2019 Holiday Boat Parades Announced by The Wharf and Alexandria November 7, 2019

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The Wharf: 
Sofia Royce: sofia@thebrandguild.com or 202 733-5223

Visit Alexandria: 
Claire Mouledoux: CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367
Leah Spellman, APR: LSpellman@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5363   

Boat Parade

Holiday Boat Parades Announced by The Wharf and Alexandria

Two Waterfront Destinations, Two Celebrations Saturday, December 7, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Spectators on both sides of the Potomac River will gather to enjoy a beloved holiday tradition on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Alexandria, Virginia, and The Wharf in Washington, D.C., present parades of illuminated boats back-to-back on the same evening, along with dockside festivities to celebrate the season. The 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights begins at 5:30 p.m. in Old Town with activities from 2 to 8 p.m. at the newly expanded Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street. On Washington, D.C.’s waterfront, The District’s Holiday Boat Parade kicks off at The Wharf at 7 p.m., led by the DC Fireboat John Glenn. The Wharf will present a stunning fireworks salute to the holiday parade at approximately 8 p.m. The Wharf’s landside festivities take place from 6 to 9 p.m. all along the new waterfront neighborhood.

Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine for the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. in the newly expanded Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street which offers a transformed riverside experience seamlessly connected to Old Town’s historic retail corridor. Festivities include a pop-up beer garden from Alexandria’s award-winning Port City Brewing Company and holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM. Take part in hands-on activities from independently owned Alexandria businesses including a Letters to Santa postcard station from paper goods boutique Penny Post, holiday ornament craft from AR Workshop Alexandria and bookmark making with Old Town Books. Enjoy savory meatballs from Pizzeria Paradiso and a hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati. On the Alexandria City Marina, Riverside Taco Company presents a Parade Day Patio Party with hot cider and bottomless bites included in admission. At 3:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina to take photos with children and families at the annual Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival. The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is part of Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend which also features events of the Campagna Center’s 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend.

The Wharf presents The District’s Holiday Boat Parade, a magical night of boating on the Potomac River, from Hains Point to the docks and piers of The Wharf. This is the 28th year of this annual waterfront holiday tradition. Free public activities will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., including photographs with Santa Claus, ornament decorating, and a live performance by Go Go Gadjet on District Pier. The boat parade will kick off at 7 p.m. and will conclude with a stunning holiday fireworks finale at 8 p.m. The festive holiday boat parade will include up to 60 beautifully decorated boats. Tommy McFLY of The Tommy Show! will serve as the parade’s Master of Ceremonies. Attendees will enjoy the free photobooth, a balloon artist, and sipping hot cocoa and making s’mores at The Wharf’s roaring fire pit. Other fun activities include skating on the Wharf Ice Rink and sampling seasonal refreshments at The Wharf’s Waterfront Beer & Wine Garden.

EVENT DETAILS

December 7, 2019
20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.; Dockside festivities 2 to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park (1 King St.)
Parade viewing areas: Founders Park (351 N. Union St.), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.), Waterfront Park (1 King St. and 1A Prince St.), Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes St.), Windmill Hill Park (501 S. Union St.) and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin St.)
Admission: Free; $ for food/drink and some activities
VisitAlexandriaVA.com/boatparade

SCHEDULE IN OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA

Activities (2 to 8 p.m.)

  • Holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM
  • Letters to Santa postcard station from Penny Post
  • Holiday ornament activity from AR Workshop Alexandria (2 to 4 p.m.)
  • Bookmark making station from Old Town Books (4:30 to 8 p.m.)
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival
  • Santa arrives by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina (3:30 p.m.)

Food and beverage offerings (2 to 8 p.m.)       

  • Pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company
  • Parade Day Patio Party at Riverside Taco Company
  • Savory meatballs from Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati

Parade (5:30 p.m.)

  • Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights begins

December 7, 2019
The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

Parade begins at 7 p.m.; Landside festivities from 6 to 9 p.m.
Activities take place throughout The Wharf neighborhood along Wharf Street, District Pier and Transit Pier, Washington, DC 20024
Admission: Free
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SCHEDULE AT THE WHARF

6 to 9 p.m.          Landside activities throughout The Wharf including ornament decorating, photographs with Santa Claus, s’more making, and a Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden
7 p.m.                 Boat Parade begins
8 p.m.                 Parade Fireworks Finale
6 to 9 p.m.          Celebrate the holidays with live music by Go Go Gadjet
8 to 10 p.m.        The District’s Holiday Boat Parade Private Captain’s After Party

ABOUT THE WHARF
The Wharf is a remarkable waterfront neighborhood that reestablished Washington, DC as a true waterfront city when the first phase opened in 2017. With residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, marina, music and public uses including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks, The Wharf stretches nearly one mile, across 24 acres of land and 50 acres of water from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. Located between the National Mall and the Potomac River, The Wharf has increased local and regional connectivity with a new water taxi system, the free Southwest Neighborhood Shuttle, and new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. 

The second phase of the development is under construction and will be completed in 2022. The Wharf development team is led by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (a partnership between Hoffman & Associates and Madison Marquette) and also includes ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development. Learn more about The Wharf by following @thewharfdc or visiting www.wharfdc.com.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. Recognized by Oprah Magazine as one of the Most Charming Christmas Towns Across the World in 2019 and by Southern Living as the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie in 2019, visitors feel transported by an old fashioned sense of holiday wonder on Old Town Alexandria's centuries-old brick-lined streets, twinkling with holiday traditions and magical events. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the Campagna Center's 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the 20th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River. Dozens of independent boutiques welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps, offering everything from chic fashions and home décor to classic toys and gifts for dogs. Duck into cozy cafés and chef-driven restaurants tucked into 18th-century buildings to warm up with loved ones and good cheer. Under a canopy of sparkling lights, a stroll on historic King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair. Recognized as a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2019 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience—the way it was meant to be. To learn more about Alexandria at the holidays, visit VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Holidays.

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