Newport Beach, one of California’s breathtaking coastal cities in southern Orange County. Known for gorgeous beaches and spectacular sunsets, this charming city has something for everyone. Its large recreational harbor has 10 miles of things to do, including swimming, surfing, fishing, and water sports activities.

“Nestled 50 miles south of Los Angeles and 85 miles north of San Diego, Newport Beach has established its own coastal character by combining the best aspects of its well-known southern California neighbors, resulting in an air of ‘seaside sophistication,’” according to the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. There are many restaurants and shopping areas with waterfront views, making it a great place for visitors and locals alike. And this city’s charm and proximity to the water make it a great place to spend the holidays. Christmas comes alive in Newport, and you’ll want to be here to celebrate.


Celebrate Christmas Eve Brunch on the Water in Newport Beach

Couple stands on deck of boat holding champagne glasses with water in background.For a Christmas Eve that’s not so typical but is a wonderful way to celebrate the magic of the season, check out the Newport Beach Christmas Eve Premier Brunch Cruise. This two-hour cruise has everything you need including a chef-prepared holiday brunch buffet featuring delicious breakfast entrees of French Toast and Scrambled Eggs as well as dishes for late risers who prefer Oven Roasted Salmon and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad.

Come dressed in your casual Christmas attire and enjoy unlimited mimosas, champagne, and sparkling cider as well as live entertainment. Creative cocktails, wine, and beer are available for purchase. You can kick back and relax as City Cruises’ team will have everything taken care of while you enjoy the amazing scenic views around Newport Beach during a Christmas you won’t soon forget.


Bring the Family for A California Christmas Eve Dinner with City Cruises

newport beachIf Christmas Eve dinner is more your style, the Newport Beach Christmas Eve Premier Dinner Cruise is perfect for you and your party. The 2.5-hour cruise is the perfect place to dress up in your semi-formal attire (no jeans or T-shirts) for a Christmas Eve you’ll always remember. Come onboard and get ready to celebrate with festive, holiday décor and breathtaking, scenic Newport Beach views.

You and your party will enjoy a freshly prepared dinner featuring salads, and main courses including Oven Roasted Atlantic Salmon and Hand Carved Tri Tip Steak. Enjoy the DJ entertainment on board at a guaranteed table for your party. You can upgrade by adding creative cocktails from our cash bar and reserve a window table for amazing views to make for a memorable Christmas Eve.


Plan a Festive Christmas Day Brunch in Southern California

Christmas is always magical and being on the water in Newport Beach makes it even better. Come celebrate on the Newport Beach Christmas Day Premier Brunch Cruise with your family and friends. You’ll be greeted by a warm and hospitable crew, who will take care of everything the entire way while you and your party enjoy the Christmas festivities.

Your premier buffet brunch will be prepared by our chef and includes Breakfast Pastries, Scrambled Eggs, and other breakfast entrees for early risers. For those late risers, you can dine on Greek Salad, Caesar Salad, Birria Style Chicken, Baked Orecchiette Pasta, and more.

Dress casually for this two-hour cruise and enjoy the exceptional views of Southern California’s beautiful harbor, live entertainment, unlimited mimosas, free-flowing champagne, and sparkling cider. Creative cocktails, wine, and beer are available for purchase at our full bar. You and your party will enjoy Christmas like never before while our friendly and caring staff takes care of the details.


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Enjoy Christmas Day Dinner in Newport Beach on the Water

Christmas Day dinner will never be the same when you book the Newport Beach Christmas Day Premier Dinner Cruise. Take your family and friends and get ready for a magical Christmas Day dinner on a 2.5-hour cruise along Newport Beach. Come dressed in your finest semi-formal attire and get ready for a chef-prepared dinner featuring delectable salads, entrees, and desserts.

newport beachYou will have a wonderful time celebrating the Christmas holiday with live DJ entertainment, cocktails from our cash bar, and scenic views along Newport Beach that will take your breath away. You and your party will have a guaranteed table and will be surrounded by festive holiday décor to help take your Christmas celebration to the next level.


Things to do When in Newport Beach for Christmas 2024

Come December, it’s time for the 115th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. It’s a fun time for the entire family and takes place Dec. 13-17, 2024, starting around 6:30pm each evening. The parade is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The parade moves along Newport Harbor and features decorated boats, yachts, kayaks, and canoes.

Early in the month on Dec. 1, 2024 from 9:30-11:00am, bring the children for Breakfast with Santa: 2024 at the Newport Coast Community Center. Your children will enjoy a fun morning of breakfast, a photo with Santa, crafts, train rides, and much more. Registration is required.

Have Christmas cookies? Then let’s get decorating. On Saturday, Dec. 23, 2024, join in with the Lido House Culinary Team so you can create your own spectacular cookie with Cookie Decorating. Admission is every 90 minutes: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 4:30pm. You’ll meet in a Boathouse, decorate cookies, enjoy warm cider or hot cocoa, and watch classical holiday movies.




Book Your City Cruises Christmas in Newport Beach Today!

Newport Beach is a fascinating city on the water. It is a beautiful place that people love to visit. The weather is perfect as well as its unparalleled views. It makes for a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas. Bring your family and friends for a stylish holiday on a City Cruises’ Christmas cruise. Whether it is brunch or dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, we have everything you and your family and friends need to make the best Christmas memories.

FAQs – 2024 Christmas in Newport Beach

Why is Newport Beach a great place to celebrate Christmas in 2024?
Newport Beach offers a unique coastal Christmas experience with festive decorations, mild weather, and events like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

What makes Christmas cruises with City Cruises special in Newport Beach?
City Cruises in Newport Beach provide a festive and memorable way to experience the holiday lights and decorations from the water.

Are there special events in Newport Beach during the Christmas season?
Yes, Newport Beach hosts various Christmas events including boat parades and waterfront celebrations.

Can families enjoy Christmas activities in Newport Beach?
Newport Beach offers family-friendly Christmas activities, making it an ideal holiday destination for all ages.

What dining options are available on City Cruises during the Christmas season?
City Cruises often offer special holiday menus, featuring festive and gourmet dishes to enhance the Christmas celebration experience.

What types of Christmas cruises are available in Newport Beach?
City Cruises in Newport Beach offers a variety of Christmas cruises, including sightseeing tours that showcase the holiday lights and decorations, dinner cruises with festive menus, and special event cruises that align with local celebrations like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

What should I wear on a Christmas cruise in Newport Beach?
Dress codes can vary by cruise type and time. For evening or dinner cruises, smart casual attire is often recommended. Given the cooler weather in the evening, bringing a jacket is advisable, especially for outdoor viewing of the lights and parade.

How long does the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade last in 2024?
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is an annual event that typically lasts for five nights in mid-December. The parade features beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes sailing along the harbor.

What other holiday attractions can I enjoy in Newport Beach during Christmas?
Besides the Christmas Boat Parade, Newport Beach and its surrounding areas offer various holiday attractions, including holiday markets, tree lighting ceremonies, and beachside Christmas light displays. The festive atmosphere extends throughout the city with restaurants and shops also embracing the holiday spirit.

Is dining available on the waterfront in Newport Beach during the Christmas season?
Yes, many waterfront restaurants in Newport Beach offer special holiday menus and decorations, providing a festive dining experience with views of the harbor and Christmas lights. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.