This Balboa classic has been
drawing folks from all over for nearly a century to see what has
been called, "One of the Top 10 Holiday Happenings in the Nation."
This year will mark the 94th
anniversary of the famous Christmas Boat Parade. More then 150
boats are expected to partake in the festival which will be seen
by over a million people. This year's theme will be
"Celebrating America With Lights." The parade will run
from Wednesday, December 18, through Sunday, December 22. Be sure
to dress warm if you are going to Balboa for this event, December
21 is the first day of Winter and the evening temperatures reflect
it. For more information, go to;
Over 150 boats are expected in this year's
Christmas Boat Parade.
One of the best locations to see the Boat Parade
is from the Balboa Fun Zone bay front.
The Balboa bay front is always aglow
lights of Christmas for the
Even Main Street Balboa has it Christmas lights
Besides watching the Boat Parade
from the shoreline, you
can ride in the parade on one of Balboa's many cruse boats or charter a boat
for your private party. Boat rentals are also available . To find out more about what's
available, click on these links. It's best to make your reservations
early to make sure you get what you want, when you want it.
Balboa Boat Rentals
Catalina Passenger Service
Fun Zone Boat Co.
Marina Water Sports
Newport Landing Sport
Newport Whale Watching
Words Of Wisdom
The main reason Santa is so jolly all the time,
is because he knows where all the naughty girls live.
A Balboa Pavilion Christmas
This series of paintings was made for the Balboa Pavilion by
from Dick Vogel's personal photo album.
These ladies are on the ocean front
sidewalk in front of the Breakers Pharmacy located in the Balboa
Inn. The woman on the left in my grandfather's sister, Elizabeth
I thought your readers might enjoy the attached story I wrote
years ago when my Father, Joe Walker, used to own
Blackies-by-the-Sea on the oceanfront in Newport Beach. My dad
passed away a couple of years ago, but my family all has fond
memories of the short time that he owned Blackies-I can remember
my Mom making 120 pickled eggs every day during the busy summer
months, as well as the huge pots of chili for those delicious
chili dogs! Thanks for your great website-it brings back lots of
good memories of growing up in Newport Beach. My husband and I now
live in the Big Bear Lake area where we own and operate a
beautiful log home Bed & Breakfast-The Inn at Fawnskin.
Congratulations on an interesting website. As one who grew up on
the Balboa Peninsula in the 50's and 60's, the articles brought
back many good memories. Keep it up so I can take a virtual tour
of the old neighborhood when I get sentimental for home.
Big Island, Hawaii
Jim, I really enjoy "TalesOfBalboa" and the article
about Christian's Hut brought back great memories. I remember in
the late 1950's sneaking into the bar, through the bamboo and
sitting under the piano and listening to the great sounds. I
worked at the Fun Zone in those days, and after work I would head
down to Christian's. The piano player would play slow, mellow
blues, and I really loved it. In fact, he played the song "God
Bless the Child", which I memorized and later sang it at the
Prison of Socrates. I also got to know George Perlin. His gas
station was right behind our house, and he was a big, hairy man
with a booming voice. Keep up the great work, you are really
bringing back the best days of Balboa.
I found this site when searching for info on Vi's
Pies. Growing up, no holiday was complete without one of Vi's
English Chess Pies. Anyone know what happened to Vi's and if that
recipe is available? That's a taste from childhood I'd love to