Ah, the joys of Christmas in a Mediterranean climate, where boat owners can deck out their ships in holiday lights and set sail without the impediment of icy weather. For the 109th year, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is doing just that as over 100 decorated yachts and ships parade around a 14-mile circuit in the Newport Harbor. You can see the parade for free during each of the five nights, but there are also reserved seats and dining packages available for purchase. Newport Landing offers cruises that travel along with the illuminated parade and and past the area’s bayfront estates. If you can’t make one of the five nights of the parade, holiday lights cruises ($20) are offered all month long in December as well.
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