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Need a fun holiday outing that the whole family will enjoy? In Orange County and Los Angeles County there are Christmas Boat Parades that you can enjoy by both boat or by land. You just need to know where the routes are. We got a preview of what the route would look like for the Christmas Boat Parade on Newport Landing’s Holiday Cruise. The cruise ran about 75 minutes long with plenty of time to enjoy the views, grab hot chocolate, and relax in the galley all the while listening to festive Christmas tunes. We’ve attended a boat parade in the past from the shores and can image how much more fun it will be on the boats and being in the parade. It is a different experience when you are cruising on the waters, but we enjoy it both ways. Boat owners take much pride in their boats. Homeowners are not far behind wanting to be the best in the harbor. They have been doing it for many years. You will be amazed. There is standing room on the deck as well as seating in the cabin area. Most people are observing from the deck but it gets cold so we are constantly moving around. The cruise is long enough to enjoy the holiday spirit without feeling like you’re out there too long. If you’re doing a holiday cruise, you will want to know that there are two types – ones that are in the parade and some that cruise around it for closer observations. They are both fun, but make sure you know the difference before you book.
The Christmas Boat Parade usually runs early December 19th thru 23rd, but the boats will still run after the Christmas Boat Parades are over December 24 thru December 31st. They call it Holiday Cruises. Some things to note – Weather is unpredictable. It was really cold and rainy the day we went, but we came prepared and had our hooded winter coats on. Don’t forget you are on the water. Come early. You might want to arrive at least an hour before departure to allow time to find parking and find the right line to get in because they have two ports. Lines can get really long. Refreshments can be purchased in the galley.
Holiday Cruises and Christmas Boat Parade
309 Palm St #A
Newport Beach, CA
Parking is FREE after 6 pm.
Departure Times: 5:30pm, 7:00pm, and 8:30pm
Newport Landing also have Whale Watching excursions. Please check their website for the most updated information. More information about the Newport Beach Christmas Parade can be found here www.christmasparadeboats.com.