Best of Alexandria Show - State of Comfort
Best Powerboat - Stimulus Package
Best Sailboat - Wisp*
Best Spirit of Harmony (New Category) - Nalani
Best Spirit of America - Beach House
Thinking Outside the Christmas Box - Cyganka
Most Animated - iechyd da!
Most Holiday Cheer - Anamchara
Most Spirited Crew - Letter of Marque
Best Theme - Kairos
Hardiest Soul - FLOTUS
Best Try - O'Sea Dee
*Corrected boat name. Boat was initially identified incorrectly.
At 5:30 p.m. on the day of the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront for the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as the parade announcer. Enjoy festivities out on the dock from 3 to 7 p.m. and inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2 to 9 p.m.
At 3 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina and then walk into the Torpedo Factory Art Center to greet children and families. From 4 to 7 p.m. at the marina, the Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes while new paper goods boutique Penny Post presents a postcard pop-up inviting visitors to write an old fashioned postcard to Santa or a loved one that will be mailed for free. Parade-goers are invited to step into the Torpedo Factory Art Center which will be open until 9 p.m. with its annual Holiday Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Shop for handmade artful gifts while exploring open studios and meeting artists. Kids can also scout for art with a building-wide scavenger hunt before and after taking photos with Santa. Special performances at the art center include appearances by the Alexandria Choral Society Pro Coro and the Silver 5 Brass Quintet.
The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is part of a Potomac River holiday tradition with The District’s Holiday Boat Parade taking place at The Wharf in Washington, D.C. the same evening at 7 p.m.
Schedule at the Alexandria Marina
2 to 6 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival
3 p.m. Santa arrives at the marina by fireboat and walks into the Torpedo Factory
4 to 7 p.m. Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes on the dock
4 to 7 p.m. Penny Post postcard pop-up; free old fashioned postcards to Santa and loved ones
5:30 p.m. Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
6 to 9 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center open late
Boaters interested in participating in this year’s parade, register here.
Parade Viewing Areas
The parade will stretch for one mile from Founders Park at the north end to Ford’s Landing City Park at the south end, with the parade finishing near Wilson Bridge. The judging area is at the Alexandria City Marina but parade-goers may find wider views of the parade from other parks.
Founders Park, 351 North Union Street
Alexandria City Marina (Judging Area), 0 Cameron Street
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street
Shipyard/Harborside Park, 1 Wilkes Street
Ford’s Landing City Park, 99 Franklin Street
Alexandria is accessible via Metrorail, bus, Uber, Lyft, taxi, Capital Bikeshare and more. To come to the boat parade via Metrorail, take the yellow or blue line to the King St-Old Town station and ride the free King Street Trolley to the waterfront.