Growing up in Newport Beach there was always one event that signified the holidays were upon us: The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Held in mid-December each year, this community event involves a procession of festively lit boats around Newport Bay.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the boat parade from many different perspectives. From rooftop decks to restaurants, to being in the parade myself onboard a boat!

You can view the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from these restaurants:

No matter the venue, the holiday cheer, and beautiful lights are always amazing, with people coming from all over to catch a glimpse of the festive lights strung on houses across Newport Harbor.

As many as 100 boats participate in the parade event, and awards are given to participating homes and businesses in various categories, like "Best Theme" and "Best Traditional Lights".

With the many different spots available for viewing the parade, in addition to the boardwalks lined with cheerful decorations, it’s no wonder that over a million people flock to the Christmas Boat Parade every year.

It's definitely one of coastal Orange County's premier annual events. And this festive event is also in support of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, so come on out to support a good cause.

For more information on the parade route, parking guides, and viewing venues, visit the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade website

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