Boat Parade by Randy Seton
Boat Parade by Randy Seton

Boat Parade Coming– NOTE Altered Schedule!

It’s time for the 109th Christmas Boat Parade!  Starting on Wednesday, December 13th through Sunday, December 17th. With fireworks on the first and last days.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE for those who throw Boat Parade Parties, this year will have significant changes to the schedule, and in some cases could delay your viewing time by hours.  Instead of beginning at Bay Island as has been tradition for so many years, the boat parade this year will be beginning at Lido Isle, as the intent is to promote the $40m Marina Park Project, which has been wildly   under-preforming.

For those planning to travel on the Balboa Peninsula, please consider carpooling, Ubers, biking, and/or arriving early, as traffic and parking are always problematic for this event.

Here are the schedules to plan your parking around:

DATES: December 13, 2015 – December 17, 2015
TIMES: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm each evening, starting at the tip of Lido Isle, moving along the south side of the island, and then around the bay.  There will be fireworks opening and closing the event, on 6:15pm on Wednesday @ Newport Pier and 9:05pm Sunday @ Balboa Pier.


Wednesday, December 13
6:15pm Fireworks @ Newport Pier
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshall: Vicki Gunvalson from the hit show “Real Housewives of Orange County”

Thursday, December 14
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshalls:  Newport Beach Firefighter of the Year Glenn White, Newport Beach Lifeguard Supervisor of the Year Jon Mitchell, Newport Beach Seasonal Lifeguard
of the Year Eric Smith and Newport Beach Police Officer of the Year Anthony Yim

Friday, December 15
6:30pm Parade begins

Saturday, December 16
6:30pm Parade begins

Sunday, December 17
6:30pm Parade begins
9:05pm Fireworks @ Balboa Pier

A photo schedule of each route and when the boat parade will be meeting each point around the bay is here:



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