2019 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Annual Christmas Event in Alexandria, VA
December 7, 2019
At the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

Alexandria's historic waterfront shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River for the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The parade was named a Top 10 Best Holiday Parade by the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards in 2017. Enjoy dockside festivities as part of the 20th anniversary celebration.

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.

Boaters, Register to Participate!

  • Boaters interested in participating in this year’s parade, register here.

Parade Viewing Areas

The parade stretches for one mile along Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront and can be viewed from the following locations: Founders Park (351 North Union Street), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron Street), Waterfront Park (1 King Street), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes Street), and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin Street).

20th Anniversary Boat Parade Logo

Partners

Old Dominion Boat Club Alexandria City Governement Logo

Visit Alexandria logoPotomac Riverboat Company

2018 Best of Alexandria Show: Letter of Marque, Captain Walter Weiss, “Hanukkah, the festival of lights”
2018 Best of Alexandria Show: Letter of Marque, Captain Walter Weiss, “Hanukkah, the festival of lights”
2018 Best Powerboat: Iechyd Da!, Captain Larry Chandler, “A Bohemian Rhapsody Holiday”
2018 Best Powerboat: Iechyd Da!, Captain Larry Chandler, “A Bohemian Rhapsody Holiday”
2018 Best Sailboat: Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “Little Drummer Boy and Friends”
2018 Best Sailboat: Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “Little Drummer Boy and Friends”
2018 Best Spirit of America: Mental Recession, Captain Seth Frankel, “Caps Caps Caps” celebrating Stanley Cup champions the Washington Capitals
2018 Thinking Outside the Christmas Box: Firefly, Captain Dave Easter, “Jingle Bones”
2018 Most Animated: Kairos, Captains Michael Bradford and Tipper Williams Bradford, “Kairos Christmas on the Potomac”
2018 Most Holiday Cheer: Reva D, Captain Rich Hart, “The Griswalds”
2018 Most Spirited Crew: Blown Away, Captain Mike Moreau, “Nightmare Before Christmas”
2018 Best Theme: Fuelin Around, Captain Jack Stoddard, “Christmas Cheer”
2018 Hardiest Soul: O'Sea Dee, Captain Wil Neubauer, “A Blue Christmas” with Elvis impersonator
2018 Best Try: Nelson, Captain Hank Hart, “Starry Night, Winter Lights”

Getting Here

The parade is accessible via Metrorail (blue and yellow lines), bus, Lyft, Uber, taxi, Capital Bikeshare and more. Once on King Street, hop on the free King Street Trolley and head all the way to the waterfront.

Boaters, Register to Participate!

  • Boaters interested in participating in this year’s parade, register here.
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