Potomac River Lights up for 12th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights November 1, 2011

CONTACT: Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-746-3309

Potomac River Lights up with Festive Cheer for
Alexandria's 12th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 3, during Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

WHAT:       12th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

WHEN:       Saturday, December 3, 2011
                Festivities at 4 p.m.; Boat Parade at 6 p.m.

WHERE:     Alexandria City Marina, One Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

INFO:          VisitAlexandriaVA.com; 703-746-3301

CALENDAR LISTING: December 3, 2011, 12th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.
Alexandria's harbor lights up when more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Festivities begin at the Alexandria City Marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 4 p.m. with live performances and Santa arriving by fireboat at 4:15 p.m. The boat parade begins at 6 p.m. Free! 703-746-3301. VisitAlexandriaVA.com


ALEXANDRIA, VA - Experience one of the region's most beloved holiday traditions with the 12th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

On Saturday, December 3, from 6 to 7 p.m., Alexandria's harbor will sparkle when 50 brightly lit powerboats and sailboats parade down the Potomac River from Washington, DC, to Alexandria, VA, fully decked out in lights and holiday décor. 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 favorites.

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. Last year's award-winning designs included a giant polar bear in lights, a church complete with stained glass windows and a steeple, a boat projecting Dr. Seuss's classic cartoon movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a "Hawaiian style Christmas" which featured a live hula dancer in grass skirt and bikini top dancing on the bow of the boat - despite freezing temperatures outside.

Pre-parade festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include live musical performances and FREE photos with Santa Claus for kids and canines. Santa will arrive by fireboat at 4:15 p.m. at the Alexandria City Marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

This year's boat parade is produced by RedPeg Marketing in partnership with the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and the Washington Waterfront Association.

The parade is the culmination of a day jam-packed with holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria. The Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk starts the day with parading Scottie dogs, bagpipers and 100 Scottish clans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lavishly decorated houses of the Campagna Center's Holiday Designer Tour of Homes are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carlyle House presents A Soldier's Christmas, where visitors can experience life in Alexandria at the time of the American Revolution with reenactments and festive entertainment, from noon to 4 p.m. And the Alexandria Archaeology Museum hosts ornament decorating for kids from 1 to 4 p.m.

See why Alexandria is famous for its holiday traditions - HGTV named Alexandria a "Top 10 Christmas Town" - and take part in special events throughout the season. Feel transported by an old fashioned sense of holiday wonder as you shop, dine and celebrate on America's historic main streets. Plan your visit at www.visitalexandriava.com/.

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About Alexandria
Located along the picturesque Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, DC (just five miles away), charming Alexandria, Virginia, was named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2011. The city's unique combination of historic ambience and contemporary flair are reflected in its variety of acclaimed restaurants; a boutique collection featuring designer clothes, shoes, antiques and home decor; a thriving art scene; a variety of hotels; and hundreds of years of American history among 18th and 19th century architecture. www.visitalexandriava.com/