2017 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Annual Christmas Event in Alexandria, VA

December 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Marina

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., new paper goods boutique Penny Post presents a postcard pop-up at the marina inviting visitors to write an old fashioned postcard to Santa or a loved one that will be mailed for free. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes on the dock. 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.    Penny Post postcard pop-up; free old fashioned postcards to Santa and loved ones
5 to 7 p.m.    Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes on the dock
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.

Getting Here:

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.

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Featuring

Dozens of illuminated boats

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Santa at the Marina

Santa arrives at marina

Torpedo Factory Art Center's Holiday Festival

Waterfront Activity

Partners

Visit Alexandria

Alexandria City Governement LogoOld Dominion Boat Club

Potomac Riverboat Company

 

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