Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort’s 31st Annual Lighting of the Bay Continues through New Year’s Day

December 08, 2021

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort's  31st annual Lighting of the Bay begins at dusk and continues through New Year’s Day. In honor of the holiday season, the serene, waveless bay will transform each evening into a vibrant winter wonderland featuring more than fifty lighted Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

Bring blankets to bundle up or keep warm around a beach bonfire while roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Newport Dunes’ public fire pits are available on a first-come basis and s’mores kits can be purchased from Newport Dunes’ onsite market. On Friday and Saturday evenings, cocktails and food are available from Moe B’s Munchies Beachfront Grill for family picnics.

For campers, the Lighting of the Bay is a can’t-miss event to get into the holiday spirit with friends and family. Bring an RV or stay in Newport Dunes’ charming, single-family Beach Cottages for a cozy, home-away-from-home experience. For first-time campers, many local rental companies will deliver an RV to your Newport Dunes campsite, all set up and ready to enjoy.

Keeping beloved traditions alive, Newport Dunes’ Christmas Tree Lot is open daily from 10 a.m.—9 p.m. through December 21 or while supplies last. Select from a large variety of fresh, handpicked pines delivered within 16 hours from Salem, Oregon. Fragrant wreaths, garlands, Christmas ornaments, and trinkets will also be available for purchase. The Christmas Tree Lot will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

The Lighting of the Bay is free for the public to enjoy, and on-site parking is available for $2 per hour per vehicle. Masks are required when physical distancing is not possible and when ordering food or entering any indoor spaces such as the market or restrooms. For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and to book a stay, please visit or call 949-729-3863.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Photo courtesy of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

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