Every year my dear friends Anne and Doug throw a boat parade party at their beautiful home on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, California. This year was no exception and again, a wonderful celebration of the holiday season. This year, the 102nd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat parade ran from December 15-19th. Despite the ridiculous rain we Southern Californians endured this year, the parade did not disappoint with gorgeous boats decked out in full décor!
If you live in Southern California or will be in town this time next year, this is a “must see” to get you in the holiday mood. Every year and for over a century, over a million viewers watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, it is Southern California’s own unique way of Christmas caroling! The Christmas floats wind their way along approximately 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes the most delightful light show!
The Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by The New York Times, has become my magical holiday tradition. (Thank you Anne and Doug!) Although I am lucky to watch the parade from their gorgeous home on the harbor, anyone can watch it – it is free and great for all ages. And I swear, the boats get fancier with their sparkling decorations every year. Apparently, some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event!
Check out the photos and make this a “must do” for next year!