound events taking place around the bay.
Know Before You Go
Parking at Newport Beach Boat Parade is difficult due to the popularity of the event. Try to arrive at least an hour prior to your departure time. If you have a weekend departure add another 30 minutes. The early departure is more tricky on the busiest nights of the parade, Friday and Saturday night.
Parking options on the Balboa Peninsula include the public parking lot next to the Balboa Pier, the parking structure next to Newport Landing, and valet parking next to Balboa Pavilion. The public lot next to the Balboa pier is your best choice with a huge number of spots.
There are also metered parking spaces around the pier public lot and these spots are free after 6:00 pm.
What to Bring
Along with bringing the right clothing for the Newport Beach Boat Parade other items that are great to have include a map of the area, camera, cash/change, contact number(s), snacks, blanket, and thermos full of a hot beverage. Having a map of the area will give you a good idea of where you are at and what you can expect whether traveling into the Newport Beach area or once aboard your ship traveling in the parade.
Other Ways to see the Newport Beach Christmas Lights
Holiday Lights Cruise
For those of you that can’t make the December 18, 2019 – December 22, 2019 parade, you can see most of the decorated parade ships and all the estates and landscapes in full décor from November 30, 2019 – December 31, 2019 nightly with the exception of the Newport Beach Boat Parade 2019 dates. Three times a night for the month of December, holiday lights cruises are offered.
Newport Beach Holiday Lights Cruise Discount Tickets – Free – $17 Discount Tickets
Pre or Post Parade Cruise
If you can’t make it in time to see the world-famous Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights as it is happening, the pre and post-parade party cruise is a great way to keep the merriment going. During the one-hour cruise, you’ll get a chance to check out all of the spectacular light displays — both on the ships in the bay and on the waterfront estates.
Newport Beach Pre or Post Parade Cruise Discount Tickets – Free to $10