WELCOME TO BALBOA ISLAND
This site includes Balboa Island and parts of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach on the west coast of California. This area is steeped in history and, despite its remote location, has produced or attracted a rich array of famous people and fascinating characters.
Glitz and glamour size, Balboa Island has long been a year-round family favorite vacation destination. From it’s award winning beaches to holiday boat parade, to world-class shopping in Newport Beach, Balboa boasts something for everyone at anytime of the year.
Welcome to our island paradise.
Balboa Island Fire Station at Marine and Park Avenues.
Santa and Mrs. Santa arrive at 4:00 p.m. Tree lighting and caroling at dusk.
The Balboa Christmas Tree Lighting is now a showcase for Balboa Island’s Official Holiday Season. During the Festival pubs, restaurants and hotels were promoting holiday specials as well as organizing events and entertainment for all age groups.
More information to follow
The welcome mates are out all around the island, signifying the 19th Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour on Sunday, December 13th, from 11:00am until 4:00pm.
One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns with twelve uniquely holiday decorated island homes and cottages. All are beautifully decorated for the holidays and will surely ignite the holiday spirit within all who participate in this annual event.
Be sure to visit the shops on Marine Ave for your holiday shopping, refreshments and specials that will be available in participating stores!
Tickets are $25.00 and will be available beginning Sunday, November 15th at the following Balboa Island locations: Coldwell Banker, Heart of the Island, Island Home, Balboa Island Museum and The Persimmon Tree all located on Marine Ave., Balboa Island.
Will Call Tickets: Please send checks to PO Box 64, Balboa Island, CA 92662 make out to “BIIA”. Tickets will be available for pick up at Balboa Island Museum located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island on the day of the Tour.
For ticket sales information please call (949) 675-1773
Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.
The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Proudly Hosts the 107th Year of this Spectacular Holiday Tradition
Celebrate the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, for five jam-packed nights on December 16-20, 2015. Hailed as one of the “World’s Best Christmas Parades” by Conde Nast Traveler and one of “Top Ten Christmas Happenings in the Nation” by the New York Times, Newport Harbor transforms into an illuminated wonderland. Over 100 vessels of all sizes are adorned from top to bottom with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers, music and more! The theme this year is “Seas the Holidays”.
As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 16 and ending Sunday, December 20, 2015. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.
Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. 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 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, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.
Ring Of Lights
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.