14th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights November 18, 2013

Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367

14th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Dazzling Displays Illuminate Alexandria's Harbor

WHAT: 14th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

WHERE: Alexandria City Marina (One Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314) and along Potomac River

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013
          3 p.m. Dockside festivities at marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center
          5:30 p.m. Boat Parade

INFO: VisitAlexandriaVA.com, 703-746-3301

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Experience one of the region's most beloved holiday traditions with the 14th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. Dozens of brightly lit boats will stretch along the Potomac River during the colorful parade at Alexandria's historic harbor. The parade is led by Alexandria's fireboat Vigilant and Washington, DC's fireboat John Glenn.

Friends and families bundle up and come to the docks and waterfront parks of Alexandria to cheer on their favorite competitor. The boats are dressed to impress a panel of judges who will award prizes in a dozen categories including "Best in Show," "Thinking Outside the Christmas Box" and "Hardiest Souls."

Visitors come early for dockside festivities at the marina starting at 3 p.m. with Santa arriving by fireboat. Braddock Brass Band will perform holiday favorites and Santa will take free pictures with kids and canines at the gazebo.

The parade is the culmination of a day filled with holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria. The 43rd Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk starts the day at 11 a.m. with parading bagpipers and more than 100 Scottish clans in tartan. The lavishly decorated houses of the Campagna Center's Holiday Designer Tour of Homes are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Named a Top 10 Christmas Town by HGTV and a "quintessential holiday getaway" by Baltimore Magazine, Alexandria dazzles with twinkling lights and festive boutique windows nestled in an extraordinary historic setting. Brick-lined streets teem with classic seasonal events, cozy eateries and art and history venues. To plan a day or weekend in Alexandria, go to www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com