Experience one of the region's most beloved holiday traditions with the 15th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 6, 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 44th 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.