The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade wouldn't be nearly as exciting if it didn't have Balboa's colorful, brightly lit homes as a backdrop.
Sunday will mark the last night of the 102nd annual parade. Although the parade will boast its own round of winners, the Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club also recognizes the homes that captured the holiday spirit –— whether in lighting or decorations — in the Ring of Lights competition.
On Tuesday, the club announced the 2010 Ring of Lights winners.
This year was the first year with a "Green" category. Maxine Stomber won for her low-wattage LED lighting, which served as an alternative to the traditional electricity-guzzling holiday lights.
"Rather than have a warm look, the (LED) lights look a lot like ice — there's a blue cast to the white," said the "Green" category winner, who moved to Balboa Island from New Canaan, Conn., two years ago.