Best Christmas Parades In OC

December 20, 2013 4:00 AM

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Orange County entertainment is the envy of every other county in the country. Boasting the world’s most popular amusement park, a collection of inviting parks and beaches and spectacular year-round weather to sustain their allure, the OC’s magnetism is unrivaled. Charm does not take a break during the holidays. The streets, squares and bay sides of OC come alive with charming Christmas parades.
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(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Landing
309 Palm St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 729-4400
Date: December 20-22 at 6:30pm

The tradition crafted by the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is like no other, and is something you need to experience. Equally stunning parts decoration, music, lighting and boat show, it’s a spectacle on sea and land. Accompanying nearly 300 festooned watercrafts, the surrounding Newport-area businesses and neighborhoods join the show, mirroring the spirit of the festive flotilla. Launching from Collins Island at 6:30pm, the procession lasts upwards of three hours. The parade will cruise nightly, from December 20-22, 2013, and is free to the viewing public.

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(credit, Mobilisdeus via Wikimedia Commons)

Bowers Museum, Las Posadas
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013, from 5pm to 7pm

This is a Christmas processional to end all Christmas processionals. To be accurate, it’s the one that started them all. Witness a traditional Mexican Christmas celebration reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to seek shelter in the town of Bethlehem. Dress up and become part of the spirit and spectacle. Traditional refreshments and musical accompaniment will be provided by OCCTAC and Cantamerica. The unique event takes place in the Bowers Museum North parking lot. There is free viewing for the general public.



1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4636

If you have not experienced Disneyland adorned in its holiday finest, you are missing out on a significant and indelible bit of Americana. Disney does Christmas the way it does everything else – perfectly. Impeccably conceived, constructed and delivered, the decorations alone are worth the price of admission. See the holiday-refurbished Small World, Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise attractions, then catch the incredible Christmas parade. Toy soldiers, thematic music, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy dressed as Dickens’ characters, Santa Claus himself and snow are available for your viewing pleasure. Disneyland’s Christmas Fantasy Parade runs twice daily at 2:30pm and 5pm. It’s really popular so stake out a viewing spot early.

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Christopher Schmidt is a freelance writer experiencing and espousing the glory that is Orange County. Driven to travel, drawn to sports, spirits and celebrity, Chris’ work can be found on

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