$2O Holiday Lights Cruise Special. Click event website for special The 2017 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event for Southern California. With more than 107 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights is viewed by over two million people each year. Another competition called the “Ring Of Lights” has Bayfront estates competing for top honors in all out holiday décor & light displays. Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving, and by the first of December the harbor is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The Newport Beach Boat Parade Of Lights takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday in December to the third Sunday. This year’s parade is December 13 to December 17. Newport Landing provides 3 cruises each night of the parade and all of December to view the amazing light displays. Cruises during the parade travel in the parade and view both ships and estates in full décor. Cruises during the holiday lights cruises view all of the amazing light displays of bay front estates and landscapes along with many of the competing ships in the parade.