The Tournament of Lights fell out of favor. However, back in , Newport Beach City employees had outfitted a barge during the holiday season and installed a lighted Christmas tree.
The barge was towed around the harbor while its passengers sang Christmas carols to residents on shore. Most of the early participants were children who decorated floats that were towed around the harbor. In later years, the Beek family came to the front again and provided one of their ferryboats for the floating Christmas tree celebration.
Soon the Tournament of Lights came back as a Christmas celebration.
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