Where to watch the 2019 Newport Beach, Christmas Boat Parade. The best viewing locations, free spots and local insight to catching the best views!

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2019 Christmas Boat Parade

Wed, Dec 18, 6:30 PM – Sun, Dec 22, 9:30 PM

One of my favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit is getting on cozy jackets and snuggling up with friends as we watch the Newport Beach Boat Parade. It is a memory I made 10 years ago with a dear friend who is since passed away. Pam used to host the best boat parade parties, and they had the perfect view and location. She is truly missed but her traditions lives on!

This year is the 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. It moves its way through the Newport Harbor and is organized through the Committee The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Each night it will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. starting December 18 – 22.

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The Spots:

1. Marina Park

Marina Park offers the first public viewing destination.  The community park offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities.

2. Rent a duffy boat

Renting a boat and being on the water is truly a magical way to experience the parade. It does get very crowded on the water and you’ll want an experienced driver to steer clear of the larger boats!

Where to watch the 2019 Newport Beach, Christmas Boat Parade

3. Balboa Bay Club

If you are members here or have friends that are, you can join in on the festivities. However, for the general public you can still make a reservation at one of their restaurants and get an amazing view! Just be sure you book ahead of time!

4. Balboa Island

Christmas Boat Parade

This is a great location that is FREE of charge. If you can snag a parking spot anywhere on the Island then head on over the boardwalk of South Bay Front and you can see the parade directly ahead.

Where to watch the 2019 Newport Beach, Christmas Boat Parade

5. Harborside Restaurant

The most iconic Newport Beach waterfront restaurant. Harborside Restaurant in Newport Beach is located inside the historic Balboa Pavilion building built in 1906. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a casual waterfront lunch or dinner. The Harborside Saloon offers the “longest happy hour in town” everyday of the week with spectacular views of Newport Harbor. 

6. Lido Island

Lido Island is a small community of homes that over looks Newport Harbor. There is a bridge that you can crossover for fantastic views and also everal restaurants in Lido Village you to make a reservation at for viewing.

7. Boat Parade Cruises - Davey's Locker

General Admission Cruises
Davey’s Locker provides three cruises a night every night in December including the 5 nights of the parade. General admission cruises not only view the parade but travel with the parade giving the full parade experience. Can’t make the parade nights Davey’s Locker has Holiday Lights Cruises nightly in December. View amazing light displays and decor.
Tickets $36 Adult $32 Junior.

8. East Meets West Excursions

Christmas Boat Parade
  • Charters are available for small groups (Private Charter Only)
  • All of our Daily Trips have a  6 passenger maximum to provide the comfort and personal attention you desire.
  • 2 sessions (90 min) available each night during boat parade week.
  • Daily Trips are at 6pm and at 8pm. `

Cruise through spectacular Newport Harbor in one of the world’s most beautiful gondolas… All of Gondola Adventures’ rowing gondolas are imported from Venice, Italy.

9. Dine at Sol Cucina

Happy Hour is Monday – Thursday from 3-6pm where you can casually sit at a bar or table. Any other times you need a reservation. Especially during the boat parade. The Patio offers stellar views of the Harbor and parade. 

10. Dine at Rusty Pelican

Everyone that comes by boat to Newport Beach, CA, realizes that it is the best place to dock and have a bite to eat…

And it’s even better now that you can dock a few steps from the Tavern House Kitchen+Bar and enjoy a delicious Brunch, Happy Hour or Dinner.

Planning on just cruising the Harbor but need some food to go? Check out our new Boater’s Menu. Order ahead and have it ready to pick up so you can enjoy a delicious and hassle free time on the water!

Renting a spot and camping here would be ideal but don’t worry they also have a public beach you can attend to view the parade and parking is $20.00

Where to watch the 2019 Christmas Boat Parade
cheers Megan

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