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2016 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, cruises into its 108th year of annually electrifying the Newport Beach Harbor during five consecutive nights, December 14-18, 2016, with beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes, and a sparkling line-up of Grand Marshals.

Holiday Events in Newport Beach

The parade begins at Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and ends at the same site at approximately 9 p.m. each evening. The route offers multiple viewing spots around the harbor for residents and visitors to enjoy for free, and a number of restaurants around town offering beautiful harbor views from their dining rooms.

Southern California Boat Parade

Marina Park, which opened last year, will once again provide ample space to view this year’s parade. The new 10.5-acre recreational center welcomes parade-goers with family-friendly activities each night.

Newport Beach Boat Parade

Exciting festivities include fireworks and an amazing all-star Grand Marshal line-up as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Mickey Mouse, from the Disneyland Resort. The Disneyland Resort’s magical Main Street Electrical Parade – which will be returning to the Anaheim park for a limited run in early 2017 – is celebrated on the opening night of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade as Mickey Mouse and the resort’s Ambassador serve as Grand Marshals for that evening. The Disneyland Resort also is kicking off the boat parade with its own colorful Main Street Electrical Parade-themed boat, sure to delight the locals and visitors who cherish the sights and sounds of the famous parade. Two traditions combine to create one of the most sparkling Christmas presents ever!

Fireworks help to kick off this year’s event and can be seen lighting the sky over the Newport Beach Pier at about 6:15 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 15
Salute to Local Olympians: The official Grand Marshal boat leads the parade with three local water polo USA Olympians who grew up in Southern California: gold medalist Kaleigh Gilchrist; two-time gold medalist Courtney Mathewson; and three-time Olympian and silver medalist Merrill Moses.


Friday, Dec. 16
“The Voice” Season Contestants: Alumni from the hit NBC singing show “The Voice” lead Friday night’s spectacular. The former contestants include Nick Hagelin, an award-winning singer/songwriter whose soulful voice and loving spirit earned him a strong run on Season 10; Peyton Parker – a contestant on Season 10 where she earned a three chair turn and a spot on Team Blake; and Kylie Rothfield whose music was called unique, honest, and expressive.


Saturday, Dec. 17
Members of USC Trojan Marching Band. A perennial crowd-pleaser for their performances and showmanship, this night’s Grand Marshal duties are given to “The Spirit of Troy” — the most dynamic and innovative collegiate band in the nation. Named among the 8 best marching bands in the country by USA Today, the USC band provides tireless support of USC athletic teams and leaves crowds cheering wherever they perform.


Sunday, Dec. 18
A Special Salute to Hometown Heroes. The closing night performance of the spectacular boat parade features a salute to the Newport Beach local heroes – those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our local communities. Cheer as these selfless professionals lead the season’s final night of the parade, and help kick off the closing night’s fireworks show.


Photos and facts courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

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