13th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights November 16, 2012

Potomac River Lights up for
Alexandria's 13th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 1, during Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

WHAT:            13th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

WHEN:           Saturday, December 1, 2012
                    Festivities at 3 p.m.; Boat Parade at 5:15 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 1, 2012, 13th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.
Alexandria's harbor lights up when dozens of illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Alexandria City Marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center, with free photos with Santa for kids and canines, plus free hot cocoa and cider. The boat parade begins at 5:15 p.m. Free! 703-746-3301. VisitAlexandriaVA.com


ALEXANDRIA, VA - Experience one of the region's most beloved holiday traditions with the 13th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

On Saturday, December 1, at 5:15 p.m, Alexandria's harbor will sparkle when dozens of brightly lit powerboats and sailboats parade on the Potomac River 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.

Pre-parade festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Alexandria City Marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center and include FREE photos with Santa Claus for kids and canines plus free hot cocoa and cider. This year's boat parade is sponsored by the Old Dominion Boat Club in partnership with the Washington Waterfront Association. Dockside activities are presented by RedPeg Marketing.

The parade is the culmination of a day jam-packed with holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria. The 42nd Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk parade starts the day with parading Scottie dogs, bagpipers and 100 Scottish clans at 11 a.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. Find even more of the weekend's events at www.visitalexandriava.com/.

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 in Alexandria. 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. 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/