United States Sailing Center in Naples Island, California decorated for Christmas

Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Island, California

Naples Island is a beautiful location in Long Beach, California. The yearly Christmas boat parade is an event not to miss. The boatowners decorate their boats with Christmas lights and other decorations and parade around the central canal.

Sailing ship silhouette with Christmas lights
Decorated boat and Reflections of Xmas lights in the water

The parade usually happens 1 week before Christmas. You can check the official Christmas Boat Parade page for more details. There are many great vantage points to see the parade.  Bay Shore avenue is probably the best as it has waterfront access and a large beach that can accommodate many spectators.

Parking is plentiful around 2nd street in the Belmont area. There are also many restaurants where you could warm up before or after the parade.

Fishing boat with bright lights

When done watching the parade, take a walk around Naples Island itself. It will be a visual treat as all the homes compete in Christmas decorations and participate in the contest. Naples Island is not that big, and it will be a pleasant stroll along the canals.

Christmas garland on a boat

December could be quite chilly on the water in California, so dress appropriately to stay warm and enjoy the Christmas Boat Parade.

Happy Holidays sign and a snowman at the parade
Minions figures decorating a ship during a boat parade
Green lights Christmas tree at the boat parade



Dinosaur figure from Xmas lights
A small boat with lots of Christmas garlands
Holiday decorations at harborside waterfront, Naples Island Long Beach, California
Snowflakes Xmas lights set up on a sailboat at night
Pirate ship sail boat decorated with lights
Group of people enjoying the Christmas boat parade
Xmas lights and reflections in the water
Cheerleaders performing during the parade
Giant red and white Santa glowing in the dark
Santa on a sleigh with reindeer

   16.10.2023  by FPImages


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