The weather is warm in sunny So Cal for the holidays and luckily we don’t have to agonize with five feet of snow and ice storms. What better way is there to celebrate the holidays in our warm Southern California sunny sun than viewing a holiday boat parade? Here’s a guide to the best holiday boat parades.
Marina del Rey Boat Parade
Olympic gold medalist Kerry Walsh Jennings will serve as the 2012 grand marshal for this 50th annual parade. The parade boats will circle the main channel at least three times. A firework display will be set at approximately 5:55 p.m. from the jetty on the Playa del Rey side of the channel. The best viewing spots for the boat parade are in Fisherman’s village. Take a spot along the channel or better yet, grab an early seat at one of the many restaurants inside Fisherman’s village for a premium view. Parking is available at any of the county parking lots; all fees are waved during the parade. No street parking is allowed.
King Harbor Boat Parade
The King Harbor Yacht Club is proud to present the 21st annual King Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. The boat parade will begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Channel of King Harbor Redondo Beach. Awards include: Grand winner, execution of this year’s theme, best costumes, animation, lighting, sailboat, powerboat and best in fleet.
Naples Long Beach Boat Parade
Join the Naples island 66th annual boat parade in Newport Beach. The large boats parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the small boats parade will begin at 6:45 p.m. The parade can be viewed from the shore all along the bridges and along the canals around Naples Island for the small boat parade. As an extra, the neighborhood residents on the island put on an amazing holiday light show themselves.
Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade
Join the fun at the Dana Point Harbor for the 38th annual boat parade of lights. This year’s theme is “A Hollywood Holiday” which is sure to be fun to see. You can catch the parade from anywhere along the water’s edge. This boat parade is going to be a blast!
Newport Beach Boat Parade
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce proudly hosts the 104th Year Newport Beach Boat Parade. Join thousands of other viewers to see the most extravagant display of decorated boats in Newport Beach. Any shore line viewing of the parade is free or you can make reservations at one of the many beach-front restaurants. All city parking lots will be open for parade viewers, but it is suggested you arrive early to secure a parking spot. On Dec. 23 at approximately 9 p.m., a fireworks display will close out the parade.
Desiree Eaglin loves all things Christmas. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest.