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 19th annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Rated among the top 10 Best Holiday Parades 2017 by USA Today 10Best.com, the boat parade is celebrated as one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions. D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as the parade announcer. Enjoy festivities out on the dock and inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2 to 9 p.m.
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.
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.