Ways to See Newport Beach’s Best Lights
It’s the season to sparkle and Newport Beach does it best! Don’t miss out on the chance to see Newport Beach shine this holiday season whether by car, by bike, by boat and more. Remember to stay a Santa’s sleigh from persons outside your household, wash your hands to the entire song of Jingle Bells and wear a festive mask.
The Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes is a 30-year holiday tradition not to be missed. Take a stroll along the waterfront to see 40 LED trees and floats reflect brightly off the calm waters of the Back Bay. Available through Jan. 1st, this event is free to the public but parking is $10.
Rent a bike from Balboa Water Sports to explore the charm of Balboa Village on two wheels this month. Explore decorated storefronts to find little keepsakes and trinkets to fill your stockings and grab a hot drink from Balboa Lily’s to warm your hands. As the sun goes down, take a detour around the neighborhoods to see festively decked-out homes.
Not quite done with your holiday shopping? It’s a perfect excuse to stop by Fashion Island to see one of Orange County’s tallest trees. Standing at 90-feet tall and with over 10,000 lights and ornaments, it’s a sight to be seen! After, browse the many boutiques such as Anthropologie, Zadig & Voltaire, Brandy Melville and many, many more to complete your holiday shopping list.
Rent a vibrantly colored electric boat from Lido Electric Boat Rentals to see lights from the harbor. Get cozy in your private vessel and sail along extravagantly decorated waterfront homes, also known as the Ring of Lights. From animations, entertaining themes, light shows and more, you’ll be ooh-ing and ahh-ing the entire way!