Registration open for Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

It’s time to start planning for the holidays and with that the registration for the 112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parage and the Ring of Lights has opened. The boat parade will run from December 16-20.

The Boat Parade and Ring of Lights are hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Commodores Club.

The holiday tradition has helped Newport Beach earn the designation as the “#2 City in the Nation for Holiday Lights” by Yahoo! Travel and has been hailed as one of the “top holiday happenings” in the nation by the New York Times.

Registration Boat Parade

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Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

“El Navegante” No. 35 (SASCO, Jimmie Roblero) won the Sweepstakes – The Bill Lusk Award in 2019

The five-night parade features extravagantly decorated boats of all sizes cruising throughout the harbor. The parade beings each evening off the tip of Lido Isle at 6:30 p.m. and finishes back there around 9 p.m.

The parade will be streamed to viewers, offering the world a front-row seat. The virtual viewing will take place on multiple platforms including web, social media and the City of Newport Beach’s local broadcast channel NBTV. The show will include the parade’s entirety, the Ring of Lights home competition, interviews with participants and spotlights on both the frontline heroes as Grand Marshal and from local charities.

Opening and closing night gatherings at Marina Park and the fireworks shows will be eliminated due to pandemic concerns. There will also be an abundance of signage around the harbor restricting viewing at some areas and advising against overcrowding.

Registration Ring of Lights

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Phil and Mary Lyons’ home on Harbor Island took the Chairman’s Choice Award in 2019

The Ring of Lights has joined the parade over the years by seeing the residences, businesses and yacht clubs bordering the Bay joining in to elaborately decorate their places.

Boat Parade participants will be asked to attend a pre-parade Skippers Meeting on either Wednesday, December 9 or Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m.

Registered boaters pay an entry fee of $35 and receive a 60-day Sea Tow membership, a Simple Green VIP Cleaning Kit and a chance for the boat to appear on the live broadcast.

For more information, visit or call 949.729.4400.

To register for the Parade or Ring of Lights go to