The 2012 Newport Beach Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but Southern California. With more than 103 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over one and half million people each year. Newport Harbor comes alive with decorations for the boat parade. Homes, yachts, docks whole landscapes are fully decorated and transformed into a magical holiday experience. Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving and by the first of December the harbor is richly illuminated with thousands of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The parade takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday in December to the third Sunday. This year's parade is Dec 19 to Dec 23 2012.
Newport Landing provides 3 cruises each night of the parade and all of December. Cruises during the parade travel in the parade and view both ships and estates in full décor. Cruises outside the parade dates view all of the homes and many of the ships in full decor just without the formal parade.