Balboa Village Creates Joyful Magic for Hundreds with Carriage Rides & Santa
By Chris MacDonald, Writer/Photographer, The Local News Columnist
Hundreds of people enjoyed the Balboa Village Business Improvement District’s Second Annual Christmas Tree/Menorah Lighting recently. Also on hand at the event were new Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner, Explore Ocean Newport Harbor Nautical Museum Executive Director Rita Stenlund and Balboa Bay Boat Rental Company Owner Ralph Rodheim. This was the first time a horse drawn carriage took more than 100 happy folks of all ages on a ride from the Village to the Beachfront Boardwalk up Main Street toward the lighted Balboa Pavillion, then left behind Bay Arcade to the parking lot. A memorable and wonderful time was had by all. Santa arrived and listened to many kids wishes. Thanks to Santa and the Carriage Occasion for providing so much joy. I’d also like to Thank Former Newport Beach Mayor Michael Henn for donating $500 to help purchase the Christmas tree. If you haven’t been to Balboa Village It’s a Must See. There is Patrick Moore’s fabulous Ferris Wheel, Two Arcades, Boat Rental Companies, Restaurants and The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.
Photo: Balboa Village Christmas Tree being lit.