Alexandria Shines During the 17th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights November 10, 2016

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Alexandria Shines During the 17th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Coming to Alexandria’s Waterfront Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Alexandria, VA—At sundown on the day of Alexandria’s Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, experience one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions with the 17th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront, led by Alexandria's fireboat, The Vigilant, and Washington, D.C.'s fireboat, John Glenn. The parade begins on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., with D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM serving as the parade announcer.

More than 40 boats will be decked 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.

Santa Claus will appear at the Alexandria City Marina before the parade at 3 p.m. He will arrive on Alexandria’s fire boat, The Vigilant, and will walk to the Torpedo Factory Art Center where he will be meeting with children until 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to stop in the Torpedo Factory Art Center for its annual Holiday Festival from 2-6 p.m. Shop for handmade, one-of-a-kind unique and artful gifts while meeting artists and enjoying sweet treats in their studios. Kids can scout for art with a building-wide scavenger hunt before meeting with Santa. Special performances throughout the evening include appearances by the Alexandria Choral Society and Braddock Brass.

Joining the fun at the marina from 5-7 p.m. is the 94.7 Fresh FM Street Team, sponsored by Blackwall Hitch, providing music, games and prizes. Additionally, Blackwall Hitch’s outdoor patio will be tented and will serve as the perfect location to watch the parade and enjoy their selection of warmer cocktails.


December 3, 2016
17th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.; other festivities from 2-7 p.m.
Alexandria's waterfront at the foot of Cameron Street near the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: Free

Within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington’s hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation’s capital.

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