Christmas lights are a big part of the holiday season. As November and December roll around, you might see strands of lights everywhere. On Christmas trees, houses, shrubs, bushes and even the occasional car! But how about boats? Lights on boats are awesome and you can see tons of them at the Newport Beach Christmas Parade.
This year will mark the 106th year the parade has taken place. Starting on December 17 the Newport Beach Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30pm every evening until December 21st. Themed “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly,” over 100 vessels of all sizes adorned from top to bottom with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers, and music will sail around the 14-mile stretch of the Newport Harbor.
If you are anything like me and enjoy dining out, what could be better than a delicious meal while watching the boat parade? This year, many of the restaurants in the neighborhood will be offering special menus in honor of the annual holiday event, which is a great way to have an intimate, elevated experience with family and friends.
Restaurants to view the Newport Beach Boat Parade
A&O Kitchen + Bar at Balboa Bay Resort – Offering special Boat Parade menu (first come first serve seating)
Billy’s at the Beach -Offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu and 4 seatings that guarantee viewing of the entire parade
Hornblower Cruises – Offering an exclusive dinner cruise, giving guests an unforgettable view of the Parade from onboard a Hornblower yacht
Newport Landing – Offering a four-course prix-fixe Boat Parade Menu from December 17th-21st:
Waterline – Offering a special three-course menu during the Boat Parade for $70:
The Winery Restaurant & Bar – Offering a prix-fixe dinner menu from 5:30pm – 8:30pm every night of the parade for $139/adult and $49/children 10 and younger
Joes Crab Shack – Offering a special menu during the boat parade. Please call 949-650-1818 for more info.
Pizza Nova – Regular Menu and seating is by reservation only so book early.
Harborside Restaurant -Offering a special menu during the boat parade for $65 pp. Menu is below.