104th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Features Elaborately Decorated Boats for Five Consecutive Nights in Newport Harbor

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Join over a million viewers as beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other boats of all sizes and types will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

This not only honors this tremendous event, but also reaffirms Newport Beach as a premier travel destination at the holidays and year-round" notes Jeff Parker, Vice President of The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, we invite everyone to celebrate this year as the parade features the theme "Surf, Sand and Santa!" Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 19 and ending Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers and is often referred to as Newport Beach's Christmas Card to the world! This year will be no exception, with more than a million colorful holiday lights glowing in Newport Harbor, you just have to see it to believe it.

The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

"The Christmas Boat Parade is a signature event for Newport Beach and – because of the impressive number of boats that participate, the celebration is nearly a week long, and the extent to which our wonderful boaters go to deck out their vessels – the parade has garnered the attention of national media" says Jeff Parker, Vice President of The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as "One of the Top Ten Holiday Happenings in the Nation" by the New York Times and has helped earn the Yahoo Travel designation of Newport Beach as the #2 City in the Nation for Holiday Lights is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. "This not only honors this tremendous event, but also reaffirms Newport Beach as a premier travel destination at the holidays and year-round" notes Jeff Parker, Vice President of The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Serving as the backdrop for the hundreds of lighted boats in the parade is the annual "Ring of Lights" contest, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go "all out" with their own holiday spirit, featuring everything from roof-top animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the "Ring of Lights" has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself.

On the final night of the parade, Sunday, December 23, 2012, a special fireworks display will close out the parade. Beginning at approximately 9:00 pm, the fireworks will be visible from all around the harbor, being launched from the Balboa Pier. Special thanks to Ruby's Balboa Pier for closing early to allow for the fireworks show.

For more information about the parade, to request information about viewing areas, restaurants and boat charter companies, or to register a boat or home for the parade or Ring of Lights, please call the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at (949) 729-4400 or visit http://www.christmasboatparade.com. For photos of last year’s parade, please contact Jeff Parker at 949-729-4408 or via eMail at jparker@newportbeach.com.

About Newport Beach, California

Nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach epitomizes the casually sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine and upscale shopping. Ranked among the “Top 10 Resort Towns in the U.S.,” Newport Beach is also distinguished as one of the country’s “Top 10 Best Family Beaches.” A mild climate and picturesque backdrop minutes from the newly expanded Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) offer year-round appeal. For more information on Newport Beach or for a complimentary visitor guide, please visit our website or call (800) 94-COAST.

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