See How the Beach Cities Make a Splash for the Holidays
Written By: Tamara Austring The Ultimate Guide to OC Holiday Boat Parades
If you’re a transplant living in sunny California for the holidays, or even if you’re Orange County homegrown, it’s often difficult to feel the wintery Christmas spirit when you’re surrounded by palm trees and it’s 75 degrees outside. However, there is a remedy to put you in the yuletide mood! The Orange County area offers a variety of parades and light shows on the water. And when the temperature drops while you’re out to witness the light show, you’ll instantly feel the Christmas spirit. Here are our some of OC’s best to bring your family to this year.
From Dec. 13-17, catch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade at Lido Isle. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening. Marina Park is a local favorite spot to watch, but there are plenty of alternative spots to enjoy the fun. Be sure to get there early!
Native Knowledge: Head to Newport Landing to reserve a parade cruise ride. This is the way to celebrate in comfort and style.
1600 W Balboa Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Got a side of competitiveness along with your Christmas spirit? You can enter your boat or home into the Ring of Lights competition. Entering your boat officially makes you part of the parade. And all waterfront homes, businesses and yacht clubs are encouraged to join in the fun as well in a separate land category.
Native Knowledge: The entry fee is $35, but well worth it to join in on the friendly competition!
During the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and 15-16, this south county parade of lights has a fun theme the whole family can get behind—A Superhero Holiday. Along with the boat parade, you can look forward to carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, free photos with Santa and more!
Native Knowledge: The boat parade begins at 7:30 p.m., but be sure to get there around 4:30 p.m. for the family festivities in the harbor.
Dana Point Harbor
34555 St of the Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Grab your music-loving friends and family for the “Musical Kicks on Route 66” themed Huntington Harbour boat parade. If you’re an HB local, you’re encouraged to participate! There are several places to view the parade along the route to witness the decked out boats.
Native Knowledge: Put on by The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee, entries provide music education funds for Orange County school children.
16252 Countess Dr
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Light Up Your Spirits At These OC Holiday Boat Parades.