Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

pack up some hot cocoa and cookies, and head down to Newport Beach to enjoy the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade happening all this week! join over a million viewers as beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes will sail along the harbor in the 104th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. this year’s theme is “Surf, Sand and Santa!” and is sure to light up the eyes of you kiddies.

not only will the boats be decked out with lights and snow, the houses around Balboa Island too. what a wonderful evening it would be to ride the ferry across the peninsula and and walk around to view the beautiful lights.

wanna go? here’s the info…

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Wednesday, December 19 to Sunday, December 23, 2012
6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each evening
here is the parade route, so you can pick the spot where you want to view it according to time.

the parade will start off at Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and finish at the same site at approximately 9:00 p.m. each evening.

Best Christmas Light Displays in the OC: Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills

25473 Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills has one of the most spectacular Christmas light shows in Orange County. it features 812 channels of dancing LED lights choreographed to 18 songs and there are more than 100,000 glimmering lights that create this festive light display. three large trees in front of the house are decorated with over 3 miles of lights each, and the largest tree is wrapped in an amazing 4-1/2 miles of lights.

one special feature of this Christmas light display is, that you can send a holiday text message to our guests that will appear on a 6 foot LED screen right in front of our light show as well as their website.

Andrew and Michelle Blount invite you to join them each night not only for the outdoor light show, but they also welcome guests into their home to view a Christmas Village Wonderland!

 Michelle has spent hundreds of hours to hand sculpt the giant snowy mountains of the Christmas towns. each year she begins preparing the displays in August. her largest village is the North Pole featuring over 100 animated Department 56 houses, towering snow peaks, and even a waterfall. she also has a classic Bavarian style Christmas village also feature Department 56 house, a village dedicated to all things Disney, one for The Grinch, another featuring Charlie Brown, Rudolph and even a Christmas Carnival Boardwalk village.

 it is really a site to behold!

and check out my boy’s favorite song of last year’s light display…it’s a Star Wars Orange County light show.

25473 Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills
November 22nd to December 25th 
Tuesday thru Sunday Nights 
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Music is Broadcast on 100.1 FM
more information about Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills Christmas Light Display.

check out some of the other fabulous Christmas Light Displays in Orange County

Best Christmas Displays in the OC: Birch Street in Brea

flashback post from december of 2010.
so, yesterday we had a fun family outing to see some spectacular Christmas lights. we decided to go to one of our favorite neighborhoods, The Eagle Hills Community in Brea.
now this is no ordinary neighborhood light display. be prepared to spend some time touring each and every street full of houses decked out in amazing Christmas lights. there are thousands if not millions of Christmas lights and lawn displays. just driving around the neighborhood took us 45 minutes, and we could have spent more time if we had gotten out and walked the sidewalks (too much rain!). in fact, some houses sell hot chocolate to raise money for charity, and there were even some live nativity displays (with live animals).
this entire neighborhood is filled with holiday cheer. we were even invited in to peoples houses for a house tour of their decorations. lucky for them, baby was asleep in the car and we were unable to take our rain-drenched, muddy feet, like-to-touch everything kiddies inside their homes. maybe next year!

one of the people who invited us in his home was John McQuade. his houses is one of the most spectacular ones in the neighborhood. the entire front yard, the garage and the inside….all decorated. they too were selling hot chocolate for charity. i asked him to tell me a little bit about why he decorates his home each year.
John says “Every year for the past 25 years I decorate my house all for the kids and for the memory of my wife. Seven years ago I started volunteering at CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) and from then on I decided that I would help out by asking people to donate to the Hospital. I have worked at the hospital ever since and work Tuesday and Wednesday. I love helping out and that is what this celebration is about.

The inside of my house is decorated for everyone that comes to visit. I love doing it which is why I do each and every year. It is a time that brings people together and that is what I hope my house does. My religion is very important to me and I like to provide for those that share my belief. I have 2 nativity scene in my house that are breath taking (or so I have been told). I hope that everyone enjoys my house and hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas.”

This totally sums up the holiday spirit of this neighborhood. so much work has been put into decorating their houses to share with the community, a place where you can forget about your stresses and feel the beauty and spirit of the season.
i highly recommend touring this amazing winter wonderland on more than one occasion to fully take it all in. so pack up the kids in warm clothes, fill up a thermos container with hot chocolate, bring a wagon and walk the spectacular lights one evening in December. it is worth the experience and will become a tradition for years to come!
click here for a map.

p.s. the pictures don’t do the neighborhood justice…you got to see in real life.

other OC Displays….
Best Christmas Displays in the OC: Belquest Drive in Lake Forest
Best Christmas Displays in the OC: El Corzo Street (Candy Cane Lane)

Best Christmas Light Displays in the OC: Belquest Drive in Lake Forest

imagine a Christmas light display with over 35,000 lights all controlled by computer. more than half blink in sync to music. and it’s not only one house….it’s two!

Lake Forest neighbors have synced their houses to where you can sit in your car and listen to the music over FM 89.7. also the house trim lights change from multi color lights to white lights every 5 minutes. and each year gets better and better! this year they have added more lights and a nativity scene.
click here or here for directions and to visit their websites devoted to their Christmas lights displays. they are the only 2 houses that blink together in the all of Orange County!

Best Christmas Light Displays in the OC: El Corzo Street. aka Candy Cane Lane

i have been told this is a wonderful neighborhood to see some crazy (in a good way) Christmas lights. “Candy Cane Lane” on El Corzo Street in Rancho Santa Margarita! park at the end of the cul-de-sac and walk into a lighted Christmas land. amazing!!! snow machines, music, animated santas and thousands of lights greet you. there will most likely be many people joining you, as it is usually crowded.
and even better….the Kelly family, the ones who own the house above, have said they are holding a can food drive at their amazingly decorated house. so, show your appreciation and “spirit of giving” by bringing some canned food for a good cause!